So, since I am always looking for new baby items to make, gifts I can give away, and looking for new embroidery projects.... I figured, "Hey! Why not mix all three?". So, I have gone and made myself some sweet applique baby onesies. They are super cute for your kids, wonderful gifts to give to new mommies, and a fun easy project. All you need is....
Several different fabric patterns
Heat N Bond Fusible Fabric 'light weight'(They will have this behind the counter at Joanne's)
First, find a template or draw a character that you want to sew on, I chose to draw a sheep. Once drawn, cut out the image so you can use it as your pattern. Make sure to cut out all layers; like for my sheep I needed to cut out the body, plus the legs and face. You may draw two copies of your image if that helps.
Now that you have an idea of how big the character will be, lay it out on the fabric and the Heat N Bond to get an idea of how much you will be needing. Cut out an area from the fabric and Heat N Bond that will be enough for the sheep/item. Now, follow the Heat N Bond instructions and iron the fabric and Bond together, leaving the plastic peeling layer on the back.
Once it is cooled and the fabric/bond are sealed together, you can cut out your pattern. When they are all cut out, place them where you would like them on the onesie. When you are satisfied, peel the plastic covers off the back of the Heat N Bond and stick them to the onesie. Now that everything is in place, follow the instructions on the Heat N Bond and iron the whole image onto the onesie. Now you have your character completely sealed to the shirt.
This is where you take your hoop and start to stitch around the sheep to give it a nice applique look. I used a different color thread for the body than I did with the head and legs, to help give it more color. I use a simple up and down stitch for the edging and when you are done with that... you are finished. Now you have your self a pretty darn cute, one of a kind onesie!
P.S. I am also making matching booties with the left over fabric, if you would like that also, you can find the template and pattern for those here.