I love jazzing up little outfits for Lucy. Its always nice to be able to add something to a shirt besides a stain. I did this adorable button butterfly on a onesie, but plan on adding it to also to a t-shirt that she can wear when she is older. So, if you are looking to spice up something from sour to sweet, then here you go. All you need is...
Fabric (2 patterns)
Heat n' Bond (you can get this at a fabric store, usually held behind the counter)
Embroidery hoop (this is recommended but not required)
1. Find a butterfly shape that you like by either drawing it yourself or finding an image you like. You don't need the details of it, just the shape/outline. Once you have the shape/size you like, cut it out and put it aside.
2. Take your fabric and the Heat N' Bond and cut out squares of fabric that will hold the butterfly. Make sure you have two squares of fabric and two squares of the Heat N' Bond. Now iron each fabric square to one Heat N' Bond square. Follow the Heat N' Bond instructions and make sure that you bond squares isn't bigger than your fabric, because when you iron the two together, if it is over lapping, you will get the glue stuck on your iron... so be careful :)
3. Take your butterfly image and use it as a pattern to cut out what you need from the fabric/bonding squares. I used one pattern for the top wings and the other fabric pattern for the bottom wings. When you have your two wings cuts out lay them out on your onesie where you want them to go. When you have it the way you like it, go ahead and iron the butterfly to the onesie. Remember to follow the Heat N' Bond instructions also.
4. Now you have one butterfly completely attached to your onesie. Place your embroidery hoop inside the onesie, around the butterfly, make sure it is nice and snug. Now you can start to stitch with the embroidery thread. I did a simple up & down stitch around just the edge of the wings. I also used two different colors, one for the top wings and another for the bottom.
5. When the embroidery is done, you can now sew on the buttons. You will need two for the body and two for the antennas. Sew the body buttons on first and then the antenna buttons last, save them for last because it will help you to be able to see where they should go better. When the antennas buttons are sewn on, go ahead and stitch a line that will link the antennas buttons to the butterfly's body.
Now you have one dang cute onesie that will make your baby the bell of the ball. I am also probably going to add one to a simple jacket of her's, so she can have a matching outfit. If you are looking for some more patterns for boy or a girl, then check out my sheep onesie.
P.S. I was thinking about hosting a contest with these embellishments. Having people make some of their own and then sending me a photo and I would post every ones on my blog and letting you all pick the winner. If I did this would people be interested, because I would want at least 6- 8 people to enter, but the MORE the MERRIER :)