Friday, March 18, 2011

Bustle Your Onesie

I love a ruffle butt on a little baby girl.  If I ever have another baby girl I am going to put ruffles on the butt of just about everything!  I'm talkin' onesies, pants, sleepers, diaper covers.  If you can put ruffles on the butt of it I am so going to put them there.
When I put ruffles on stuff for little babies I like non-fray chenille.  It is that soft stuff that people make petticoats out of.  I like it because it is soft, comfy, and you just have to cut it and sew it on.

One word of advice when it comes to putting ruffles on the butt of things, make sure you keep the ruffles low enough down or else you get a ruffle back onesie.

These are some onesies I made for my aunt when she had twins.  For the words, I used the freezer paper stencil method.  This was before I had  a silhouette, so I had to cut them out with an exacto knife.  I think being awesome at freezer paper stencils is an acquired skill.  For the ruffles, I cut a 10 inch length of the non-fray chenille, cut that into 3 pieces, gathered them down the middle, and sewed them on.

I recently had the idea to take ruffle butts to the next level.  I give you the Bustled Butt onesie. :)

I made this one for my new sweet little niece.

To make the flowers, just cut circles out of any synthetic fabric.  Then hold the edge of each circle over the top of a flame.  I know people who like to use lighters for this, but I like to use a candle.  You don't have to stick the fabric in the flame, just close to it.  I made about 6 little flowers.

To create the bustle cut your chenille strips about 2.5 inches by 10 inches. Then gather them at the top and sew them down.

On the front I used a little pearl, but on the back I didn't want a Princess and The Pea situation so I just sewed the flowers on at the top of the bustle. 

 Can't you just see the little ruffles poofing off a sweet little baby bottom all curled up and cuddly?


  1. LOVE it, Laura! But, seriously, must you call me "your aunt"...? That just makes me feel like 40-something. ;)

  2. Oh my goodness! This is just way to cute!

  3. That is sooooo cute..and that baby is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party. Hope to see you again next week.

  4. So cute! I featured this here:

  5. Sorry, not tying to be critical, but chenille is the soft, fuzzy, usually cotton and ribbed, fabric that old fashioned bedspreads and robes are made of. I think you're looking for chiffon.