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Interchangeable Bowtie Onesie….with Attached Suspenders (2 variations)

Oh my word……I’m completely loving this whole “boy” change-of-pace.  It causes me to think a little more because, well, creating ruffled skirts and flower accessories just pops right into my head.  The boy stuff……well, I have to play around with it a little more.  I think that’s why one of the top requested projects that I get asked to do around this blog, are BOY projects.  Because there’s a lot less out there.  So, I’ve had twice the reason to create boy things lately.  A baby boy in my belly…….and plenty of you out there with little guys of your own! :)


And something that is fun and easy about a little girl, are all the accessories you can put on her.  But who says boys can’t accessorize?!!


Today’s idea originated from some headbands I used to make Elli when she was a baby (7 years ago).  I would make her a main headband with a snap on it and then added snaps to flowers and bows so that I could change them around, without having a billion headbands.  It was fun, it kept me busy, and I adored making (and selling) them.  I remember thinking back then, that I needed to figure out something similar for boys, so that I can sell those too.  That’s when the bowtie on a shirt idea sprouted…….but then my selling days ended, so it never came to be.  It wasn’t until recently that I saw somethings very similar at a little craft fair and it reminded me of that old idea I had.  I guess my idea wasn’t so original (funny how that happens…..all the time. ha!).  So, I was excited to play around with it once we found out there was a Little Mister growing in my belly.


So, here they are……some interchangeable accessories for BOYS! 


Add some suspenders on top of that……and I can’t control the gushing. :)




I mean, really, you could create hundreds of these little bowties, one in every color of the rainbow.  And switch them out for whatever outfit you’re trying to put together.  Keep it casual, make it fancy….whatever!  Hey, girls have 12 colors of tights, 37 hairbows, and shoes of every variety…..maybe we need to have a little more fun with the little fellas! :)





 I created TWO suspender variations……and both are secured right to the comfy little onesie.  Nothing will fall off the shoulder, there’s nothing much to adjust, and the cutie-pie factor??…’s kinda WAY up there!




The suspenders with the clips are sewn partially onto the onesie, with the lower portion free to clip to a pair of pants/shorts.  Also, I added a couple snaps so that the suspender length could be adjusted.  Even if I never adjust them, I kind of love the look of the added metal!




Add some jeans, switch up the bowtie……….and your little guy is ready to go!




The other suspender type has some simple metal fasteners on each side, that kinda dangle…….just to give the look of a suspender adjuster.  And well, mostly because it makes it pop!




This suspender type doesn’t move or adjust.  So, you could wear this Onesie plain (especially in the hot summer)……but oh golly, add some little shorts, and ACK, be still my heart!!




What I love about these little Bowtie Onesies is that you could fancy them up, add a sweater, some nice shoes, etc…….OR, you can keep it really chill and cozy.  (And, once the Onesie gets too small, add a snap to a bigger Onesie…..and you still have plenty of little bowties to use.)





Okay, I’m having too much fun dreaming about putting these little outfits on this baby of mine.  So, I need to stop before I get too carried away.  :)


And yeah, this project may not be a necessity by any means, but you know, it’s just kind of fun to create cute little boy things for the little dudes that you know!


So go on…….and have fun with it!






Want to make some Bowtie Onesies….with Suspenders??


 The measurements for the bowties below were created for a 3-6 month size Onesie.  If you’re creating a different size, adjust as needed. (But most likely this same size bowtie will work all the way to 12 months.  Or maybe even 18 months.)


Okay, let’s get started. 


To help reinforce the snap on the Onesie (and so that it doesn’t tear through the Onesie after pulling the bowties on and off) cut 2 circles of woven cotton fabric (which doesn’t stretch as much as the Onesie fabric) that are 2-3 times bigger than the snap.




Place the circles on the inside of the Onesie, right behind where you attach the snap.  (Need help attaching a snap?)






For each bowtie, cut a rectangle that is 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches and another one that is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.  (I used regular woven/quilting cotton for the bowties….but you can get creative and use satin for a fancier occasion.)



Fold the bigger rectangle in half lengthwise and sew into a tube (along the 7 1/2 inch sides), using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then, turn right side out and iron flat……with the seam pressed open along one side of the flattened tube.



Fold the flattened tube in half, matching up the two raw ends and sew the two ends together….using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Turn this newly formed circle right side out and open up the raw edges that are on the inside of the circle.



