When I first found out that I was having a boy for my third I was a bit nervous about the future of my DIYing. Do a simple search on Pinterest for “baby boy DIY” and you’ll see that the options are somewhat lacking.
After two girls and 11 years of cute accessorizing I was convinced that Baby Luke would miss out on all of the fun that comes from being able to create your own custom wardrobes. But I’m bound and determined to come up with some projects that are masculine while avoiding the cliches that I dislike (like sports, overused bow ties or disney characters– what else am I forgetting?).
I love this project because I can have it finished within ten minutes. Other than the transfer paper you’ll probably have everything else on hand. And one package of transfer paper (linked below) will last you for many projects.
What you’ll need:
- a onesie or shirt
- cotton fabric.
- a pattern (Here is the graphic that I used).
- iron on transfer paper (I used “Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive”, and please, if you use a different kind then make sure to read the instructions to make sure that the system is similar).
- an iron.
Draw your pattern onto the transfer paper, making sure that the shiny side is facing down. It’ll be obvious which side to draw on, as one is smooth and paper like and the other is rough and bumpy. What you draw will serve as a guide for cutting but those lines will NOT show on your finished shirt, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect.
Here’s a trick I learned the hard way: Do NOT cut your transfer paper yet! First you want to iron the transfer paper, in its entirety, onto the fabric where your silhouette will be.
Put the ROUGH side of the transfer paper against the WRONG side of your fabric. Use the cotton setting and run your iron across the paper. It takes about 15 seconds.
Now you will have your pattern conveniently showing on your fabric. It’ll be so much easier to cut it out now! Use a good pair of sharp scissors and cut on the lines you drew.
You’ll be able to remove the white backing of the transfer paper and all that will remain will be a translucent coating on the wrong side of your fabric. Place your fabric on the shirt, making sure that the coating is facing down. You want the pretty side up, just how it’ll look when it’s finished. Line everything up to where you want it.
Iron it again, making sure to get all the little spots down. It only takes a few seconds to melt the coating, but you want to ensure that all those details are locked into place.
And that’s it! If you’re feeling ambitious run your sewing machine across the outside to lock everything in place. Since babies outgrow things in just a matter of weeks I’m not going to bother with this one, but for an older kid who may get a few more uses out of their clothes it may be a good idea.