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DIY Birdie Onesie

If you’re a mom, on Facebook, who has had a baby in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard of, or are in, some sort of Mom’s group. Well I’m in one too. Our group is seriously awesome. Its a bunch of girls from all over the country who happened to be pregnant at the same time and happened to join the most amazing group ever. Over the last year we’ve all grown so close. We’ve been there through the births of our children, though those early weeks of being up all night, and wondering if our baby will always be so needy. We’ve answered each other’s questions from “what-the-heck-is-this-rash?” questions, to “how do I keep from shooting my husband?” questions, and “does this dress make me look fat?” questions and everything in between! Some of us breastfeed, others use formula, some of us had magical unicorn hippie natural births, while others had c-sections. We’ve shared joys and losses, ups and downs, moments where we think we’re gonna lose it, and moments where we all just laugh at each other. We’re all different, but we all have something in common- we’re moms and we’re there for each other. Its been a beautiful thing to see how so many different women, from all over the country, from such vastly different backgrounds, can come together and support one another with virtually no drama. It really is a miracle.

So one of the things we like to do is send each other gifts! We do several gift exchanges a year. For our babies 6 month birthday I got paired up with a sweet momma with an absolutely darling little girl who loves birdies. Isn’t she just precious? I wanted to do a homemade gift and I had seen some super cute custom onesies on etsy that I knew I could totally DIY, and you can totally use scraps of fabric that you already have lying around. So here’s how you can make your own custom birdie onesie that makes an awesome homemade gift!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain onesies
  • 2 complimentary fabric scraps.
  • Embroidery floss (various colors)
  • Sewing Needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Iron on interfacing
  • A couple beads or a button (for the eye)

Start by getting your onesies. I got the Carter’s pastel set with the lace edges on Amazon. They are simple and sweet. Just what I was looking for.

black-baby-pink-birdie-mdNext, you’ll need a template. I just freehanded a birdie shape onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Or you can print out something like this

(I just did a simple google image search for “birdie vector”).

IMG_0507You’ll need three templates, one for the outside of the birdie, one for the beak and one for the wing. Again this is a simple enough design that you can easily freehand the template.

Trace your birdie, beak and wing onto your fabric. Then flip the templates backwards and trace them onto your interfacing. You will need to cut out two of the birdies from the interfacing (I’ll explain why later).


IMG_0504Cut everything out. You’ll want to use a different fabric for each piece so you will have a nice contrast. Iron the facing onto the back of the large birdie piece and onto the wing and the beak. Peel the paper backing off the back.

IMG_0513Using a contrasting thread color, stitch the wing onto birdie. I made my stitches about 1/4 inch long, to give it a nice, old fashioned, homemade look.

Next, stitch a little eye onto your birdie. You can do this with a bead, or a cute little button. Or simply stitch a little circle or X to make an eye.

IMG_0516After you’ve stitched on the wing and the eye, lay your second piece of interfacing on the back of the birdie and iron it on, over the stitching. This will ensure that everything lays nice and flat on the onesie.

IMG_0518Now its time to sew the birdie to the onesie. Use a different color thread for even more adorable contrast. Be sure to only sew to the front layer of the onesie. Don’t be a ding-dong and sew through the whole thing. Lol, I believe you are smarter than this, but you never know. I’ve done much dumber things when sewing!

IMG_0527Now that your birdie is on, you can stitch on the beak, and make some little legs with yellow or orange stitching. So easy and super fun to make. You can get so creative with the colors and do all sorts of nice combinations. Make several for a sweet, homemade, baby shower or 1st birthday gift. Have fun and do send me pictures of your finished projects!



DIY Monthly Baby Onesie Gift Set

These days it seems like everyone I know is pregnant! I am especially excited this time though, because my brother Nathan and his wife are expecting a little boy in less than a month! I wanted to create something special and handmade for the baby and when I saw this set of 12 monthly baby onesies on Pinterest I knew it was going to be the perfect gift!

I love this idea for taking monthly photographs to track the development of your sweet little baby. My brother is an amazing photographer so I know he’s going to be snapping pictures all the time!

I got the idea from a little blog called The Flies Blend by Alan and Steph. Head on over for the template. I used the boy version but they also have a girl version with soft and sweet colors. Note: I had some issues with the size of their PDF file, it was longer than 8.5×11 and it didn’t fit on the sheets I bought. I recommend testing it out on plain paper first so you don’t waste the iron on sheets. It was a simple fix to resize it on Adobe reader, but please let me know if you have issues and I will work on getting a better download available to you.

Here are a few pointers on how I did this project, and how you can too!

The first and most important step in this process is getting the onesies. Now you’re going to need different sizes for the different months, and guessing the size of the baby can be tricky. A tip on guessing the baby’s birth weight is to average the birthweight of both parents.

One would think that the sizes of baby onesies like 0-3 months, or 3-6 months would be an easy way to do this, but alas it is not. The main reason I had problems was because I purchased different brands of onesies. I do not recommend this. I found that not all brand sizes are created equal when it comes to baby clothes, so to save yourself a huge headache BE SURE TO BUY ALL YOUR ONESIES IN THE SAME BRAND.



Next you’ll want to print out the templates onto iron on paper. You can find a set of 10 sheets for $10 at Michael’s and with your 40% off coupon its only $6. If you don’t already have the Michael’s app I highly suggest you get it. You can always get the most recent coupons and they scan it right from your phone. No more fumbling around in your purse for a coupon just to find that its expired.

Cut the numbers out into squares and then round off the edges. This gives it a softer look when you iron it onto the onesie. This template frames the numbers a bit close together, so be careful not to slice into the design.

Stack your onesies in order and have your stack of numbers in the same order, this way you’ll get the correct number on the correct sized onesie. Iron the onesies first, before you iron on the transfer. This will just give them a nice neat appearance when they’re finished.





Place the iron on transfer where you would like it to appear on the onesie. Make sure you place it printed side down, with the paper backing facing up. Do be sure to check the transfer for lint or debris before placing it on the shirt, otherwise lint will end up stuck on your design like on this 7 months one I messed up.




Now iron on the transfer using an iron on cotton setting with no steam. Hold the iron in place over the transfer in 10 second intervals. Do this 3 times for a total of 30 seconds per onesie. Do not move the iron around just press it down firmly and then lift it up. You will notice that the paper backing will turn slightly yellow when the transfer is done. If you want a matte surface, wait about 30-45 seconds until the paper backing is cool enough to touch but still warm, and peel it off. If you want a shiny surface, wait until the paper backing is completely cool then peel it off.


To present this gift, fold the onesies into neat little squares with each number centered. Ironing them for just a few seconds helps to get them nice and flat.




You can pick up large gift boxes at Michael’s with a flip top lid. Line the box with tissue paper, then roll up a few extra sheets of tissue paper and place the roll against the back of the box. This will lift up the onesies for presentation when the box is opened.

Lay your folded onesies in three rows of four in numerical order, starting at the back on the rolled tissue paper. Be careful not to flip the box over when you are wrapping it. This is such a lovely and personalized gift, and it is such a pretty display when the box is opened. Make these for your pregnant friends or make them for yourself! Its so easy, yet so impressive. Have fun!