for today's tiny person tutorial we have an extra special treat,
a guest post from heather of feather's flights!
she is a fantastic seamstress (she and i actually had sewing classes together in college!)
and now a momma too.
today she's going to show us how to make a little christmas sweater style onesie.
I love ugly Christmas sweaters. The first Christmas my husband and I
were married, I made Christmas sweaters for him and me. He got a
hexagonal snowman, and I got an artistic tree. They were supposed to
be ugly, but they turned out cool instead.
Now that we have a little babe this Christmas, I decided he needed a a
Christmas sweater too. He gets an artistic Santa.
Click here for the rest of the Tutorial! -----
As you see you can make a cool Christmas sweater for anyone, but this
tutorial is specifically for a baby sweater one-piece. You
can use these basic instructions to make any size sweater. Here are
the basic shapes drawn out that I have done, but you can do any shape
you want. The easiest one is the tree.
2 or more old sweaters in the colors you want
Thread, scissors, pins, etc.
1. Get a pattern. I traced the front of a one-piece, the back of
another piece with a center back seam, and the sleeve of another.
2. Draw the shape you want on the front piece. There is a seam between
each shape. Cut apart pieces. I like to leave mine in order so I don't
forget what goes where.
3. I utilized the hems and finished edges of the sweater. I cut out
the neckline on the neckline of the sweater and the legs on the bottom
of the sweater. I also did this on the back by cutting the back
pattern piece in two.
4. I cut out all the pieces and laid them out in order. (See how the
back piece is two?) I also added seam allowance to each piece when I
cut it out. Some pieces I forgot, but I'm not worried. It's stretchy
5. Pin the triangle/rectangle pieces into the coordinating piece. Sew
with the coordinating piece up.
6. You will then sew around the edge. You will have to fiddle with the
fabric, but the stretch will help. Then follow the instructions on the
7. Zigzag or serge all your edges to finish them.
8. Once you have the rectangle pieces in, sew in the circles. Sew with
the circle up so you can easily follow the round edges.
9. Lay out your pieces. Then sew the the coordinating seams together
making sure you match up the shapes.
10. Put the back together.
11. In this version I added snaps to one shoulder to fit it over my
baby's head. (I used twill tape that had snaps on it. I got it at
Joann's with a 50% off coupon. You can also sew on twill tape then sew
on your own snaps.) Follow the instructions on the picture.
Leave the sleeve edge unfinished.
12. Sew the other shoulder seam. (Mine has random seams from the
previous sweater construction.
13. Sew in sleeves with snaps closed, and then sew the sides.
14. On the inside leg seam do the same as the shoulder by folding the
edge over and sewing the snaps over it.
That's it! You now have a little baby Christmas sweater
With an easy way to change the baby's diaper.
There's a couple random seams on the back but it fits him well.
Now we have a family of holiday sweaters.
Quick tip: If you want to make an adult sweater, cut the pieces out
but don't cut into the hem of the sweater. Sew the band onto the
bottom of the sweater to finish it.