8.17.2012

Baby Cardigan Onesie Tutorial

Is your baby ready to be a trendy hipster, geeky nerd, or chic prep? Choose your baby's style with the new cardigan onesie. Just take a long-sleeved onesie make a couple of snips and additions, and it's a whole new style.
I was first inspired by this onesie cardigan and came up with the tutorial back in May. I've been so excited for this tutorial all summer long! I saved it so that I could post it while two are being auctioned off for charity in Cheri's For The Love Series. Check it out HERE.
There are lots of fun details about this cardigan even though it's fairly simple to make.
It can be worn with or without pants. Or a skirt for girls. It would be fun paired with a collared shirt, suspenders, and a bow tie.
Update: I've had a lot of people have problems with the knit band or ask questions about it. The reason you multiply by .75 is so that the band does not gap. When you cut the onesie and then sew a seam, it will stretch. By using a slightly smaller band, it will counter the stretching out and make it lay nicely. You could also use .85 if you're more comfortable with that. Also, use RIBBING to make your life a lot easier. Ribbing stretches well and doesn't shrink. 

Supplies
Long or short sleeved onesie- (I think the short sleeved ones look best on girls.)
RIBBING (make your life easier by using ribbing and not regular knit!)
Buttons
Sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread

1. If your onesie has crossover shoulders, find where the crossover lays flat and pin two layers together.
2. Either zigzag or double needle the two layers together.
3. Measure across the front of the onesie and mark the center all the way down. At the bottom slant to one side between two of the snaps.
4. Cut on the line. 
5. Draw from shoulders to parallel with the armpits. 
6. Cut on lines up around the neckline so that you cut off the neck band.
*This is perfect if there's a small picture, phrase, or stain near the neckline that you want to get rid of.
7. Measure the whole cut edge. Take the measurement and multiply by .75. Add 1/4" seam allowance. This is the length of the front band. I wanted my band to be 3/4" tall, so double that amount and add 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure the stretch goes with the long sides.
8. Sew ends at 1/4".
9. Turn right side out and poke out corners.
10. Find the center of the band and then the center of each side, so you divide the band into four sections. Use the same method to divide the cut edge of the onesie into four sections. Match pins.
12. Stretch each section and pin so the excess is distributed evenly.
13. Stretch while zigzagging at 1/4".
14. Zigzag the edges of the snap facing to prevent fraying.
15. With your machine set on to a straight stitch, stretch and sew the seam allowance towards the onesie. Sew at 1/8". Careful when going over the shoulders.
16. Snap the snaps together overlapping the two sides.
17. Pin the two layers together and sew together.
18. Pin two layers of the front band together at three or four places. Sew buttons on at each pin.
19. Cut off sleeve hems. Measure length.
20. Take the measurement and multiply by .75. Add 1/4" seam allowance. Use the same height as the front band.
21. Sew short edges to make a tube. Fold in half with right sides out.
22. Sew band to each sleeve end at 1/4" stretching to fit. 
23. With a straight stitch, stretch and sew the seam allowance towards the sleeve at 1/8".
These baby boys are off to college in their new cardigan onesies.
You can play a pick up game of soccer
or just have some laughs with your friend.

54 comments:

  1. OH. MY. GOODNESS HEATHER!! !I AM DYING!! This is simply FABULOUS!!! Love it so much!!! Pin pin pin pin pin pin pin

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  2. Super duper cute! I'm very impressed Heather! If you keep up all these tutorials I might be inspired to invest in a sewing machine! Way to go!!!

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  3. that is so cute! What a genius idea!

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  4. HOW CUTE!!! Definitely pinning this.

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  5. What a great idea! And a great way to continue to use the cute onesie even after they get stained. Thank you, you are amazing!

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  6. super cute! how long did this take you?

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    1. I've made three so far, and get faster each time, but they probably take an hour or less. It's hard to say because I take so many breaks!

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  7. This is awesome. I love it. Your creativity never ends.

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  8. This is so cute Heather! I might try it for James :)

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  9. oh my goodness! super cute idea. I hate sweatshirts for little boys because they ride up, but this would totally stay in place.

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  10. In that last picture he looks like Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.

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  11. LOVE this! My little man definitely needs one of his own.

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  12. Babys look so cute!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. This is soooo adorable! What a fantastic idea. Love!

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  14. You are a GENIUS!!! I love this and will be trying this for the grandkids!

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  15. You are a GENIUS!!! I love this and will be trying this for the grandkids!

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  16. Where did you get the caterpillar rocking horse?

