appliqued onesies

Appliqued onesies are one of my favorite baby crafts. Since I'm running low on new projects, I thought I'd show you some of the onesies I've made in recent months and point you in the direction of some good resources.

Cookie cutters make awesome templates for onesie designs because they are just the right size and not so detailed that they are impossible to sew around. I got my Missouri cookie cutter at Off The Beaten Path. They have some adorable tool and train cookie cutters that I've been eyeing - great for a boy's shirt.



I drew the patterns for the guitar, whale, and tie myself. If you are not confident in your sketching abilities, do a search around the web for free templates. Here are a few to get you started:

Although I don't have any photos of the ones I've personally made, just plain initials are always a big hit. You can find a tutorial for it at this mama makes stuff. Numbers work well too, especially for birthdays.

Of course, with the right fabric print, no template is required. Just cut out a circle or square piece and sew. Here is another example at armelle blog.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you could try out reverse applique.

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28 comments:

Rose said...

Great links! Thanks :)

trasha said...

Perfect timing, thanks. I have just bought some 'onesies' to gift to a new baby :-)

Jenette said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing!

Chelle said...

Adorable! And I love the Missouri onesie--being a native Missourian and all :)

followthisumbrella said...

I was just thinking this morning how I have half a dozen new moms or soon-to-be new moms in my life that need great gifts, and these are pefect! Off to search for pattersn...Thanks!

BERNOTSKI FAMILY said...

I live in Missouri and these onesies are super-cute and we also love Missouri. Do you live in Missouri? I been a lurker of your blog for some time, but I've just recently been commenting. Thanks for all the amazing ideas!

Michelle said...

Thanks a ton! My girlfriend and I just started making these and were looking for new ideas. Perfect timing!

The Harris Family said...

Very cute. I love the whale. Thanks for the links.

The Activity Mom said...

These are the cutest gifts. I've been wondering how hard they are to make. Thanks to you it sounds easy enough to give it a try! =)

Brittany Ann said...

So, so SO cute! I make appliqued t's but they seem not turn out this cute. I'll have to try these sites. Thanks for the help.

Jaime said...

Hi!
I have been a huge fan of your blog for a while now and I love ALL of your stuff! how cute!Great cake by the way!
I have a blog called The Dress-up Drawer and we are spotlighting stay at home creative women by doing a giveaway in August of all things handmade!! I thought this would be right up your alley. So I was wondering if you would want to join in on our giveaway! My sister is Julie, from Leelou blogs and through her site I get TONS of traffic.
Let me know what you think!
Thanks, Jaime
JloMamaJama@aol.com
www.TheDressUpDrawer.blogspot.com

Tracie said...

Sew cute! (Corney - I know) but I'm goint to buy my stuff now!

the mama monster said...

i love making onesies! i used to sell them but got really busy ( funny how that happens with 3 kids 4 and under!) i love the blue houndstooth fabric in the first onesie. do you happen to remeber where you got it?

Jill said...

mama monster -

it was part of a charm pack. I think it was moda, but I'm not sure of the line. Sorry!

the mama monster said...

nevermind i found some at joanns today! thanks for replying though.

Dana and Daisy said...

I used a stretch decorative stitch on a pack of onesies to "cuten" them up and gave them to a new mom once! Just sew along the ribbed edges. It was a little tricky, but an experienced sewer like you could do it easy peasy!

Mrs. Limestone said...

I tried doing this today (after your post inspired me) but I can't seem to zigzag around the cutouts. The stitches get all bunched up and I can go around the detailed bits without it being uneven. Any tips for a novice?

Jill said...

Mrs. Limestone -

Starting out, try to use simple shapes. The more you do it, the easier it will be to get all those difficult edges.

Also, you may want to try using a bigger zigzag stitch. The entire edge doesn't need to be covered with thread.

If the zigzag is still giving you trouble, you could always just use a straight stitch. The edges will fray when you wash it, but sometimes that is a cute look!

JaneyJ said...

I love these and can't wait to try them! I wonder though, how do you keep the edges of your fabric from fraying? Do you use fray check, or does sewing around the edges prevent this? Thanks so much for your wonderful inspiration! (I'm not LDS but have several friends who are and I adore the temple!)

Jill said...

I use wonder-under to iron on my fabric before sewing around it. The combination of those two things does a good job of keeping it from fraying.

Sara said...

Are you from Missouri?? I am, and am excited about that onesie- I know- easily amused huh??

Jill said...

Yep, born and raised in St. Louis. go missouri!

jezebelsk said...

Missouri hearts you too! I was actually raised in the metro-east, right across the river from STL. Now we live in KCMO though!

You are so awesomely creative, you just make ideas sprout in my little head!

The Crocketts said...

Did you use any backing? my shirt gets all bunched up and tangled in the sewing machine. Maybe I just too new at sewing.

Jill said...

Yes - I use Wonder Under to iron on the design before sewing.

Casa Cannon said...

i love the missouri one.. born and raised in SW Mo!

Caylee @ Domesticity Evolving said...

Hi Jill, I follow your blog, but this is my first comment. I know this post is pretty old but I found it on a google search when I wanted to make neck tie onesies. I'm also a blogger and I linked to this post in my most recent post because I tried my hand at the onesies. I didn't stitch around them though bc I'm scared to mess them up (zig-zag stitch and I aren't the best of friends). I also tried a few designs of my own with little letters that I'm not sure how to stitch unless I do it by hand (yikes!). Anyhoo, I always like to see the results if my projects inspire others, and since yours inspired me I thought I'd leave this little comment for you. My blog is www.domesticityevolving.blogspot.com

Thanks for showing us awesome projects!

Caylee

Raul Wint said...

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