Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tutorial: Embroidered Wildlife Onesies

This project is much more simple than it looks. To make the embroidered onesies, visit your local Goodwill and pick up some gently used, colorful kids clothes in a solid color. Wash and press.

Here are the materials you'll need:
  • Onesie
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Computer, Internet & Printer
  • Scrap fabric 
  • Sewing pins
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Buttons
  • Heat'N Bond (optional)

  1. Using a Google Images search, find some wildlife clipart (try searching for "seahorse silhouette," for example) and print.

  2. Using sewing pins, attach clipart printout to a piece of fabric that will become your applique. Clip fabric scrap to the clipart, and cut around the image with sharp scissors. Remove paper and pins.

  3. Using a zigzag stitch, sew applique to onesie. If design is intricate, you may wish to apply iron-on adhesive such as Heat'N Bond to keep it in place before sewing. (I didn't use fabric adhesive for any of the designs here, but the horse probably would have benefited from it.)

  4. Using embroidery floss, go over the outline using a simple running stitch.

  5. Use thread and buttons to embellish. 

 Voila! What a great way to use up scrap fabric and save a onesie that's seen better days.





  1. A long time ago I did this with a fish (and buttons for bubbles), but it didn't turn out nearly so well! I will definitely try again and add the running stitch (something I didn't do before). Thanks!

  2. nicely done, looks great

    thanx for sharing

  3. Just love the printing work on these tees and i had found these printing also on

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