Monday, June 6, 2011

Let's Get Ready To --- RUMBA!

I went to a baby shower for a dear friend Saturday morning.  She is perhaps the CUTEST pregnant lady on Earth.
See...that's her in the pink shirt!  And yes, you recognize the yellow shirt from here.

 I decided to make some ruffle-bum onesies for her shower.  However, my mother always called them "rumba pants" so rumba pants they will forever be in my mind.

Here are the materials you need to make your own set of rumba bum onesies!

one package of onesies
super cute fabric for the ruffles
um yeah, that's it

I raided my fabric stash to find just the right prints for a stylish newborn in the 21st century, and I came up with these:

Fun and pretty.  These fabrics make a statement!
This was a totally easy project to complete.  First use a straight edge and a rotary cutter to cut fabric strips.  Cut four strips, 2" wide, from each pattern of fabric.  I used fat quarters, and I cut my strips from the narrow end of the piece.

I wanted a rough look to the ruffles so after I cut the strips I washed them in the washing machine to ravel the edges.  Wash the onesies too while you are at it.  *Use Dreft or some other baby-friendly detergent so your onesies are ready to wear right out of the box.*

Here is the pile fresh out of the dryer.
Iron the strips and trim off the stray threads.

Sew a gather stitch down the center of each strip, and gently gather.

Ironed, stitched, and ready for gathering.

 Pin the first strip across the lowest part of the bottom just at the top of the leg holes.  Tuck under each edge of the ruffle 1/4 of an inch.  Sew on the ruffle, and remove the gather stitching.  To keep the finished ruffle from getting stitched into the next ruffle, pin it down securely before pinning on the next ruffle. 

This ruffle is securely out of the way. 
Pin the next ruffle 1/4" above the stitching of the first ruffle.

Sorry for the blurry photo!
Secure each of the first three ruffles before sewing on the next.  This makes a tightly ruffled patch across the bum of the onesie!  Totally cute (if you ask me)!

Finished!  I love the compact ruffles!
Repeat the process again...
Beautiful bubbly blue!
And again...
Gorgeous green!
 And again...
Sassy stripy dots!
This was a totally easy, project to complete, and a record breaker for me.  I didn't have to pick out any stitching!  That is a first for me!!!  All of my fabrics came from a fat quarter bundle so the patterns and colors were coordinated.  I could have mixed and matched the fabrics one each onesie, but I chose to keep them with one color/pattern each.  However, when you make yours, you can go CRAZY!

The only thing left is to present them in a cute manner...

First, tuck the sleeves toward the back.  Tuck up the bottom.  Then, fold down the top to make a small roll with the ruffles on top.  Repeat with the other onesies.

All lined up and ready to go!
 Line a gift box with tissue paper and place the onesies inside...

Tucked into the box with tissue!  Soooo cute!

I opted for a very simple outside wrapping.  I used white ribbon and then taped on some small flower-shaped yo-yos made from the same fabric as the onesie ruffles.  To find a flower-shaped yo-yo maker click here.  To learn how to make yo-yos check out my tutorial here. (Flower yo-yos are a little more challenging and time consuming, but if you are only making a few it isn't too bad.)

All wrapped up and ready to go!
I had a great time making these Rumba onesies!  I encourage you to try them too! 

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If you enjoyed this post about sewing here are a few others you might enjoy:  Appliqued Onesies, Kid's Snuggle Blanket, Part One of the saga of the Yo-Yo Quilt

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Just Jaime said...

CUTE! What a great way to wrap them up too!

Creatively Content said...

These are supper sweet. I love being a ble to give a good friend a handmade gift..there is something special about it. :)

Rose :: said...

great for cute bums!

thanks for stopping by and your kind comments about the rosette bedding.

do come again...
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have a tutorial or two? come show up!

Bloomsandbugs said...

Soo cute!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Oh my, these are the most darling little onesies I've ever seen!!!! And I love the colors of the fabric you used... very very cute post! Loved it! Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment on my patriotic tablescape. Would love you to visit me again sometime.Happy Monday!~Poppy

Jill said...

Rumba pants! I love it! And so beautifully wrapped too!
Lucky friend!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Kaysi said...


Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

These are so cute!! I am been wanting to make some of these for so long and justnever get around to it! I love the color combo you used!


PS- I am hosting a giveaway on my blog right now for free hair accessories and would love for you to stop by and enter!

Unknown said...

So CUTE!!! I just made some too. One as a gift and some for my baby. Great minds think alike!! Great job I love the colors you used! BTW I am a new follower.

Kristen said...

Nothing like a thoughtful, handmade gift. It makes you feel so special to know someone spent time with your gift. These are adorable! And the packaging was JUST right! =) Well done! Your friend is blessed to have you. =) said...

Following you from Sugar Bee Crafts. Those are so cute! :) Would love to have you link it up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now on my blog. :)


Ches said...

These are super cute!!!! I love the fabric and the packaging is adorable. Perhaps one of these days I will start to practice sewing again and try these. By the way thanks for stopping by my blog today, I love meeting new bloggers.

very merry vintage style said...

These are adorable! What a great gift and I love how you placed them in the box--such a pretty gift. Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

LOVE the ruffled bum look, and totally diggin your fabric choices!! I will have to try this very soon!

Thanks for sharing!
My linky ;)

Unknown said...

Lovely outfits and pretty packaging!

Thanks for the lovely comment on the sharpie post! Can't wait to see what you create.

Unknown said...

I love it! I love how you folded them and packaged it all together too - it looks so cute with all the ruffles lined up. And the name "rumba onesie" is precious.
Would love for you to link to my summer long link party at bugaboo, mini, mr & me!

"Life's a Picnic!" party!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love them all next to each other and looking so ruffly - cute cute!

Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

I commented earlier this week, but I loved these so much I featured them on my blog today! Come on by and check it out!


Amalia Athanaeleas said...

Ok, I *need* to make these for my expectant friends!! Love this!!!

Brit said...

Adorable! Love how you packaged them all up pretty too :) Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

Beth said...

So pretty and adorable! Love the packaging :).

Unknown said...

So stinkin' cute! My daughter would look precious in those!

rebekah said...

I love the little flowers you used for the wrapping.

Shana said...

Babies in onesies are the cutest thing and with the ruffles you've just made it even cuter!

Starla said...

I found your blog through Flamingo Toes party link - I am glad I checked this out. Need to make some of these for my grandbaby. Thanks for sharing.

AllieMakes! said...

LOVE them! They are adorable!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Annalea said...

precious! a friend of mine just had a little girl and this will be a perfect gift for her! visiting from making it with allie.

love the little yo-yo's on top of the package. nice touch!

Jenn Erickson said...

Oh my word -- those are so, so adorable! I love the fabrics, the colors, and the layers of ruffles!

Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!


Denise said...

I found you on Simply Designing. Creative people like you inspire me so I decided to follow your blog. So cute. I love ruffled baby bottoms! I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

Angela said...

These are adorable and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!