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Easy Ruffle Bottom Onesie Tutorial

Posted by  ·  March 24, 2011  ·  Last Updated: March 24, 2011

If you need a super quick and simple baby gift this embellished onesie is perfect.  (I really need to borrow a baby to model this cute onesie!)

For this ruffled butt onesie no need to cut strips of fabric and finish edges. I used 1 1/2 inch wide organza ribbon. So grab a onesie (a nicer quality one than I had on hand)  and some ribbon and you are ready to go.

Position the ribbon where you want the ruffle and measure three times the width. Repeat this for each of the three (or more) rows. I had three lengths of ribbon in slightly decreasing size.

Place Fray Check on the end of each ribbon to keep it from unraveling and fraying.

With the longest straight stitch sew down the middle of each length of ribbon. Pull thread to gather.

Pin ribbon to onesie. I started at the top with the longest ribbon and worked down.

Sew gathered ribbon to the onesie by stitching down the middle of the ribbon.

Repeat for next two rows. My rows were spaced just less than an inch apart.

Imagine the possibilities— hot pink polka dot ribbon with a matching handmade ribbon flower on the front………Just make sure you choose ribbon that is washable!

I used a piece of 1/2 inch ribbon and a ribbon detail to embellish the front.

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  1. Chris Ladd
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
    Did you ever find out what type of ribbon is washable and also if it does not shrink? I need to know for a baby blanket I am making.
    Thank you!
  2. Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    This is so adorable. I will be making some for my online boutique. The ribbon idea is so much better then cutting strips of fabric. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I have LIKED you on FB so please like me back so you can see how it turns out. Going on vacation but when I get back this is the second thing I will do. First have to unpack. ; )
  3. Sunday, July 8th, 2012
    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thank you for providing this information.
  4. Karla
    Thursday, May 17th, 2012
    So stinkin' cute & EASY!! Will definitely be making some for my boutique! :)
  5. Becky
    Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
  6. Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
    I wanted to share my version of this onesie. I made this one to look like a tutu, and will be giving it as a baby shower gift this Saturday. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    • Cheryl
      Sunday, September 17th, 2017
      I so wanted to see your version!! Your blog is set to private, so could you post a pic here?
  7. Ashley
    Friday, April 8th, 2011
    Very cute! Do you use a sewing machine or hand stitch?
  8. Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    I could see making the ruffles bigger and going all the way around for a tutu effect....
  9. Patti
    Friday, April 1st, 2011
    love this. after gathering ribbon by machine do you attach the ribbon by machine or hand stich?
  10. Catie
    Monday, March 28th, 2011
    Darling :):)
    Must find a baby and sew sew sew
  11. Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Do you think this would work on a bathing suit?
  12. Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    That is so clever! I can't believe I never thought to use ribbon for these! Thanks for sharing! I would love for you to link this to my Sew Crafty Party! And while your there check out all the Spring Fling Giveaways including my Bustle Back Spring Dress! Hope to see you there!

  13. Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    That is just way cute!!!! Thank you for sharing!
  14. Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    This is a great post. I love things to do with sewing and crafts. I have visited your site a lot in the past. I am a new google follower and blogfrog follower.
  15. Saturday, March 26th, 2011
    I love this! It is so cute and such a fast, easy project!
    Thanks for sharing!
  16. Saturday, March 26th, 2011
    Good grief! And it's not even that late - *flower*
  17. Saturday, March 26th, 2011
    This is adorable! I love the extra touch with the flour at the neckline. That really pulls it all together. Great job!
  18. Friday, March 25th, 2011
    My younger cousin is having a baby very soon, and I hope that she has a little girl! I'm wanting to make this for her soooo badly! Thank you for sharing your technique; this posting is very timely, for me.
  19. Cheyenne Renard
    Friday, March 25th, 2011
    What a beautiful job u did on that lovily gift. Where did u get the ribbon and those pink flowers? I live in Henderson Nv near Joanns, Michaels, and now Hobbie Lobby , So lots to choose from so do tell . Have a great weekend and love your blog so much , i am new to sewing and i have two grand daughters so want to make these Please send info love and blessings Cheyenne from Henderson Nv. It would be a great Relief Society project.
  20. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    inGENious! can't wait to make some!!
  21. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    This is so cute and looks super easy to do.
  22. Jenny
    Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    Oh, joy! Just THE CUTEST onesie ever!! Absolutely love it and what a lucky little granddaughter I have who will be sporting this special gift from her Aunt Cindy! xo
  23. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    This is a super cute project!!! thanks for sharing!
  24. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    That is so adorable! I need to find a girl baby!
  25. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    I did one of these before, they are soo fun and rewarding! Great for gifts too! I like your extra embellish pieces!
  26. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    So cute and it looks much easier than I thought. I'm definitely going to make one of these for my new granddaughter who is coming next month.
  27. patricia
    Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    Adorable! Thanks for the tutorial...
  28. Suzette
    Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    This is very sweet!
    Just a word of caution, make sure that the lace is down enough that it doesn't touch the skin around the neck. It could be verra itchy on a baby's skin!
  29. Thursday, March 24th, 2011
    This is so cute...thanks for posting!!