I partnered with Nature’s Fabric to share a FREE ruffle sleeve onesie pattern! Maybe I really just wanted another excuse to post a million baby photos? We’ll never know. But anyways, here are a million baby photos of my little peanut in this free pattern! This is a knit pattern for a basic onesie with a ruffle sleeve! You can totally leave off the ruffle if you want a more gender-neutral piece, but you know I love ruffles! There are two different sizes of ruffle to choose from depending on the look you want! All of the fabrics I used are from Nature’s Fabrics, I got lost on their site for quite a few hours picking these out. I was really impressed with the selection of spandex, modal and bamboo knits. Here are links to all the fabrics in this post: Charcoal Heather Bamboo Jersey Light Pink Organic Jersey Black Flowers on Grey Cotton Jersey Black Pencil Dots on Light Pink Cotton Jersey Rose Brown Bamboo/Spandex Jersey Black and Grey 1/8″ Stripe Jersey Passionfruit Modal/Spandex Jersey Pink and Black Leopard This polka dot fabric was the first one I picked out, so cute! I love the soft pink and the fabric is a nice thickness and hand for a onesie! I made this onesie with the smaller sleeve ruffle.
This onesie has 2 snaps at the shoulder to open up the neckline for easier changes and also 3 snaps at the crotch for diaper changes. Don’t be scared of snaps if you haven’t used them! I think they are easier than buttons and zippers combined and they look so cute! This rose brown bamboo spandex is soo soft and stretchy! I think you can tell from the photos how comfy and nice the fabric is! It has a beautiful sheen and I loved pairing it with lavender snaps! I used a contrast stripe also made from bamboo for the sleeve ruffle on the plain pink onesie. This striped fabric is another gorgeous, drapey knit that I can’t wait to sew with again! The pink jersey is organic and is another nice knit for a onesie! I used turquoise snaps for this one for a fun pop of color! Have a look around the Nature’s Fabrics website, you’ll probably get lost on there! So much good stuff!
-5 snaps, my favorite is the KAM snap set
-pattern download (3-6m), below
Instructions: Cut out 1 front, one back, two sleeves and two sleeve ruffles. Note the shoulders on the front and back of the body pieces. The shoulder will extend on ONE side of the front and the OPPOSITE side on the back. We’ll start with the sleeves. Fold the sleeves in half along the center fold so the wrong sides are enclosed. Press. Sew two rows of baste stitches across the top curve of the sleeve (the raw edges). Pull the threads to gather the fabric. Match the ruffle to the top sleeve curve with all the raw edges lined up. Pin the ruffle. Baste the ruffle to the sleeve. Hem the sleeve by pressing under 1″ and sewing at 3/4″/ Repeat for second ruffle. Sew the onesie pieces together at the SHORTENED shoulder. Press seam. Create a neckline binding by cutting a strip 1.5″ wide. Press in half and sew to the neckline. Press and topstitch. Fold under 1/2″ on both sides of the lengthened shoulder. This will create a little overlap for snaps to increase the neckline for easier dressing. Overlap the shoulder pieces about 1/2″ and baste. Insert sleeves into the armscyes by matching the raw edges with right sides together.
Repeat with both sleeves.
Fold the onesie in half and match up the side seams and sleeves. Sew. Baste 3″ at the back bottom edge on either side. Pull threads to gather fabric. Turn right side out and finish the bottom edge with binding. You’ll use the same 1.5″ wide strips pressed in half. This time, sandwich the raw edges of the onesie between the binding and sew the binding all around the bottom edge. I used a zig zag stitch for this step. Add 2 snaps to the neckline opening and 3 to the bottom.