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« on: July 28, 2007 08:02:45 AM »

So I finally got my sewing machine home from the machine hospital and I demanded an hour to myself, and this is what came of that.

When my husband saw it he volunteered some of his beloved t-shirt collection, even the shirt off his back (Army of Darkness!)
This was from a YS t-shirt in the recon tub and it's about a 6-9 month romper. The upper body needs some work but I already know how to do that. I was working mainly toward the booty shape.

Step 1 - get a t-shirt and a pre-made romper. See how the crotch puffs up because it's in a shorts shape? I chose to ignore that. Like I said, quick 'n' dirty. Speaking of dirty, those stains show up way more for the camera than real life.

Step 2 - fold both in half and trace like so. You should narrow the sleeves (or take them off altogether, up to you). So basically you're cutting a chunk out of the armpit and then letting it widen for the legs. You'll have to fudge a bit for the bottomy part, because we're ignoring the romper's reality and substituting one of our own.

Step 3 - Don't bother changing the thread in your machine if you're excited. Sew on the armpit line ONLY. Otherwise you'll close the leg up and you could make an oddly-shaped pillow.

Step 4 - Now cut. Go ahead and cut your bottom line too, just make sure you leave enough to hem or you'll get an underwear shape.

Step 5 - Now fold it over and trace what you've just cut onto the othe other side. Be sure to let your cat help.

Step 6 - sew the armpit line on that side and cut.

Step 7 - attach your closure. If you use snaps, I recommend reinforcing your fabric with something that doesn't stretch so they hold up better. I chose yummy green Velcro. Make sure your closures are so that the flaps point toward each other when you go to close it. So both sides should be facing up when laid flat. Or down, I haven't decided which I like better, or if there's a difference.

Step 8 - hem, hem. Cut that little diagonal slit between the crotch flap and the rest of the leg so your corners don't bunch.

Tada! (I bent the Velcro to make the leggy shape.) Wow. I have to check whether the sleeves really are that far off from each other, but I don't think so.

The end!

Mm. Don't worry about the scissors, he's not crawling yet.

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007 08:08:42 AM »

fantastic idea, now if only someone I knew had a baby.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007 08:09:28 AM »

Great tutorial!  So smart and practical -- and cute!  Adorable baby, too.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007 08:12:55 AM »

this is a good idea. I have done something like it before, not nearly as nice as yours though!

oh and BTW that is one big cat!!  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007 08:38:59 AM »

That is one beautiful baby, almost makes me want another one  Cry ...thanks for the tute, i have a pile of my husband's shirts that I want to reconstruct for my babe!
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2007 09:26:19 AM »

Thats brilliant!

The shirt looks wicked cute as a romper!
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2007 09:26:53 AM »

The sleeves are pretty darn even. I don't know what was up with that picture.

I just changed him and he'd peed through it. Angry

Daneisha, I can't wait to get started on the next one! Baby, I mean.
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2007 10:59:00 AM »

 ooooh, awesome idea,  thank you! i have just the shirt, i looked at it yesterday and wondered what to do with it, it's been in a pile of stuff to make baby clothes for months... and your baby looks adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2007 11:48:25 AM »

Perfect! Your tute is not only informative but entertaining as well.  Who knew cats could sew! I think you've got yourself a t.v. show in the making with kitty! The little guy could be his sewing sidekick  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2007 11:57:15 AM »

The cat did that on his own, with no help from me. I had just laid the shirt out and turned to put the little guy in the stroller for DH and when I turned back, he was there, even hugging the pen. I thought I'd already gotten a pic of that step so I took one for fun. Turns out that's the only one I have of that.
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2007 12:09:50 PM »

that is so cute, I'm gonna try one for my daughter
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2007 12:48:55 PM »

okay, i'm sooo doing this today!  and this may seem strange, but i think you have my cat (who has actually not been with us for almost two years now, but noti n the way that he could have run away and become your cat...in the way that it would be really scary if he were!)
i mean, he looks so much like our oliver.  i will have to post a picture when i find one.  wow.
now on to the important thing - your baby is just adorable!  thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2007 01:21:52 PM »

this is awesome!!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2007 03:25:14 PM »


Mm. Don't worry about the scissors, he's not crawling yet.




Oh, yeah, right! When you least expect it your darling will put on a daring act of precocity! He looks very smart!! Shocked  Roll Eyes  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2007 05:10:41 PM »

weird. i think robby is just about 2 years old.
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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2007 07:12:00 PM »

Thanks for such a great tutorial! I was going through my summer clothes yesterday and thought I'd get rid of a too-small "Shroeder playing piano" t-shirt, but now I have better plans for the shirt than Goodwill  Smiley

Your baby and kitty are so adorable!
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2007 09:23:35 PM »

Thanks for a tutorial of something that can be used for a boy! Yea!
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2007 08:01:15 AM »

GReat project and tute!  You should post in the "gifts/crafts for boys" flickr group!
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2007 03:37:31 PM »

oh, yes!  i was just going to get rid of my boo berry and sesame street shirts...i'm totally digging them out of the sally anne bag to do this    Cheesy

thanks for the great tute...and your baby is just lovely  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2007 04:00:37 PM »

Wonderful! Thanks for the tute.

