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Hello, when you read this DIY you will be like Thats it, Im buying a sewing machine. SO SIMPLE. Its a onesie with a skirt around it, cute AND comfy:


Find out how to make this 10 Minute Onesie Dress (with finished seams through no work of your own!) after the jump 10 Minute Onesie Dress 1. Acquire one onesie and 1/4 yard of cute cotton fabric (mine from City Craft, isnt it pretty? get it online here: Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine in Navy). Pre-wash and iron:

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2. Fold one long edge under 1/4 and iron, then another 1/4 and iron and stitch in place to create your hem. jacinda also suggested you could use a cute tea towel and it would already have a hem, so you could skip this part and have like a seven-minute onesie dress.

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3. Sew a basting stitch along the other long side:

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3. Pull the bobbin thread to gather it until it is twice the width of your onesie (when its slightly stretched out). For my size large gerber onesies i made mine 18:

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4. Fold it in half right sides facing:

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Sew together and finish the edges by serging, sewing with a zig zag or overlock stitch or cutting with pinking shears:

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Turn your skirt inside out to admire:

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5. Now take your onesie and draw a line at the waist across the front and back with a washable or air-erasable marker:

Turn it inside out and do the same thing on the inside:


Now turn your skirt inside out and arrange the seam to one side:

With your onesie right-side out, slip it headfirst through the skirt with the front facing up, like so:

Unbutton the bottom of the onesie and flip it over the skirt. Line up the edge of the skirt with the lines you drew and pin through all the layers so youve trapped your skirt edge in onesie fabric: 6/18

Sew all the way around with a 5/8 seam. So mine is a little messy, who cares?

Flip it all around! DONE! And your unfinished skirt edge is encased in onesie softness so as not to bother baby:

See, onesie goodness: 7/18

Y ay! What do you think? Do you want a sewing machine now? I swear you can do this, so easy. Y ou could also applique or embroider something cute to the chest for matchy fun.


TAGS: Baby + Kid, By Craft, Clothing, Sewing & Serging, Under $5, Under an Hour


Julie said... That's very cute. Too bad my girls are too big for onesies now. [Reply] March 24, 2010, 4:57 am

Juliette said... ok, that's darling and easy. also, i have no kids, but i can see doing a version of this to turn T's into tunic tops.wheels are turnin'! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 5:08 am

Melissa said... This is really cute. Bookmarked. [Reply] March 24, 2010, 5:36 am

cpayson said... Love, love, love I want to make them for babies I don't even know!!! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 7:39 am


julia said... love it I think this could be my first real sewing project [Reply] March 24, 2010, 8:47 am

courtney said... i'm all over this. ordered some new fabric that will be perfect for this!! thanks! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 8:49 am

Krista said... Loves so cute. And easy but I bet it would take me like two hours. That thing where you scrunched it looks confusing! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 9:22 am

Eva's House said... This is the blog I was searching for!! Happy to discover you [Reply] March 24, 2010, 9:41 am And Super DIY dress!

The Cheap Chic Momma said... This is such a great idea! Would be really cute with some ric-rac too! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 10:45 am

Sara said... If I only I had a little girl!!! This is adorable and simple and all around fabulous. I may just have to break out the sewing machine and try this out. [Reply] March 24, 2010, 12:12 pm


Delia said... I LOVE this! I am so making these for my friend's baby girl. Thank yoU! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 12:53 pm


thegagamama said... SO cute! I can't wait to make one for all the girl babies in my life! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 1:50 pm


Stacy said... niiiice! perfect for spring! Thanks! [Reply]



March 24, 2010, 3:52 pm

Anu said... you guys are killing me with the adorable dresses! if you were making one with a tiny newborn or 0-3 onesie would you suggest trimming the width of the skirt? seems like it could be bunchy if all that fabric was gathered to that small size? [Reply] March 24, 2010, 5:42 pm


Stephanie said... I love your site and I am devouring it! But I have A LOT to learn still How do you do a basting stitch? [Reply] March 24, 2010, 6:09 pm


Jaime said... hi stephanie! a basting stitch is just a regular straight stitch set to the widest width your machine will go, usually about 5! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 6:34 pm


Jaime said... yes anu definitely trim it down! you don't even have to ruffle it very much if you want a straighter skirt! [Reply] March 24, 2010, 6:35 pm


Stevee said... I LOVE IT! [Reply] March 25, 2010, 8:30 pm


Missy said... Children's Place still sells onesies up to 3T (check online) so there are some really cute possibilities for older girls! So cute! [Reply] March 29, 2010, 2:27 pm


MummaBug said... Thank You Thank You Thank You! So excited to try this for my baby girl. Your tutorials are so easy to follow and always look cute. You are a gift to novices everywhere. [Reply] April 4, 2010, 5:14 pm


