Knotty Jumper with Ruffled Leggings







1 jelly roll - Origins
1 yard of coordinating fabric



2 yards of jumbo rick rack


The following instructions and measurements are for a size 18-24 month knotted jumper and the ruffled leggings. 

Begin by cutting your strips into fourths.  Align them in a color combination you prefer and sew them together.  I sewed 32 strips to form this skirt.  Press your seams open when finished.


Prepare the bottom of the dress by cutting a piece the same length as all your sewn strips and 5 inches tall.  Fold it in half and press it.  Sew it onto the bottom of the strips.  The folded edge will become the bottom of the dress.  (Optional: Sew on the rickrack so that is covers the seam where the strips and the bottom fabric meet.)


Make the straps by taking one full strip and folding it in half.  Sew the edges, but leave an opening to invert it.  Clip your corners, invert, and press.


Cut 4 pieces from this pattern included in the Printer Friendly PDF.  Take two of the pattern pieces and place them right sides together. Sew the sides only - not the cut out area for the arm. Repeat this with the other two pieces.


Now you essentially have two loops of fabric.  Place one inside of the other with the correct sides facing each other. 


Insert your straps as shown.  Now sew the two layers together all around the top (along the opening for the arms and across the top).  


Cut slits along the curved seams and clip your corners.  Invert and top stitch.


You should have this.


Next you'll join these two parts.


Sew two gathering stitches along the top of your skirt.  Pull the threads and adjust the fabric until it matches the circumference of the top of the jumper.  Sew them together and then sew a zigzag stitch on the inside of the seam.


Sew two button holes for the straps to pull through. 

For the leggings, cut one jelly roll strip in half.  Hem one side and sew a gathering stitch on the other side.  I recommend marking a line on the leggings with a water soluble pencil to help you sew it on straight.


Sew them onto the leggings as shown (as though it's upside down).  When you're finished you can iron the ruffles down to help them settle.



1 Knotted Jumper with Ruffled Leggings.  Depending on the size of the jumper you make, one jelly roll could make 2-3 jumpers.


Feel free to visit me anytime. Thanks!

Cheri Heaton 

64 comments:

Miss L's Craft Room said...

I LOVE it. Thanks so much for this great tutorial.

Regan said...

ack...the cuteness is killing me!!

celebi74 said...

Love... ─▒ts very goooddd...

eatmoresmores said...

I love it! My daughter is a size 3T though so I might try making it larger for her.
Alice

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Adorable!

Madame Samm said...

Ok, I want to be young like your wee one all over again and have you design me cute dresses with ruffled leggings..Honey you are both adorable...
Great outfit...precious wee one.
blessings ms

Madame Samm said...

p.s where is your blog?
blessings ms

Leigh said...

Adorable!!! I'm going to try sizing this up for my 5yo!

Megan said...

Love it!! I think I will make this with a Christmas jellyroll. Thanks so much for a great tutorial!!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Darling! The ruffles on the leggin's make it perfect!

synnove75 said...

WOW this is soooooo cute!

Dree said...

That is painfully cute.

huntressofnostalgia said...

Love it! Maybe I'm having a blond day, but where do you go to get the pdf download?

Carla said...

Precious!!!

Annie said...

Darling pattern and tutorial is great. Where do you purchase jumbo rickrack? Our JoAnn's doesn't carry it and they are about the only fabric store in town. Thanks

Gail said...

This is darling, what a sweet outfit.
Darling model.

Kimberly said...

Lovely! I think I will attempt to squeeze a 6mo size and a 6y size out of one jelly roll. WIsh me luck! Thanks for the great tute!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

This is AMAZING!! I love everything about this tutorial...those ruffle leggings are ADORABLE!!

Sandie said...

LOVE THIS! My daughter is 15 and well as cute as it is, it's simply not her style BUT my neighbors have litle girls :-)

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Wow, darling!! And just in my daughter's size. I love the Origins fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!

