Onsie Undies -Part 5 of Onsie Week

This is what I did with the bottom part of the onsie.  It's just a diaper cover- but so easy to make.  These would have been super handy if Mike and I hadn't gotten air conditioning this year.  Last year, when it would get up past 80 degrees in the house, I would just have Mim hanging out in her diaper.  That wouldn't have worked this year- if the velcro tabs aren't covered, she loves pulling on them and subsequently taking off her diaper, which I don't love.  At all.
So here's how it goes:
You cut off the snaps from your bottom onsie piece.
Then you pin right sides together and straight stitch, leaving about a quarter inch seam.
I used 3/4 inch elastic for the top- I made a casing, leaving a gap before I went all the way around to insert my elastic.  I threaded the elastic in, sewed it together, then closed the casing.  That was it.  I also added some contrast stitching along the leg holes.  There you go:
My original plan with the white ones was to sew a fly on them to make them look like little boy undies, but I thought I'd take the pictures before I attempt that.  Wouldn't that be cute, though?  A little one year old running around in what appears to be big boy undies?  I think I'll finish the white ones like that and send them to my nephew in Philadelphia.  The possibilities don't stop there, though- you could put ruffles on them and instead of a ruffle bum onsie (which are so popular right now), you'd just have a ruffle bum!  Or you could do a little bum applique, or ruffles around the leg holes, or...anything!  I'm glad I have so many onsie bottoms to experiment with. 
It almost makes me wish we didn't have air conditioning, so Mim could just be running around in these when we're home.  I suppose I'll just have to plan on them being under dresses and then count on Mim lifting her dress up to show people her "eek" (bellybutton).
Fun fact about bellybuttons:  if you undo yours, your butt will not, in fact, fall off.  That's what we told my little brother for years.
 Here they are with boy underpants lines on them.  I'll probably go over them a few more times to make them more obvious before I send them to my nephew, but I think they're hilarious. 


kpmattingly said...

Thanks for sharing this. My daughter has some dresses without bloomers--this would be a great and easy fix!

2littlehooligans said...

these are absolutely brilliant!

Betty said...

At least all she does is take her diaper off, when I was little I apparently used to secret things into mine (much to my mother's dismay).

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

What a clever idea! I think the ruffles would be beautiful.

I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting tomorrow. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

casserole said...

This is so awesome!! I love the tighty-whitey stitching!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing in a post scheduled to go live Sunday, October 3 at 7:00am CST:


Anonymous said...

This is such a cute idea! I will be making some of these as soon as my son starts pulling at the tabs! We have so many hand-me-down onsies, so this is a FREE project completely.

Mary said...

This is such a great idea for all those outgrown onesies...thank you for sharing....