8.25.2011

How To Embellish A Onesie - Girly Version

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I've previously written a post about embellishing onesies with cute little neck ties for your little boy.  Today, I'm going to share a few examples that would ideal for the fairer species.  I don't have a daughter myself, but I sure enjoy making girly things for my nieces and friends who are expecting a little pink bundle of joy. 

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Unlike the last time I did this project, I didn't have any of my handy-dandy fusible web sheets.  I did, however, happen to have a roll of stitch witchery tape.

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When using fusible web, you simply cut your embellishment, in this case a heart, out of the fabric and an identical piece of the web.  When using the tape, cut multiple strips and arrange them on the back side of the fabric.  

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Carefully flip the fabric over and place it on the desired location on the onesie.  Using the heat from your iron, press the fabric until the tape fuses it in place. 


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While this step is a little tedious, it makes sewing the garment much, much easier.  You'll thank me for it later, I promise. 

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Set your machine to the zig zag stitch.  You can adjust the length or tightness of the stitch to whatever you like.  I opted to keep it on the standard setting. 

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Place the onesie under the presser foot and slowly stitch around the edge of the applique.  If you have a more complex design, you may have to lift the presser foot and adjust the placement of the onesie in order to navigate the perimeter of the fabric embellishment.  

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Your finished stitching should look something like this. As you can see, I used a complimentary thread to sew the heart. 


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In addition to pink plaid hearts, you can embellish onesies with countless other designs like
a monogram or first initial.  

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You can even layer multiple fabrics.

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Or, if you want to get really fancy, you can make this cute little owl, my personal favorite.  One thing to note, I used plain white thread to sew all of the pieces in place.  If you prefer, you could use a different color for each fabric.  

As you can see, adding an applique is a quick and easy way to add a special touch to a plain old onesie.  Next time you need a baby gift, I would encourage you to give it a try.  

To check out some onesies I embellished for a little boy, click here.

3 comment(s). Leave yours!:

kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

You could seriously sell those. They're really cute!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Love them!! :)

gretchen from lifenut said... Best Blogger Tips

That owl is adorable! Great job and I welcome the inspiration. I have a sewing machine languishing in the basement. It intimidates me, but this seems simple enough to try.

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