Shirred Baby Dress and Ruffle-Bum Onesie

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I love making things for friend’s babies. A baby shower is a good excuse to get going and try something new. For a recent baby girl, I made an elastic smocked sundress with a ruffle-bum onesie to go underneath. I have done the sundresses before, but the ruffle onesie was something I had on the to-do list. I think it turned out cute. I’m a total perfectionist when it comes to some things, so I redid the first ruffle twice. The first time, the fabric underneath puckered, so I started over. Then I forgot to use a stretch stitch the second time so I went over the stitching with the knit stitch and ripped out the straight stitch. I guess I did it three times. The other two ruffles were much easier once I had that figured out. The knit stitch just ensures the stitches will stretch with the fabric.

Ruffle-bum onesie tutorial from Char by way of UCreate


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I like making little appliqued shirts for birthday presents. If the party has a theme, I try to match the design. Last week Allison went to a cupcake party. So, a cupcake shirt was in order.

I need to find more girly shirts, though. All I have right now are the Hanes t’s. But this would look cute on a onesie, too. I’ve made a few other shirts, a pony and a crown, but I don’t always remember to take pictures. Here is the crown shirt.

For the templates, I usually just search Google images then put them into Word or Publisher to scale them. The crown shirt I also sewed on button jewels on the points.

Boys shirts are harder. For a friend’s baby I made a truck applique:

I still need to make Ian another tie onesie. I made a newborn one but he only wore it once or twice before he outgrew it. I don’t think I even got a picture of him in it.

Baby Bib

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Here is a bib that I made for a friend’s baby shower. (I am so not a photographer- it’s much cuter in person). I got the idea for the denim from a few different websites, mainly Thimbly Things . I really liked the idea of using machine embroidery stitches to embellish around the contrast strip. The pattern I used was from a Martha Stewart template but you can find one anywhere or just trace a bib you already have. It was really easy so I’m going to make at least one more and then either a changing pad or onesie dress. We’ll see how motivated I get.

Baby Boy Shirt

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It’s so hard to come up with things to make for little boys. Girls are easy; cute dresses are so much fun to make. But I did make Ian a little collared shirt from this Butterick pattern. The plan is to make Ian a shirt and Allison a sundress out of the Beach Babies fabric that I love (but I can’t find the actual fabric that I got online). I’m not a super big fan of the way the shirt turned out- too wide even for my chunky boy. But, I will either try to pull it in or find a different pattern. And I’m not sure if I want a shirt-tail hem, which this pattern has, or a straight hem. Something else to think about.