Monday, March 8, 2010

Newborn to New Size Clothes Tutorial

As anyone who's had a baby can attest to, as they quickly grow so does the pile of outgrown outfits that are barely worn.  I've seen quite a few clever ways to make clothes last longer (ie adding ruffles to hems for more length or the ubiquitous onesie-into-t-shirt), but some of my favorite items never seem to get a fab "refurb".  So here are a few creations I've come up with instead of storing or getting rid of those cute outfits.
I had 2 newborn size footed sleepers that I had loved, so I cut them just above the area where the crotch & legs meet and sewed on bias tape around the raw edge.  Presto, a little snap up jacket with growing room for my chubby 6 month old, 16lb baby.  From a tiny newborn sleeper! 
For the eco-print one, I also cut & hemmed the sleeves so it's ideal for the warm weather heading our way soon.

This newborn romper was ankle length when my daughter was a few weeks old, but by cutting it in two, cutting angled short sleeves and adding some folded rib knit to the cut edges, I now have a a flirty little spring two-piece short set that she can wear for at least another few months.  I made the waist band a fold over yoga-style so it is can adjust as she grows.  And how awesome is it that there's already built in snaps for easy diaper access?  3 tiny baby outfits I loved now have a second life, there's less stuff to squirrel away and it cost $0.  Rock on little baby clothes!

Sharing this idea with:
Making The World Cuter
The Girl Creative's Just Something I Whipped Up
Skip To My Lou's Made By You Monday
Sumo's Sweet Stuff's Market Yourself Monday
One Crafty Mommy's Super Crafty Sunday
My Frugal Family's Talented Tuesday 
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell
It's So Very Cheri's It's So Very Thrifty
The Trendy Treehouse's Creative Share
The Thrifty Home's Penny Pinching Party
Fireflies & Jellybeans SOYS
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous


  1. Great idea! It's so tough to let go of those favorite pieces even when they're going to a good home. :)

  2. Great idea for this economy. Thanks. I don't have little ones but I'm going to send my friend your blog.
    Happy Monday.

  3. this is a fabulous idea!!! I have 2bags of clothes that I was going to guve away... off to save some for this idea! TFS!

  4. This is such a creative idea! Thanks for linking up this week :)

  5. Wow, you have talent! That's a great skill. I'm pretty sure I would not make mine look as cute as yours! I also think there's enough spit up on my kids onesies to limit the clothing choices! (Gross, I know....sorry!)

  6. Came over from just something I whipped up. this is a wonderful idea to repurpose baby clothes.

  7. Stopping by from SITS and so excited to find such a great tutorial. I've been meaning to learn to sew and this may give me the motivation! Off to explore the rest of your blog....

  8. What a great idea, and they turned out so cute.

    Stopping by from SITS and hoping you'll do the same :)

  9. That is awesome! I'm so going to have to do that with some of my favorite sleepers and stuff that my daughter has outgrown.

  10. that is such a great idea! I have to many clothes that were barely worn but now dont fit the baby. I would love for you to come link up at check me out saturdays

  11. I love repurposing clothes! And Baby clothes are too cute! Great job extending thier life!

  12. Hey, I hopped over from The Girl Creative's New Friend Friday, and I'm so glad I did! I've seen a lot of your stuff (I think I even commented on your felt house-along week 1 [on which I am woefully behind!]}, and LOVE it! These are particularly adorable. My little boys growing out of his baby stuff, and this is such a clever idea to alter some to grow with him. Thanks!

  13. ADORABLE! I wish I had known about this when my daughter (now 15) was little!

    By the way, I'm here from Friday Follow and I am linking this post on my blog! :o)

  14. Great idea. I planned on running to get some fabric to add to miss G4 dress the other day but haven't gotten there yet-she cut the bottom off her dress.

    Thanks for posting to my party.
    This weeks Favs will be up by this evening.
    HAVE YOU RE-signed up to follow the new blog. You won't get my updates if you don't? Your old follower status doesn't carry over-blame Google, not me.

  15. Thank you so much for posting this and linking to my Penny Pinching Party. This is exactly what I am looking for with my Penny Pinching Party so I will be featuring you tomorrow.

  16. Great idea & a perfect way to save money! Thanks for sharing. I hope you'll link up this week:

  17. Great idea! I need to try this! Link it up to Mad Skills Monday at SuperStinkyBoys!


  18. I just found your blog and oh my goodness you are so creative! I love how you made newborn clothes into different outfits for an older baby! It's simply amazing and inspiring!

  19. Wow, great tips for anyone with little ones.

  20. We have that same green jumper in a bigger size. I had to cut out the feet to get some extra use out of it.


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