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Refashion: Onesie To Tracksuit Bottoms

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Have your kids (or you!) got one too many of those novelty Onesies that continue to be so popular?

We were given a couple of hand-me-downs from my nephew which would take my boys four or five years to grow into, so I had the idea to re-make one of them into something more wearable – Tracksuit Bottoms, Hoodie and the added bonus of a pair of Slipper Boots!

before  and after

It’s not a complicated refashion, but I seemed to take quite a lot of photos so I’ll split this upcycle into three posts, this being the first.

TRACKSUIT BOTTOMS

First up, I took an existing pair of well-fitting tracksuit bottoms and roughly cut the bottom half of the onesie to size.

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I left plenty of space to turn up a hem and put the feet to one side for later.

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A couple of inches was left at the top to add a little growing room and the top was also put to one side for later.

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I started by unpicking and removing the remainder of the zip, then sewed the centre front seam closed.

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There was just enough knit fabric leftover from a previous project to make a new waistband. I cut 4″ wide strips and pieced them together to measure the same as the onesie and added a seam allowance. The short ends were sewn right sides together to make a circle.

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The new waistband was sewn right sides together with the onesie and the raw edge was overlocked.

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The seam was pressed up towards the waistband.

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The waistband was folded to the inside where the raw edge was pinned over the seam, enclosing the raw edges and extending over by about 1cm.

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I stitched in the ‘ditch’ from the right side, leaving a gap at the centre back to thread the elastic.

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I stitched again in the middle, leaving another gap for the elastic.

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A final row of top stitching finishes off the top edge neatly.

Two pieces of 1/2″ wide elastic were cut to my son’s waist measurement and threaded through the channels using a safety pin.

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The ends of the elastic were sewn together by hand and the gaps in the top stitching were sewn closed by machine.

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For the bottom hems, I just overlocked the raw edges and sewed a small hem leaving a gap to thread through some 1/4″ wide elastic.

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Et Voilá!

A perfectly good pair of tracksuit bottoms.

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Ok, so the T-shirt doesn’t go with them very well, but No.3 son doesn’t care!

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So there you go – how to refashion/upcycle an old onesie into a pair of tracksuit (jogging) bottoms:)

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15 thoughts on “Refashion: Onesie To Tracksuit Bottoms

  1. Ooh great idea! We’re a onesie-free house but if we do ever get one and it gets too small I will chop it in half! 🙂

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    • How have you managed to live onesie-free? They’re like giant, draught free babygros – my son wears his all the time in his cold Uni digs. Not that I’d be seen dead in one you understand:)

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      • Honestly because I can’t be doing with taking half the thing off to go to the toilet!! (That goes for me and my daughter) And I like my dressing gown so I don’t feel like I really need one… like you I wouldn’t be seen dead in one and I’m in and out all the time lol.

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  2. What a cool upgrade xx

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  3. My sons got a couple but when he grows out of them they’ll fit me! I’ve tried on the monkey one already, I look a buggar!!
    Your No 3 son looks a cheeky chappie! 😃

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  4. What a brilliant bit of up-cycling ;-)…I shouldn’t be surprised if they become number 3 son’s favourite comfy pants…especially as the weather is still quite cool – such a clever mum!! 😀

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  6. Great idea! The slippers are brilliant!

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