Friday, November 15, 2019

How to make customized onesies

It's been almost a year since I made this project and  I wanted to test it to make sure the paint worked before posting it and then life had crazy plans because of which I couldn't blog much. Here it is finally. It is perfect little DIY if you want to make something with your hands for your expecting friends, niece or nephew. I made these onesies when my son started talking words. He was pointing to the toys he played and tried to say "Monkey" , "Dinosaur" and stuffs like that. So I made him these onesies. I got multipack onesies during thanksgiving sale and picked the plain ones to do these DIYs.Let's see how.

Dinosaur and monkey onesies using stencils and paint

Material required:
Plain onesies
Stenciling brush
Stencils - paper or plastic
Cardboard or anything plastic to prevent paint from bleeding
Painter's tape
Multi-surface paints or fabric paint in colors of your choice

Step 1: Place cardboard or a plastic board in between two layers of the onesie. Place the stencil in the area you want and use painter's tape to secure it in its place.

Step 2: Load the stencil brush with a tiny amount of paint and dab it a couple of times to ensure that there is no much paint in the brush. Then slowly and gently dab the brush to fill the stencil. When you get bubbles of paint it means you have more paint, so dab it in a palette to unload some paint and then try again. When you have more paint, you also have chances of paint bleeding through so make sure you load very little paint. Practice a few times before you actually do it on the apparel to understand the concept(Learnt this in a hard way, you can also check this stenciling post for more ideas and tips).

Step 3: Add any additional details using a paintbrush.

Step 4: Remove the stencil and allow it to dry. If you using fabric paint you need to set the paint before washing. Follow the instructions on the bottle of paint you are using. I let it air dry for 24 hours. Then used a cotton cloth on top of the design and used a dry iron to set the paint. I then tried washing in the machine even though the instructions called for hand washing after 72 hours. It doesn't practically work for me, so I washed it in the machine after 72 hours. 

Isn't it such a cute and simple customization project? I really love how this turned out. I used fabric paint for dinosaur and multi-surface paint for Monkey. As I said earlier, I wanted to update that the multi-surface paint held well in the machine compared to the fabric paint. After a few washes, I started noticing some cracks in the dinosaur green paint but it didn't affect the look much. So, it is up to you to hand wash or machine wash and also depends on what type of fabric you are stenciling. Since the baby clothes are worn only for a few months, I didn't bother much regarding the hand wash part and also wanted to test it so I can share the results here. 

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