Ribbon & Onesie Makeover

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Want to learn how to turn those boring white onesies into an adorable fashion statement? This Ribbon & Onesie Makeover is quick to make and fun, fun, fun! Grab some ribbon and a onesie…and let’s sew! Can’t wait to see you there.

Have you ever needed the perfect outfit for your little one and did not have one? This was my story EXACTLY! My sister invited me to go to a Girl’s State Basketball tournament with her. Of course to be truly loyal to your team, you must wear their school colors…right?!? Right!

This team’s school colors are red, black, and white. My plan was to make a quick trip to Wal-Mart and find some cute and cheap red onesies and call it good. However, to my surprise, there was nothing in her small little size in red. What was I to do? My wheels immediately started turning, and I thought…why not create something for my sweet little girl? So, I did. In fact, I did a Ribbon & Onesie Makeover for everyday the team could potentially play, which ended up being three. However, you will have to wait for the other two Ribbon & Onesie Makeover tutorials. But…don’t fret, they are coming soon. 🙂

Want to see what I did? Even better, want to learn how? Come on, let’s sew!

This onesie is called Strips & Stripes.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSupply List
1. Onesie
*I used a white Carter’s onesie I had at home.
2. 3 different widths of ribbon.
*I used 3″ grosgrain in red, 1.5″ grosgrain in white, and 3/8″ saddle stitch in red.
3. Thread
*I used So Fine! thread.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog1. Pick a onesie you would like to makeover. Iron if needed.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog2. Lay first ribbon across onesie in your desired location and cut the ribbon. I cut my ribbon so there would be an extra inch on each end of the ribbon.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog3. Lay second and third ribbons across the first ribbon and cut. You will now have all three ribbons cut to your desired length.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog4. Lay all three ribbons on the onesie in your desired location to get the right length of ribbon from outside seam to outside seam.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog5. Fold raw edges of all three ribbons under and pin. Pin ribbon in different areas as well to secure them together.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat BlogRibbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog6. Pin the ribbon stack to the onesie. Make sure to pin the edges of the ribbon stack right up next to the outside seams. Place one pin in the middle of the ribbon stack to help secure it to the onesie.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog7. Sew the ribbon stack to the onesie. (Note: Make sure you do not sew the front of the onesie to the back of the onesie.) To make sure the ribbon was totally secure, I put a small zig zag stitch through the middle of the red saddle stitch ribbon. I also stitched along the top and bottom of the white ribbon and the top and bottom of the red ribbon.
You are doing great and are almost done. 🙂

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog8. Now add a bow. I used the red saddle stitch ribbon.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog9. Pin bow onto ribbon stack.

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat Blog10. Sew bow into place. I used my zig zag stitch to sew the bow onto the ribbon stack.
Optional: Seal ends of ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.

11. Just kidding. No more steps…You are DONE!!!

Doesn’t my little sweetie look so adorable? She looked so cute and showed so much school spirit! 🙂

Ribbon & Onesie Makeover - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWant to make a bow to match?
Ribbon & Onesie Makover - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTake a look at our TOTT Hair Bow Instructions here and learn how. It is so much fun! I followed the Pinwheel Instructions to make the bow my little girl is wearing, and I attached it to a Petite Lace Headband. The Ribbon Retreat carries lots and lots of ribbon and hats & headbands for you to create anything you can come up with.

Happy Creating!
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  1. Jeannie kats
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Cute idea!!! and very very cute little model..

  2. Kristie
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Great onesie! Cute little baby girl!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Martha
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    SO DARN CUTE!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  4. Kayla Smith
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little slow when it comes to sewing, so I’m sorry if I seem naive. Are you opening the sides of the onesie or is it staying closed and you’re just sewing close to the seams?

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Kayla! Thank you for your question. You are not naive at all. That is a really good question. I did not open the seams of the onesie, I just sewed really close to the seam. You could very easily unpick the seam and tuck the ribbon in the seam and then sew it up again, along with sewing the ribbon to the onesie at the same time, as well. Either way you do it will be perfect. I hope this helps you! Good luck and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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