Monday, May 2, 2011

baby graduation cap and gown directions

One year ago on this weekend, my husband graduated!!! 
I hadn't started this blog at the time, so I thought I'd dig up my pictures to show you this little baby graduation outfit I made. 
Isn't he so cute?
and by he, I mean both of them :D
 We were approached later by a newspaper reporter who had taken these pictures of my husband and son walking across the stage. He did a little interview with me, and these pictures were on the front page of the newspaper the following day. That was a fun surprise!

We've gotten a lot of use out of this little outfit- he wore it again to his Uncle Taylor's high school graduation.
I actually made the outfit four years ago for our first daughter when my husband received his undergrad degree. I was a middle school sewing teacher at the time, and made this in between class periods.
I didn't take how-to pictures, but here are a few tips in case you want to make one of your own for this upcoming graduation season.

For the hat:
  1. Use a piece of cardboard from a cereal box, cut it into a square.
  2. Cover it with black fabric and hot glue it to the back.
  3. Hand sew a black button in the middle of the square, through the fabric and cardboard.
  4. Add a tassle of some sort. I found mine in the curtain section of Wal-Mart.
  5. Sew a little chef's hat type of thing, with thin elastic in it. You'll need to make a casing, etc.
  6. Hand sew the cardboard part to the hat part.
For the gown:
  1. You'll only need a little bit of fabric. I think I used half a yard, but I can't remember exactly. I used the cheapest broadcloth I could find. But a shiny black satin would be adorable.
  2. For the pattern, basically I just laid out the fabric on a big table, and started playing around with it. I created a back side, then folded over the 2 front edges to create a cape type thing. From there I figured out the collar and arm holes. I finished all the edges.
  3. Along the chest, I added 3 darts to each side for decoration. You can't see them in any of these pictures.
  4. To close the gown, I used a couple hook and eyes.


  1. This is the absolute cutest thing I've ever seen!! My husband graduates from grad school next summer...hmmm...

    Turning a House into a Home

  2. THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!! Haha I love it! I bet your baby stole the show :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday!

  3. cutest thing ever, and what a great idea. i love that you were all in the newspaper, too. amazing!

  4. THIS IS ADORABLE! My husband graduates next saturday- YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (you know the feeling) and we have an 11 month old- better believe I want to do this! Thanks!

    I'd love for you to come link it up at my party tomorrow (and any other creations you have!)

  5. Adorable!! I would love to make one of these for my baby girl for my graduation this month but I just don't think I am that talented lol. So cute, love that he went with your hubs across the stage.

  6. Really cute idea! I put a link to it here in case you would like to link back to it.

  7. I love this! :) Your cap and gown is adorable. :) I made one for my daughter as well when I graduated. There is something so special about walking across the stage with your little one. Such a sense of accomplishment :)

    It was such a big hit at my graduation so many people asked me to make them one. I've been selling them for about 3 years now! Who would have thought! :)

  8. This is so darling! I've been back to this page a couple times just to see how cute it is. I plan on trying to make one for my son this month and would love to get some tips from you if possible. I'm struggling to figure out the gown part a bit. Thanks for posting this!

  9. Wow! What a cute idea. They really look so adorable in those photos. And it is a good thing that the school allowed them to let your baby wear graduation cap and gown.


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