Merja said...

I was just thinking that our little girl needs a dress for her first Sunday. Went through the shops and didn't find anything pretty or so small. So I thought I'd make one. Came here and problem solved! This is absolutely gorgeous dress. Have to try!

Crystal Hendrix said...

That is so cute!! :D I SO WANT TO MAKE ONE! Do you think a grown woman....grown plus size woman be able to wear it and pull it off??? LOL

madziula said...

so sweet!!

Kera said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress and will try making it soon. I just need to figure out how to make it smaller, 12 months. Any suggestions?

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Okay, I left a comment but then reread and saw what I missed!

I love this, it's so cute!!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

I love it Cheri! It's adorable, as is your little nephew ;).

Valerie said...

I love the bunny trail the Bakeshop has been taking ---- one can only have so many quilts! The wearables are such fun...

JessicaSews said...

How adorable!

Julie said...

Adorable! I love this! I am going to try to make this larger for my 4yo niece. So cute! Thank you!

Cottage In The Sun said...

So cute! I love the leggings!

sheny said...

muy lindo y facil de hacer felicidades gracias por compartir

Kim said...

This is darling! Thank you for the tutorial! I can't wait to make it.

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Totally cute! Love the leggings to go with the dress. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Maggey and Jim said...

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!
MAGGEY

SarahB said...

So cute! Great work & adorable little outfit! Love the jelly roll strips as straps, the jumbo rickrack & the ruffled leggings!

Kat said...

Absolutely IN LOVE with this!

Marbles in a Mason Jar said...

Ohmygoodness! Those ruffled leggings are to die for! This is just the cutest outfit EVER.

Brenda said...

SUPER CUTE! LOVE IT! I CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE IT! THANK YOU!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Oh that little outfit is just way too cute!

Klaudia said...

I love it....it`s sooo beautyful...so nice..!!!

Greatings From Germany...
from Klaudia

Cathy said...

Can I do this in a 5 or 6T??? Anyone know how to measure for it?

Kim Nagowski said...

Love it! Thanks for the easy print button...You rock!

corinne said...

I love this dress. I have a granddaughter who will be getting this. Thank you for the pattern and directions

Susan said...

Can anyone help me with tips to size this up to a 7? LOVE this and the tutorial is terrific.

sassy mia said...

Wow! This is so adorable! So talented!

Joanne said...

This is so adorable, I want to make it, and I am going to ASAP. Thanks for sharing

Trimble said...

LOVE this! I'm wanting to make the pants for a baby shower gift but wondering if you think it would look silly without the dress (just with a shirt). Also, do I need to stitch the ruffle on the leggings with a zig zag stitch or any special stitch to allow the fabric to stretch? Thank you!

Traci said...

ANNIE, I found the jumbo rick rack at my JoAnn Fabrics store but it wasn't with the other rick rack...it's with the edging spools of ribbon and stuff like that. Check that section of the store, I had to ask the store clerk, that's how I found it.

Michele said...

so adorable!!!
I'd need it in 3T or 4T
any suggestions?

Brandi said...

I am making some ruffled leggings in a size 3T and have hit an obstacle. I cannot sew the ruffle on with my sewing machine it is to wide and the leggings are two narrow, so is the ruffle? Please help!

Buzzy Bees said...

I made this for my 5 month old daughter. What a sweet little dress it is! I had a little trouble with some of your directions but finally figured it out. Thanks!

cropperbea said...

I may want to try this for my 6 year old daughter, ADORABLE, I have another dress pattern with the bodice just like this, so it can't be hard to modify... if there is a PDF, that would be great.

Mommy's Crafty Misadventures said...

I just made one for a 3T-4t. I added an inch to the two sides and to the top of the pdf and it fits well. I also added one inch to the strips and one inch to the bottom piece. It turned out adorable! It is 13 inches by 2.5 inches for the strips, 6 inches by 68 inches for the bottom. I didn't measure the top piece- sorry!

