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How to Make a Romper: 20 DIY Romper Ideas

If you've been searching for how to make a baby romper, or even one for yourself, don't miss these DIY sewing tutorials!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated June 19, 2018
How to Make a Romper 17 DIY Romper Ideas

If you've been searching for the perfect outfit for your newborn, then you'll love our collection of tutorials for how to make a romper. Rompers are fantastic outfit options for warm weather, and they're a go-to for new moms who are searching for simple baby clothing. These simple and easy sewing tutorials are a budget-friendly way to create your own DIY rompers for a fraction of the designer price. 

These tutorials feature some excellent refashioning ideas so that you can save money on fabric and create some adorable clothing for your little one. And since rompers have been popular with girls and women of all ages, we've even included some tutorials for toddlers and women, so that you've got the entire family covered. Get ready for your next baby shower with a stylish romper that you designed yourself!

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How to Make a Baby Romper

Rompers have made a huge comeback lately, especially for babies! A quick and easy way to dress your little one, these DIY rompers for babies are easy enough for those new to sewing and budget-friendly, so they're perfect for new moms looking to save. This list of rompers for babies includes simple outfits for everyday wear, and a few dressy options for baby pictures or holidays.

  • Bright Baby Romper Pattern

    This adorable sewn baby clothes pattern is the perfect wearable for your itty bitty baby to wear to a summer day in the park. It does a fantastic job of keeping them covered and cool at the same time.

  • Step into Summer DIY Romper

    With summer vacations on the horizon, every little one needs a romper to wear while running around. Created in thin, colorful fabric, this free sewing pattern would make a great post-beach get-up or some pretty pajamas.

  • Adorable Baby Romper

    This free tutorial shows a romper made for a baby boy; pick out any fun pattern to make the romper unisex. If you're just learning how to sew your own clothes, this smaller project is a great place to start.

  • Bubble Baby Romper

     An adorable outfit for summer, this baby sewing pattern features a shirred top and elastic waist for comfort. It's perfect for all her adventures!

  • 30 Minute Dress-to-Romper Tutorial

    This tutorial is so simple: take a dress, make two cuts, and add some snap seam tape to make a darling romper in 30 minutes or less!

  • Baby T-Shirt Romper

    It's so easy to transform a shirt that's too big for your little baby into a romper that's the perfect size with this tutorial. Create the perfect onesie for your active baby with this handy tutorial instead of having to wait for him or her to grow into new clothes.

  • Baby Romper Tutorial

    This precious project is perfect for a baby boy who has just begun toddling! Create a onesie in the raglan style and be sure to sew a little airplane applique to the front.

  • Romping Good Time Romper

    This simple one-piece makes for great pajamas or play gear when your child is at home. Light enough not to bring on a sweat and stretchable enough to allow for flexibility, these DIY pajamas promise a romping good time.

  • Ruffly Rosey Romper

    With steps focusing on creating fabric flowers and working with ruffled fabric, this baby sewing pattern will be a useful tutorial to have around next time you're planning on making your own clothes for your baby. This is great for a kid who loves to play and run around, and with such a low cost for all of your materials, you'll want to use this free baby sewing pattern for a whole drawer full of new clothes.

  • Gathered Romper

    This pattern comes with shoulder and bottom snap openings for easy access, and the gathered waist makes it roomy for babies to move in. It's great for protecting the bottoms and thighs and is very good for little babes who are learning how to crawl and walk.

DIY Rompers for Children

Older girls can join in on the fashion fun! These romper ideas for toddlers make for easy playsuits during hot summer weather, and are quick outfits when your family's on the go. Design a pretty and playful DIY romper for your granddaughter with these fun sewing patterns.

  • How to Sew a Romper

    Put together a couple of shirts from the thrift store, add some girly touches, and you'll have a brilliant piece of DIY children's clothing. It's so playful, comfortable, and breathable.

  • Romper and Skirt Tutorial

    This tutorial delivers one pattern that can be created in two different ways. If the little girl you're sewing for prefers shorts, follow the romper directions. If she like to twirl around in a little skirt, those directions are here, too. Any little girl will love this cute outfit.

  • Ruffled Petti Romper

    Ruffles and lace are just what you need to dress up your little girl the cutest way possible. You can make this adorable outfit in any color, and you might even want to make a whole rainbow of these little rompers.

  • Knot Bow Romper Free Pattern

    This is a free romper pattern made using knit fabric that will fit girls sizes two to eight. The adjustable tie straps make it easy to fit!

  • Ruffled Romper

    Your daughter will look precious in this frilly little number, so check out the easy sewing tutorial. Finding ways to make your own clothes lets you put a personal touch on your child's outfit.

  • Patriotic Skirted Romper

    This skirted romper has the appearance of a skirted bottom with the versatility of shorts underneath. All you'll need is your fabric, a sewing machine, and some measurements and you'll be ready to salute the red, white, and blue.

