Giving away cardigan onsies is one of my favorite baby shower gifts, or one year old gifts to give away. They are pretty easy to make and it's amazing how you can transform a boring onsie into the cutest little baby cardigan! Now lets be real. All things little are pretty darn cute. Onsie cardigans are right there, tiny cute and little and fabulous on little babies!
These would also be great for any Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, Valentines gift. (I love the fall onsie with the leaves and acorn. It originally had a Winnie the Pooh picture right in the middle. Right when I saw the onsie I knew it could be turned into something fabulous! And it was!)
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To make a Cardigan Onsie.
Wash and dry your onsie. Lay it out flat on the ground.
Cut straight down the middle. All the way to the snaps. . . BUT DON'T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE ONSIE. Stop at the snaps.
Next, fold your onsie in half, right where you just cut.
Open up your onsie. . . your half way there and it already looks great!
Next, take your double fold bias tape (love this stuff) and sew it along the edge of your onsie right where you just cut. Usually I start right up on top of the shoulder, I fold under the end and start sewing down to the snaps of the onsie. I have also sewn the bias tape all the way around the neck of the onsie. . . it just depends on how you want your onsie to look and also how the onsie is already shaped and made.
When you get down to the snaps, I just pull the onsie straight and keep sewing the bias tape all the way back up to the other shoulder of the onsie. When you get to the end or shoulder of the onsie, fold under the edge of the bias tape and backstitch.
Next, I take the bottom of the cardigan and I lay the two sides of bias tape (the places you just sewed down) on top of each other. Sometimes it seems a bit awkward to lay them on top of each other, but it gets easier and you soon get accustom to just sewing it down.
I found that sewing the two pieces together helps the cardigan onsie lay flat and not have bubbly openings in the bottom. So, I sew a little triangle at the bottom to keep the bias tape from coming up, and then I sew along the same seem that I originally sewed the bias tape down. . . just to keep it attached to the other side.
Ta da!!!! Finished.
Add a few embellishments like buttons or a cute little heart or pocket, and you just transformed a simple onsie into the cutest baby cardigan you've ever seen!
The lace is my latest creation!!! And I absolutely LOVE it!
I did the exact same things as above. I cut my onsie, sewed the bias tape on, and then just sewed the lace down on top of the bias tape. This way it still had a nice finished edge. I felt that if I would have just sewn the lace on it wouldn't have looked as crisp as it does.