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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Baby Bodysuits


 I love the idea of having something special to sport as you celebrate the holidays.  Everyone can find a little something special for the season.  It seems to be the one time of year that just about anyone can get away with sparkles and sequins.  

I thought that I'd start out the celebration with a couple of embellished onesies for the littlest ones in our lives.  I have sisters and close friends that are going to be delivering some super sweet packages this year, and why not welcome them to the world with some super sweet bodysuits.

The Sequined Snowflake Bodysuit


I'll start out with the simpler of the two featured bodysuits  The top is made by cutting out a snowflake shaped piece of fabric to be appliqued to the top.  I used white rainbow felt for this project, but any scrap fabric should work.  I normally wouldn't applique with felt, but I figure that baby clothes don't typically get much wear, especially when they are seasonal. 

 I found a simple snowflake shape in my publishing program.  I then sized it to fit the bodysuit, and used it as a template to cut out my fabric shape.  I used  fusible  adhesive to attach the center of the snowflake to the shirt.  Next I machine stitched the branches of the snowflake so that they were tacked down in place. You could stop there if you were making a shirt for the little man in your life, but I wanted to really dress it up.  I picked up a small package of iridescent sequins at the craft store, they were less than one dollar.  I then sewed them in place with transparent thread.

If you've never sewn on sequins don't be intimidated.  It takes a bit of time, but is quite simple.  I followed the instructions from this video

Christmas Tree Top


This particular top is going to make it's way to my nephew.  I love how it turned out.  It could easily be dressed up with sequins or beads, but I like it clean and simple. 


 To make this top you will need ribbon, a scrap piece of fabric, heat and bond, and a sewing machine. I wanted to work with multiple shades of green so I used two similar colors, and had a bit of brown ribbon on hand as well.  The ribbon that I used was 1 1/2" wide.  


I cut 6 strips of ribbon (three of each shade) that were six inches long each.  I then applied a strip of fusible adhesive to the back of each ribbon. (I did not extend my adhesive to the edges, but you certainly could).  


Next I adhered the strips of ribbon to my scrap piece of fabric, starting at the bottom and offsetting the strips, and alternating shades, as I went up.  


Next adhere a piece of fusible adhesive to the back side of your scrap piece of fabric.  Once you have set it in place, you can sketch out, or transfer your image, onto the paper backing of the adhesive.

You will also want to cut a small piece of brown ribbon for the trunk of your tree.  My trunk is the width of the ribbon and about one inch long.  I rounded the edge of the bottom of the trunk. Adhere adhesive to the back of the trunk piece. 


Cut out your tree. Apply fray check  to the edges of your shapes to prevent fraying.


Remove the paper backing from the tree trunk and set it in place with your iron.  Stitch the tree trunk in place.  Next position and adhere your pine tree in place. Stitch around the perimeter of your pine tree.  If you have used fray check on your ribbon shapes you shouldn't have to worry about much fraying.  If you didn't use fray check I would suggest using a satin stitch (close zig zag stitch) to encase any raw edges and prevent fraying.



 That's it.  Your festive and simple holiday bodysuits are complete.  Your littlest ones are now ready to sport their seasonal fashions.

I'll be linking here.

30 comments:

Kari @ Ucreate said...

LOVE these!! What a fun way to dress up the little ones...I'll be featuring! Thanks for sharing!

casserole said...

These are both so cute!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sequined-snowflake-or-grosgrain-christmas-tree-appliques/2010/11/29/

--Anne

Melissa at Perry Jayne said...

SO cute! I love your ideas! You can also use a lighter to melt the edges of the ribbon, if you don't have fray check. As long as you're careful it works great.

Jacqueline said...

I love how you did the tree. It looks great! Awesome Gift Idea to.

Emily said...

Adorable! I love the Christmas tree!

Donene said...

Sew, very cute!!

Lu said...

So cute! I adore that ribbon Christmas tree.

texttussi said...

I love them. The idea to use ribbon for the Christmas tree is so neat!

Kara said...

Found you over at Ucreate. These are darling!

Elizabeth said...

These are so great! The Christmas tree is my fave! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

Jana said...

So cute! Come link up! http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2010/11/glam-party-4.html

Flannery Buchanan said...

so cute! we just did a similar posting piecing fabric on heat n bond. very cool!

Flannery @ threesisterz.blogspot.com

A Girl said...

Too Cute!

Amanda said...

I featured you today over at Today's Top 20! You did an awesome job!!!

Amanda
todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Cheri said...

Very cute - wish I had a girl or a niece to make these for!

Elizabeth D. said...

Wow, these are so adorable! Love the idea of using ribbon for the Christmas tree onesie, also, that's great :)

Michelle said...

Those are adorable - especially the sequined snow flake.

Dewi Citra said...

Very cute onesies !! I love them both
But the way you make the tree is so neat, genious !

Allison said...

I.LOVE.THIS! I have never seen applique with ribbon--the tree is my fave of the two! Thanks so much for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday. ;-)

Liz said...

Love the tree onsie! Super cute. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

What a great tute! Thank you!

Amnah said...

That's absolutely adorable. We don't celebrate Christmas, but I can certainly appreciate a super cute tree.

Maybe itty bitty buttons as ornaments??

Quiltstory said...

SO cute! I want to make one..thanks for the tutorial... Thanks for linking up to Quiltstory!

April said...

So cute! I love making embellished onesies!

Alissa said...

Aww- these are getting me into the holiday spirit. I'm thinking I have a red onesie that might need some decoration...

Rizwan said...

Nice tutorial i like your blog is good

Pegasos world

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love the tree! What a great concept!

Sassy Sites! said...

This is so cute! I featured it over at my Christmas party at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out. Don't forget to grab a featured button!! :)

http://sassysites.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-with-fabric.html

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this cute thing on my blog today

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

VeronicaM said...

These are adorable! Where do you find the adorable plain onesies to start with?