Wednesday September 16, 2009

So many babies being born these days!  Lots of baby showers and hospital visits, it’s so fun but sometimes it can be difficult to keep coming up with unique and affordable gifts.  Here is a fun little project that I have made as gifts for my expecting friends and family members.

If you are interested in making some for your little one, here is a list of supplies you will need:

~ A package of onesies.  Any kind will do; long-sleeved, colored, striped… be creative!  I just used a package of 5 white Gerber onesies (they were about $8.00).

~ 3 or 4 scrap pieces of coordinating fabric.  You need very little material to make these, it’s a good way to use up scrap material from other projects.

~ Several different kinds of trim (optional)

~Light weight HeatnBond, sold by the yard, at any craft and fabric store.  Again, you don’t need very much.

~ An iron.  Make sure there is no water in your iron and set the heat setting on “wool”.

~ Coordinating sewing thread and a sewing machine.  The sewing machine can be optional.  I use it to zig-zag around the edges of the cut-outs but you could use embroidery thread and do a “button-hole” stitch around the edge.

Step one:
First draw your pattern out onto a plain piece of paper.  Hearts, birds, apples, pears, stars, a sail boat…
Just remember to keep your shapes simple otherwise you won’t be able to sew around them.  If you’re not comfortable with making your own patterns you can find stencils at the craft store, or you can ask one of your “artsy” friends to draw up some patterns for you.  Keep in mind that this is a child’s onesie; it’s supposed to look a little funky…it adds to the charm

Step two:
Cut out a square of the HeatnBond and iron it onto the WRONG side of your material

Step three:
Trace your shape with a pencil onto the paper and cut it out.

Step four:
Remove the paper from the back of the shape.  It should just peel off easily.  If it doesn’t that means the adhesive hasn’t melted completely.  Stop peeling and iron it a little more until it comes of easily.

Step five:
Place your cut-out exactly were you want it to be on the onesie and then iron it until it sticks to the fabric.  It should just take a few seconds.

If you are not comfortable drawing patterns like birds or pears, you can simply cut out rectangle and square shapes and finish the edges with trim.

Step six:
Finally, take your sewing machine and set the stitch dial to zig-zag.  This is the most difficult part of the project.  The onesies are small and you have to navigate the presser foot around the shape.  Just be patient and go slow.

So maybe this all sounds like too much work. You can dress up some plain onesies by simply gluing some cute appliques under the neck of the onesie.  Just be sure to use washable, fabric glue.

Once you’ve mastered this there are a million different ways you can dress up your child’s clothing.  A flower on the bottom of a plain jean skirt, stars or a truck on a t-shirt, a monogram letter on a hooded sweat-shirt…  you can have really unique clothes for pennies on the dollar.

Oh, I almost forgot!  This is for you Trisha…

The teddy version of my dolly pattern.

8 thoughts on “Wednesday September 16, 2009

  1. H0LDfast

    being your pregnant, non-talented sister in law i’m loving you especially for your creativity right now.  the teddy has a special spot waiting in the cradle ~
    love you xoxo

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  2. inanorchard

    @H0LDfast - You take beautiful pictures, sew, have all kinds of fun ideas for home decor and fashion, and your a gifted writer!  One of these days your going to have to stop calling yourself “non-creative”, no one will believe you 

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  3. joyinhispresence

    Absolutely darling!  I, too, enjoy your creativity and love your posts, girl!  Thank you for your sweet comments the last few weeks.  They have brightened my day often.  much love to you.

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