Make an “I am Loved” Onesie
by Christina Dennis
It will be Valentine’s Day next month, and I wanted to make something for my new little girl who has just turned two months old. Since my sewing machine is packed away at the moment, I wanted something quick and easy that didn’t require sewing. One of my favourite movies lately is “The Help” – an award winning story of the struggles of African American maids in the Southwest and the children they look after. One of the best lines in the movie is when one of the main characters, Aibileen, tells the neglected little girl she is looking after: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” I loved that phrase and thought it would be cute and timely to make it into a little bodysuit for my special girl!
Here’s how I did it:
- iron-on transfer sheet for light colour fabrics (you can find them at a stationary store, craft store, or some big box stores)
- light-coloured bodysuit or t-shirt
- computer & inkjet printer
First, you will need to print off the artwork for the front and back of the tee on the iron-on transfer paper. You can download the artwork by clicking on the following link: I Am Loved Onesie The DIY Mommy Please make sure that when you print it, you do so scaled at 100% and on the correct side of the iron-on transfer paper).
Then, you need to cut a square around the front and back part of the transfer. Start with the back (“I am loved.”) and iron that onto the upper back of the shirt. (Make sure the tee is clean and lint-free.) Let it dry, but DO NOT remove the paper yet. Then, turn the tee over and iron the front artwork onto the upper-center of the tee. Let cool. When the entire shirt is cool, gently peel off the paper backing on both sides of the tee.
And there you have a sweet & simple onesie – perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.