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Kids are messy, and they grow fast. This week I taught the ladies in my congregation about getting lots of use out of their clothing and I thought I’d share the tips with you. These are just the baby tips, but I’ve got a great women’s refashion for Friday!

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing



1. If you have a shirred knit dress, chop of the sleeves and you have a new skirt for a girl a couple sizes up.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

2. Stains happen. I did a reverse applique to a onesie to cover one stain. To cover another I did fabric printing. Fabric printing covers stains really well. (You might think you can see the stain next to the whale, but it was just a mess Henry made before I took the picture.)

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing 5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

3. Pants ripped at the knee or too short? Chop them off and instead of hemming, just roll them up twice and tack on the seams.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

4. What about diaper stains around the leg openings of a onesie? Or the onesie is too short? Grab a t-shirt.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

Cut the bottom off of the onesie and the bottom off of the t-shirt.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

Sew a basting stitch around the cut edge of the shirt and gather to fit the onesie.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

Zigzag stitch on. Then cut the basting stitch in a couple of spots so the now dress can stretch.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

Now you’ve just made a brand new dress.

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

5. If you’ve got a boy and the onesie is too short, chop of the bottom and add elastic for very simple diaper covers. (I can’t take credit for this one, my friend came up with it and taught it in our class. It’s brilliant!)

5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Baby's Clothing

Author: Heather