Anonymous said...

Buzzy Bees,
I also had the same problem. I even have a sewing machine that has the part for sewing sleeves and the leggings WON'T fit on it(NOT enough space). I had to buy a knit pant not the "legging" type pants for my two granddaughters. I loved this pattern and made Christmas dresses for them with the matching pants. I had originally planned on having leggings with ALL the dresses I made for them(since they live in a COLD state), but this wasn't possible so they just go the one set. I did make several more dresses, but that's all.

Crystal said...

I am trying to make one for a 7T and I'm new to sewing. So how do I begin measuring for a 7T? I have the bottom already sewn together but I'm having issues with getting the top part to fit her. Any tips would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!!

Angelamiles88 said...

I am trying to make this cute dress but i was wondering that size paper do i print the top part on. what should that measure? can anyone help me?

Brittny said...

I am also trying to print out the PDF pattern. Looks like it's on a long piece of paper. Maybe legal size? My printer is trying to print it on an 8.5x11 and I'm not sure if that is the correct size or not. Please let us know. I see other have this same question but no answers by blog owner.

Brittny said...

There are so many steps missing from this tutorial I am unable to make this dress. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do the bodice. How about sewing the dress closed? When do I sew the side seam? Do I sew it into a circle then do the gathering or do I keep it one long piece then gather then sew it to the bodice then do the side seam? You left out so many steps

Unknown said...

I Love this pattern and am almost finished a birthday dress for my little girl. She wears an 18 month, I can sometimes get 24 months on her, but in pants they fall off (just for size reference... she just turned 2 and is very petite)... the bodice printed as described, measuring 11 inches wide or a touch under and it JUST squeezes over her head which won't make for a happy birthday girl, so I cut open the back, sewed those seams and put hair elastics (its what I had handy) poking through the seam and buttons so we can get it on without any trouble. Also I adjusted the straps and put elastic through the tube so they are fixed, but stretch if needed and are gathered on the elastic.

Melanna said...

I made this a few months ago for my 4 year old who is an size 5. I'll try to remember exactly what I did.

First, I used the 15 inch strips for the strips on the skirt. And I used 36 of them. I sewed them into a big loop (so closing off the skirt) before added the piece on the bottom. I had premeasured it, but ended up having to cut it down after the fact because it was too long). It was 6 inches wide by whatever it ended up being around.

I added to the bodice piece as well. An inch on every side, but in hindsight I shouldn't have added to the very top of it, just the bottom because it makes it a bit "floppy" with how high it sits.

The instructions make it sound like you use a full strip for EACH shoulder strap, but they are WAY too long. So I would use half a strip for each shoulder strap.

I didn't make the leggings only because I couldn't find any in a colour that coordinated with the colours that were in the dress.

Donna Hurst said...

what is a jellyroll and where do I get one?

Francine Johnson McGee said...

A jellyroll is a collection of pre-cut 2-1/2 inch strips that coordinate, usually 42, and you get it at a quilt ship or an online fabric shop, or you can cut the strips yourself.

Jessica Farrone said...

A REAL NIGHTMARE! This is adorable so I was determined to make it for my 16 month old, but HOLY COW! This is the WORST tutorial I have ever tried to follow. It is missing SO MANY steps. It took me so much longer to make than it should have. I wasted HOURS trying to "connect the dots" between steps. I nearly threw my sewing machine out the window. The directions for the top portion are a disaster. My seam ripper got quite a workout. Trying to ruffle the bottom with a gathering seam is nearly impossible. There is just too much fabric and too many seams for the thread to get caught up in. Use heavy duty thread and sew a few seams to gather with, otherwise you will keep snapping the thread. Seriously, BEYOND frustrating! As a busy mom, I don't have time to waste correcting mistakes and figuring out "missing" steps. Defeats the whole purpose of having a tutorial to follow. You'd be better of just winging it!