Flatten the circle, keeping the raw edges open and along the center of the flattened circle.  Sew a seam down the center, keeping the flattened circle in place.



Make mini accordion folds along the center of the sewn seam, creating a pinched bow shape.



Wrap the pinched center with thread several times and then knot n the back, keeping the center pinched tight.



Fold the smaller rectangle in half lengthwise and then open up and fold the outer edges in towards that center fold……just like when you fold an iron strips of bias tape.



Attach a snap to one end of the folded strip, about 3/8 of an inch from the end. (Need help attaching snaps?)  Just be sure that you are attaching the opposite snap piece from what you attached to the onesie.



Wrap the non-snap end of the strip around the center of the bow first, positioning it so that the snap end finishes at the back side of the bow.  Tuck the 3/8 inch raw end under the snap and hold in place with your finger.



Hand stitch the tucked end in place…..making sure that the snap ends up centered along the back side of the bow.  (Need help with hand stitching?)



Secure the fabric strip right at the center of the pinched bow (so that it doesn’t shift around) by stitching some of the bow together with the center strip.




Now, create several more bowties that you can swap out.



Onto the 1st suspender variation:


For the suspenders with the clips, cut two strips of fabric (I used woven/quilting cotton) that are about the same length as the onesie (to be sure you have enough length) and are 2 inches wide.



Fold each strip in half lengthwise, sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then turn each tube right side out.  (Need help turning a tube right side out?)  Then, press each tube flat, with the seam running down one edge of the flattened tube.



Place each of the strips along the front of the onesie, tucking the top end behind the shoulder flap of the neckline.  Pin in place.



Slide the suspender clip onto the strip and decide how long you’d like your suspenders (holding up a pair of pants or trying on your subject is helpful).  Then, fold the excess fabric up and out of the way, while you decide where to add your snaps.  Keep in mind that the child wearing this onesie will grow and offering 2-3 adjustment snaps will lengthen the time that this onesie can be worn.  Plus, the snaps are a cute detail! :)  Place a pin at each snap location, to mark your spot.



Decide how long you need the end of your strip to be, so that it can properly reach each snap location and then cut off the excess fabric.  However, add an extra 1/2 inch to the length needed, tuck the 1/2 inch towards the inside of the tube and press flat with your fingers.  (Using a pin to tuck the raw ends towards the inside of the tube is helpful!)  Pin the end of the tube shut to hold in place.



Attach the snaps to your strip of fabric……right where the two pins were, marking your locations.  Repeat with the other strip of fabric.



Now, if I would have thought ahead, I would have waited to attach the snaps……and would have top-stitched around each of the strips, finishing them off and closing off each of the lower ends.  However, I didn’t….and had to sew really carefully next to the snaps, as I sewed around the bottom portion of each strip (NOT attaching it to the oneise).  But…… as I say, and not as I do, and top-stitch around each of the strips (without sewing it to the onesie) before attaching the snaps. 



Then, sew around the upper portion of the suspender….attaching it right to the onesie………stopping just below the arm pit section of the onesie.



While sewing along the very top edge of the strips that are hidden beneath the onesie neck line, sew a zig-zag strip to enclose the raw edges. 



Slide the suspender clips(circled below) onto the ends of each suspender strip and then attach the complimentary snap piece (the arrows below) to the strip ends.  Just be sure that the clip hardware and snaps are facing the correct way.



Snap your suspender ends in place.




Now, for the 2nd suspender option:


I purchased these metal fasteners at Hobby Lobby, a couple dollars for 6 fasteners.



First, I created suspender strips the same way as I did above.  Then, I plaecd a strip to the top of the onesie, tucking the top behind the flap of the neckline, the same way as above.  Next, I slid two of the fasteners onto the strip and positioned them right about arm-pit level……to be sure I liked the placement.



Then, I slid the metal fasteners off and attached the top half of each suspender to the onesie, the same way as above.



Then, I slid the fasteners back on and then pinned the rest of the suspender strips on down to the bottom of the onesie.



Then, I sewed the bottom half of each suspender down to the onesie.



I cut the bottom of each strip to the contour of the onesie…….and then sewed it down in place with a zig-zag stitch.




And that’s it!  Fun little bowtie Onesies….with some cutie-pie suspenders!


