Cardigan onesie tutorial

Are you ready for this Cardigan Onesie Tutorial? Before I knew if Big T was a boy I browsed Pinterest for style ideas for little baby boys. I love boutique-style clothing for my daughter and I wanted my son to be able to look just as adorable in snazzy clothing.

I came across this tutorial to make a cardigan onesie. And while they are SO adorable, the directions made me a little anxious. Mostly the part of dealing with knit fabrics, all the buttons holes and whatnot. I figured there must be a simpler way to get the same look and that’s what I set out to do. I am not the craftiest person in the world, and I like to make things as easy as possible.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Not only did I figure out a fool-proof way to get the job done, and make a cardigan-style onesie that goes on line a regular onesie–Over the head so you don’t have to mess with all those extra buttons. And the best part is it only cost a whopping $2 to make this thing–If you shop like I do. Sure beats the price tags you’ll find searching Etsy for similar styles.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

I went to one of our local children’s resale shop–Once Upon a Child. They have TONS of onesies, only $1 each. I picked up as many cute styles as I could find, mostly aiming for the striped or bright solid colors. I also went with mostly short-sleeved styles for now because come on, Texas is freggin HOT.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Then, instead of messing with cutting and attaching stretchy knit fabric, I decided to use bias tape. I found some from this Etsy shop. She let me split up the colors and yardage, so I got 1 yard each of 11 different colors for $11.

I already had buttons and thread, plus scrap fabric for the bow ties, and I was good to go. Want to make your own? I’ll walk you through it.How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Onesie
Scissors
Pins
1yd Bias tape–I like the double fold 1/2 inch tape
Coordinating thread
And a sewing machine to attach the bias tape
Buttons

Step 1 (pictured below)
Create a point at the center of the onesie, parallel to the under-arm area of the sleeve. That’s going to be the point of the v-neck. Using a straight-edge, draw the lines of the V up to the shoulders. Then draw a line down the center of the onesie.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Step 2 (pictured below)
Cut along your lines. Then cut the onesie trim around the collar area.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 3 (pictured below)
Open your bias tape and slide the cut edge of the onesie inside to the center fold of the tape. Pin. Note: You don’t need to go completely around the onesie with the bias tape because we’ll overlap where the V connects.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 4 (pictured below)
Sew the bias tape onto the onesie. I stitch all the way around to connect it, starting at the bottom. Then when I get to the opposite side of the straight line, I top stitch the other side of the bias tape, closing the onesie again.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 5 (pictured below)
Add buttons. You can do this carefully using a hot glue gun, or stitch them on with needle and thread.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 6
Spice it up with a coordinating onesie and/or bow tie (super easy tutorial for those coming soon!)

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Using different colors and embellishments could totally girlie it up, but my girl is too big for onesies now so these are all for my little guy.

Like the tutorial? Have any questions? Leave them in the comments section. And please share with your friends!

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    1. I got some white there yesterday! The 1 yard increments were nice for me since I wanted enough for one onesie in each color and I wasn’t sure how much I’d need. Now I can make them for even less! Isn’t it great?!

  1. Those onesies are absolutely adorable! And your son is gorgeous!!! I like the color combinations you chose. You make me want to dust off my sewing machine. 🙂

  2. Holy cow you are good. Those look amazing. I have a little boy (15 months) and you’re making me feel bad. I’ve always used the excuse that you can’t really dress up a boy but you’ve proved me wrong. I am blown away. So is there a boutique in your future? You’ve gotta sell your clothes or at least your ideas 🙂

  3. The cutest! If I had still had a baby that little , I would definitely try this……meaning I would have someone in my family do it for me lol

  4. How adorable and easy to make! I want to give this a try before JJ is too big for me to find onesies in his size anymore. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are adorable! Great job! And, thanks to the awesome tutorial, I think I could even make one too (once I get a sewing machine).

  6. OMG! This is sooooooooooooooooooo cute! I love it, and I’m pinning it! I definitely want to try this one day. I love the bow tie! And your kids are adorable.

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  8. I love this idea, and I’ve got several bowties I made a few weeks ago. But I’m wondering how you sewed all the way down to the snaps. In the picture, it looked like the middle cut line ran right up against the center snap. How were you able to stitch everything together at the bottom? I’d love any pointers! I’m new at sewing! 😉

  9. Hello! I absolutely love love love your tutorial and just made an adorable onesie for my 4 month old son in like 45 minutes! Thanks so much for sharing, what a cute, fun, and inexpensive way to dress up our little guys! Love your blog too!

  10. I love love love this onesie idea! I will definitely be making some of these soon! This is super cute and cost way less than the ones on etsy. Thanks for sharing your blog with the world. Now my only question is how do you make the bow ties…I looked on your blog for the tutorial but I didn’t see it?

  11. OMG! These are absolutely beautiful! After seeing this, I will definitely be making these. A few questions though…how do you make those beautiful bow ties and what type of fabric do you use for those? They are absolutely adorable! Also, when you make the cardigan, do you buy it a size bigger since it fits over another onesie, or do the same size onesies fit on top of each other nicely?

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  13. How do you topstitch the cardigan together without sewing the whole onesie shut. I’m new to top stitch! Thank you!

  14. I can’t handle his cuteness right now! lol so so adorable! What a AWESOME tutorial have been wanting to try making these for months! With our 3rd son due this May I will surely be making quite a few! Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness! 🙂

  15. I have totally been stalking your blog! It’s incredible. I keep checking back to see if you have a tutorial for those super cute bow ties. Any chance I missed it? Would love to know how you made them. Thanks!

  16. I love this look and these pictures! I’m going to see if I can recreate this onsie for a doll I’m making. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  36. This is adorable. Do you use a machine to stitch it up? I’m confused as to how the back of the onesie wouldn’t get sewn to the front in a machine.

  37. Is the left side just attached to the biased tape underneath with the straight stitch while your finishing? I know the knit won’t fray, but don’t want an unfinished edge, ya know?

  38. I asked my friends who have had babies if I could have a couple of old/stained onesie’s for practice before I tackled the actual “real” one that I had for a baby gift. Your tutorial was perfect. I had trouble with the snap area at the bottom and the foot on my sewing machine so the first practice went array as I totally missed the onesie with the bias tape and was left with a raw edge. I walked away for a bit and started thinking. Then the light bulb came on. The zipper foot! Its narrower than a regular foot and I was able to sew the bias tape close to the snap for a perfect seam!! I can’t wait for my daughter to open her shower gift tomorrow.

  39. Hi,

    Is there any way to achieve this look without actually sewing. I have absolutely no skills in that area but I’d love to make my little boy some of these.

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  44. Hi I came across your tutorial and absolutely love this cardigan idea! Just a question, do you think it’s possible to attach a shirt collar to the cardigan, instead of having to wear another romper inside? You know, like those fake 2-layered sweater with shirt kinda thing? I live in a country with hot weather, can’t afford the double layers but would love to have the double layered look haha.

    I’m new to sewing and wonder if doing this will be too difficult. What do you think?

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