One of my favorite baby gifts to give is an embellished onesie. They’re cute and simple, but they really show that you care because you took the time to make something. I have yet to take on making a baby blanket, so for now, this is my favorite baby gift to make.
This little rosette onesie was for my friend Bryanna. I used this tutorial to make the little fabric flowers. I first glued them onto the onesie, but then I got paranoid that they would fall off in the wash, so I hand stitched them on there as well.
Since I wasn’t seeing too many other options for DIY baby girl onesies, I started making my own shapes and using iron-on Wonder Under to attach them to the shirt. Then stitch around the edges to secure. I also bought several pairs of Baby Leggings to coordinate. If you are on their mailing list, they often run promotions for 5 free pairs (just pay shipping which is around $13). The bow onesie was for my dancer friend Shayla.
I was so excited to make these heart onesies for my friend Cindy, who had twins in February. Don’t worry – there were two onesies; I just had my sewing machine jam up in the middle so I had to send them one at a time. I can’t wait to see those cute little girls in their matching onesies once they are big enough to fit into them!
For boys, I usually stick with a necktie onesie, bow tie onesie and occasionally I throw in some suspenders. This trio was for my friend Jennae. I displayed them at her baby shower with some twine and clothespins (sorry I don’t have a photo of that!). This is the necktie tutorial/pattern that I use. And this is the bow tie tutorial I used. Instead of using the clip, I put Velcro on the back. That way they can be removed before washing. You could also make several different bow ties with Velcro backing to use with the same onesie.
For the suspenders, I just use grosgrain ribbon. Make sure you iron it beforehand so it’s not trying to curl up. Lay it out on either side of your tie/bow tie and pin it down. The first time I did this, I used the iron-on Wonder Under to hold it in place. Then I stitched around all the edges. I also turn the onesie inside out while I sew because it’s easier for me not to accidentally sew through more than one part of the shirt. You don’t have to use the Wonder Under (I didn’t do it this last time, but it does make it a little easier to sew especially if you have really thick grosgrain ribbon).
This last onesie was for my friend Shadow. I love the colors and how well they matched the baby leggings!
When you’re finished sewing, wrap it up cute with some tissue paper, baker’s twine, and a handmade tag. This works great for gifts you have to mail since you can’t put it in a cute gift bag. Happy sewing!