Style In An Instant Baby Romper

Style In An Instant Baby Romper

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Advanced
Project Courtesy of: Fabric Traditions®
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Additional Information



  • Style in an Instant 27” wide shirred cotton fabric – ¾ yard for infant sizes small-large
  • Favorite romper or sunsuit pattern
  • ¾ yards ¼” wide elastic
  • ¼ yard single fold bias tape and three 3/8” diameter snaps or 1/8 yard snap tape
  • Sewing thread
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies


  1. Follow steps 2-3 to cut out the shirred romper.
  2. To make the romper top, cut a piece from the shirred section of the fabric that is the chest measurement minus 1” by the length from the underarm to 1” above the waistline plus 5/8” seam allowance.
  3. Trim the remaining part of the shirred section from the fabric. With the fabric folded in half, cut 2 fronts and 2 backs and 4 18” x 1 ¼” ties.
  4. Follow steps 5-10 to make the shirred romper.
  5. Follow the instructions for the pattern make the bottoms: sew the fronts and backs together, stitch the side seams, finish the edges of the leg openings and stitch the bias tape or snap tape to inner leg edges.
  6. Stitch the ends of top together.
  7. Zigzag stitch along the edges of the seam allowance.  Stitch across the top edge of the seam allowance. 
  8. Divide the lower edge of the top into 4 even sections. With right sides in, pin the top to the bottom matching the seam of the top to the center back seam of the bottom.  Then pin the side and front seams to the sections of the top.  Stretch the shirred top and stitch the top to the bottom.  Trim the seam allowance to 3/8”. Zigzag stitch the edges of the seam allowance.

  1. Fold the ties in half lengthwise with right sides in.  Stitch ¼” from the raw edges.  Turn the ties right side out using a safety pin and press so ties are flat.
  2. Place the ties under the top edge of the romper so they extend 1” below the top row of elastic.  Stitch the tie in place just above the top row of elastic.  Turn under the bottom end on the inside and stitch again just below the second row of elastic. Determine length needed to tie into a bow.  Knot top end of each tie and trim ends if necessary.