Baby romper without a snap panel

Blogger: Samantha Thoms

Baby Romper without a snap panel

My second youngest now thinks she is of the age where she is no longer a baby. As a lot of you already know, this isn’t a fun stage. Now when I want to make her any cute romper she will not wear it as she doesn’t want to be the baby anymore. “Why?” I ask. “Why does it make you feel like a baby?” “Because babies have these” she says as she points to the snap panel. So, to allow me to dress my little in cute rompers, just a bit longer, todays blog is how to remove the snap panel and enclose the crotch seam of the the baby size rompers. This can be done with a simple crotch seam or an enclosed french seam crotch seam. 



To start, when cutting out the pattern, you can omit cutting out the snap panel pieces. These will not be needed in this tutorial. Apart from that, please cut out all other pieces, including the leg bias tape/binding. I will be showing Astoria Baby and Destin Baby.


Follow the chosen pattern tutorial instructions till you get to the part of the tutorial in which you start sewing the romper bottom. Sew the side seams of the romper bottoms as directed in the tutorial and finish the seams, as is required in the pattern tutorial.

Skip this step if you want to enclose the crotch seam in the french seam method. Place the front and back romper, right sides together and align the crotch seam. Sew using a 1/2” (1.3 cm) seam allowance. Finish the seam.


Skip this step if you have sewn a simple seam finish. If you want to enclose the seam, then you will need to enclose with a french seam method. To do this, place the front and back romper, wrong sides together. Align the crotch seam and sew with a 1/4” (0.6 cm) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance and then turn the front and back romper right sides together. Sew the crotch seam again at 1/4” (0.6 cm) seam allowance.


Continue here for all option. Press the seam toward the back and topstitch the seam.


Locate the bias tape or binding from the pattern tutorial. Fold the bias tape/binding back on itself by 1/2” (1.3 cm) wrong sides together and press.



Place the bias tape/binding, right sides together. Pin/clip. Starting from the folded end of the bias tape/binding sew the bias tape/binding around the leg of the romper using the seam allowance found in the chosen pattern tutorial.


Overlap the raw end of the bias tape/binding over the other end of the folded edge of the bias tape/binding by 1/2” (1.3 cm) and trim any excess. Sew the bias tape/binding to the romper using the seam allowance recommended in your chosen patten tutorial.


If the bias tape is sewn, then keeping the raw edge of the bias tape folded, bring the bias around to the wrong side of the romper. Press. Pin/clip in place. If the binding was sewn, turn the binding in to the wrong side of the romper. Press. Pin/clip in place. Sew to attach using a 1/8” (0.3 cm) seam allowance to secure the binding to the leg curve. Leave a 1” (2.5 cm) gap to insert the elastic. The bias tape/binding can now only be seen on the wrong side of the romper.


Locate the leg elastic. Using a safety pin or bobkin, thread it through the opening in the bias tape/ binding. Thread the elastic through the casing. Once the end of the plastic is reached, secure it next to the opening so that it doesn’t slip through the casing.

Making sure the elastic doesn’t get twisted, pull the other end out of the opening and sew both ends together with a 1/2” (1.3 cm) overlap using a zig-zag stitch.


Push the elastic back into the opening and topstitch the opening closed. Stretch the elastic a few times to allow the elastic to distribute evenly throughout the leg casing. Repeat with the other leg opening.

Continue the rest of your chosen pattern tutorial from after the steps to attach the snap panel, to complete your newly enclosed romper. Now your romper will be beautifully enclosed without a snap panel. I’m off to make my little a whole lot more rompers she will be happy to wear over and over again.



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