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7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies

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Check out these 7 simple ways to make boy onesies into girl onesies! This a fun way to customize second hand clothing for a new little girl.
7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

Good morning!  Today I thought I would share an ongoing project I have been working on – turning some of my son’s boy onesies into girl onesies. Now I actually don’t see anything wrong with my daughter wearing my son’s onesies as is…but I wanted to add some fun details to some of them to make them customized for her. So many of my first born’s clothes had more life in them and I wasn’t ready to donate them just yet. My favorite creation is definitely the car onesie dress. It turned out adorable and since you just can’t find a lot of transportation-themed dresses for babies – or girls! – I am really pleased with how it turned out. Below are seven simple ways to make boy onesies into girl onesies! 

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1.  Add a Skirt7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!
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This is my favorite way to transform a onesie because they turn out so cute! I loved taking some of the most traditionally “boyish” looking onesies and adding a skirt to them.  I made them with a wrap skirt and will share this simple tutorial with you next week!  I also made some elastic waisted skirts that could be worn over a onesie but not attached. **update: Here is the tutorial for the Wrap Skirt Onesie!! 

2.  Add a bow7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

I found this to be by far the simplest way to make a boy onesie a bit more girly. How cute is that little worm and turtle with a bow added to them! If there is an animal on the onesie, add a little bow to them; otherwise, you can add a bow to the neckline!

3.  Add a patch7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

I picked up some cute iron-on patches from Joann Fabrics and added them to some of the plain onesies. I stitched them down as well as ironing them so they wouldn’t go anywhere!

4. Ruche the center front7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

I found a great tutorial by Delia at DeliaCreates for making Ruched Onesies! Such a simple and quick way to jazz up a onesie!

5.  Add a collar7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

I had a bunch of cute Florence Eiseman collars so I added one to a onesie and love how cute it looks! I hand-stitched the collar down and tucked it under the shoulder flaps on the onesie. I think this will look pretty cute with a denim skirt or pink bubble shorts! Depending on the fabric you choose for collar you may need to iron the collar after each washing. 

6.  Embellish with trim7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

An easy way to transform a onesie is to add some cute trim to it. Definitely be careful not to go overboard and be careful choosing your trims! When I washed this onesie the pom-poms came off, luckily a cute fuzzy trim remained that I actually liked so it wasn’t a complete bust. Lesson learned – careful which trims you choose. I think a ric-rac or a cotton lace would stand up better in the wash machine. 

7.  Accessorize!7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies!

If all else fails, accessorize!  I love the light blue color of this onesie but I didn’t love the “Mommy’s Big Guy” on the front of it. This bib from Janie and Jack is so pretty and it perfectly covers up the saying on the onesie. 

And there you have it, seven simple ways to make a boy onesie into a girl onesie! :) 

Have a nice week and I’ll be back next Monday with a tutorial on how I made the onesie wrap-skirt dresses! 

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9 Comments

  1. Awesome post! Thank you! It’s really helpful. I adds some variety to my baby girl wardrobe, not everything has to be pink ??

  2. I just found this post and I’m so trilled!! I’m having a girl this summer and have saved all my little boys cloths. This post is going to help so much for ideas on converting his baby cloths to girls! Thank you so much!

    1. Yay! I am so glad this post will be helpful! I loved using my son’s clothing for my daughter – it was a fun challenge! Congratulations!

    1. Hi Anne, Thank you for linking to my post! The sewing craft gossip post is full of great ideas, it is wonderful to be included!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is exactly the post I was looking for. We find out in a few days if this baby is a boy or girl and I’ve been trying up think of ways to girly up big bros wardrobe. Great ideas!!

    1. Yay! I’m glad this post was helpful! I couldn’t imagine starting over with a whole new wardrobe – plus it was fun to use some of the same outfits that carried such great memories! Congratulations!

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