Two of our very dearest friends are having a baby in November – we couldn’t be happier for them! The baby shower was last weekend, and I knew I wanted to do something special for them. Their last name is Reddington, so I thought a making a “Little Redd” diy personalized onesie would be cute! They aren’t finding out the gender beforehand (woohoo Team Green!), so I thought this would also be a great gender neutral gift for a baby girl or a baby boy.
The first step was finding a plain red onesie …but I have NEVER seen a plain, solid colored onesie in a store, so I knew I’d have to make my own. But, that was no big deal since I had just dyed a onesie for my little girl’s first birthday outfit, so I knew it was easy! First I bought plain white onesies (I am a big fan of the Carter’s “Child of Mine” brand available at Walmart, I’ve found they are much better quality and a better fit than Gerber onesies) and washed/dried them. Then I used the RIT liquid dye color Scarlet and followed these instructions to dye the onesies in my washing machine.
Using heat transfer vinyl that I bought from Pick Your Plum a few weeks ago, I cut the lettering for the onesie on my Silhouette. (Lauren at The Thinking Closet has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to cut and use HTV!) It is regular old Times New Roman font.
I weeded away all the vinyl that I didn’t want to go on the onesie,
placed it where I wanted it,
and ironed it on! It took about 3-4 minutes of ironing to completely adhere it.
Ta-da! A personalized and super-cute baby onesie! (Actually, I made two – a newborn AND a 0-3 month size, since babies grow so darn fast!)
And, of course, I also gave her a Baby Folder Organizer and a few items off my list of 10 Baby Must-Haves. (I don’t blog about that stuff just because…I really do love those things!)
I am SO excited to meet little Baby Redd!!! I can hardly wait :-)
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I’ve never seen a onesie quite like this before…super cute! I love the red color. So bright n’ bold. I actually just got some RIT dye in aqua, so now I’m tempted to dye my own. Thanks for the tips and for the shout-out. You’re the best!
Do iiiiit! I was going to do another set of onesies in teal, but I messed up the dye so it didn’t cover completely (my washer only has a 15 minute cycle so I had to go in every 10 minutes and re-set it to keep it from rinsing too early…I missed it and it rinsed too early, boo!). I was really excited about the color, though, so I may try it again sometime for something different!
Meredith, I stumbled upon your blog since Annalynne linked to this post on FB. this was definitely the cutest & most original gift at the shower! loved it!
Thanks so much Rachel! Glad to find a fellow blogger that I’ve met in real life :-)
Hi Meredith –
I stumbled upon your site via Pinterest and got snagged by this adorable onesie! My fifth (and LAST) baby has red hair so I’m thinking she needs a “Little Red” shirt. :) I love your blog design and all of the fun DIY stuff I’ve added to my list this afternoon. So glad I found you!
Hi Erin! Sounds perfect – congrats on your baby girl!! Thanks for your sweet words. Nice to “meet” you!