Like most moms I love dressing little baby Henry in cute clothes, and I’m finding that I’m really drawn to kid’s clothing lines like: Bobo Choses and Thief & Bandit. I especially like these two baby clothing lines because they aren’t covered in popular, big-name cartoon characters, they aren’t gender specific, and they actually look really cool because they focus on color, design, and texture.
However, there’s no way I can allow myself to buy $40 – $62 onesies that the baby will only wear a few times. I mean, no. Not happening. So, I started thinking about how I could customize some blank onesies and rompers for the baby. One thing that I noticed about the lines I like a lot is that they use the color black — for some reason that’s not something you see a lot in baby and kid’s clothes — (they also use white and yellow quite a bit too), monochromatic color palettes, and simple designs and shapes.
Turns out these are all elements that can easily be replicated inexpensively and easily. So, let’s make some cute onesies, how ’bout?
- Plain onesies (Mine are c/o Shirts in Bulk. They have a great variety and for awesome, reasonable prices. They start at $3.36. Now, that’s a price I can get behind, you know.)
- Fabric paint (My faves are: black, white, and yellow. I prefer the So Soft brand because it doesn’t require ironing to set. I tried another fabric paint brand, Dye Na Flow, which is seen in a couple of shots below, and I didn’t like it as much because it had a very thin consistency, almost like ink, and it requires heat-setting.)
- Scrap cardboard
- 1″ sponges
1. Start by putting a layer of cardboard between the layers of your onesie.
2. Cut your sponge into the shapes of your choice. I cut small triangles, a circle, a rectangle, and a moon shape.
3. Dip your sponge into your paint. Be sure that the sponge is covered well but not too saturated.
4. Decide on a pattern and start stamping.
5. Use your paint brush to fill in any spots that the sponge missed. On some of the onesies I liked the sponge-y look and on others I didn’t. Just go with whatever looks best to you. If you mess up like I did on one of the onesies you can rinse the paint out before it sets, let it dry, and re-start. This is a super forgiving project.
6. Let your onesies dry. With the So Soft painted onesies those have to dry for 72 hours and then you wash them inside-out on cold. For the onesies painted with the Dye Na Flow brand you just have to wait for the paint to be dry to the touch and then you turn the garment inside-out and iron the painted area for 3 minutes. I avoided painting on the seams and sleeves since those areas are harder to get a solid connection with the iron.
Aaron got into the onesie painting fun too!;)
I had so much fun making these onesies and think they turned out really cute. Henry thinks so too.:)
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