How to Make a Baby Nightgown


Nightgowns are often used for babies of both genders in the first few months of life. These nightgowns are soft, comfortable and easy to put on and take off of a new baby. The nightgowns also suit a baby who sleeps most of the day. The gathered skirt portion of the nightgown prevents the baby from kicking her feet out and getting cold feet. Use a premade onsie as the top of the nightgown to make this project suitable for novice sewers.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Onsie
  • ½-inch thick elastic strip
  • Make a rectangle from fabric 24 inches wide and 28 inches long. Face the right sides together and sew the long side together with a ¼-inch seam allowance. This will make the skirt of the nightgown.

  • Fold the bottom hem over ¼ inch and iron in place. Fold the hem over an additional one inch, and sew using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Leave a small, two-inch gap in the hem so you can thread a piece of elastic through the hem later.

  • Sew two stitches to the other side of the skirt about ½ an inch away from each other and ½ an inch away from the top edge. Pull the loose strings to gather the top of the fabric. Gather the skirt tight enough so that it is just as wide as the middle of the onsie.

  • Cut off the bottom half of the onsie, just under the arms. Sew the gathered part of the skirt to the onsie using a ½- inch seam allowance.

  • Thread a 14 inch piece of elastic through the hole in the hem. Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew the opening closed.

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