Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY Personalized Onesies

If you know me well at all, you know I'm a huge fan of personalizing gifts for people and making them as meaningful and personal as possible. To be honest, I'm surprised these onesies didn't end up having photographs of each person's face plastered across the front of them, haha. When we announced our pregnancy to our family, I wanted to make sure I sent them home with a little keepsake from our little one (obviously made with the help of mama- that's me- because I'm pretty sure his/her fingers were still webbed at this point....). These personalized onesies were cute, affordable, and didn't take TOO long to make. In case you were planning on announcing something fun soon (whether it be a pregnancy or something else!), I thought I'd share with you a quick step-by-step on how I made these.

*all materials were purchased at Michaels, but I'm sure any craft store would have these supplies!
- fabric marker
- foam heart stickers (make sure it has a peel off back, otherwise you can buy foam pieces that are not stickers and use a hot glue gun to adhere them to the shirt OR you could try iron ons)
- a letter stencil kit (choose your font and depending on how often you think you might use it, they sell different thicknesses for multiple uses. I just went with the cheapest one and it lasted me my whole project!)
- onesies (ok, I lied- these were purchased at Meijer)
- piece of cardboard and clothespins (you should be able to find these at home!)

1. To make sure you have an even writing space on the onesie, and so the ink doesn't bleed through the front of the shirt, place the piece of cardboard inside the onesie and stretch it to the space where you want to write. Secure it with clothespins on all four corners.
2. Next. place the letter stencils on the shirt (if you can, line them up ahead of time to check the spacing), and then fill in each stencil with the fabric marker. Remove the stencil whenever you need to use that letter again, or once you have finished writing everything you need to.
3. Remove the backing from the foam heart sticker and place onto the shirt.
4. That's it! You're done! To be honest, I haven't tried washing these after making them, and I'm not sure that I will. I think they might be more of a keepsake than a "let baby wear me and spit up all over it" kind of thing. If I do decide to let him/her wear them, I'll get back to you on the cleaning part of this! Until then, let your family members enjoy their first gift from baby!

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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