We are celebrating our son’s one year birthday this month with a Wild One theme. The theme is inspired by the cutest Wild One onesie and baby leg warmers (baby boy in leg warmers = heart melted) that I saw on Etsy the other day. I saw it and just fell in love. But alas, the outfit, or even onesie by itself, was not a financially practical choice for us. I just couldn’t justify spending that amount on an outfit he would wear only a handful of times, if that. The asking price (about $35) – that’s a tank of gas or a mid-week trip to the grocery store for our family.
But, I could justify making my own version for a fraction of the cost. Let me show you how. It’s so easy! This onesie design is the perfect complement to a Wild One 1st birthday theme and would work beautifully for a boy or a girl. Incorporate the onesie into a Where the Wild Things Are theme, an animals/woodland creatures theme, or just keep it geometric like I did.
Gather Your Materials
Here is a list of things you will need to complete this super easy project:
- A white onesie in your baby’s size – short sleeve or long sleeve, you choose! $3.50
- Avery 3271 light fabric transfers (I found mine at Walmart) $8.50
- Black baby leggings (Hobby Lobby keeps these in stock) $3.00
- White puff fabric paint (I used Tulip brand from Hobby Lobby) $2.00
That ends up being about half the cost of the Etsy listing. Of course, I didn’t use the whole pack of Avery photo transfer paper, so if you take into account only using one sheet then the true cost is only $10. I’ve found plenty of uses for the photo transfer paper and don’t mind having it on hand. We have made custom DIY t-shirts to go with other birthday themes for our older kids. One year we made t-shirts with a simple bus image as the giveaway for our 2 year old’s bus themed birthday. Another year it was t-shirts with a dragon and knight on it for the kids who came to that birthday party.
Helpful hints for finding the materials: I discovered that Hobby Lobby sells single white onesies. This is great for when you need just one instead of a whole pack! They are always priced 30% off the regular sticker price of $4.99. Don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon for the black baby leggings and/or the fabric paint, if you are able to make two trips to the store. I love having the Hobby Lobby app for knowing what is on sale each week and for easy access to their 40% off coupon.
Anyway, let’s get on with making the onesie!
Process For Making the Wild One Onesie
First things first when it comes to working with new fabrics: make sure you wash the onesie and the black leggings before continuing.
Grab your computer and click on this link to open the PDF file of the “wild one” design. Then head over to avery.com/print and enter the template number above. It used to be that you had to flip the image to be a mirror image (or else the text would end up backwards), but now Avery does this for you inside their template program. All you have to do is upload the PDF as-is to the Avery website and they take care of the rest for you. How cool is that?
Continue to follow the directions on the Avery website in order to print on your inkjet printer. You don’t want to know what happens if you try to print on a laser printer…trust me. It’s not good. And your husband will not be happy with you. And you will not be happy with you. Let’s just leave it at that.
Once you’ve printed the design, cut it out, slightly rounding the corners if you can. This just helps the transfer to keep from peeling away from the onesie in the future.
Your Avery fabric transfer sheets will come with very detailed directions on how to adhere the transfer to fabric, in this case the onesie. Go ahead and follow those directions and you’ve got yourself the cutest one year old birthday onesie. Done!
Process for Making the Coordinating Leggings
This is just as easy as the onesie, if not easier. Originally, I had purchased some leggings online, but the day before the party I realized they had not arrived yet. And in checking the package tracking information it appeared that the package was lost somewhere. Oh no! I panicked a little bit. Not that not having baby leggings is the biggest deal. It’s really not. But when you have an expectation in your mind about how something is going to be and then it’s not that way, the disappointment is real.
In a last ditch effort to pull the outfit together I decided to check Hobby Lobby to see if they had plain black leggings I could decorate…and they did. Hobby Lobby for the win!
All I did to make the leggings was to draw three arrows on each legging in a design that somewhat matched the arrow tips on the onesie.
The directions on the Tulip fabric paint bottle said it would be dry in 4 hours but mine took more like 5-6. It could be that I put it down a little thick. So just take that into consideration when making the leggings and don’t wait until the day of the party like I did to make them (oops).
Other than taking longer than expected to dry, I was very happy with how the leggings turned out. Our little guy crawled all over carpet wearing them and the fabric paint held up just fine.
The Finished Product
I found some napkins and other Wild One themed decor at Hobby Lobby. I love that store. Probably a little too much. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
And here is the Wild One onesie and leggings on the birthday boy himself. You’ll have to excuse the slightly blurry photo. It is extremely difficult to get a still shot of a one year old, ha!
A care few tips for keeping your onesie and leggings looking nice for as long as possible: turn onesie and leggings inside out when washing. Wash in cold water on gentle cycle and DO NOT put in dryer. Hang or lay flat to dry.
I hope you are inspired to go create a super cute onesie and leggings to match. And now that you know how easy it is to make a t-shirt transfer, you can design an image for any occasion. I use PicMonkey for all my image design needs. They make it so easy to design cute, fun images and have many great font options as well. You can also edit photos.
Thank you so much for checking out this tutorial. Happy DIY-ing!
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