Make an Easy Spring Ruffle Dress for Baby

The temps are warming up here in the desert, which got me thinking about sundresses. I saw this adorable dress for toddlers on, and decided to try and replicate it for my girls who are in 3-6 month clothes.

The best part is when I say easy, I mean easy. I was able to pull this dress together in an afternoon inbetween my girls’ 30 minute catnaps.

Keeping up with them today has me exhausted, but I’m so excited about how this ruffle dress turned out! Scroll down for full tutorial!


  • One yard cotton fabric (I found mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • 1/2″ wide elastic
  • Scissors, safety pin & matching thread
  • Serger, optional

Step 1: Cut two rectangles from fabric

One should measure 32.5″ x 4″ and the other 32.5″ x 11″. Trim a 3/8″ x 3″ rectangle from both the right and left bottom corners of the 4″ wide rectangle (as shown).

step 2: Cut 4 shoulder straps

Each should measure 1″ x 10″. Serge 1/4″ all the way around each. If you don’t have a serger, zig-zag stitch along the edges. Trim seam allowance.

Step 3: Serge/Hem 1/4″ from the bottom of rectangles

Also, zig-zag stitch along the 3″ edge on the sides of the 4″ rectangle. This will keep the ruffle from fraying.

Step 4: sew the top edge of the rectangles together

Place the 4″ wide rectangle face up, then place the shoulder straps wrong side up. The bottoms of the shoulder straps should be placed at 5.25″, 11.25″, 20.75″ and 26.75″ along the top edge of the 4″ rectangle. Then, place the 11″ rectangle on top also face up. Line up the top edges together. Either serge, or sew together with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 4: Fold the 4″ Rectangle over on Top of the 11″ Rectangle


Step 5: Sew 5/8″ seam allowance; parallel to top edge

(This will create a place to thread the elastic)

Step 6: cut 16″ piece of elastic

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and pull through the opening. Be careful to not pull the elastic through! Line up edges of elastic with each end of the fabric, as shown. Clip/pin to keep in place.

Step 7: Fold Raw edges, right sides together

Sew or serge with 1/4″ seam allowance. If sewn, trim seam allowance

Step 8: Turn right side out

Adjust top of dress so straps line up. The seam will be in the back.

This dress is so adorable over a pair of bloomers! The ones pictured are City Threads Ruffle Diaper Cover Bloomers from Amazon.

Happy Crafting!


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