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Customized Onesie Baby Gift

Using store bought onesies and fabric scraps, you can whip up a one of a kind baby shower gift, for much less than you'd spend at the mall. 

Babies today are better dressed than most adults - and of course you want them to stand out and express their individuality! 

You don't even need a sewing machine - so, give it a shot!

  • Baby onesie - they are often sold in packs, so you can make a whole set if you like!
  • Cotton fabric scraps
  • Wonder Under, or similar fusible webbing (available at most craft stores or online)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (optional) or needle and thread
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Cookie cutters for design (optional)
  • Small cup of water

Step 1: Wash and dry your onesie and fabric scraps, so shrinking won't be a problem later.

Step 2: Decide on the pattern you'd like to put on the onesie -- cookie cutters make great stencils, or you can find free patterns online, or just freehand it too.

Keep the design simple for best results. Animal shapes, hearts, stars, etc., work well.

If you have fabric scraps with large designs, you can cut around them and use as is, too.

Step 3: Cut out one piece of fabric and one piece of fusible webbing slightly larger than your design.

Iron the fabric scrap first, then place the webbing with the rough side up, against the wrong side of your fabric. Iron together. (Refer to the manufacturer's directions for the fusible webbing for further information).

Step 4: Trace your design onto the paper backing of the fusible webbing and cut out. Carefully peel away the paper backing.

Step 5: Place your onesie on your ironing board, front side up. Smooth out any wrinkles so that the fabric lies flat. Place your design onto the front of the onesie.

Step 6: Moisten a piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than the design and spread it across the design, being careful not to move it off center.

Press with an iron until the fabric is dry. Remove the scrap fabric and iron over the design to make sure it is well bonded.

Step 7: Fusible webbing is washable, so you can stop here if you like. However, since this will likely get a lot of washings, it's best to reinforce it with a few stitches.

If you have a sewing machine, great! Sew around the outside of the design, using a coordinating color on top, and white thread in your bobbin (or, whatever color your onesie is).

If you don't have a sewing machine, don't worry! A needle and thread will be fine. Start your needle on the inside, and sew small stitches around the outside of your design.

Tie off, and you're done!

You should get a finished onesie that looks like this.

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