Sep 172012

Baby clothes are so cute, aren’t they? The other day I found myself in the baby section at Target and it took willpower I didn’t know I possessed to walk away without buying something for Juliet. The thing is, we have more than enough adorable clothing that has been gifted by friends and family or handed down to us.

As a first-time mom I’m realizing how some super-cute baby clothes just aren’t as practical as the tried and true onesie. No matter how precious they may be, dresses and t-shirts on Jules drive me crazy by the end of the day because I am constantly pulling them down and adjusting them.

But I’m torn daily as I pick out Juliet’s outfit…I want her to be in a cute t-shirt or dress, but I don’t want to spend the day fighting with bunchy clothes. Seriously, how adorable is she in this t-shirt?

jules t-shirt before

From looking at this picture you wouldn’t know that I spent at least five minutes trying to get a good shot of the t-shirt.  A wiggly and rolling baby plus a bunchy t-shirt makes for a challenge.

This morning during her nap I had a lightbulb moment and in less than 10 minutes had turned my favorite Elmo t-shirt into a onesie. Anyone with the most basic sewing abilities could do this transformation. Heck, I’ll bet you could do it with some iron-on tape (like Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web, which could be found at any craft or fabric store), though it may not hold up as well over time.

t-shirt to onesie title picture

  1. Pick out the t-shirt you want to transform and any onesie you don’t mind cutting up.  I chose a plain white onesie that was too small for Juliet in length. If I’d been patient enough to wait until I’d be at a store I probably would have used a cheap pink onesie.
  2. Lay out the t-shirt flat with the onesie on top and decide how long you want it to be when completed.
  3. Cut the onesie an inch or so higher than the bottom of the t-shirt.  If you use zig-zag shears, you don’t have to worry about it fraying.
  4. Pin each of the side seams of the onesie under the side seams of the t-shirt.  Continue to pin the rest of the way around.
  5. Choose a complementary color of thread (if I had a lighter color of pink I would have used one that better matched the existing hem) and sew the onesie and t-shirt together all the way around.  Be sure to stretch the material a bit as you sew, or the seam will rip if the shirt stretches at all.

t-shirt onesie

All that’s left is putting the t-shirt/onesie on your baby and make a fool out of yourself getting her to smile for a picture before she rolls over.

jules t-shirt onesie model

By sewing the onesie into the t-shirt an inch up from the hem, you can even put a cute pair of shorts or a skirt on and part of the t-shirt will hang over the waistline.  All the perks of a onesie with the look of a t-shirt!

t-shirt onesie closeup

jules t-shirt onesie model with skirt

  4 Responses to “How to Turn a Baby T-shirt into a Onesie”

  1. what a brilliant idea!!! now i just need a cute shirt

  2. Very cute. DanaMadeIt blog has some instructions for easy fabric dyeing. I say keep buying the cheap white onesies and then throw stuff in the dye as the mood strikes. It’s pretty fun and easy if you have a stainless steel sink. When my daughter had to wear uniforms to school, stained clothes slowly became red or navy. (It was also great to refresh the navy stuff before handing it on to another little girl. They looked new again.)

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! My 1 year old is in 3t already. It’s impossible to find cute onesies. I get so annoyed with her shirts riding up and her diapers sticking out of her pants! You are a lifesaver!

  4. I have been looking for a tutorial on how to do this for a while now. I too go crazy fighting with my 4 month olds shirts…they look so cute, but they are so not practical! Thanks!

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