I think I'm in love! I absolutely love vintage embroidery and haven't done any embroidery in years. So I thought it might be fun to add a bit of detail to these plain white onesies for Ruby and it was SO much fun! And addicting! I don't think that she will have a plain white onesie in her drawer left soon.
I love how they turned out so sweet and classic. Bright colors, but subtle at the same time. And since embroidery floss is so inexpensive, and I inherited a bunch of it years ago....they were cheap too!
I think they'd make fun baby shower gifts for the future. Maybe add a little name on the bottom or an initial.
If anyone has a great way to transfer images to onesies, I'd love to hear about it. I printed out some designs that I liked and thought it would be as easy as putting it under the white onesie and tracing it. Wrong! It was very hard to see and it isn't that easy to draw on a onesie with a pencil. SO...I ended up looking at most of the designs and lightly free handing the basic shape with a pencil and then just stitching it on there without any guide to go by.
I'd love to do more intricate ones, so if you have ideas, I'm all ears. I used to have some of the old iron on designs from the 50s, but got rid of them on one of my craft closet clean out days and I'm kicking myself now!
I will attach links to the designs I found in case anyone else would like to try one too! I used google images to find these by simple typing in "vintage embroidery patterns".
After I embroidered each one I fused a piece of interfacing on the back to cover up the strings and any knots. I thought that would be nice and soft against baby's skin. Then I stitched a circle around the entire design, making sure to carefully tuck in any knot or thread so that it didn't irritate baby's skin. I stitched mostly circles, but with the bird pattern, I turned it into an embroidery hoop. Even though the interfacing was fusible, I knew it would peel after washing, so that is why I added the round hoop shapes. To keep the facing on. I've washed several of the onesies and they are holding up perfectly.
There are SO MANY darling designs out there. I can't wait to embroider more projects soon!