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Dog Appliqued Infant Bodysuits

Share some puppy love with the baby in your life with these one-of-a-kind appliqued bodysuits.

Introduction

Tip: This process is not restricted to baby bodysuits; you can use silhouettes to personalize a variety of clothing and household items.

Special thanks to Christy Hodgson of BelluBlu Designs for demonstrating this craft. Trans-Web fusible web on release paper can be found at reprodepot.com. The fabric used by Christy for the dachshund design is Kashmir by Amy Butler. The fabric used by Martha for the Frenchie pattern is Dandy Damask by Michael Miller.

Materials

  • French Bulldog Template or photo of a dog in profile
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Damp, clean cloth
  • Card stock
  • Patterned fabric
  • Trans-Web or other fusible webbing on release paper
  • Black marker
  • Blank baby bodysuit
  • Machine-sewing thread in a coordinating color for decorative topstitch
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Button in coordinating color (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print the template for the French bulldog silhouette on card stock, or create a dog silhouette of your own by tracing a photograph. If you make the silhouette yourself, shrink or enlarge it to make sure that it is about 6 inches wide.

  2. Step 2

    Cut the dog silhouette from the card stock.

  3. Step 3

    Choose a fun, graphic, patterned fabric for the dog applique. Larger, busier patterns work best on simple silhouettes. More detailed dog silhouettes look better in smaller patterns, so the details of the dog's shape are not lost in the fabric.

  4. Step 4

    Prewash the fabric for your applique to reduce shrinkage.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a square or rectangular piece from the fabric approximately 7 inches square.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a piece of Trans-Web slightly smaller than your fabric square.

  7. Step 7

    Using an iron on the wool setting, iron the Trans-Web onto the back of the fabric; the rough side of the Trans-Web should be facing the wrong side of the fabric. Allow the paper-backed fabric to cool.

  8. Step 8

    Using a black marker, trace the dog silhouette onto the Trans-Web paper backing.

  9. Step 9

    Cut out the dog silhouette from the paper-backed fabric.

  10. Step 10

    Peel the paper backing from the applique to expose the iron-on webbing.

  11. Step 11

    Position the applique, fabric side up, onto the blank bodysuit. Make sure the applique is positioned above the waistline, so the full silhouette will be visible if the baby is wearing pants.

  12. Step 12

    Lay a damp cloth over the applique and iron with steam for 10 seconds.

  13. Step 13

    Once the applique is fused to the bodysuit, use coordinating thread and a simple zigzag stitch on your machine to sew around the edge of the applique.

  14. Step 14

    Once you've sewn around the entire silhouette, tuck the thread tail back under the stitches by hand with a needle to ensure threads are secure. Optional: Sew a button on the applique for the eye.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008

Reviews (32)

  • 22 Dec, 2008

    Yeah, you should finish off the edges with a zig zag stitch so that the edges don't frey.

  • 27 Nov, 2008

    My speakers weren't working- does this require using a sewing machine? Thanks!

  • 27 Nov, 2008

    My speakers weren't working- does this require using a sewing machine? Thanks!

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    saw this and so want to make some! I saw BellaBlu on Etsy.com and her stuff is fabulous! Worth a try

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    i made my dog her own malti-poo applique onesie.

  • 10 Oct, 2008

    i made my dog her own malti-poo applique onesie.

  • 1 Aug, 2008

    I absolutely loved the idea of this craft but ran into a few problems, being an amateur sewer, I had some problems with bunching. Tear away worked on the back, just cut a piece slightly larger than the applique, it stayed in place even without pinning and then I just ripped it off after sewing. Also, bought the tiniest onesies for newborns, a little difficult to sew because of the size, would be easier with larger ones.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I LOVE and own 2 Airedale Terriers, so I drew a template and made my neice an Airedale onesie and a bone-shaped onesie. They turned out soooooo cute!! I addes ric-rac for a collar, as well!! Thanks for the great craft idea!!

