Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Appliqued Onesie

One of my Aunt and Uncle's sons had a baby boy recently and since my Mom was already planning on mailing the new parents a package, I thought I would add a personalized onesie to the gift. I've tried several different ways of sewing on appliques and this is by far the easiest way I've done it:
Trace your image {in reverse if necessary} onto Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 {I like the Steam-a-Seam brand best, but I know there are other companies}. Trim around the image, but do not cut it out completely! Peel off one side of the paper and press it firmly to the wrong side of ironed {and cooled!} fabric. Cut it out.
After removing the remaining piece of backing paper, place the cut out image, right side up, onto the fabric that it is to be appliqued on. Iron it down for approximately 10 seconds. Behind the base fabric, pin a piece of tear-away stabilizer that is bigger than the applique {there are also many types of stabilizer, I just like the tear-away kind best}. You are now ready to sew down the edges! On this onesie, I used a thin satin stitch {a very close-stitched zig-zag}.
Once you are finished, be sure to pull the loose threads through the back and tie them off {this helps prevent raveling!}. Carefully tear away all the stabilizer.
Welcome to the world Luca!

3 comments:

A said...

that is so cute. man, i really need to make one of these - but i really don't have a creative bone in my body. i'm stoked about your craft blog and your etsy store. can't wait to see your stuff!!

ash

Carmela said...

LOVE that idea! How special.

Mariam said...

Very creative..! That is so cute and adorable. I too love appliqued onesie.