Share some puppy love with the baby in your life with these one-of-a-kind appliqued bodysuits.
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008
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.
Cut the dog silhouette from the card stock.
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.
Prewash the fabric for your applique to reduce shrinkage.
Cut a square or rectangular piece from the fabric approximately 7 inches square.
Cut a piece of Trans-Web slightly smaller than your fabric square.
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.
Using a black marker, trace the dog silhouette onto the Trans-Web paper backing.
Cut out the dog silhouette from the paper-backed fabric.
Peel the paper backing from the applique to expose the iron-on webbing.
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.
Lay a damp cloth over the applique and iron with steam for 10 seconds.
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.
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.
French Bulldog Template or photo of a dog in profile
Damp, clean cloth
Trans-Web or other fusible webbing on release paper
Blank baby bodysuit
Machine-sewing thread in a coordinating color for decorative topstitch
Button in coordinating color (optional)
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.