P.S.  I would hand-wash the bowtie real quick in the sink with soap and water instead of running it through the washer.  Yeah, spit up happens….but that’s okay.  The bowties would probably wash just fine in the washer…..but they would probably lose their cute shape and you’d have to steam them to get them to return to their original shape.  Just a thought I had…






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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi there, these are the best bowties ever! I am needing to make five bowties for my sisters wedding, all in various sizes from eight-month-old all the way up to a seven-year-old. Plus my dad also wants one. Any advice on how to make the bowties bigger?

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  3. Linda @ Sewing Shop says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I linked to this tutorial on my blog:
    These onesies look really nice and cute! I love that you can switch out the bow ties!

  4. Jessica says:

    these are tooooo adorable! Seriously, you should think about selling these! I’d definitely buy them! (Hint hint, nudge nudge):)

  5. Laura says:

    I am a recent beginning stage sewer and i LOVE THIS!! I can’t wait to make them for my nephew!. One tip to save money, instead of by the actual suspender clasps, I went to Goodwill or any thrift store and bought suspenders and just used the clasps from them…much cheaper. Thanks so much!!

  6. Jo says:

    You have inspired me –one of my best friends in the world died last month of cancer–she had twin daughters who are both due to deliver sons in October-they would have been her first grandchildren. A group of us are planning a shower by mom’s friends and I want to do a clothes line of goodies as part of the décor and these will help get me started. send me any other ideas!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hey, I may have skipped over a comment or two when scrolling through, but I wondered if you could tell me where you bought the suspender clips? Was it hobby lobby as well? Thank you!!

  8. Cherie Elzy says:

    you wouldn’t by chance be interested in making the bow tie onsies and selling them to me would you?

  9. Jayme says:

    Does neone on here sell these :) I’m not very good at sewing.:)

  10. Kaeley says:

    HELP!! This maybe super obvious but, did you have to hand stitch the suspenders? Is there a way to see them to the onsie using a machine? If so, how? The only way I can think to do it with a machine would be opening one of the side seams to prevent sewing through the back of the onsie as well.

  11. Carmen says:

    I’m due in two weeks with a sweet boy and still have so much to do… now I have to add these to the list! They are SO cute! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  12. Peggy says:

    Busy making holiday onsies with bow ties and suspenders for my niece’s babies. This is one of the best tutorials I have seen so far, I am a very new sewer and sometimes need step by step instructions….thank you thank you!!!!

  13. Allyson says:

    I made these! Thanks for the great tutorial, my pregnant friend loved them!!!

  14. kbean says:

    Super cute idea.

  15. Jane says:

    Amazing tutorial! Thanks so much. I have the cutest little bow tie for my little man now (to go with his onesie cardigan — another fabulous tutorial!). Thank you times a million!

  16. Jenny says:

    Had a blast sewing the bow tie. Your instructions were clear and easy. Thank you!

  17. Shannon says:

    *both*please help!!!

  18. Shannon says:

    Did you handsew the material onto the onsies??? I can’t see how to sew it on with a machine without sewing bith the front and back together!!! Lol

    1. ChristinaZ says:

      Did you ever figure it out because I’m wondering the same.. you can email me at…. just put BOWTIE in the heading so I’ll open it :) :) Thanks!!

  19. abby says:

    I’m at war with bow tie onesies. I can’t seem to Not get my bow tie to sag. I used these dimensions but it still sags down. Did you encounter this? I definitely need some help. I’ve made a billion bow ties but have nothingto attach it to! :)

  20. Erica says:

    I’m making these for my newborn. I’m pretty crafty, but not amazingly so. I’m not versed in these suspender clips. What should I ask for help finding at hobby lobby to get the actual clips for suspenders?

    1. Anonymous says:

      I ordered them from Amazon. Just type in suspender clips.

  21. suggested Guided 7 Day Montana Elk Hunts Click Here says:

    This is such a cute creation! I have to show this to the ladies tonight at our weekly craft session. Last week we learned how to make our own custom pins, which was a huge success! They will absolutely adore this diy project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hello, can you list all the materials needed for this absolutely adorable project? I am having someone do this for me. They need me to purchase the materials. A list would help a lot. Thanks!

  23. Kelly says:

    Love these! I am going to make the bow ties out of Lilly Pulitzer scraps that I have left from shortening all of my dresses. He will have some cute little preppy outfits to wear and match Mommy sometimes!

