D'ya like my website's new look? I accidentally erased a bunch of code when I was trying to make a page for my tutoring services that didn't show all my creative stuff (so as not to confuse people), and decided to start from scratch instead of trying to salvage it. It's still a work in progress. For instance I have social media icons for social media I have yet to acquaint myself with. One step at a time!
As a student I was an inveterate doodler, often forgetting to take notes as I got wrapped up in completing my latest ruled-paper creation. (Undiagnosed ADD? You bet. But that's another subject.) A while ago I turned one of my favorite things to doodle -- a heart made up of hearts of all different sizes -- into a favorite design with which to embroider onesies for a new baby gift. I've gotten such a positive reaction to it that I thought I'd post a tutorial so you can make your own, and spread the love by giving it to the new babies in your life!
Of course, you can always just take the easy route and buy one made by me. But if you prefer to do things the hard (a.k.a. crafty) way, read on! Hope you find it easy to follow, and hope you like creating this heartwarming piece of babywear for someone special! Do let me know how it goes.
- My free pattern (click here to open)
- A plain white onesie (can be ordered from Amazon)
- Basic embroidery supplies: floss in a variety of colors, a 4 to 6 inch hoop, a needle, and scissors (a great starter kit can be ordered from sublime stitching)
- Printable water soluble stabilizer (like this one from Amazon)
1. Transfer the pattern: Download the pattern, load a sheet of stabilizer into your printer, and print it out. Trim it so there's not much white space, peel off the backing, and adhere it to your onesie. Be sure you adhere it where the heart will be centered (horizontally) and not so low on the onesie that pants or other bottoms will cover it up. Place the top layer of your onesie in your hoop so that the hoop surrounds the transferred design .
2. Prepare for embroidering: Tie a knot at one end of your first piece of floss (which should be about 6-12 inches long, depending on the size of the heart you are stitching first) and thread your needle with it. Reach through the neck of the onesie with the threaded needle to the underside of the hooped part of the onesie and push the needle through so that it comes out on the top somewhere along the line of your first heart. Pull until the knot is flush against the underside. Now you are ready to stitch!
3. Embroider the pattern: Using a simple backstitch (learn what that is if you need to here), make short (2-4mm) stitches until you have completed your first heart. (Note: your needle should go through both the onesie fabric and the stabilizer adhered to it.) Tie off your floss, trim the excess, and repeat steps 2 & 3 with a new piece of floss for your next heart. Stitch each heart in a different color. If you have a limited number of colors, just try to vary them so no two adjoining hearts are the same color. Don't limit yourself to "heart" colors like red and pink -- the more colors used, the prettier and more unique the finished design looks, in my opinion!
4. Magically dissolve the stabilizer: When you're all done (and this may take a while -- it's a pretty intricate design!), un-hoop your onesie and place it in a bowl of warm water. Submerge the embroidery and watch as the stabilizer magically disappears! It should take about a minute or two. If there are still bits left on the onesie, just blast it under the sink. Or let your kids go to town with their water guns.
And you're done! Let it dry, wrap it up, and you're good to go for your next baby shower!