Happy Birthday, USA!
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Most of my kids' clothes are borrowed from their cousins or gifts, so I wouldn't dare cut them to pieces, even to make another cute outfit. But when a friend from church was getting rid of her granddaughter's out-grown clothes, I finally had a chance to make an upcycled baby outfit!
I started with 3-6 month denim shortalls and red and white gingham pants (not sure what size, but probably 2 or 3T).
I trimmed the legs off the overalls. The legless top fit my then-two-year-old. With the pants, I cut the seams off. (For some reason I decided only to take a picture of the seams here).
From there (after a hiatus of about a year from the project), I cut the pants into 2" strips lengthwise. I got 8 strips out of them. I sewed them into two big circles, about twice the circumference of the shortalls. After I hemmed one side, I was ready to make them into ruffles. To gather the fabric, use two rows of very long (basting) stitches. Once the rows are in, you just pull the thread to gather the fabric into a ruffle. Once it's small enough, tie the ends of the thread together to make sure the gathers don't come undone on the other end as you redistribute them.
It ended up a little longer on her than I expected, but still very cute! The red, white, and blue color scheme was perfect for the day before the Fourth of July :D.