  24. summer says:

    baby sway!! i love it! can’t wait to make these for my new nephew! (maybe if my boys are lucky, they’ll get a few too!)

  25. Aisha says:

    How did you attach the fabric on the inside of the onsie to keep the snaps from ripping??

    1. Aisha says:

      figured it out. thank you so much. I was in the middle of attaching a bow a couldn’t figure out how not to rip my onesie when attaching the snap. I was about to give up but stumbled on your site. thank you so much!!

    2. stephanie says:

      How did you do it? I kept ripping my onesie..

  26. Mikea says:

    I am soooo making this! We dont find out the sex of our babies but this is baby #3 and i was right about the other 2 so i feel this would be the right thing to make for this baby. Plus, i plan to make a few ribbon covered clips with snaps so once the little guy grows out of the onsies i can just use them for my daughters’ hair!! Thank you!!! Im so glad youre having a boy! I was a little stuck haha

  27. stephanie says:

    I just made this, and I love it!!! I ran into a tiny issue, and I am sure I just did something wrong. When I attached the bow to the onesie and removed it, the onesie started to rip a little. I backed the snap with the fabric. Any ideas??

  28. Judy Mazzari says:

    Congrads you are about like my granddaughter Aug 19th she has a baby boy due and a 4 yr old sister who is a little upset cause she wanted a sister.. we know that won’t last once she sees him…LOL but oh boy sure hope yours is smaller this time…. But thanks for the cute tutorial for boys cause you are so right it’s harder to make things for them without ruffles! I don’t know how you do it kids, sewing and blogging… Good lady!!! I had 3 so I take my hat off to you!!1 Stay healthy and happy Jude aka GiGi

  29. Jenelle says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am that you’re having a boy! Haha! I don’t mean it to sound selfish (like I’m only excited for your ideas lol cuz little boys are so fun!) I have a 2mo old little guy and I am loving the suspender onsie! Too adorable :)

  30. Danielle Greeley says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Seriously I can’t even with these adorbs suspender onesies and the bow ties?! It’s too cute, I’m dying over here!
    I wanted to ask before I went ahead and made any; can I make these and sell them in my shop? I’m always seeing super awesome things I could make (and maybe sell) on Pinterest, etc. some blogs say point blank “do not make and then sell as your own product”. Which makes sense, you don’t want to violate any copyright or trademarks laws. I just opened my own little shop on Facebook (emphasis on little) and gathering ideas on what else to make aside from bows and headbands for girls.
    I have a girl friend who would absolutely LOVE these onesies. *Very* new to all of this, so I don’t want to step on any toes or anything. And I am in love with everything you do on your blog! Not sure of the rules on making things you see on someone’s blog and then selling them for a profit of your own. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you, Danielle

  31. Peggy says:

    What a cute idea! I went out and bought some fabric and some onesies to make this for a baby shower. Just wondering…did you wash the fabric? I normally do for clothes that will be washed. But since this isn’t going to be put in the washer and you want it a little stiff for the bow tie, do you recommend not washing?
    Thanks for your great inspiration!

  32. Ania says:

    Super cute and super easy to make. Great tutorial. Unfortunately in my family there are only baby girls ;)

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Ania! And hmmmm, one day a little guy will arrive, I’m sure! :)

  33. Anita says:

    This is a cute and easy, got to make some bow ties, have a new great gran in S.c. going to visit in a few weeks and the totural is easy as anything. I’m just learning quilting and can spare a little time to make a few bow ties. Thanks!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, set aside the quilting and get to work! These are quick and fun…..and then you can get back to the quilting! Ha! -Ashley

  34. Mary Anne says:

    This is SO adorable! I would love to make a couple of these for my boys (14 months and 3.5 years) to wear at our family pictures in June. Do you have any ideas for how to adapt the suspenders for a regular, toddler shirt? Just continue around the back to the hem maybe? Or cross in back even….Any advice would be great! Thank you!

    1. Ashley says:

      I think I would just zig-zag the upper end of the suspenders and line them right up with the shoulders and sew them in place. I don’t think I’d go around the back at all…..just keep it kinda simple and a front-view only. You could also do either suspender variation and have him keep his shirt tucked in with the clips or out and sew the suspenders down all the way to the bottom of the shirt. Both would be darling! Good luck!