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    In response to Morgansmom ---- my MIL recommended SHOUT Color Catcher sheets when I was working on my first quilt. I didn't know I was supposed to pre-wash my fabrics before I started piecing. :o) The sheets "attract" loose dyes that work their way into the wash water from your fabric. They look like a fabric softener sheet, only you toss 'em in the washing machine. I learned the hard way that it's best to pre-wash, but you might be able to use these to salvage the onesies you've already made.

  • 15 May, 2008

    Very fun!

  • 15 May, 2008

    This craft is so easy! The hardest part was picking out what type of fabric to use. I bought my supplies at Joann and bought my tank from Wal-mart. It was a super cheap project. I also downloaded a boxer silhouette online and just cut it out. I love my t-shirt and so do all of my friends and family. I hope you have as much fun as I did making it. Enjoy!!!

  • 23 Apr, 2008

    I just made this onesie. I wanted the wienerdog one for my niece so I freehanded the stencil since it was not availabe on this website.

  • 8 Apr, 2008

    Trans-Web is just an iron on adhesive web used to adhere fabric to fabric. You can get this type of iron on web at JoAnn's or at a quilt store. It is used for appliques on quilts. Just go to JoAnns and ask for iron on adhesive web. Trans-Web is just one brand name for it.

  • 6 Apr, 2008

    I have the onesies from BellaBlu and it's crazy how everywhere we go with my son wearing them, people always comment and ask where I found them. I also have some of the t-shirts as well. This woman is so talented. Her website has an incredible variety of really creative items as well. Thanks Mrs. Hodgson.

  • 6 Apr, 2008

    Love these onese, but I went on line to get the Trans-Web and the reprodepot.com does NOT have the product listed I even typed it in the search and nothing listed, Does anyone know of another product that works as well or where to find the Trans-Web? Thank you

  • 20 Mar, 2008

    You have to wash the fabric before sewing and this should prevent colors from running.

  • 16 Mar, 2008

    does anyone know of some kind of detergent or something that would prevent the fabric colors from running onto the onesies? i've made a couple and this is ruining them! HELP!!

  • 2 Mar, 2008

    www.stevesuniques.com GREAT silhouettes - the best - many profile options of same breed - cool products as well!

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    freeapplique.com has a lot of great images, too. They do not have a lot of dog patterns, but they do have some. They also have farm animals, insects, dinosaurs.........lots of options!

  • 28 Feb, 2008

    You can find great profile pictures of all dog breeds at www.akc.org.

  • 28 Feb, 2008

    Thanks for the info on dog profills. Found the dachshund and many more on vane-n-things. Carole

  • 28 Feb, 2008

    Please do not sew a button on! Choking hazard!!!!!!!
    Embroidery'd be dandy, though. Love the designs.

  • 28 Feb, 2008

    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between anfusible interfacing and the Trans-Web fusible web on release paper? Is it because the Trans-web is on paper and you can draw the template on the paper?

  • 28 Feb, 2008

    I found some profiles of dogs on www.vanes-n-things.com but will have to enlarge them quite a bit. Can the dachshund one be put on the website as well? Let me know if anyone finds anything else helpful.

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    hello everybody, anybody has the template for the dachshund or any idea where to get it I will really love to make both onesies. thanks

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    so cute!!!! Can you tell me a good web site to get pics of dogs to use for this craft.

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    Really great applique. Seems pretty easy. I also sell on Etsy and have some great things listed right now with appliqque.

    Boutiquetots

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    GREAT IDEA, I HAVE 4 SMALL GRANDCHILDREN AND MAY MAKE THEM ALL T SHIRTS WITH THE SAME IDEA.

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    These are the cutest and so creative! I also love what she did with the stationery. I'm usually not that crazy about the crafters you have on the show, but Christy was great! I'd love to see her again and I'm looking forward to checking out her website!

  • 26 Feb, 2008

    I absolutely love the doggie onsies and think this segment was the best craft segment in a long time! Way to go Christy Hodgson, BellaBluDesigns and Martha!!

  • 26 Feb, 2008

    These are adorable

  • 26 Feb, 2008

    Please, please... NO buttons on onesies. Baby could swallow. There are plenty of fancy stitches on sewing machines that could be used.