Alysa said... Thank you for this great tutorial! I made one of these today. It looked so cute on my little girl! [Reply] April 11, 2010, 10:09 pm



blissfully caffeinated said... So freaking doing this. Too cute and thankfully I still have one little one left in onesies. Also, thanks for the pillowcase dress tutorials. I shall be making several, putting all this yardage I have to good use. You rock! [Reply] April 17, 2010, 10:00 am


Colleen said... Just finished making this and love it! So easy, thank you so much for the idea! [Reply] May 2, 2010, 7:43 pm


lisakisch said... I love this. I finally bought a sewing machine (on Craigslist) and I can't wait to get started! I think this will be my first project. Do you think it would work if you cut the bottom out of the onesie at the end? My daughter is long in the body, and I often can't do them up at the crotch anymore, but this would allow me to re-use them as a dress! [Reply] May 9, 2010, 6:17 pm


Jaime said... lisakisch yes it would work, but you want to finish the cut edge so it doesn't fray away! i recommend cutting the onesie, folding the edge over some fusible tape and ironing it, then continuing with the DIY as written! [Reply] May 9, 2010, 8:44 pm


nannersp said... I love this and I made itexcept this 10 min project took me about 3 hours! I'm new to sewing, but you make me want to do more! I came close to giving up, I'm no natural at this, but this is the most fun I've had in awhile. Thanks! Oh, yes I also made a matching burp cloth from your other DIY Burp Cloth tutorial. I don't know how to post a pic, but here's a link: "Recycle Reduce Reuse" Onesie Dress [Reply] May 16, 2010, 2:26 pm


Stephanie said... Finally getting ready to make this dress for my daughter.but how many inches wide and long is 1/4 of fabric? [Reply] May 23, 2010, 1:41 pm


Jaime said... a 1/4 yard is 9" by 44/45" (whatever the width of the bolt of fabric). have fun! [Reply] May 23, 2010, 3:45 pm



Ferretkingdom said... These are so super easy! I made similar things when my daughter was little. Now that she is older, we don't do onesies anymore, but it works great with a tank top or t-shirt. Here is one I made for her for her 2nd birthday: Love your blog and can't wait to make a few more things based off the ideas you have here! [Reply] May 25, 2010, 6:18 pm


Pamela said... Thank you so much for this tutorial! This was the first dress I have ever made for my little girl who is almost 6 months old. Love it! [Reply] June 2, 2010, 10:31 pm


Lindseyj said... Thanks for the tutorial! The hem alone took me 10 minutes, but other than that it was an easy, super-cute project [Reply] June 26, 2010, 4:04 am


genkimomma said... Done. Just created my own. NOTE TO SELF: Do not sew pins inside dress =) [Reply] July 9, 2010, 1:45 pm


Teri said... Alright, here's mine: [Reply] July 13, 2010, 6:07 am


janpaq said... I just made one for my great niece! So darn cute and easy! [Reply] October 20, 2010, 5:32 pm


Rob B said... Sigh Gee I wish I had a girl!!!! [Reply] November 1, 2010, 5:34 pm


ti_jean_54 said... If You have bigger girls a long t-shirt with a pretty Bandanna split in half for skirt might work.I know my Granddaughter all ways has me buy her cute ones but just puts in drawer,I think I'll raid the drawer next time I'm over there. Bandanna's are about 18-20 inches sq.They make a nice gift if you only have little bit of special fabric left. [Reply]



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Mama Mel said... Super cute! Now I just need to have a girl [Reply] November 21, 2010, 7:04 am


Nutmeg said... This is awesome. And you could use up some fat quarters if you cut them in half and seamed them together! [Reply] December 4, 2010, 11:05 am


Jane Cat said... The only thing I would recommend is a zigzag stitch when attacking the skirt so you don't pop the seams when you are trying to get it on the Baby. Otherwise super cute. [Reply] January 17, 2011, 5:13 pm


Jaimie said... Just made one of these! Added some rickrack trim to the bottom which just makes my life happy. It definitely took me longer than 10 minutes though.. but I like to realllllyyyy take my time so I don't mess things up. [Reply] January 30, 2011, 1:40 pm


Mama Rachel said... Maybe a silly question, but I just made one and it is TOO CUTE! I'm wondering though why you fold the snap part of the onesie over. I did so without thinking about it and now the onesie is shorter. I made it for a friend so I can't try it on anyone, but I'm curious if anyone else ran into this or chose not to fold the onesie bottom over prior to sewing. Thanks for any advice! Great tutorial. [Reply] February 13, 2011, 7:37 pm


cd said... I just made one and realized the shorter onesie means it probably won't fit until Easter and I used bunny fabric with that in mind. I also had real trouble ruffling the fabric. Oh, an am I supposed to pull that stitching that made the ruffle out? I sorta didn't sew it into the fold, so there's this little extra stitching that doesn't look so hot. Oh well, second time every sewing anything so I still think I did ok! [Reply] February 15, 2011, 8:57 pm


