I’ll admit it; I love cardigans. I love cardigans on myself, on little boys, and especially on babies. I had some girly cardigans in my stash that needed to be made into baby onesies for Claire, so I made a free pattern and tutorial for you to make your own onesie cardigan! It’s even a simple and quick gift to make for baby shower gifts!
FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan
Use a cardigan with fun details to make an extra special cardigan!
FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan
It’s great for layering and for tummy time.

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

Supplies
Free onesie cardigan pattern, size 0-3 mos
One cardigan
Sewing supplies*
20 inches 1/4″ elastic*

1. Use the pattern to cut out the onesie. Place the center front along the button placket and the center back along the center back. The sleeves can either be cut out along the sleeve cuff or fold the sleeve in half for a folded hem.

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

2. With right sides together sew the shoulders together. Finish the edges.
3. Tack the seam allowance towards the back at the neckline.

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

4. With right sides together sew sleeves onto the shoulders. Finish edges.
5. With right sides together sew sides together. Finish edges.
6. Tack the seam allowances towards the back.

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

7.  Sew single fold bias tape onto the leg openings. If you want it to show, sew it on the inside first. Then fold it towards the front and sew close to the edge. If you don’t want it to show, sew it on the outside first. Then fold it towards the inside and sew close to the edge.

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

8. Insert 10″ of elastic into each leg opening tacking at the ends.
9. Use the bias tape to finish the edges of the crotch. When you sew it on, fold the bias tape around the edges to give it a finished edge.
10. Attach some snaps or add buttons or buttonholes!

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

Put the onesie cardigan on your baby to enjoy all the adorableness!

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

Look at those perfect baby legs in an adorable onesie cardigan!

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

I tried to get a smile, but she cried whenever I put the camera up to my face.

If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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7 thoughts on “FREE PATTERN: Onesie Cardigan

  1. It's super cute! As is the model.

    I've just shared it on And Sew We Craft today. You can find it here: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/2014/05/reader-tutorial-onesie-cardigan-free-pattern-tutorial/

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:13 am
  2. What a cutie! Fun idea I love the purple on her 🙂

    Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm
  3. Always sharing great ideas Heather! And Claire, oh my she's just adorable!

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm
  4. Adorable!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this afternoon that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-cardigan-onesie-refashion/2014/04/27/
    –Anne

    Posted on April 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  5. Oh that baby pudge! Great pattern too 😉

    Posted on April 27, 2014 at 1:44 am
  6. <3 very cute. did you use snaps at the crotch seam or just sew it together and the elastic in the legs made it able to slip on& off?

    Posted on April 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  7. Soooo super cute, I love this idea!

    Posted on April 26, 2014 at 5:42 am