Make a DIY onesie for the tiny tot in your life with these easy and quick projects. Stencil a business tie onto the classic white snap-bottom cover up using freezer paper or refashion a onesie into a unique bubble dress or superhero costume. Remember when working with the small fabrics, particularly when sewing or embroidering, the space is tighter and offers less freedom of movement with larger craft tools like a sewing machine. However, each of these DIY onesie projects are as easy as they are adorable and will add even more cuteness to your tiny baby cuddle bug.
This Valentine’s Day–inspired onesie uses arrows to hint at the holiday but is modern enough to wear all year long. The designer offers one note about the craft: black fabric paint will fight hard if you splatter and try to remove it from white knit fabric. Thus, paint carefully — or be comfortable with smudges.
For the Love Of shares this free DIY onesie how-to.
Scrap fabric in asymmetrical shapes create this applique robot. Buttons create literal belly buttons as well as mismatched eyes. Get inspired by this unique idea and adorn your cotton onesie with a unique fabric detail like vegetables or animals rather than paint. Keep to large straight-line shapes like circles and triangles to make sewing easier on the tiny, tiny clothing.
Made by Lori shares a free template to make your own robot onesie.
Simple freezer paper serves as a stencil for this painted bow tie onesie. Ironing the cut wax paper to the shirt keeps the lightweight material to the shirt while you fill in the bow tie with fabric paint. Customize this by adding some glitter or even faux fold lines for a more dimensional bow tie.
To download this free bow tie stencil, head to Sah-Rah.
More sophisticated than your typical baby gear, this DIY onesie employs antique pink fabric instead of bright white as well as over-sized ruffles. If you can’t find a onesie in a more muted shade, consider using a tea bath dye (a natural, low-chemical alternative to harsher dyes, which may irritate a baby’s skin). Ruffles along the butt would also look rather adorable — though arguably less sophisticated.
Grey Luster Girl shares this free DIY onesie how-to.
A white cotton onesie gets a complete makeover with RIT Dye and freezer paper stencils. A matching headband (or maybe wristbands or socks for a boy) complete the how-to. The image can be anything from the internet, though first timers may want to keep to large outlines without too much intricate details through which paint may bleed.
See Vanessa Craft shares how to make your own owl DIY onesie.
This applique how-to offers inspiration for adding business ties, vests and bow-ties onto hand-me-down onesies that are then decorated with some simple embroidery stitches. Use this sewing pattern to inspire other 3-D onesie ideas like quilted fronts, stitched waist bows with a tiny ribbon at the side or even a fuzzy stole or “pearl” necklace made with poofed fabric.
Home Heart Craft shares this free DIY onesie sewing pattern.
Daddy’s old T-shirt becomes a unique DIY onesie when the bottom is cut to fit baby’s tinier length and then elastic is sewn to the new hem. Rather like a long dress, this onesie adds personality and charm to a baby’s wardrobe while also keeping those worn-out but much loved T-shirts in use.
Learn how to make your own DIY onesie with the free tutorial from The Cheese Thief.
A dip-dyed onesie creates an easy Halloween costume for those looking to dress up their tiny ones. Use this same, simple method to make rainbow onesies (with a pot of gold headband), a 4th of July flag or even a red-and-white “Where’s Waldo?” shirt.
Swell Designer shares more on making this DIY onesie.
Image credits (from top): For the Love Of, For the Love Of, Made by Lori, Sah-Rah, Grey Luster Girl, See Vanessa Craft, Home Heart Craft, The Cheese Thief and Swell Designer