If I've ever done anything that's "gone viral" it was this baby girl onesie. The post became my most popular literally overnight - receiving almost 5,000 hits in a very short period of time. Of course the onesie I made didn't end up getting worn home from the hospital by a Johnston baby, but I did hand it off to a friend and I trust it got worn and she looked beautiful.
Last time I made this onesie I used a pencil eraser and a sharpee dipped in t-shirt paint to make the beads. I made a flower from pink fabric. This time I knew I could come up with an easier way to make the beads. It was really by accident that I realized I could use different sized dowels to literally make a stamp for the beads. I purchased a multi pack of dowels to make a pool noodle wreath and had lots of dowels left over. They were in 3 sizes - perfect for beads!
After washing the t-shirt and onesies in Charlie's Soap Powder
and assembling my supplies, I was ready to go!
I used soft black t-shirt paint. I poured some of it into a small cup, lined the onesies and t-shirt with freezer paper, and mapped out where I wanted to put dots. I didn't use a pencil or anything, I just started at each shoulder and put dots on either side of the neck. Then I went down as far as I wanted the longest necklace to hang and I put another dot. Then it was just as simple as connecting the dots with more dots!
Once the beads were done I left them in a clean, dry space to set for 72 hours. The paint needs 4 hours to dry but you cannot wash them until it has been 72 hours. Trust me - I've learned the hard way! After 72 hours, they all got washed again. I figure it's not polite to give someone a gift that smells like paint. :-)
Once they were clean again, I sewed on a pretty flower. I used this tutorial to make pretty ric rac flowers. I think they look like ranunculus.
And here's the final product! Jarrod wouldn't let me try the pink t-shirt on Wesley, so you'll have to imagine it on a beautiful little girl.
The onesies turned out gorgeous as well. The whole process took about 30 minutes of hands-on time. It helped that I did the 2 onesies and t-shirt at the same time because I didn't need to get out the supplies again. Making the flower