applique onesie tutorial

Appliqued onesies are the perfect baby gift! They are pretty cute, super useful during the first few months and my favorite part is that they can be personalized. This is a fun activity for a baby shower, too. I love onesies.

I made these two for some friends from Arizona who are expecting baby Wyatt. I guess you could have guessed those two facts by the appliques I chose!

***Warning*** This process may become an addiction. It’s so fun, really satisfying, and can be just so dang cute/funny/perfect for your little babe or friend’s babe. But how many onesies does a new baby really need? 10? 20? The world may never know. You’ve been warned.

-Heat N Bond (purple)
-fabric scraps
-shapes or letters, printed or drawn

Print out or draw shapes, outlines, silhouettes and/or letters that you want to applique on your onesie. Make sure they are the right size for the size onesie that you are making.

Cut out your first shape and cut out a piece of heat n bond large enough to cover it.

Iron the heat n bond to a scrap of fabric.

Let it cool and peel off the paper backing. You can see where the adhesive is below, it’s a little darker.

Pin on your shape and cut it out.

Iron it onto the onesie.

Stitch around the shape. Make sure you’re only going through the top layer of your onesie! Topstitching will give it some extra definition and stability.
I sewed a tiny star made of tshirt knit over my friends’ hometown. If you’re doing a state onesie, you can also put a little heart. (This is for a boy, so I chose star.)

I added my clothing label on the inside. A special little touch! 

And you’re done! Okay baby Wyatt. It’s time to be born. I hope they really do name you Wyatt ;).

So what are you going to applique on your onesies? A silhouette of a poet? A car? An iphone? Twitter symbol?


  1. says

    I’ve always found it easier to cut the shape out of the fabric before removing the heat n’ bond- is there a reason you don’t do that?

  2. says

    I’ve found that sometimes when I cut first it frays the edges of my shape, especially if the shape is really intricate. But you’re right, cutting is easier with it on!

  3. says

    These are adorable! Did you hand-stitch? It’s so hard to get the onesies in the sewing machine.

  4. says

    I machine stitched them. It’s tricky to get it into the machine especially with smaller sizes, but the onesies stretch a little, too. You can totally hand stitch them too, that would look awesome!

  5. says

    wow i love these! i wanted to make customized onsies for a friend but ran out of time. after seeing these, i will be sure not to run out of time next time! thanks for the inspiration

  6. says

    We did this for a MOPS craft and donated them to our local foster care system. They were loads of fun, easy and quick to do!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says

    Is there a reason why you didn’t use your Silhouette machine to cut these out? I do the state onesies all the time for friends, and one of your Silhouette posts prompted me to put the Cameo (or the KNK Zing) on my Christmas list for this very purpose. Did I wrongly assume that these cutters had such capabilities?

  8. says

    I don’t have a Silhouette, so I didn’t use it. I sure wish I did though! You must be thinking of another blog. I think it is capable of this.

  9. says

    These are so cute! Love the scrap fabric you used! I’ve tried using my machine on my birdie tee and ended up with a horrible mess! Any tips for not sewing in a straight line?

  10. says

    i keep seeing this and i keep forgetting to try it for baby showers! i’m pinning it on my pinterest board to remind me!

  11. says

    How does it hold up when you wash it? Do the edges fray and is that the look you are going for?

  12. says

    Super cute! A quick tip with heat n’ bond…you can always use the heat n’ bond as tracing paper (before it’s been ironed on to the fabric). 1) Place your design/template under the heat n’ bond and trace it. 2) Then iron it on to the fabric. 3) Then cut it out. This way is much easier for me.

  13. Anonymous says

    Is it best to applique with a twin or single needle? or does it not reall matter?