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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Whimsical Onesie:.

Yesterday I promised I'd show you how to make this fun, whimsical onesie. I also told you that it started out with one idea, but a craft fail turned it into another. Now, I obviously didn't get a chance to see what my original idea would have looked like, but I have to say, I am pretty happy with what it looks like now.

This all came to fruition because I was contacted to receive a coupon for some Clorox bleach to create something with. I started thinking, and this is the result of that.

Let's get started.

Here's what you need:

- onesie (or t-shirt if for older kiddos)
- Rit dye
- freezer paper
- Silhouette (don't worry, I hadn't forgotten about poor Lucy, she was so happy to be used!)
- iron
- tulle
- needle and thread
- fabric paint
- Clorox bleach

Start off by dyeing your onesie according to the dye instructions.

Here's what mine looked like all washed and dried. Don't you love the color?

I originally wanted to cut a stencil, and use the bleach to stencil the design in. Well, I tried that, but apparently I used too much or freezer paper just doesn't like anything too wet stenciling on it, because the bleach spread all over.

So, instead of crying about it (I didn't, I promise), I decided to see if I could salvage it.

I let the bleach dry, and decided I kind of liked how it looked on the one side. So I decided I could still do my stencil idea, just a bit differently that I originally planned.

I cut out this flower stencil using Lucy and freezer paper.

I ironed the freezer paper on to the onesie where I wanted the stencil to go. Put a paper plate, or piece of cardboard or something underneath so that your paint doesn't leak.

Use a sponge brush to stencil the flower on using fabric paint.

Pretty cute, right?

But I didn't want to stop there.

I used some of my rhinestones from Silhouette, and ironed them down around the curves of some of the stencil. Once it was dry, of course!

Then I cut a little wad of tulle and hand stitched it in the center of the flower.

I love it! I can't wait to get baby girl's little bod in this with some baby legs and a cute headband.

I was glad for the opportunity to try out the Clorox bleach. I've got some other ideas in mind of how I can use it to create some more fun things for my girls! Wouldn't it be cute to dye a onesie/shirt and dab a necklace on using bleach and a q-tip?

Alright, I've gotta go find a q-tip and a colored shirt now!

I received a coupon for Clorox® Bleach from The Clorox Company at no cost to me.

PS - I'm over at Every Creative Endeavor today as part of Amanda's Fall Festival! Go check it out, and catch up on the ideas that have already been shared all month long. Lots of good stuff!

Linking up here:


  1. LOVE the way this turned out! Love that you didn't throw in the towel and give up either! It came out amazing and I think it's boho-adorable!!

  2. What a creative mind you have...love it! I have been working on some necklace onesies too...but with paint. The bleach wouls be cute too, you should post it if you do it!!

  3. So dang cute Summer! Did you see the shirts I made for my boys with foam stamps and bleach? They turned out AWESOME! If you have any scrapbooking stamps I would give those a try.

  4. oh my goodness! love love love this. I was just thinking about how I wanted to create some awesome onesies. you did a great job. I'm a new follower!


  5. I love the way it turned out! It's so sweet! I would love you to link this up with Creative Me Monday, and any other projects you'd like! It's open all week and the link is:


    Hope to see you there! And if you get the chance, could you add my linky party to your list? Thanks!

    Jenny @ The Southern Institute

  6. This is so cool and very creative! If you get a chance, I'd love you to link up! (http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/everyone-wins-giveaway-linky-party.html.) Thanks for sharing this!

  7. This turned out so cute! What a fun way to make a unique onsie. Now you gotta show us the boy's version :) (my friend just had twins...one boy, one girl)!!

  8. That turned out so well! I love how you turned a "mistake" into a success!

  9. Super cute idea. I am your newest follower. Feel free to check out my site and follow me back here: www.utahcountymom.com

  10. Way to turn a craft "fail" into a craft "save"! :)

  11. Great save, Sumo! Love the tulle! Super cute!

  12. so cute. I love seeing the process.


  13. That turned out so cute! I love the embellishments you added!



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