Hand-Painted Onesies: Gifting on a Budget Part 2

14 Mar

My life is full of babies. No, not any baby of mine thank goodness…but I lead a baby-filled life. They are EVERYWHERE lately.

So I’m back to DIY-ing onesies. For other people’s babies.

These suckers beautiful items I made with fabric paint instead of felt–which is MUCH EASIER AND FASTER. Want to see my hand-crafted onesies with felt appliques? Check them out here

If you’ve never used fabric paint before, don’t be scared off. It’s easy to use and can be found at pretty much any craft store. Fabric paint comes in a lot of different colors and varieties–I bought pink”pearl” and silver “metallic.”

You’ll also need some paintbrushes. I like the foam-top kind, it makes distributing the paint easier than a traditional brush.

I made these stencils on the Cricut (yet another amazing use of the Cricut) but if you want to make your own sans Cricut/die-cutter, just be sure to make them out of cardstock. This way you have a good, clean edge when you paint. Alternatively, if you’d like to be even more lazy efficient than using a die-cutter like the Cricut, craft stores sell a variety of reuseable plastic stencils.

Place a piece of cardboard underneath the area to be painted and then tape the stencil on top. Then you’re ready to paint. I’m definitely not a pro at this–I use one hand to press the stencil down and then the other to paint. Which generally results in getting paint ALL OVER the not-brush hand. And in my case, a BRAND NEW MANICURE. You get three guesses as to what fabric paint doesn’t wash off of…and the first two don’t count.

One tip I can offer is to brush the paint in from the stencil edges–it helps keep the edges of the design crisper. And I should let you know that “pearl” apparently is code for with sparkley glitter and “metallic” just means…shiny.

I actually really enjoy the glitter-pearl paint. It has a nice sparkle but the glitter doesn’t rub off, so you don’t end up looking like you had a run in with Tinkerbell.

After you let the paint dry for a minute or two, remove the stencil and you’re done!

Hand-crafted, hand-painted onesie glory.


8 Responses to “Hand-Painted Onesies: Gifting on a Budget Part 2”

  1. pegs=legs=who? March 14, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    cute. baby things make me feel happy and sad at once. your making something of this clothing, adding to it, personalising it – I like that. s’cute…

    • cakerypapery March 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks! I like to personalize everything–makes it so much more special.

  2. Cultural Life April 30, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Aww, they’re lovely! My life is filled with babies (also not my own — yet) and these are really unique gifts. 🙂

    • cakerypapery April 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks–I always think unique and well-thought out gifts are the way to go. These are super easy to make–you should try it!

  3. vonda September 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    can i ask where you got the rubber duck stencil, my daughter is expecting and it would be so cute? I have never tried painting on clothes but there is always a first for every thing. She would like a bazinga onesie and a thing 3 for Dr.Seuss. So wish me luck. Thank you for the tutorial also it was very helpful.

    • cakerypapery September 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Hi –

      I actually cut out my own stencils, I use a cricut cutter. Good luck in the crafting!


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