Today we have a contributor post by Ana from The Lost Apron:
A onesie and a roll of tulle is all you need to make a beautiful infant tutu for the perfect baby shower gift. This gift is quick and easy to assemble.
- A onesie
- A roll of tulle (6″ wide)
When we had a baby shower, we got a roll of tulle from the party store to tie the place settings. Tulle can be used in place of ribbon for all sorts of uses. It comes in different colors.
Measure across the waist of the onesie. Multiply this width by 6 for the measurement of a loop of the tulle.
The onesie I used is the Gerber Organic 0-3 Months. The waist was 7 inches across and my loop size was 42 inches. Do NOT cut.
Bring the length of tulle around into a circle to make a circular band. Once you have a single loop of tulle, pin it. Continue looping tulle around and around to make several layers. I did 4 layers of tulle. For a fuller look, you may want to do 6 or more layers.
Once you have enough tulle, then cut it off the roll.
Make sure the edges are all even and baste using a long stitch 4/8″ from one of the edges of the tulle. Go all the way around until you get to your starting point.
Fold the onesie at the waist. For my size, this was 3″ above the leg opening. This crease will be your guide to attach the tulle. Then unfold the onesie.
Next, mark with pins in 4 places at the waistline: both sides, the center front and the center back.
Then mark the circular tulle piece in 4 places. To do this, lay flat and mark both sides with a pin. Then fold in half and mark the center front and center back with pins.
Pull the bobbin side of thread from the basting to gather the tulle slightly.
Bring the onesie into the circle of the tulle. Match up each of the 4 pins from the tulle to the 4 pins on the onesie. Replace each set of pins with a safety pin.
Adjust the gathers. Tighten the basting to take up the slack and adjust the fullness between each pin.
Open the snaps of the onesie. Set the sewing machine to a wide zigzag stitch. Use the free arm function of the sewing machine so that you can sew on one layer of the onesie.
Begin at a side seam and stitch over the middle of the basting stitch. Stitch the tulle onto the onesie all the way around until you overlap slightly over where you started.
Remove the basting stitch. This should slip out easily from between the zigzag stitch.
The zigzag stitch allows for the onesie fabric to still stretch.
For extra fullness, separate each of the 4 layers of tulle.
Your infant tutu is complete!
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My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.
I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have prefered being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at Pinterest and Facebook.