The New & Improved Rockin’ Baby Gown Tutorial with Hand Flaps!

by This is Carrie on August 5, 2011

Everyone has been so patient! The new Rockin’ Baby Gown tutorial is ready, complete with instructions on how to include a little hand flap.

There are also a few minor tweaks to the pattern and added ideas on how to customize your gown with ribbing and color blocking.

Have fun turning your favorite, old T-shirts into rockin’ baby gowns!

Click HERE for tutorial.


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Julie August 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I just made one of these for my little one, love the way the top worked out but it needed some extra room on the bottom for his fattybum cloth diapers, just something to consider(he’s a chunk to begin with lol so throw in the diaper and it was very snug in the butt)
Thank you for taking the time to post this and the pattern, i’m going to play around with it to make some onesies and some pj t’s.

Whitney October 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

What size tshirt is the best for making these gowns?

Sherry January 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I was wondering what sewing level would this be…I am new to sewing and wondering if this is simple enough. Also what size t-shirts are you using?

These are gorgeous and hopefully I can make a few before baby arrives in May!

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

I don’t think this is a true beginner sewing project, but if you make a few, you’ll figure it out. The first one might not turn out great, but practice makes perfect! I have made this style out of women’s small shirts even (But then you have to make a short sleeved gown or cut contrasting sleeves out of a different t-shirt). You can usually cut the entire pattern out of a men’s Large t-shirt. Look for ones that don’t have side seams. They work the very best.

Sherry Reply:

Thanks for the reply! I have started gathering old shirts my husband no longer wears and gonna give it a try. They are just too sweet to pass up.

Lisa @ grey luster girl February 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thank you for providing this awesome tutorial! I made some with your old tutorial and then was so delighted when I came back to make some more and found that you had added the hand flaps. Thank you, thank you!

Debz June 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

OMG! Thank you thank you for adding this tutorial! I’m so excited to make one for my baby! Plus it comes with those nifty built-in mitts! I’m going to try to alter it slightly to make it with a zipper in the back or kimono style (since I can’t pull clothes over his head without him shrieking) >_<

Daisy September 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Would be so much fun to learn how to make (Soft worn cotton! Loose!) jammies from old Tshirts (maybe w/snapped or pull on bottoms ) for little ones – toddlers too.

Jessica Welch November 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I can’t wait to make this for my daughter and the upcoming baby showers I have to attend! Thank you so much!

Brenda Smith January 31, 2013 at 5:12 am

Thank You so much for this awesome pattern and Tutorial. You have done such a great job and I am so excited to make it for my grandson I’m expecting in May. I so wish I had the Internet when I was having my babies 27 years ago. This is so beautiful to connect with other smart moms and see what they are doing and how creative you all are! Keep up the good work and enjoy every day you have with your little ones as it really does pass by too quickly.

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April 22, 2013 at 2:48 am

This pattern looks absolutely fantastic! My hubby is a 3xl and I’m sure he’ll have some t-shirts laying around he doesn’t want to wear anymore so I can give it a go! As someone previously mentioned, I may add a little to the length as we’re planning on using Cloth Nappies. :)

dlm6358 April 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

Thanks for this pattern. My new grandaughter was born April 22, 2013. Her Grandpa passed away February 8, 2013. We will be making a nightgown out of one of his t-shirts!

Johanne June 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’ve just made two, and not beeing an expert in sewing the tutorial is very easy to follow and they turned out great! The neck is the trickiest part as you say and it was a good idea to practice a bit first. Can’t wait to see how they will fit on my little one to be!

Kathleen June 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I made my first one today. As non-seasoned sewer the instructions were very clear and the pictures made each step easy to follow. I used one of my husbands old tee’s which he loved to see made into something new!
Thanks for the tutorial!

kate wells June 23, 2013 at 4:56 am

I was wrapped to find this site the pattern and tutorial were so helpful. I am a first time grandma who quilts and knits and used to sew all the baby clothes and was madly looking for patterns for just this a new born nightie and this is so much cooler i have some of my sons and daughters old tshirts i couldnt part with and this will make a gift with memories attached. thanks again when i have finished i will upload to the flicker account you named.

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