Monday, September 2, 2013

Baby Overall DIY

About 90% of Axel's clothes are hand-me-downs.  We are so lucky that I have two sisters with young sons. It has saved us a lot of money.  They both have great taste too so most of his clothes are cute.  I still have a hard time with the fact that I didn't pick them out though and have been working on making them our own.
The Pendleton Woolen Mill Store where I buy fabric for my bow ties often has bins of scraps from the mill for really cheap by-the-pound prices.  I always check the bins when I'm there and often pick up scraps of beautiful fabrics.  I'm excited to finally be coming up with projects to use them.
I came up with this DIY for a pair of overalls using Pendleton scraps.  You can use any fabric you want though for a project like this.
I started by cutting out paper pattern pieces in the shapes of the areas I wanted to cover.  I decided to do the pocket on the front and a triangular piece on the back.  Then I pinned the pattern pieces to my fabric and cut it out.  If you are using a thin enough fabric I would recommend cutting an additional 1/2" all the way around the piece and press that allowance back for a clean finished edge.  My material was very thick and I was already planning to sew it on top of two layers of denim so I just kept raw edges.
The next step is pretty simple.  Pin your material onto your garment and stitch it on.  If you have a pressed back clean edge, it would be easy to machine top stitch it.  If your edge is not clean, you could use a zigzag stitch on your machine to help keep it from fraying.  Or you can hand sew.  I opted for the last option since I knew my machine couldn't handle all of those layers of wool and denim.  I used a blanket stitch to keep the material from fraying.
This is a very simple project that anyone can do, even if you don't have a sewing machine!


  1. That is such a good idea! All of my sons clothes for the first year of his life were hand me downs from my mother in law mostly. I would have loved to make them a little more 'his'.
    Baby # 2 is on the way and I have already heard there is clothes ready and waiting for her, so I will definitely keep this in mind! Thank you!

  2. I love this idea! Such a good way to make handmedowns your own. Definitely saving this for when I have kids.

  3. OOH! This is a fun DIY! I want to try it on something like a sweater.. Maybe add pockets.. Gotta dig in my closet for something to work on!



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