I received fabric paint for this project from DecoArt as a part of their Blogger Outreach program. The opinions in this post are my own.
Are you looking for a personalized baby gift idea for a new mommy? It is always fun to shop the registry, of course, but I like to add a little something special to the gift that is completely unique for that particular baby.
I have been making embroidered onesies as gifts for baby showers for a while, but recently decided it would be fun to add fabric paint to the mix. I love how changing that one element allowed the embroidery stitches to really pop. I cannot wait to ship this onesie off to my friend who recently welcomed a sweet baby girl into her family.
How to Make a Painted and Embroidered Baby Outfit
You will need:
One plain baby onesie or t-shirt
Embroidery transfer pen
Embroidery floss in complimentary colors and needle
Fabric paint (I used DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Acrylics in Baby Pink Deep, Indian Turquoise,
Lavender, and Dark Rose)
Use the transfer pen to draw your design onto the onesie or t-shirt. As you can see with my drawing, I didn’t try to get it completely perfect. The ink rinses completely off so I was able to draw over mistakes to get the flowers the way I wanted them to look. You can also place a picture you like under the fabric and trace the design onto your fabric.
Put a piece of cardboard behind the part of the fabric you are going to paint just in case the paint seeps through. Pour the fabric acrylic onto a tray or plate and paint your design. I found that a little paint went a long way and that it was easier to dab the paint onto the cotton onesie than to brush it on like I would paint on paper. I was surprised at how bright the DecoArt fabric paints were but in a good way. They were easy to work with, and my daughter and I had fun using the leftover paint for an impromptu toddler painting session (at her art easel, not on the fabric.)
Let the painted onesie dry for 24-48 hours. I wanted to make sure the paint was completely dry since I was going to be rinsing the transfer pen marks off. The last thing I wanted to do was to accidentally smear my design across the shirt.
Once the paint is dry, place the shirt into an embroidery hoop and stitch around your design. I used a back stitch as well as a lazy daisy stitch. (See how to make those stitches here.) Cut the threads when you’re finished, and rinse the transfer pen marks completely off. You can also rinse the transfer pen off before you stitch and wait for the shirt to dry before you stitch your design.
I think I will be less specific with painting the flowers (or any design) the next time I try this. It would be fun to paint a splash of color as a background and then use the embroidery floss to create the specific design like a flower, a little bird, or a word (baby’s name, for example.)
You could make a set of these onesies as a personalized baby gift or tuck one into a package of goodies that you have already bought for the new mom.
What is your go-to baby shower gift? Come on, you know you have one! Share in the comments.