I've got a bunch of shirts I can do this with, too!
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2007 04:14:17 PM »

I love it!  Great job.
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2007 04:46:01 PM »

Okay everyone, you've had a day and a half! Let me see them!
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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2007 04:25:51 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!  Love it! Wink
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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2007 02:56:23 PM »

ooooh...dani'. amazing!
thanks! i'll have to do this asap.
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« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2007 11:00:52 AM »

adorable. & that is a gigantic cat. haha.
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« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2007 07:26:06 AM »

i was just re-reading it, and this tute is hilarious! Grin
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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2007 08:34:50 AM »

HAHAHAHA! Freeking awesome! More things to make my babies uber cute!!
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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2007 09:46:53 PM »

nice romper.  supahfine baby.  bitchin' bouncy chair fabric.

rock on.
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« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2007 06:51:45 AM »

Thanks! Here's the bouncy chair topic
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183544.msg1912929#msg1912929
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« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2007 05:07:48 AM »

Great, hilarious tut!!  And kudos for putting it together with a wee one in tow!  (I'm posting my version in another thread and didn't want to double-hit the image... not sure if it matters  Tongue)
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« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2007 08:23:30 AM »

Thank you for the tutorial! Now I am obligated to make my son some new onsies from his dad's old shirts. Btw, I don't suppose your cat was adopted from the humane society and his given name was Tin-Tin? (He looks like a cat I worked with last summer).
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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2007 06:41:46 AM »

No, he came from the animal hospital as a teeny baby 2 years ago.
*sniff* he used to be cute...
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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2007 08:35:16 AM »

He is adorable lol
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2007 12:20:44 PM »

sure. we call him Rob the Blob. Wink
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2007 05:35:50 AM »

omg I looooove it! SOOO going to have to make some of these!! THANKS!
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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2008 09:14:37 PM »

Oh My Gawsh!  I'm so glad I found this  Grin  Now I have another Thrift Store junket in the making.  I was getting worried looking around for onsies I'd put on my kid (I refuse pink or blue- we're Deathrockers our child will be a deathrawk baby LOL) and I'm raiding our T-shirt drawers.  I can't wait *does the giddy dance of sewy joy*  Thank goodness we still have months of sewing ahead before he/she/it arrives!
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« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2008 12:19:56 PM »

This is genuis!!! 
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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2008 12:37:53 PM »

I just had to show you this.  There was a link to it from my iGoogle home page.  You're internet famous!

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Baby-Romper-from-a-T-Shirt


Screenshot of the google page.  Nifty, huh?  I linked it instead of posting the image because it wouldn't show up big enough on here.

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb7/thankyoulocust/quickndirtyromper.jpg
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« Reply #38 on: May 01, 2008 03:48:25 PM »

What a fantastic idea!
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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2008 06:14:39 AM »

Great idea, very cute.
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« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2008 11:36:14 AM »

That is a great idea.  I need to hit up dds closet for some t-shirts she has outgrown.  My sil gets some of dd's hand-me downs so I don't know what I have left.
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« Reply #41 on: June 05, 2008 12:56:40 PM »

I just had to show you this.  There was a link to it from my iGoogle home page.  You're internet famous!

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Baby-Romper-from-a-T-Shirt


Screenshot of the google page.  Nifty, huh?  I linked it instead of posting the image because it wouldn't show up big enough on here.

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Awesome! Thanks for posting that screenshot!
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« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2009 03:36:30 PM »

I'm going to make about a thousand of these for summer, I think.  Smiley   Thanks!
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« Reply #43 on: May 05, 2009 03:57:40 PM »

Me, too! Thanks for reviving this thread!
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« Reply #44 on: May 12, 2009 06:04:42 AM »

wow!  thnx this is awesome!  i have a newborn baby boy and have never sewn boys clothes before.  im alwayz making things for my 6 yr old girl..... this is pretty much what i was looking for with warm weather here.  ill have to try this!  thnx for posting the tute!  ps- ur little man is adorable
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« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2009 11:52:08 AM »

awesome!! thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2009 02:20:56 PM »

I love that this old thread is being revived. Here's the same little man now:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30094151&l=c45cd81f2b&id=1494336605
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« Reply #47 on: September 18, 2009 10:51:51 AM »

Wow...velcro for the crotch!  Why did I not think of that??  I love this tutorial; I just had to hit the "THIS ROCKS" button.  I hope all crafty parents get to check this out.  Thanks so much!
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