Lindsey said... I am going to try this for my 3 year old cousin who wears a size 5T with a t-shirt or tank top since it's getting warmer. Could anyone help me out on measurements for that? How many inches would the waist need to be (with the ruffle)? And how long in inches? I made your pillowcase dress for my baby cosuin coming at the end of the month and it was adorable! I can't wait to see her in it! [Reply]



April 14, 2011, 1:14 pm

Jaime said... lindsey jacinda made one just like that and did a tute: 5 Minute T Shirt Tunic [Reply] April 14, 2011, 1:29 pm


Amelie Obscura said... I loved making it!!! [Reply] April 19, 2011, 9:12 pm


Megan said... LOVE this tutorial! Thank you for some fun sewing today! [Reply] April 26, 2011, 9:31 am


-Sorensons said... This dress is so fabulous! I made once with lots of pink tulle instead of fabric for a cute little ballerina on the way. My friend is having her baby shower soon and I can't wait to see her reaction! Thank you so much! I also made a dress for myself out of a yard of fabric and an upcycled a shirt that has a bleach stain at the bottom for a cute summer dress using the same concept, it was super easy! [Reply] June 19, 2011, 9:18 pm


Sparkling said... GET ME A ONESIE!! I can't wait to go make these for my niece! My sister is craftier than me so I have to beat her to it on this one. I'm a little confused about what you did to attach it, with the flipped seam thing, but I'll figure out something. [Reply] July 8, 2011, 5:49 pm


Gigi said... I just turned my sewing machine on today for the very first time EVER, and I made this dress. Because this was also my first sewing project, it took longer than 10 minutes to make (I had to read my sewing machine manual, etc), but still was very easy and fast. I did have some problems with the thread breaking when trying to gather it after the basting stitch, but it turned out very cute and wearable! I can't wait to put it on my 6 month old! Thanks for the inspiration. This is definitely just the beginning!! [Reply] July 23, 2011, 9:27 pm


onez4u said... Hi, My name is Barbara and I am the creator and owner of I make Onesie dresses in sizes from newborn to 24 month. Although your dress is simple, it is not going to last as long as you would like. We have spent a lot of time designing and have come



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Kelsey Johnson said... I did a 3T version with a tank top. First time to ever sew clothes and it was very rewarding to see it on my daughter! fbid=541680586236&set;=a.541451205916.2030920.63500311&type;=1&theater; [Reply] September 15, 2011, 2:30 pm


sew4fun said... Love this ! Thank you for posting, you just made my daughters Minnie Mouse costume so easy for me to make ! [Reply] October 21, 2011, 4:10 pm


teresa said... So happy to find your cute blog! Im also now following you on FB! I just adore this cute little onesie dress. I will be making these for my cute little granddaughter! I look forward to many new ideas! thanks!! [Reply] March 16, 2012, 4:25 pm


MARY said... did mine as a separate skirt with elastic then made shorts to match as well material had blue and purple hearts so visofixed a heart on onsie and painted a border around. so two onsies one with blue heart one with purple heart and a skirt and a pair shorts all in a couple of hours!Thanks ! [Reply] March 25, 2012, 12:49 pm



Kylie said... Great tutorial! This definitely took my more like two hours to do, but Im now inspired to try more after my first successful sewing project Thanks! [Reply] April 28, 2012, 7:22 am


sharon said... I like this. If your child is too old for onsie; try t-shirts. It works as well. [Reply] May 23, 2012, 5:49 pm


Tanya said... I am about to have a go at making one for my little lady sharing the tutorial xxx [Reply] June 6, 2012, 7:02 am I am so excited. Thankyou for


Jill Potter said... Think I could make this work for a blousy bottomed boy outfit? I have a few baby t shirts that are a little long on my 7 month old. Plus, I dont like using plain tees because they ride up constantly. Could I make the skirt, sew it to the bottom of the tees and close up the bottom to make leg holes? Is that crazy? Thanks for any input! [Reply] June 18, 2012, 10:07 am


Kate said... here are my first attempts: and [Reply] June 19, 2012, 8:15 pm


Melissa said... I made this last night after my little one went to bed and when I tried to get it on her this morning I found that attaching the skirt made the onesie too small to go over her head, it seemed to kill the stretch. I might try it again with the next size up onesie, but am wondering if I did something wrong?? Someone commented to use a zig zag stitch instead, but am I missing anything else? It was pretty disappointing to make something that looks so cute that doesnt fit anymore! [Reply]


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I thought about that too and decided to add elastic to the fabric. Before you attach skirt position the elastic on the wrong side of the fabric, just under the finished edge, and sew it on, pulling tight to stretch it as you go. [Reply] July 2, 2012, 12:24 pm


Reecea said... What a great little dress! I shared your tutorial on my blog post Baby Stuff Best Onesie Makeovers on Pinterest here: Thanks for teaching something wonderful! [Reply] August 16, 2012, 6:37 pm


tehila said... I made 2 and they are adorable! thx [Reply] August 20, 2012, 2:29 pm


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