Earlier this week I sent this picture out to the social world, accepting the crafty challenge that had been given to me. Inside one of the cutest baby shower invites ever, there was a plain white teeny tiny little baby onesie with that tag on it that you see in the picture over there. It wanted me to decorate it. I thought to myself, I would feel bad if I let it down, leaving it to a life of plain old whiteness, with no color or pizazz…or cuteness. So I looked at my stash of crafty supplies and got to work! I don’t know that it is prize-worthy but I think any little girl would look just adorable in it, especially in one of those newborn photos with her on her tummy and her lil’ butt sticking up in the air.
In case you weren’t aware, I love pink and black together (see my logo?). In fact, I’m wearing pink and black right now. It’s fun, funky and sweet at the same time. It’s girly with a little kick. Since I love the combo so much, I tend to gravitate toward crafty notions with those colors, hence the ribbons and flowers I ended up using for this project. This was all done by hand – no sewing machine required – and I was able to pull it off in one naptime session, including the time it took to take a billion pictures while I was working.
Of course there are a bazillion ways to embellish a onesie – there is no “right” way. Just add something cute in some crafty manner to it, and voila! This is just one way that you can make a plain old onesie cute with a few supplies, and without major sewing skills. You can use any colors, you can use any flowers, you can use just the ribbons or just the flowers.. whatever makes your heart sing. And you can use the ribbon hearts and the fabric flowers to embellish so many other things, too – so I’m hoping this inspires someone to do something.
I had an extra flower left, so I made a matching headband too. Come on, can’t you see how cute that big old flower would be sticking out on a bitty baby’s tiny little head? Let’s all say it together, “aaaawwwwwwwwwwe!”
So let’s get this party started… here is how I did it!
- Plain Baby Onesie
- Two lengths of ribbon for hearts, cut to 9″
- Fabric Flowers (I used three)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing Needle
- Fray Check*
*Fray Check is a handy dandy little liquid product that you can use to treat the ends of ribbon and fabric so that they don’t fray on you and unravel or get frizzy. It basically glues the edge shut. If you use it, be sure to let it dry before proceeding.
First Step – Make the Hearts!
This is an easy way to twist the ribbon to make a cute heart, and as I mentioned before, you can use them on anything you like. The oh-so-pretty pattern in the background of some of these shots is actually my ironing board cover (grins). I like to pin on it because it is squishy and holds my pins nicely. At this point I’ve already treated the ends of the ribbon using the Fray Check.
1.Lay the first piece of ribbon vertically, and fold the bottom half up.
2. Bend the right half about 1/2 an inch from the fold, and place a pin on the first fold to hold it in place.
3. Take the tail and twist to the left to make another bend, and place another pin.
4. Repeat the same steps with the other ribbon tail to make the other side of the heart and join it with the bottom pin. Ta Da! There is your heart!
If you’re making more than one, follow the same process as many times as your heart desires (chuckles).
5. To make this easier on myself, I pressed the hearts for a few seconds, so that the folds would firm up and not disappear when I went to place the hearts on the onesie. After pressing, you are ready to sew the heart on to the onesie!
Step Two – Sewing The Hearts on the Onesie
1. Place and pin the hearts to the onesie so they don’t lose their shape, then thread your needle with the thread that coordinates with your ribbon. I did the pink one first.
2. Starting from the INSIDE of the onesie, poke your needle through the base of the heart, where the two ends of the ribbon cross over (right below the pin). Pull your needle and thread through, and then go back through the ribbon to the inside of the onesie to make a stitch.
3. Repeat, to make an ‘x’ at the base of the heart, which will hold the bottom of it in place. You can then remove the bottom pin.
4. Continue to stitch (in and out) up the length of the ribbon and around the whole heart. Don’t worry about it being perfectly spaced and whatnot, this has a “shabby chic” feel to it, so the handmade look is what you’re going for! Plus the thread color should blend nicely with the ribbon.
5. When you get down to the base where you started, tie off the threads together on the inside of the onesie, and trim the tail close to the knot.
Now your heart is complete! Repeat for your remaining hearts to embellish the front of your onesie.
Step Three – Adding the Fabric Flowers to the Rear
This part is easy too, especially if you use the Jolee’s Fabric Flowers that I am using, because they have a sticky back that is helpful to hold the flower in place on the fabric. No need to pin! These wonderful embellishments can be used on so many different things, which I’ve gone on and on about in a previous post.
1. Decide where you want to place your flowers, peel off the backs, and stick them on the back of the onesie.
2. Thread your needle with the coordinating thread for the flower, and start sewing on the underside of the felt circle, in between the flower and the onsie. This just makes it cleaner – I tucked the tail under the felt circle as I sewed around it.
3. Pull needle through top and then sew back down through the circle, pushing through the top of the onesie to the inside.
Then stitch, going from the inside of the onesie, up through the felt circle and back down, in and out, all the way around the circle/flower. Sometimes it might be tough to push through – they adhere the fabric to the circle with glue – so try poking around until you find a soft spot.
I told you it was easy to sew these on, even if you’ve never sewn a stitch! I used the same process to sew the remaining flower on to a plain black baby headband as well.
So there you have it — now we have our adorable little onesie in all it’s pink and black cuteness. I hope I get to see baby girl dressed in it!