Monday, November 15, 2010

Plain White Onesies

When I was sorting through our baby clothes the other day I found a ridiculous number of Plain White Onesies.  Seriously ridiculous.  At least 15.  And that's just for sizes 0 to 6 months.  Some of these probably haven't even been worn.  Seriously.  I know that I bought them all, but why?  Did I think that Joey needed a Plain White Onesie to go with every outfit?  Regardless, Paul and I figured that we could do something fun with these Plain White Onesies.  Fun as in creative.

Paul's idea was to screen print or stencil designs on the Plain White Onesies.  I suggested creating designs on the computer and using iron-on transfer paper.  Paul is a talented designer (if you didn't already know) and I'm sure that his designs will be awesome.

My idea was to embellish the PWOs (Plain White Onesies) with scraps of fabric, ribbon, and buttons, all of which I had on hand.  I've also been wanting to attempt applique, and practically free PWOs would make a great medium.  And considering that I've got lots of fabric just lying around, I wouldn't feel wasteful if the outcome wasn't perfect.

For the applique project, I found simple images on the Internet and printed them.  I cut the fabric and fusible web (available at fabric stores) to the approximate size of the image and ironed the two together.  I pinned the image to the fabric and then cut it out.  I then ironed the fabric to the onesie and then stitched it for reinforcement and to prevent fraying.  I believe there are "no-sew" options that would probably be worth looking into, since the stitching was the most time-consuming part of the project. 

I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome:
"C" Onesie: 
Font: Adobe Jensen Pro Bold
Crow Onesie: 
Fish Onesie:
Image:  Clker.com
Fabric:  Michael Miller Tortoise Plaid

I also created some yo-yo rosettes to embellish the PWOs, but thinking that they won't launder well I didn't bother to attach them to the PWO.  I think that they would make adorable headbands or hair clips.

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