I know I always say it, but I really am so excited and pleased with my most recently finished craft project! It’s something I’ve wanted to learn for awhile, but I’ve just always seemed to put off.
I absolutely love making baby items because they’re all so cute and tiny, and it’s an excuse to use all of the absolutely adorable fabric prints available! I was a little disappointed this time though, that when I went shopping for fabric, the selection wasn’t as great as it has been in the past.
I found this cute little dump truck fabric that would work cute for a little baby boy’s onesie. I believe it was an interlock, which is a nice stretchy knit that is a little thicker than jersey knit.
It’s been sooooo long since I’ve worked with a knit fabric. I was actually a little intimidated getting started again because it really is different than working with wovens. It was a perfect excuse to pull out the serger again so that I can get some practice in before the secret project I’m working on.
I don’t believe you always need special equipment to make things, but a serger seriously helps take your handmade items to the next level. It’s amazing for creating beautifully finished seams like the manufacturers. I’m such a perfectionist that it’s a MUST if I’m sewing apparel items.
If you’re planning on using a serger for your knits, don’t be intimidated by playing with your machine’s features. More specifically, the differential feed. The differential feed refers to how the fabric is fed through the machine. Knits tend to curl or wave when passed through the machine at the standard machine setting. For my machine, the standard is 1.0. By increasing the differential feed to greater than 1.0, it tends to “gather” the fabric as it’s being serged, rather than stretching it. You will have to check your machine’s manual, and I also recommend doing a test swatch to find the right setting.
I found a pattern on Etsy for the baby onesie that included a wide range of sizes and different sleeve styles.
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The instructions for the baby onesie were very easy to follow and it finishes up fairly quickly. I used both my serger and my regular sewing machine, and I think it helps add a more professional finish. The only thing I wasn’t fond of was using a woven in the crotch area where the snaps are adhered. I would prefer just using the same knit fabric, or binding the edge like the the neck and legs.
I was a little bummed that after correcting them, I put the second set on crooked. It’s ok though, I’ll get it right on the next one!
Overall, I loved making this baby onesie! It is so cute and tiny and can’t wait to give it to the sweet little baby boy. I’m happy I took the time to learn how to make a onesie, because it will make another great gift to go along with my baby blankets!