Sunday, September 4, 2011

Baby Season - Decorated Onesie Tutorial

It is baby season around here! My sister has three colleagues who are expecting babies in the next month, and I know a few people also waiting for an impending arrival! What better way to welcome them but with a cute handmade gift!

All you need is your scrap stash and a plain onesie (and of course your sewing machine).

Go through your stash and find a fabric that you want to use. If it's plain or patterned, you can turn it into some ruffles or yo-yos to embellish the onsie, or if it has a cute print, you can use the print as the feature, like I have with the owl onesie above.

I had some Zoology in Sea from the Cute Critters Collection by Michael Miller in my stash, so I chose that.

 I decided to make the hippo the feature, so I cut a small piece of adhesive bonding paper (I use vliesofix, but there are many types you can use) according to the size of the piece I fabric I wanted, then ironed it to the wrong side of the fabric.

I then used my pinking shears to cut the exact piece I wanted for my applique. You don't have to use pinking shears, but I like the neat and decorative look it gives the edges.

Once I had my piece nicely trimmed to size, I peeled off the backing paper and positioned it onto my onesie.

Once the fabric was in the desired position, I firmly ironed it into place. 

The next step is to stitch your applique. For this one, I chose a complementary teal thread that looked great against the grey background and matched the hippo, and I used a straight stitch. You can use any stitch or thread you like, zig zag is also a great choice.

  Once you have sewn neatly around the applique, pull your threads through to the wrong side, tie off and trim and you are done! A quick and cute addition that will make your baby gift unique.

For this onesie, there was also a frog on the scrap that I couldn't resist, so I added it to the back. Here is the finished product - the stitching doesn't show up in the photo, but it looks great!

Inspired by the Happy Dress, here is another one I did using some yellow polka dot scraps:

Hope this inspires you to use up those scraps and make some cute masterpieces! I would love to see yours - please share a picture over at my Flickr Group!

Just finally... we are celebrating Fathers' Day in Australia today.

Trev - thanks for being a wonderful husband and father - you are the best and we LOVE you!!


  1. Creative! :) I will be needing baby gifts in the next few months. I will have to remember you ideas and dig through my scrap fabric and ribbon bags!

  2. Would love it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  3. these are sooo cute! If you don't have one already, you should definitely start an Etsy shop!!

  4. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!

  5. Cute! I just did a onesie tutorial as well! You can check it out over at:

    :) Lisa

  6. adorable!! I love the little ruffle in the back! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our FFA party! Have a FABulous Friday!!


  7. Great idea for using scrap fabric. Hand made gifts are always appreciated! Especially by new moms!


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