I’m visiting my friend Dina and 1 month old Sofie today! Insert swoon face emoji here. My mom always said never visit someone’s home empty handed. Though my mom has never said it, I know she prefers to give a practical gift that will be used and abused over a pretty something. Each passing year has shown that I am my mother’s daughter.
I’ve been told by many mommies that their babies lived in their Onesies for a good part of their first few months. I couldn’t find a Onesies with the design and price I liked enough to give to the minimalist Dina so I assigned myself project.
Last year I hand-printed shirts for Dina’s Bachelorette Party. Using the same ink and technique, I designed prints that were close to my heart and quick to produce (I only came up with the idea late eyesterday evening).
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Metallic Gold
- Reynolds Freezer Paper
- Silhouette SD
- Cardboard / Something to line the back incase the fabric paint bleeds
- Prepare your design in Silhouette Studio. Keep in mind the negative cuttings space will be used as the stencil. Leave an 1″ + border of blank space around your design. This will help avoid accidentally bleeding the paint to the outside of the design while painting. I recommend that grouping of cuts be kept to a minimum. For this project I grouped the mustache with the succulent and the chanel with the aviator sunglasses. Freezer paper has a tendency to lift off the most tacky cutting mats once cuts are made. Paper that lifts off the cutting mat can get caught and possibly damage your Silhouette machine.
- Place freezer paper wax side down on the cutting mat. I recommend flattening your freezer paper if it came in a roll and ensuring the entire paper adheres to the cutting mat. Rolled paper on an un-tacky mat will always lift from the cutting mat.
- Cut. If you are using the latest Silhouette Ratchet-Style Blade, use a Material Type that calls for a blade setting of 2. I selected ‘Heat Transfer Material – Smooth’. Because my freezer paper was 15″ long, I cut the mustache and succulent on the top 6″, flipped the cutting mat upside down and cut the chanel and aviator sunglasses on the bottom 6″. Note that both designs were placed at the top 6″ of the mat.
- Place the onesie on an iron-safe surface.
- Place the cut stencil wax / shiny side down on the onesie. If you want the design centered to the babies chest, draw an imaginary straight line from the armpits of the onesie using a ruler. Place the top of the design no more than 1″ over the ruler and center to the ruler. If you have small pieces to iron, I recommend using tweezers and also placing the positive cut down as well. to keep the small negative pieces from shifting.
- Set your iron to the 2nd lowest setting with no steam. On my Sunbeam iron, the setting is ‘Silk’.
- Remove the ruler and carefully iron until the was adheres to the onesie. If you’re ironing to a synthetic fabric, be careful not to burn the shirt by ironing over the freezer paper only. If the freezer paper is not adhering you can increase the heat setting on your iron but do so carefully. If you’re ironing small negative pieces, using the edge of the iron, press down on the small piece. If need be, also press down on the positive piece as it can be easily removed after ironed.
- If you placed the positive cut piece, now is the time to remove it.
- Place cardboard inside the onesie under the stencil area to prevent paint from seeping to the backside of the shirt.
- Paint! I recommend painting from stencil into the middle of the design. Painting from inside to the stencil runs the potential of ink bleeding under the stencil.
- Peel the stencil off slowly to avoid lifting any wet paint.