I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and slowly but surely amassing an epic amount of adorable baby clothes (as if there was any other kind). I have a little hat with a monkey face, stripey socks, and a pretty stripe-y black and white dress amongst other things. But as my husband and I were sorting the clothing by size, we realised that although we had lots of 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes, we were seriously lacking in 0-3 months, which we kind of needed first. Seems like an excellent excuse to go shopping and embroider something adorable!
I went and picked up 6 identical white onesies, for about 25$. Super plain, boat neck, snaps at the crotch, etc. Now what to put on them?I’ve had something up on my Embroidery & Patterns I Like Pinterest board for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. But it’s not really a pattern. It’s a font.
Are they not super adorable? The font is $4 for a private license, which is all I needed to stitch them onto onesies. I played with them for a while, eventually choosing three per design. They came together in a slow afternoon.
Stitching on jersey is harder than I thought it would be, just because of how stretchy it is. You need to be careful and not stitch too tight or too fast to make sure that your stitches stay nice and you don’t ruin the fabric.
Tracing out the patterns was also a bit more difficult than on a more sturdy fabric, but I found that if I put my rotary cutting board inside the onesie, it wasn’t too bad and I could get a good impression. I definitely used a tracing stylus (from Sublime Stitching) instead of a pen, cause the soft fabric tended to lead to torn paper and I didn’t want to mark up my work.
I used mostly split stitch, with little straight stitch legs and beaks, and a few little lazy daisies for certain feathers. I had to make the beaks and eyes a bit bigger to be able to see them properly in stitches, but that’s all good.
I definitely recommend you look at more of Miss Tiina’s work and the whole Sugar Hill co. website. It has tons of vector doodles that, although intended for digital scrapbooking, could be easily and cheaply adapted to embroidery. Make sure you read each artist’s Terms of Service, to make sure that what you plan on doing with the design is fine by them (especially if you plan to sell anything you stitch – some designers may not allow it, or may ask you to pay a different price than if you are using it for personal means).
A few adorable mentions include these Blooming Doodles, these metal dress forms and even these Christmas light strings! Scrapbooking sites and colouring pages (both online and in real life) can be great resources for embroiderers. QisforQuilter made a beautiful redwork Hello Kitty quilt for her daughter using over 30 different images from a colouring book. It’s super cute!
Hopefully you’ll get an update later this summer when she wears them, unless she looks like Winston Churchill. Bah, who am I kidding, there’ll definitely be an update.