How to Sew a Romper for Women

Rompers aren't just for kids! Rompers have been popular on runways and with women for the past few years, and are the perfectly casual outfit for summer. Coming in a variety of fabrics and prints, rompers for women are an easy alternative to wearing dresses, and they're great ideas for the beach, park, or just for lounging during the warmer months.

  • One Hour Summer Romper Tutorial

    This easy clothing tutorial takes only an hour of time and less than two yards of fabric to make. This romper is great for wearing around town on a hot summer day or for wearing as a swimsuit cover-up.

  • Womens Free Summer Romper Pattern

    This romper pattern is a pretty quick sew and is great with light knits for a loose summer romper. With a tank top and flowy bottoms, you can use this romper for a swim cover or as just a breezy outfit all summer long.

  • Salina Easy Romper Pattern

    Comfortable, versatile, and slimming, this easy romper is suitable for adults and teens. It has a flounce that hides the tummy, and the use of a bra becomes optional.

  • How to Make a Romper from a Dress

    With this simple tutorial, turn any shapeless smock into a tailored, ravishing romper in less than an hour. In only a few simple steps, you can refashion old dresses into the hottest summer styles, saving you both time and money.

We want to know: rompers versus dresses? Which do you love more, and why? Let us know below in the comments!

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Dresses. Do you know how hard it is to get out of a romper to pee if you are an adult. LOL

I LOVE rompers , u can easily dress it up with the right accessories and go formal with the perfect pair of heels soi LOVE the fact the romper is back !

I used to be STEADFASTLY against rompers and jumpsuits. I had similar issues with finding the right fit, feeling silly, not knowing how to use the ladies's room without performing some sort of Cirque de Soleil nonsense to stay clean, etc, etc. that everyone else has mentioned. That is until I found the right romper. Now, I am obsessed with my romper. I wear it out A LOT. Peeing still isn't exactly easy. But it is so worth it and it fits so well. I get compliments on it all the time. Plus, when I wear it, I only have to PICK ONE THING TO WEAR. With jeans or pants, you have to pick TWO THINGS. It saves time. Anyways, I firmly believe that everyone has a romper soulmate out there that will make them feel like a comfy, carefree fashion goddess. So, just keep looking.

It looks great if you can pull it off... but pulling it off is difficult, literally. Personally, it's a rare occasion when I put on anything but pants. If I were attending The Oscars, I feel like I'd be one of those ladies in a pantsuit.

I guess I'm in the minority but I love rompers! I own a few and they're loose and so comfortable. But perhaps this is because I'm short and petite so rompers fit well!

Oh no. I see a trend with a few comments before mine that I am also falling into. I prefer pants. I love how rompers look on everyone (please find me a man who will gladly wear a romper, tbh) because they are just so trendy. I, personally, don't want them on my body. "How does one even go to the bathroom in something like that?" is always my first question when I think about buying into that craze. Furthermore, finding a romper that fits nicely on different body types is so hard. As with dresses, there are just waaay too many variables to worry about. Is my cleavage going to break free? Is this gonna be too short? Is it see through in the sun? Am I going to dishonor everyone in my lineage by wearing it? So... pants (comfy pants) are my first choice. Though, I can be bothered with a nice, flowy maxi skirt as a second choice.

I wear jeans nearly 24/7, but there's something nice about wearing a swishy dress to church on Sunday. I used to wear rompers as a child, but as an adult? No thanks.

I have to agree with ms. DanaDanaBoBanaFoFeeFifoFanaDana. Pants are vastly superior. Dresses? Don't you spend the whole day worrying over whether or not a gentle breeze will totally expose you? Rompers? Wedgie CENTRAL. Nothing beats pants. Need a workhorse outfit? JEANS. Need pajamas? FLEECE PANTS. Need a lounging outfit? SWEATPANTS. I'm willing to accept shorts as a viable second-in-command, but there's really no contest here. Great article, though!

I agree with the below comment - I really don't like rompers for adults. Babies and children, sure, but otherwise it's all about separate tops and bottoms.

You know, I prefer pants. Not rompers or dresses. I just really think pants are easiest in general in life. But rompers are ADORABLE on babies and children!

Idk, to me, there's nothing easier than slipping on a dress and then BAM. INSTANT CUTE. I'll have people say "Oh you look so nice today!" even with my hair messy and rushed makeup. But wearing a dress kind of cancels everything out and still makes me look cute lol

Couldn't agree more with CScarnegie! Throwing on a dress is so easy, and I find them really comfy. No fabric tugging or pinching around my legs... and definitely a little more forgiving if I'm feeling a little puffy (who hasn't looked at a pair of skinny jeans after a holiday weekend and been like, NOT today!).

It can be tough to find a romper that fits correctly as an adult, so making your own is a great idea. Plus rompers are SO CUTE on kids - what a great collection!

What cute project ideas for moms in the nesting phase, or for friends of mothers-to-be!

I think rompers are so cute and fun, but I for sure will always prefer dresses! They're just much more versatile and can be worn multiple seasons.

Cute romper patterns- great for a gift for little ones!

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