Last weekend I had to the pleasure of hosting a Onesie Making Party for my little sister and her soon-to-arrive baby boy. One of the things Amber was excited about from even before getting pregnant was this idea. She had pinned a few ideas from other parties and because of my crafty proclivities it was a natural fit for me to put it together. Amber really preferred the idea of appliqued designs on the onesies instead of painted designs so we focused more on that. Lucky for her, she has a sister, mother, mother-in-law and several friends who sew.
But, first things first…I wanted to put together some cute, printed invites for Amber to put in baby Benjamin’s baby book. I loved the idea of a onesie shaped invite, so I designed my own. Here is a quick overview/tutorial? of what I did. It was very easy, but I had to cut it all by hand. (One day I will own a Sillhouette Cameo!)
First I designed my invites using Microsoft Visio, Photoshop and InDesign. I already had 5 x 7 envelopes left over from Esther’s birthday invites so I designed the base piece to fit inside those.
The little green onesie was designed to fit exactly over the words on the invite.
And then the little tie had flaps that I would stick through both pieces and would hold everything together. I printed them all out onto cardstock and cut everything out.
Next, I measured the placement of the tie flaps, marked them and used an exacto knife to cut slits in the all the onesies.
Once they all had slits I would paperclip each onesie in place on the base card.
Using the onesie slits as a guide, I made slits in the base cards as well.
The final steps were to insert the tie flaps into the slits, fold and tape them down.
And finito! I really love how they turned out. They were a lot of work, with all the fiddly cutting, but I think they were worth it. Now Amber has cute, one-of-a-kind invites to put in Benjamin’s book.
So, for the party…Amber and I had both been pinning applique onesie ideas, so I made sure to send all the invitees links to our Pinterest boards for ideas. I also printed out a few of the best ones for reference during the party, as well some templates for some simple designs.
I set everything out, along with several plain white or striped onesies that I had acquired over the last few months. I also pulled out all the boyish scraps I had. And the party began!
We had a great time deciding who would do what, choosing fabrics, and cutting and ironing.
My mom was on a tear…her motto was “No naked onesies!” and she created several.
Amber’s mother-in-law, Kathy, helped Amber create all the numbers for her month-by-month onesies.
And my poor friend Anna was stuck at the sewing machine all night (she was the best at actually sewing on the appliques). She is awesome…you should check out her shop. A Good Home.
We eventually let her go and my mom and I finished up.
Benjamin got a lot of really cute onesies…I think 18 total (not counting the month-by-months). Benjamin will be well outfited from 0-12 months!
(The picture above isn’t even all of them…you can see several in the “queue” for the sewing machine on the table.)
After the party and all through this week I used my embroidery machine to add the initials of each onesie’s creator. That way Amber would have a prompt to remember who made each cute little onesie.
Have you ever done a onesie party? Have you ever embroidered or appliqued a onesie? Man, was it hard…especially the newborn size…those are SO tiny. Does anyone have some tips for future onesie decorating ideas?