Thursday, April 14, 2011

Appliquéed Onesies

I've been excited to share the results of this project for a while.  At the last baby sale I went to I picked up some plain onesies to play with.  Each of them cost me between 50c and 75c, so I wouldn't feel too bad if I screwed things up and had to throw one or two out.

There are so many great (and easy) ways to customize a onesie (more of those soon I think!).  It's fun to make 100% original clothing for the little one.

For this project I dug through my stash of I-Spy squares and pulled out some fabric bits that had cute images I wanted to use on them.  I also had a few iron on decals that I final got around to using.

Here is my first effort, using iron on decals I bought from etsy a long time ago:

Please excuse the awful lighting, I took these photos during the greyest week ever.

Here's a close up:

The next ones were made from fabric, so I had to iron on double sided fusible interface (the thin kind!), cut them down to size, iron them on, and then do the sewing.  I found using a sewing hoop makings it go a lot faster.  I might later put some one sided fusible interface on the inside of the onesie so that it's not all itchy on the baby's skin.

I know you can't see all the detail in the photo above, but seriously, who doesn't love onesies hanging on the line.  Totally warms my heart!

Here are some close ups:

I hope you can see / read these okay.  Feel free to click on each image to make it larger if necessary.

I love the last one, there is a bit of a story behind it.

I loved the mushrooms from a Michael Miller fabric.  I had them ironed on the onesie and was about to start sewing when I asked my husband, totally out of the blue, if he had a saying I could use on the onesie - sometime Pun-ny I suggested.  Without even skipping a beat, or taking a moment to think, he came up with the saying I used "My Papa's a Fungi".  It worked perfectly along with the big mushroom and little mushrooms I had chosen to put on the onesie.  It was the perfect, cute, catchy saying.  I still can't believe how quickly he came up with it.  That's why I love him so much (first of all because my request didn't seem odd to him at all, secondly because he was smart enough to have a response that didn't suck!) haha.

The hand sewing details in these onesie took a little bit of time, but I think its totally worth the effort.  All in all I spent about two nights working on these projects.  I think this would be a great way to make seasonal onesies, etc. to help any baby be stylish and stand out in a crowd.


  1. Hi! I came across your blog from the Itty Bitty forum. You have made so many cute things for your baby! I love the onesies. Great job :)

  2. Impressive hand stitching! I've made about a dozen appliqued onsies, but I did them all with machine zigzag stitching. I'm not sure how well they'll hold up, but they do look pretty cute now. Great way to spruce up second hand onesies too!