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Fun Onesies you can Stitch for Baby

Sew for Baby Fun onesies tutorial

Embellishing a purchased onesie with a simple applique and some easy embroidery makes an adorable and very useful gift for a new baby. In this tutorial, I show you step by step how to make the Little Whale Applique and provide some inspiration for additional designs. This is part of the Sewing for Baby Video Series where we are sewing the perfect Baby Layette. You can find the full series here. The video is below as well as step by step directions. Let's get started!

You will need the following supplies:

Scrap of Navy Cotton Knit for Whale

Scrap of White Cotton Knit for Whale Eye

Floss to match navy and white knits as well as DMC and

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Trace the pattern onto the Onesie using the fabric marker. A lightbox or window is helpful for this. Cut out the whale piece and use to cut a body from the Navy Knit and an eye from the White Knit.

Trace the design using the blue fabric marking pen.

Use 2 strands of the matching floss, the embroidery needle and a blanket stitch to attach the whale body to the onesie.

Using a blanket stitch to attach the body of the whale.

Use 1 strand of white floss, the embroidery needle and simple whip stitches to attach the eye to the whale body.

Using whip stitches to attach the eye.

Use 2 strands of the navy floss, the milliner's needle and stitch a 12 wrap bullion stitch to form the eye. Couch the bullion stitch into a curve.

Adding a bullion stitch to the center of the eye.

The water, seagulls and sun are all stitched with 2 strands of floss, the embroidery needle and the stem stitch.

Use the stem stitch to add the water, sun and seagulls.

For an additional design to embellish a onesie, use the baby duck from this pattern. You will also find additional design ideas in the A to Z of Bullions.

Onesie stitched from A to Z of Bullions

I hope you try stitching one of these cute and adorable onesies. If you do, please be sure to post it on Instagram and tag me @pinkhollybush. If you haven't signed up for the newsletter, please make sure that you do so you don't miss notification of new and fun patterns and tutorials as well as other fun sewing info from around the web!

Finished Onesies


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