I am here with another project to share: stenciled onesies. These are such a fun easy project and something I really think anybody can do.
Supplies needed: Plain Onesies (colors would be fun, but I only had these white ones on hand), freezer paper, xacto knife, iron, textile paint, foam brush, tape, pencil, images or text you would like to see on a onesie.
The first step is to create or find your image or text and sketch or print it out on plain paper. After you've acquired your image you will place a piece of freezer paper (glossy side down) on top and tape it into place. Next you simply trace around the image or text and then using your xacto knife, cut away the portions you want to have show up on the onesie. For instance, for this image I cut away the house outline and the words and left the larger sections. If cutting out letters be sure to reserve their inner portions.
The next step is why it is important to be using freezer paper, for the waxy side will stick to your fabric when set with the heat from your iron. So, place your stencil glossy side down on the front of your onesie, including any small cut away pieces like insides of "O's" or "A's". Using a warm iron carefully press the stencil into place being careful not to shift your freezer paper. I found it most helpful to sort of tack down the stencil in a couple places with a small tap or two and then to work from the inside out, being sure to keep things smooth. Once it's all on give it a good iron across the entire image making sure the edges are all tacked down to keep paint out. I promise it's not as complicated as I'm making it sound, you're just applying heat to keep the stencil in place, simple as that.
Next comes the fun part, applying paint. IMPORTANT, before starting, place an extra sheet of freezer paper or cardboard inside of the onesie so your paint will only be applied to the front portion and not leak through. Next, using your textile paint of choice and a small foam brush gently paint the openings. I used a light tapping motion and a few coats to make sure the paint was nice and even.
After the paint is applied you simply need to allow it to dry before tearing away the freezer paper and revealing your image. Take it in, enjoy it, and then following the instructions on your paint container, break out the iron again and heat set your paint. This is what will give it more permanency through washes and wears.
It really is as simple as that. I went ahead and made a few more as well because I was having so much fun. If you have older kids this is a great project they could help out with to make their own t-shirts, and since it goes rather quickly and involves paint it would probably keep their attention for at least long enough to make one or two.
The three designs I ended up with are below:
So what do you think? Have you done something similar or do you think you will give it a try? Let me know if you do!
p.s. Yes, we are planning a home birth, and I'll eventually get around to talking about that, probably once sweet girl is here. I know not everyone agrees with this, but please keep it positive as her birth is on the horizon and we need lots of good love and support coming our way. Otherwise, back to the onesies!