How to Turn a Onesie Into a T-Shirt

Can we dedicate today's post to one of the most adorable things on the planet?  No, I'm not talking about all the cute trick-or-treaters you had your way last night.  I'm talkin' about baby clothes!  All those teensy-weensy little garments that really have no reason for being so adorable other than they're, well, teensy-weensy.  Specifically, shirts.  We're going to talk about turning a onesie into a T-shirt!

Now, if you have any sort of experience with dressing a little one, you know that onesies are a serious pain in the arse!  Yes, they keep little backs warm for those who are being carried around all the time, but other than that, they really have no advantage over a shirt.

Whether it's a hand-me-down that is in a larger size or a gift that is too cute to be a onesie, we all have a reason to turn a onesie into a T-shirt.

So, I'm going to show you how!

With pictures, no less.

Turn a Onesie into a T-Shirt

Step 1 – Cut

First, what you need to do is cut off the snaps and leg holes of your onesie.

Lay a straight edge across the garment tight to the leg binding.  Make a quick zip with your rotary cutter.

Step 2 – Serge

Next you're going to want to serge the newly cut edge.

This really is as easy as it sounds, just be careful not to pull on the fabric – it will end up all wonky.

At this point, you could leave the shirt as is if you don't mind the semi-unfinished look.

Step 3 – Fold & Iron

Turn your shirt inside out and fold the seam up about 1″ (or shorter if you want the shirt to be shorter).  Iron in place.

Step 4 – Sew

Turn the shirt right side out and, using a twin needle, sew along the front of the shirt to create a nice hem.  You'll want to get as close to the edge of your serged seam as possible.  If you folded up the shirt 1″, set your double needle 1″ from the fold.  Give it one last iron and you're done!  Admire your craftiness!

Tips for Using a Twin Needle

  • If you don't have a second thread holder on your machine, just use an extra bobbin and place it on the bobbin threader (see how I did it in the picture).
  • Need more thread than just a bobbin's worth?  Stick a spool in a coffee mug beside your machine and thread as normal.
  • Thread your machine one thread at a time (instead of both together) to prevent tangling.
  • I prefer to thread the left needle first to keep things straight.
  • Do a quick test to make sure your needles won't hit the presser foot.  Manually bring the needle down to see where it lines up.  Make adjustments with your width setting.

So there you have it!  A quick and easy way to turn a onsie into a t-shirt!  Start going through your kids' clothes now to get more use out of those snap-laden time wasters!

Did you like this post?  Get some use from the tutorial?  Know of someone who would benefit from this?  Be sure to pin it and follow me on pinterest and twitter!  I'd also love to hear how you made it work for you!

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