DIY Necklace Onesie

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My favorite part about the baby shower (besides crafting for it!) was making my niece clothes.  I loved looking up ideas on Pinterest and imagining a mini-me of my sister in them.  What can I say, I have a lot of time to daydream.  And my favorite outfit had to be the necklace onesie.

This onesie was (on a scale of easy to super hard) was easy/medium.  The first time I tried this I added too much water and the onesie came out more purple than grey.  I also forgot to put cardboard inside the onesie so when I painted the necklace the paint leaked through.  Luckily, I found out that you can semi-easily remove acrylic paint from clothes so I will be doing that at some point.

I got the idea for the onesie from this blog post and found great tips on how to dye fabric from this post.  Once I was armed with all the information I was ready to get started (for the second time).


Make sure you follow the directions on the inside of your dye box exactly!  I used a bucket instead of the sink to put the hot dye in and lined the bucket with a plastic trash bag, which made it easier to clean!  I also added twice the amount of water and only left the onesie in the dye water for about ten minutes because I wanted to end up with a charcoal grey color, instead of black.

getting started

What You’ll Need:

  • Onesie – I used a 0-3 month
  • Rit-dye in whatever color you want – I used black
  • White acrylic paint
  • A pencil with an unused eraser
  • A rounded sponge – I used the smaller side
  • Cardboard to stop the paint from leaking through the fabric
  • Large oval cutout to use to paint the necklace

one strand necklace

I used the large oval cutout to get the perfect arch for the necklace and I used the rounded sponge for the circles.  I had to go over the circles three times to make sure there was a nice layer of paint on the onesie.  Then I let the strand dry for a few hours (I was being extra cautious, you’d be fine after an hour) before starting on the second strand.

second and third

Follow the same instructions above for the second and third strands.

necklace onesie with bow

I wasn’t able to take pictures while I was making the fabric flower since I was the only one home at the time.  However, I found a great link a few days ago on Pinterest that gives you so many options for fabric flowers!  The one I made is called the Rosette Flower (just a tighter version).  It was really easy, after I burned my fingers a few times!

I attached the flower by hand sewing it into position.  You could also use a safety pin in case you didn’t want to use it for a day, but I thought that if it came undone it would make for a pretty unhappy child.  To me, sewing was the best option.

The onesie was a huge hit at the baby shower.  Someone even said they would wear an adult version if they were available (future shop idea?).  I love that there are so many options for this outfit and it’s completely customizable.  You can do pretty much whatever you want and it will still come out looking great!

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  1. This onesie is so stinkin’ cute! I love the gray and yellow combo. I’m sure your niece will look fabulous in it!


    1. Thank you, Katie! My sister sent me a picture of my niece in it (3 weeks old and wearing 3 month clothing! haha) and she is absolutely adorable. 🙂

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