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I’m excited to share a really fun upcycle with you today! I think men’s button down shirts are one of my favorite things to upcycle because there’s a lot of fabric and lots of fun details. I love trying to reuse a bunch of the details! It’s like a challenging puzzle that really gets me excited. Anyway, I’m sharing a tutorial to make a 3 mos size romper from a button down, but also a skirt tutorial over at House of Estrela for Refashion Month 2016. Go see what all the other cool refashions are! It’s always inspiring to see others’ work! (And if you’re crazy, you could also make baby pants from the leftover sleeves!)
Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

Look at that cute, bubble romper! It’s perfect for wiggly babies and summertime!

Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

I kept the button placket on the front and reused the button and buttonhole on the collar stand. I also turned the collar into ruffled straps. AND the most amazing thing about this romper is that you don’t need a pattern. The shirt actually works as the pattern!

Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper
A button down shirt
1. This is the pieces you’ll need from the shirt. Cut the body 13″ from the hem.
2. Unpick the collar and the collar stand.
3. Cut off the hem from the bottom of the shirt.
Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

4. Cut the collar in half.
5. Cut off all the seams.
6. With right sides together sew 1/4″ along each long side of the collars. Turn right side out.
7. Sew 3/8″ from the edge along the inside curve creating a casing.
8. Insert 5″ of elastic into the casing and tack at each end.

Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper
9. Sew a basting stitch and gather the top edge of the shirt.
10. Tack the bottom edges of the button placket together. Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper
11. Sew the collar stand onto the gathered edge of the shirt.
12. Insert the straps into the collar stand 2″ from center front and center back and sew the top of the collar stand closed.
13. Create a 1/2″ casing along the bottom edge of the shirt.
14. Cut two pieces of elastic 10″ long and insert them into the casing while leaving 3″ of the center front and the center back elastic-free.
15. Add snaps or buttons to 3″ elastic-free spot for easy diaper changes.

Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

And there you half it! An adorable and easy romper that you created with no pattern! Don’t forget to check out the skirt tutorial over at House of Estrela!
Upcycle: Shirt to Baby Romper

Author: Heather