Upcycling Baby Clothes for the Fourth!

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.
I used a 1.5" wide strip of scrap muslin between the two layers of ruffles, and I topstitched the denim above the top layer.

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.


Just Jaime said...

Great idea. Love your model ;)

Brit said...

They turned out so cute! Another reason for me to bring out the sewing machine....oh and to not get rid of baby clothes ;) Thanks for sharing. Happy 4th :)

Heather Landry said...

Oh my goodness! What an adorable outfit! And the fact that you made it from old outgrown clothes is awesome.

Ashley said...

this is so darling:) i love it and your model is so cute!!! Thanks so much for linking up to "Tell me Tuesdays!"

Sewing-Chick said...

This is fantastic :) I love upcycling clothes!

Carolyn said...

Absolutely adorable. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.

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Tracy said...

Oh my this is just so adorable. Love it.
That baby is just to cute :)

I used to have to upcycle my clothes when I was younger. I made a jumper into a summer dress as well, just didn't add the ruffle :)

Jill said...

Gorgeous outfit - great upcycle!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So sweet, I love upcycled clothes--and this is just perfect! Thanks for sharing

Alison Agnew said...

such a cute idea for upcycling clothes for baby...thanks for sharing on ff!

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Tracy said...

What a creative idea - it is so super sweet -- and so is the sweet little model. ADORABLE :0
Thanks for linking up at Craft Junkie Too.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Absolutely darling!! Thank you for linking up!

bec @ smallbirdie.com said...

such a great idea!

~Iffy~ @ StayAtHomeNation said...

Great JOb! I never know where to begin with an up-cycle anything =D
Stopping by from the Homemaker In Heels Party. I would LOVE for you to link up to My Favorite Things Friday Party going on all week! Also be sure to enter my $50 Giveaway through Sunday night.

Christine @ sugarandtrash.com said...

That is so adorable as a dress!! Great job.

RecycleCindy said...

Love your upcycled denim jumper. Great way to re-purpose those too small shortalls. Just visiting from the craft school Sunday link party. Best wishes.

Karima said...

That is great, I love upcycling clothes. Saw you on link party, now google, nb and fb following you, please pop by, Karima x

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