Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit

Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit

Collaborating this month with a lovely group of Bloggers to bring you some new craft ideas. For the June Craft Destash we were challenged to create a project using only items currently found in our craft stash. We were to make something new with crafty supplies or re-make an item we’ve been holding on to for a while. For this challenge I decided to make a Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit.

Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit


Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit

This pattern is really easy to make. I don’t think you can find it in the store any longer because it’s considered “vintage”! I purchased it when my daughter was born but never found the time to make anything from it. You can find it online however. And I most definitely dug into my stash and used some things I’ve been holding onto for a while! Besides the pattern, check out the picture of the rickrack below!


McCall’s pattern 4254
blue fabric – about 1 yard
red gingham fabric – about 1/2 yard
white fabric – about 1 yard
Small scrap of green fabric
Brown rickrack – small piece
Steam A Seam Lite
Thread to match fabric
Black embroidery thread


Cut pieces from the pattern. I included a ruffle but you don’t have to. If you are new to sewing I would recommend not using it. Then cut out your pieces for the applique. I just traced some circles from a vitamin jar lid then cut 2 different size leaves. The leaves were cut from my Accuquilt Go Baby (they call it the Go Me now) but you could certainly just freehand them. Iron some Steam A Seam onto the back of the applique pieces.

Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit 1

Position applique  pieces then iron on. Then use rickrack to make cherry stems and sew in place. I found this brown rickrack in my craft stash. It must have belonged to my mother. I wonder if they would still honor the guarantee?? Use a zigzag stitch and stitch around the leaves and cherries. Embroider the faces on the cherries. I used a french knot for the eyes on the one cherry. All the other stitching is just a backstitch.

Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit 4 

Follow the directions on the pattern to sew together the outfit. Basically you sew the front to the back. Then sew up the ties and sew those onto the back pieces. Next make and sew on the ruffle (if you are using). Make the lining and sew it to the main piece. That’s it!

Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit 3 

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7 comments on “Patriotic Summer Baby Outfit

  1. You make the cutest baby outfits, Roseann. This is so fun for the summer.

  2. Love this ‘sunsuit’, as my family called it back in the day. My grandma would bring TONS of these matching outfits for me and my sister when she would visit from out of state! Yes, these are indeed ‘vintage’. 😉 Be sure to share this at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow!

  3. Mother of 3 on said:

    That is so stinkin’ cute! I just love the little accents like the cherries and the back bow with the matching bloomers. Adorable.

  4. How cute is this! It certainly reminds me of sewing for my niece when she was little! She’s now almost fifty! Nevertheless, I loved making clothes like this back in the day and it’s been a long time since I heard the word rick-rack! I guess I’m vintage too!Lol!

  5. Such an adorable baby outfit! I love the faces on the cherries! This is just beyond cute!

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  7. What a CUTE outfit! I love the applique! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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