On my dad’s side of the family there are seven grandkids, but only two of us are girls; this of course made Claire and I life long friends. We were dressed the same by Grandma, we had our own girls room at our grandparents house, and I even was the one to teach Claire how to read (she’s two and a half years younger than me). Now whenever I can get home we get together to shop, to chat, and of course, to craft! We definitely have a crafty family between our grandma, our moms, and us.
So when Claire and her husband began the process to adopt a baby I knew I had to throw her an amazing baby shower, and I also knew I it had to include some crafting. I thought onesie decorating was a great idea, but I wanted to find a way to make sure the onesies would end up being cute enough that she would *want* her baby to wear them. Let’s face it, not everyone has the best skills with fabric paint. I don’t remember where I got the idea, but somewhere on the wild west of the internet, I saw someone who used fabric with fusible interfacing. This worked out perfectly!
- Onesies! I ordered both onesies and toddler tees in a variety of sizes from Amazon. We had a fairly large guest list so I ordered about 40 onesies. I ordered all white onesies, but a variety of colors would be adorable too.
- Iron-on adhesive. I ordered Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive.
- An assortment of fabric. I used quilting cotton.
- Irons and ironing boards
There was a small amount of prep work before the shower. This included adding the iron-on adhesive to fabric and collecting stencils.
Iron-on adhesive is fusible on both sides and comes with a paper backing that protects one side while ironing the adhesive to the wrong side of fabric squares. The guests at the shower were able to draw their shapes onto this paper backing before cutting them out.
To draw the shapes, I provided a number of simple shapes cut out of card stock. The guests were able to simply trace the shapes onto the fabric. They could still come up with their own shape if they wanted, but there was an easy option for those that felt less confident in their crafting ability. I used my Cricut to cut out the stencils with shapes of plants, animals, planes, trains, and many others.
At the shower
At the shower, guests were able to pick a shape and fabric. They traced the shape onto the paper backing of the adhesive and cut it out. After peeling the paper off, the fabric was ironed to a onesie to adhere it.
After the shower
After the shower, all of the shapes were stitched on a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch outline to help control fraying and peeling during washing and wear. This step is optional, but we thought it would make them a little more durable longer.
This was an AMAZING baby shower activity. All the guests had a great time making the onesies and Claire ended up with a whole wardrobe of cute onesies and tees ranging up to 18 month size.
About one month later, baby JR came home, and he is quite styling in his onesies.