Fabric Elephant Onesie

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Today I’ve got another decorated onesie tutorial for you!

I know, I know.  You’re probably tired of all the cute baby stuff by now.  I promise this will be my last one for a while.  Well, at least until my niece arrives!

Up close finished onesie

My two favorite jungle animals are elephants and giraffes.  Since my sister’s nursery is an adorably girly jungle theme, I thought it would be cute for her daughter to be dressed to match.

My sister’s favorite colors are yellow and green, so I thought a yellow elephant would be a very “summery” outfit.

The supplies you’ll need for this project are:

  • A white onesie (I used 3-6 month)
  • 1/4 cut and any color cotton fabric of your choice
  • Heat N Bond (I used iron on)
  • Small white or black buttons
  • Cricut Cartridge Create a Critter

The first step (besides washing and drying the fabric) was to iron the Heat Bond onto the backside of my fabric.   front and back

I then used my Cricut to cut the elephant shape out of my fabric.  There were a few problems with this step though.  Make sure you are using a new needle and that it’s inserted into the machine properly (mine wasn’t) before you start cutting!  I had to cut an elephant shape three different times before I got it right.

The first time it just cut through the yellow and white checkered fabric and not the Heat Bond.
The first time it just cut through the yellow and white checkered fabric and not the Heat Bond.
The third time I got a perfectly cut elephant!
The third time I got an (almost) perfectly cut elephant!

When ironing the elephant onto my onesie, I made sure to iron out all the wrinkles on the onesie first, and then folded it in half and ironed a crease so I could make sure to place the elephant exactly in the middle.

Placing the Elephant on the Onesie Ironing the elephant

Once that was done I thought I was finished.  But Chris told me it was kind of hard to tell what animal it was without eyes so ran out to Joann’s to buy some small white and black buttons.  Once I sewed them on I knew Chris had been right.  The elephant definitely needed eyes!

Finished onesie

All in all I am very happy with how this onesie turned out.  I had originally fallen in love with this design, but since I don’t own the necessary tools to make it happen I had to come up with something else.  In hindsight, I’d probably embroider the outside of the elephant to make it stand out a bit (or get different fabric) and place a bow on the top of the elephant’s head.  But for this being my very first time attempting something like this, I am extremely happy with it!

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