Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend! Last week I posted 7 Simple Ways to Make Boy Onesies into Girl Onesies, and adding a skirt was by far my favorite way! I am back today to share the tutorial for adding a wrap skirt.
There are lots of tutorials online for adding skirts to onesies – a lot of them have you use ribbon or bias tape to act as a waistband and to sew this all the way around the onesie. I tried this method, and besides making the skirt a little too long, it turned out adorable!
The only problem was when I went to put my daughter in the onesie, it was really difficult to get over her head and even harder to get her arms into the sleeves. The ribbon and bias tape didn’t allow the onesie to stretch like it normally does. I could have used elastic for the waistband but I had already bought the bias tape and liked the crisp look of it. So thats where the wrap skirt comes in! There are actually a lot of pluses to creating a wrap skirt!
- Easy to get on and off baby
- Can be easily adjusted as baby grows by moving velcro
- Wrap skirt is only sewn down along the back of the onesie so it can easily be taken off and moved to another onesie after baby outgrows the onesie
Below is the tutorial on how to make a wrap skirt for a onesie!
Supplies Needed for Wrap Skirt Onesie:
- Cotton jersey fabric – each skirt took me a little over 1/4 yard.
- Double fold bias tape
- Pins, thread, scissors, ruler
Step 1: Hem jersey fabric. The first thing I did was to hem my cotton jersey fabric. Hem the entire width of your fabric by folding the edge under 1/4″ and then another 1/4″. Sew using a slight zig zag and try not to stretch the fabric while sewing. Iron hem from the wrong side of the fabric. Again be careful not to stretch your fabric out while ironing.
Step 2: Cut the fabric and finish off the ends. Once you have your hem done measure the height of your skirt from the hemline. My skirt was cut to measure 7.5″ from the hemline. Finish off the sides the same way you finished the hem. Fold the fabric under 1/4″ and another 1/4″ and sew with a slight zig zag.
Step Three: Gather fabric. Sew a gather stitch along the top of your fabric.
Step Four: Cut bias tape for the waistband. To figure out how long your waistband should be, lay your onesie out on top of your bias tape and determine how much bias tape you need on either side. You will need enough for one side to overlap the other by a couple of inches. My onesie measured 8.25″ wide when laid flat and I cut a piece of bias tape that was 20.75″ long. There was 7″ extra on the left side and 5.5″ on the right side. This included 1″ on both sides for finishing off the ends of the bias tape.
Step 5: Attach skirt to waistband. Gather your skirt fabric to the waistband leaving the 1″ on either end free for finishing off. A trick I always use to easily gather skirts to waistbands is to pin the waistband to an ironing board. You can then pin either end of the skirt to the waistband and pull the gathering thread so the skirt fits within the waistband. I wrap one end of the gathering thread around a pin in a figure 8 so it cannot be pulled out and then pull the gathering thread from the opposite side. Then I can even out my gathers before pinning the skirt to the waistband.
Sew waistband with right sides together along the top fold. This way you can then fold the bias tape over completely concealing all seam allowances. After you have sewn the skirt to the waistband, you can pull out the gathering thread in case it is showing on the right side.
Step 6: Finish waistband. Fold bias tape over and pin in place. Sew from the front side, stitching in the ditch. You can fold under the ends of the bias tape before stitching in the ditch or do it after.
Fold the end of the bias tape over and hand sew in place OR fold the ends under before stitching in the ditch like in the second picture.
Step 7: Attach skirt to the onesie. You are just attaching the skirt to the back of the onesie in-between the two side seams. Mark a line on your onesie 1.5″ below the armpit – I did this with pins so as to not put any permanent marks on my onesie. Top stitch skirt onto onesie along the top and bottom of the waistband.
You can add fun embellishments to the outer side of the skirt to cover up where they overlap. I added a rossette made from the bias tape with a button in the middle and on the other skirt I added a felt truck that matches the onesie. If you do use a button make sure to really secure it on. I don’t usually use buttons on baby clothes since I worry about a choking hazard should they come off. I used heavy duty thread and really tacked this button down so it wouldn’t go anywhere! It would be a good idea to inspect the button after every wash before baby wears the garment.
Your onesie wrap skirt is all finished! There are a lot of steps but it does go quickly. After you make one, any others after that go even faster!
For more ways to transform boy onesies into girl onesies check out last week’s post!