It's baby season in my life. Lots of babies making their ways into the world. I like making homemade baby gifts, but after knitting a couple gifts for friends, I realized I am just too slow of a knitter for these to become the standard baby gift route for me.
Instead, I decided to try appliqueing onesies. This past week I gave it my first attempt.
This crooked hearted onesie went to a co-worker on her last day before maternity leave. I ended up buying her a board book too because I felt bad only giving her such a homemade looking gift. I attempted to center the heart and I pinned it down, but the finished product was a little off. My other co-worker said it was better crooked, because no baby is perfect. Ahem. I appreciated the reassurance.
I think you are generally supposed to fold under the edges when appliqueing, but I decided to go for the raw edge look. I washed it once, and it didn't fall apart, so hopefully baby will make it through a couple wearings.
The second onesie was an even more ambitious attempt at reverse applique. I was attempting a technique perfected by the designer, Amy Tangerine. I did not follow the directions she provided, because I didn't have all the materials suggested on hand. Probably not the best course of action, since I ran into some problems with this version as well. See the left hand corner of the star where I had to do some emergency surgery to keep it together. This may fall apart in the wash, so I plan to hold on to this one for now.
It's still pretty dang cute, imperfections and all. Sewing can be a bit frustrating for me, but when it works out, it can be very satisfying. I have a few more onesies to practice with, so if I stumble across a failsafe method for onesie perfection, I will be sure to share it.