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    1. I got it at a yard sale in my apartment complex.

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  17. Any ladies selling in etsy. Or selling period . I have to havesome from my lil guy!!

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    1. Not that I know of. I own the creative rights and haven't had anyone ask. I'm also currently not making and selling any.

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    2. I don't sew, but would love to buy some!

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    3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/109892846/baby-cardigan-onesie-preppy-baby-boy

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  18. Heather, will you let me know if you would be willing to sell one? Awood842@gmail.com

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    1. http://www.etsy.com/listing/109892846/baby-cardigan-onesie-preppy-baby-boy

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  19. Did you multiple by the .75 for the orange and gray cardigans too? They don't look gathered like the gray striped one but it could be because the boys are wearing them. Love the tutorial and can't wait to make some for my little guy. Thanks so much!

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    1. I did multiply by .75 for the orange and gray cardigans you just can't see it while the boys are wearing it because the fabric gets stretched out.

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  20. How cute is this!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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  21. Love this Heather! You are so creative and talented!

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  22. Your tutorial is SO clear! Thank you! I can't wait to try these as gifts.

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  23. can't wait to get started....my daughter in law sent this post to me two times so I think I'm getting the hint!!!!!!

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  24. Go to www.Haddonco.com to purchase one!! More colors and patterns are added daily. Thanks Heather!!

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  25. Hey Heather, I'm about to try to make one this weekend! I have a question, and it may seem stupid, but still. Where did you get the knit fabric for cuffs and border? Joanns? I've never bought knit fabric before. Thanks!

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  26. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I used it to make a few for some friends having baby boys in the next few months. http://amyagimudie.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/cute-gift-for-a-baby-boy/

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  27. This is so adorable!!! Thank you for sharing this tutorial can't wait to make one!

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  28. So cute! And excellent tutorial!

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  29. Oh my word this is adorable!

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  30. Heather,

    LOVE this tutorial!! Just made my first one last night and your tutorial was great! Question though, I had a really hard time with the border and getting my knit to stretch enough (it worked, was just SUPER difficult to stretch and feed and sew straight), so I'm wondering what would happen if I didn't multiply by .75? THANKS!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you made one! I've had a lot of people asking about the knit and having problems with it. The reason that the band is smaller than the body piece is because if it's the same length, the seam will stretch out the area and the band will gap. All knit cardigans do this even though you can't see it.
      It will be a lot easier to use ribbing because it stretches well without shrinking. Or multiply by .85 instead.
      I hope that helps!

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  31. I just made this last night. So easy one I figured it out! Thank you for the tutorial, I appreciate it. I'd post a photo if I could.

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    1. Email it to me, and I'll post it on the facebook page and feature you!

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  32. Hello, I just wanted to say I love this idea and tutorial, I hope you don't mind but I posted it on my blog at www.doitthriftymom.com with the link to your page. I think moms everywhere need to see this!

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  33. I am interested in making these to sell. I don't want to steal your idea or anything so am asking permission. I will be using this tutorial (http://dieselinbloom.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html) in addition to yours but wanted to check with you as far the the permission to use parts of your tutorial to make my items. I see you have given another etsy store permission to sell also. Thanks so much!

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  34. I found that if I multiple the measurement by .80 works better than the .75. Too much puckering when I use good rib knit. I also have a tool that takes off the snap and my husband straightens the prong out so I can reuse it, so I cut it straight down. I didn't like the angle cut especially on the smaller sizes.

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  35. I am getting ready to make this for a friend, and I just wanted double check, the buttons are not actually functional correct?

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    1. That's right! They aren't needed!

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  36. Super cute cardigans! I featured them here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2013/02/cardigan-onsie-sewing-tutorial.html

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  37. Do you mind my asking where you found the ribbing? I've looked at all the local fabric stores and can't find anything similar.

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    1. I know joann's definitely has rib knit. Hancock's doesn't. You'd be able to find rib knit most places online. You could even buy used sweatshirts to use the ribbing from the hem and the sleeves.

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  38. Lol.. I saw this on Pinterest and I was like isn't that so-and-so's baby? Then I saw the background of the photos :) we used to live in the 800 court :)

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  39. This is awesome!i can't wait to make an old man cardigan out of a onesie for my oversized 1 month old boy! I've just pinned this and someone posted a pic of their own version in the peek a boo patterns Facebook group.
    -Julie
    P.s. Congrats on your new baby!

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  40. I love this idea!! Do you think you could use snaps instead of buttons and button holes?

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