There are some people in your life that are so fantastically creative and crafty, that everything they touch seems like a piece of art. Chloie Favinger is one of those people! I first met Chloie in college and she has always had such a knack for everything creative. Photography, crafting, design, home projects, cooking, she is a woman of many talents. So it’s no surprise that I was completely blown away by her Facebook photos of a recent baby shower she hosted for her sister, Chiemi. With a delightful book theme, guests enjoyed book-inspired food (see pics below) and the best onesie station I have ever seen. Chloie was so generous to share her tips and advice for creating your own onesie station and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Before we get to the onesie station, here are a few photos from this beautiful shower:
How to Make a Fabric Onesie Station
by Chloie Favinger
Onesie stations are a great activity at a shower; it fills time, allows people to be social, and provides some fun, fashionable, and unique clothing for the baby!
I have seen quite a few different variations: fabric markers, puffy paint, and tie-dye. I have only been to parties with the basic white onesie in newborn or 1-3 month sizes. While each of these versions have been very fun for me (I love to craft), I noticed non-artistic folks seemed to be stressed and that these variations often did not always produce ideal results (i.e. brown onesies, smeared onesies, half-finished onesies).
In high school, a few of my friends had made some crafty t-shirts, so I thought I may be able to recreate that look on a onesie. Of course, when I went to Pinterest, I saw some awesome samples and got enough confidence to do a fabric onesie station for my only sister. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on the onesie station from folks at the party and Facebook friends and to top it off, my sister LOVED the results.
- Onesies for Shower Attendees
Chloie’s Tip: Best without decoration or embellishment, but stripes, stars, colors, and other patterns are great. Moms love when you get them in a variety of sizes (i.e. newborn, 1-3 months, 3-6 months) and remember babies start to move a lot more after 6 months allowing for lots of photo-ops and videos in the gorgeous onesies. I bought 4 and 5-packs from Target that were Carter’s, Circo, and Gerber; each pack cost around $10.00—each set was for a different size
- Heat n Bond Ultrahold Iron-On Adhesive
Chloie’s Tip: I used three yards
- 10 -15 Quilter’s Square Fabric Pieces for Variety of Colors (can use scraps of fabric or 1/3 a yard of any fabric you like)
Chloie’s Tip: I cut each square in half and had WAY more than enough fabric for every onesie
- Stencils or Paper Templates
Chloie’s Tip: I used Word and typed A-Z in three big, bold fonts and cut them out. I scoured the internet for outlines, shapes, and various silhouettes. If you have a Circuit you can save tons of cutting time and you can have lots of shapes and designs of various sizes; I don’t have one (yet!), but I was able to see some of their great shapes and print them.
- Pens/Pencils for Tracing
- Fabric Markers for shading or detail work (optional)
- Scissors (2-5 depending on size of your party)
- Direction Printout
- Ironing Board
- Pre-wash all the onesies and fabric (you don’t want the designs to shrink oddly after being worn once).
- Iron all the fabric needed; again, you do not need much fabric for any of the designs as babies are small.
- Apply the Heat n Bond according to the directions (the fabric will be slightly stiff due to the paper backing, but it will be softer once it is iron-on to the onesies).
Pre-made Designs (Guests Only Need to Iron- Great for Non-Crafty People)
- Ask mom-to-be about must-have designs, favorite books, characters, quotes, etc.
- Trace or stencil designs described in Step 4 as mirror-image designs on the Heat n Bond paper (don’t draw on fabric and remember you’ll be flipping it over, so you’ll need to trace it backwards).
- Cut out the designs in all different fun fabric.
- Paperclip multiple pieces or put in clear bags to ensure all parts stay together.
Design-Your Own Option (Guests Can Trace, Cut, and Iron)
- Allow guests to design to their hearts content! It is never a bad idea to remind guests to try and conserve the Heat n Bond fabric by not drawing directly in the middle.
- Have all guests follow the ironing directions.
Tip: If a small child wants to participate: ask them to pick a pre-made design and a onesie; have them help count the number of seconds that you iron the design; and let them hang up the onesie for display.
My Direction Sheet:
IDOPT thanks Chloie for sharing her beautiful onesie design ideas and instructions with us this week!
Have good baby shower craft ideas of your own? List your ideas in the comment section below to share! 🙂
Until next time,
I Dream of Pretty Things