7.15.2011

Onesie and Burp Cloth Applique- Tips and Tutorial!

First of all, a HUGE apology to my 40 loyal followers (yes, 40! Can you believe it Shanny? We're famous!), for the lack of posts the past few weeks. I know that the first thing that comes into your mind as your head pops off the pillow each morning is, "Just when is there going to be a new post on Shenanigans?" :) xoxo Now, to the craft...

Onesies are a staple in any newborn's wardrobe! When you fancy-up one of these little gems, then you can feel like your babe is ready for those surprise visitors all the time!

A couple good friends have recently had babies, so I bought a pack of onesies, busted out my Cricut, and sewing machine, and just went for it!

This can be super fun for baby boys too! Here's a onesie and burp rag for baby Andrus.


For the airplane, I cut out an airplane from a cotton print fabric, and satin stitched it to the burp cloth (see detailed instructions below).

Then I had a few friends who had little girls. At the end of this post, I added pics of just a few of my favorites...
Materials:
  • "Heat N Bond" iron-on adhesive. Get the no-sew kind, so it can adhere to both materials
  • Stabilizer (found near the Heat N Bond in notions section), or white scrap fabric
  • Cotton fabric for cutting out designs
  • Cricut (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • iron
Step 1 (if using Cricut):

Cut out a scrap of fabric large enough to fit your design. Cut the same amount of Heat N Bond. Place fabric piece, right-side down, onto ironing board. Place adhesive side (bumpy side) of Heat N Bond directly onto the wrong-side of fabric. Iron until completely bonded (about 8-10 seconds). Directions come with all Heat N Bond packages.

Step 2:

Cut design, using Cricut, then peel off the paper lining from the back of the Heat N Bond. Place onto onesie, the iron into place. It's a good idea to stitch the edges of the design onto the onesie so that it doesn't peel after washing.


Step 3: Using a satin stitch, or a tight zig-zag stitch, sew along outside edge of design (or you lucky chicas with sergers, go at it!). Be sure to place something on the inside of the onesie to stabilize the sewing (such as stabilizer, or scrap cotton fabric). Stabilizer can be torn off after sewing, but the cotton fabric is meant to stay as something soft against the baby's skin.



Huge, Monumental, Life-Changing (well it changed mine), Major tip! To reduce your chances of sloppy and loose stitches due to the gunking up of your needle as it goes through the Heat N Bond, place wax paper over the top of the bonded onesie, so it can "lubricate" the needle each time it goes through. :) It can be a bit tricky to see exactly where you're going, but you get used to it (see pic below).


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5 comments:

  1. You need to add a "search our site" gadget so we can search for old tutorials more easily! Love ya!

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  2. I found your fabulous project and blog through the linky party at Somewhat Simple!
    I'd like to invite you to my weekly T.G.I.F. Linky party to share your projects -- I'm looking to grow my party with good quality projects just like this one….here is the direct link if you'd like to join us sometime - the linky is up Thursday evening - Tuesday….:)
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party

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  3. This is so cute! I didn't realize that you could do such a stitch with a regular sewing machine.....I like the heat and bond but it seems so stiff for a little onesie.

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  4. Actually Christine, you can buy Heat N Bond that transfers on super thin. It doesn't make the fabric any stiffer than perhaps 2 layers of cotton! I agree, you don't want anything to be too stiff or scratchy on a onesie. :)

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