  35. Heidi G says:

    Must. Use. for baby shower gift!! Love this.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha……agreed! It’s my go-to gift now too. They’re just too fun to make! :)

  36. Michelle Davidson says:

    This bow tie with snaps idea is brilliant. So simple that we should have ALL figured this out years ago!! lol. I look forward to your emails daily just to see your great ideas. Thanks so much!! Michelle.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks Michelle, so glad you like it! :)

  37. Julie says:

    What fabric line did you use for the bow ties? Seriously could not be any cuter!

    1. Ashley says:

      Most of the fabric I bought at Hobby Lobby. They weren’t really part of a line…..but kinda scattered around. The 3 polka dots that are really uniform were on the other side of the fabric department from the current and more trendy prints…..if that helps!

  38. Kelly says:

    Brilliant Ashley! These are way too cute. I am always looking for cute baby boy gift ideas. I think this may be my new go to gift to give! Thank You! I can’t wait to see more of your ideas.

    1. Ashley says:

      This is what I’m going to do too! It’s just too fun to put together…..and different from what you can buy at the stores. And thanks, glad you like it! :)

  39. Ivy says:

    I LOVE this!!! What kind of fabric (knit,cotton,etc) for the bow ties and suspenders? Thank you for your help.

    1. Ashley says:

      Just regular woven cotton (quilting cotton) for both. Hope that helps!

  40. Rachel says:

    Good grief! Too cute not to comment. Wish you had done this when my boys were smaller! Adorable!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha….thanks Rachel! And sorry I was a little late for your own kiddos but who knows, maybe you have a baby shower coming up! :)

  41. Alycia says:

    These are fun. They make me want to make some for my little guy who is due in just a few weeks. I might have to add one more thing to my do before I am due list.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, add it!!! They aren’t terribly time consuming to make…..and turn out so cute! :)

  42. Christina says:

    Oh my goodness these are adorable! This is a little too advanced for my capabilities as of right now but I definitely want to work up to this. I love it! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the little bambino.

    1. Ashley says:

      I bet you’re not too far off! I started getting better at sewing once I started making clothes for kids. It’s just so much fun at this size…..and just think, you may really surprise yourself! :)

    2. Christina says:

      I hope you’re right! Everything is so adorable at this size. I showed this to my sister-in-law, who is currently pregnant, and she hopes I can get there in time for the little one’s arrival. Assuming it is a boy, I’ve got about 6 months ;) I will definitely share it with you once I attempt it though! Thanks again for sharing :)

  43. Emily says:

    A friend of mine is having a Gender Reveal party next month — I think this would make a cute gift, but trying to think of a way to make it gender inter-changeable! If I have suspenders on a onesie, and do a snap bow-tie, what can I do for something girlier? I mean, girls can wear bow-ties and suspenders too, but, you know, I want something cute ;) (She also has had dreams it’s a girl, so I feel like I need to be prepared!) Any ideas??

    1. Stacey says:

      Maybe make snap on suspenders too… so you can swap out the grey for something pink and flowery? Or, skip the suspenders and just do the snap – then you can have suspenders ready to go and also some felt flowers? If you did three snaps, a larger bow tie would cover up all three snaps, or you could do three smaller flowers.

    2. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, Stacey gave some great ideas! What a fun way to share the gender! :)

    3. Amariah says:

      Or even make a headband (or two) with a snap, so you can have various bows to attach to it! ^_^

  44. Kathy says:

    Too cute! I might make some for my soon to be born grandson.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh YES, these would be so fun for him!

  45. Jen says:

    All I can say is you ROCK!! You are the best at showing how to do things and make it so easy to learn! Thanks for all you do!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome Jen! I’m glad they make sense…..because I’m having such fun with these boy projects. Must make more!! :)

  46. Cindy says:

    This is the best yet! I’m really glad your having a boy. I can’t wait to see all the things you come up with.

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, thanks Cindy! Just wait….more to come! :)

  47. Jen says:

    I am pregnant with my 6th. I have 3 boys and 2 girls. I was hoping for a girl to even things out and do all the cute girly clothes you post. But now I kinda wouldn’t mind a boy. Too cute!

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha……either will be great! But yay for boys, right??! :)

  48. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed says:

    Those are ADORABLE! :D Thanks for making me smile!

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome!

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