Cardigan Onesie — TAKE 2

So, when I started my cardigan onesie making process, I committed to make one for four different families that are expecting boys in the next few months.  The first one was tough, but I chalked that up to a learning curve.  The second one was still tedious, but much easier.  And the third and fourth ones were a nightmare.  I posted about my frustration on Facebook and a friend pointed me in the direction of THIS tutorial that took the original idea and simplified it.  OH. EM. GEE. I went from spending almost 3 hours on one cardigan to whipping them out in 30 minutes or less.

Here’s a side by side comparison…the first version is on the left, the new version is on the right.

Instead of using jersey knit (the BANE of my existence!!) for the lining, I used bias tape.  SO MUCH EASIER.  Also, I used buttons instead of snaps.  I just sewed the two sides together while sewing the button on so they’re not technically functional, but what baby needs functioning buttons on his cardigan??  I haven’t decided if I like the look of the buttons or snaps better…

So…what do you think??  Do you like one version better than the other?  Do you prefer buttons or snaps?

I Heart Nap Time



9 Comments on “Cardigan Onesie — TAKE 2”

  1. Those are so cute! I like the buttons better. I wish I was crafty, but I’m not. I don’t know how you have time to do anything with 2 little ones. I feel like I don’t have an extra moment in the day most of the time!

  2. I’m so sorry you had so much trouble sewing the knit! I feel really bad, because I have a really hard time with bias binding sew I prefer to use knit. I’m glad you found something that worked for you! I like the look of both the buttons and the snaps.

    • lifethroughmyeyes says:

      Don’t worry about it! Honestly, I’m definitely an amateur when it comes to sewing so I’m sure that’s why I had so much trouble 😉

  3. steph barron says:

    could you please tell me what kind of binding tape you used…I am trying to make these for a shower and don’t think i bought the right kind :o) thank you!!

    • lifethroughmyeyes says:

      I use extra wide double fold bias tape from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s 🙂

      • steph barron says:

        thank you so much for getting back to me soo quickly…you are a lifesaver! just started reading your blog today and your little ella is darling!!

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