Monday, October 19, 2009

Repurpose an Infant One-piece outfit

I have a couple of these one-piece outfits for my son. It fits in the arms but the legs are too short and the buttons keep popping open. But, I really liked it, so I set off to repurpose!
First I cut off the legs.

Now I have a shirt and legs... I folded over and pinned the unfinished edge.
I sewed the hem and finished the shirt!
So easy!

Now I could not let the legs go to waste! I made this cute shirt and since it is fall it needed some long sleeves. I love the layered shirt look so I thought I could use these legs to make some sleeves!
I cut the legs apart and cut off the button part.

I turned the legs inside out and sewed it into a tube to make the sleeve. Since the bottom was already finished I was pretty much done, I just has to attach them to the shirt.

Here are my two sleeves.
I turned the shirt and the sleeves inside out and I pinned the long sleeves to the short sleeves of the t-shirt.

Here is where it got a little tricky... in order to sew the long sleeves to the short sleeves I had to get the shirt on to my sewing machine. My machine has a feature where you can take off part of the tray so that you can sew around things. So I took off the tray and put the shirt around the machine by going through the neck of the shirt. I had to stretch the short sleeve a bit but it did work. It was a bit forced, but I was not going to let the machine get the best of me! : )

Ho0ray! Long sleeves!

And it looks so cute on my son! Love it!

I love it when I can repurpose things! 2 long sleeve shirts for no out of pocket cost! LOVE IT!!
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Becky DeVries said...

awesome idea!! and even using the legs is awesome!!!

Anne said...

Brilliant!!! My daughter always outgrew her one-piece outfits so quickly. This would have been a great solution.

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Live, Love, Craft said...

WOW! Awesome ideas! I love it! You are so creative!

arkie said...

You have such great ideas! Your blog really fits with the old saying," Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!".

Crystal said...

This is such a great idea!

fawndear said...

Love it. Two outfits from one. Thank you so much for sharing.

BJ_Mama said...


Small Town Mamma said...

these are such great ideas! I am thinking about what I can do with my son's onesies now!

Jane B. said...

Oh, what a great idea! I'm all about repurposing things...this is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Jane B. said...

Oh, what a great idea! I'm all about repurposing things...this is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Passionate Design said...

Just a note, if you have a snap tool you can strength the snaps on outfits by 'repunching' them (obviously you don't have to make the hole). This usually works and the snaps will stay snapped. Great idea though, especially if the knees get worn.

Crafty Mommy Diva said...

great idea and I'm always looking for long sleeve shirts

seemesew84 said...

Love this! I featured it in my weekly Sew boy post!

Unknown said...

this is one of my all time fav ideas! thanks so much for sharing! my sweet boy is already 3 months old and has already outgrown outfits i loved and i can't wait to be able to still put them on him!

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