Make: Applique Onesies

by Cat on March 31, 2009

by Designing Mom Liberty

What I’ve shown here is a group of onesies that I made for a moms group I belong to… The butterfly and helicopter were made with iron-on patches, but the car ones were really not much work and the payoff is great. As is my shtick, I love using scraps and stray buttons for the wheels… If you look at both cars, you can see the shape is not precise, but it’s the wheels that make it super cute. I only make the ones with buttons for tiny babies that can’t grab at them. Once they are at the grab-and-stick-in mouth phase, little felt circles work as well.

Step 1: Stick

I stick the appliqué one of two ways.

1- using iron-on fusible webbing – which you can get at any fabric store… (brief version is that you iron one side
. Onto your fabric, draw the design, cut it out, peel off the paper backing and iron into place on your shirt)
2- I use Beacon’s craft glue. My sister in law turned me onto this and I firmly believe every house in America needs a bottle! Beacon’s is so great because it glues everything and is (drumroll, please) washable!
When you use Beacon’s, use small drops every few inches–be careful not to drip, it doesn’t clean up well.

Step 2: Secure
Regardless of which sticking device you use…use a quick zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of the shape.

Step 3: Spice it up
If it’s a car, add the wheels by sewing on buttons (be very secure with these, add a little drop of Beacon’s) or stitching an “x” through the center of a felt circle. Or, like the onesie on the top left, use some Beacon’s and a straight stitch to add some ric-rac around the edge of a square. This project is so easy that it feels silly writing a tutorial about it, but it’s become a standby around here… And great for a quick shower gift with some handmade flair.

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j+g March 31, 2009 at 7:26 pm

these are very cute. we did a similar project at my baby shower, using felt. simon loved wearing them (and i loved looking at them!)


Tori Higa Stationery March 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm

these are super cute, liberty! this is a sewing project that even i could try… :)


Aunt LoLo April 28, 2009 at 1:15 am

So cute!! Thanks for the instructions on the webbing…I’m new to that stuff and am just as likely to glue something to my ironing board as not!


Give LDS Gifts July 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Great idea and great instructions! I just linked here:

Thank you!


Rachel September 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

They are so cute! I never thought of adding buttons. Do you have a link to the template you use for shapes?


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