Hey everyone! Today I am really excited to say that I am now a part of the Silhouette Challenge Group! This group challenges their members to create projects with their Silhouettes each month, based on the theme of the month. This month, “kids projects” is the theme…but this project could be used on any fabric (adult shirts, tote bags, etc!). There are more awesome ideas below this post–you should definitely check them out!
“Kids projects” was originally difficult for me…although I have numerous adorable kids in my life, I have none of my own. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for this project, but thanks to Sam I became inspired!
As you probably know, she’s in Japan with her husband. I wanted to send her a gift for her precious baby girl. The theme of her nursery is going to be Japan themed (check it out!). I decided to create something for her that fit with that whole idea. I found this adorable panda picture and thought that it would be an absolutely perfect image for a onesie! Silly, I know…but this was supposed to be a surprise. However, I was way too excited about how it turned out to keep it to myself!
I used HTV (heat-transfer vinyl) and a plain white onesie. This was my first time using HTV, and I haven’t had much experience using any kind of vinyl. I was nervous, but I love how it turned out!
In fact, I liked it so much that I became a HTV addict in the span of an hour. My sister has a baby, and another friend had a baby last week, which was absolutely perfect for me–more chances to make some cute onesies! Since Easter is just around the corner, for my niece I decided to make a bunny onesie. Here’s how I did it!
What you need:
- A Silhouette (I have the Cameo)
- Heat-transfer vinyl (also known as iron-on vinyl)
- An iron or heat press
- A cut file (you can either make your own or buy one here)
- A onesie or other article of clothing (really, any fabric!)
- Scissors & Tweezers
- An ironing board
- A pillowcase or sheet
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After finding & cutting out the design I wanted, I weeded my vinyl. “Weeding” means to remove the excess vinyl from your cut (which leaves only the design you wanted). This can be a tedious process but with HTV it’s fairly simple. If you don’t have a Silhouette, it would be possible if you had decent drawing skills and a steady hand to trace & cut out a design manually, but it would be much more time consuming!
I messed up one of my whiskers for the bunny and had to cut a second set. I cut the nose and ears out of sparkle HTV since my sister is obsessed with glitter.
OK! Next comes the fun part!
Take your designs, and lay them onto your onesie. I had to cut some of my vinyl into separate pieces so that I could place them on the onesie in the right spot.
To iron on, place a sheet or pillowcase over the design and press down very firmly. Don’t iron in the typical sweeping way, just hold the iron down. I have a tabletop iron that I place on the floor so I can place as much pressure as I need atop the design.
I wanted to have the whiskers under the nose, so I had to layer the vinyl. I also wanted my bunny to have adorable crooked ears, so I didn’t line the ears up perfectly…
…and that’s it! The whole process is so easy and so simple thanks to the Silhouette that I can’t stop making these adorable outfits! They make great gifts, and you can go one step further and personalize the onesies with the child’s name!
I hope you loved these onesies as much as I love them! The whole process (including creating the designs) took about an hour total. I only recently got the Silhouette, but I am constantly being inspired to create because of it!
I’d love to see what you all have created lately (with the Silhouette or not!)
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