Look how easy it is to make an applique onesie (or two)!

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comWell, I thought it was about time to post about this since I made these almost 2 months ago!
These were to take with me to a “Funny Onesie” baby shower for a friend, but the baby had other plans and decided to come the day of the shower (why does that keep happening around here?).

Sooooooooo, in my office they sat……waiting for another opportunity, but alas, none came (you know who you are :)

I hope she doesn’t read this before I can give them to her in the next few days, but I had nothing else to post tonight. So if you do Kristen, act surprised when you see them :)

In a way it was good that I still have them….because I just decided to add the little butt appliques today.

I want to make sure to credit Ashlee for her awesome applique tute here that showed me how easy it is to sew an awesomely cute applique on a onesie! Although, I did mine a tiny bit different (I’m always the rebel).

Here’s how I did it:


  • Onesie (duh)
  • Some adorable fabric – you don’t need much, so here’s a chance to use up some scraps
  • Double sided fusible interfacing (iron on) and single sided fusible interfacing (iron on)
  • Matching thread (double duh)
  • Sewing machine (ok, I’ll stop now :)
  • Pattern or Cricut

So, please excuse some of the dark pictures….these were taken before I decided to re-learn about my camera and take better ones.

Also, I must include this disclamer with any sewing project I post: I am not a professional seamstress, nor do think I will ever be :) I probably will get some of the terms wrong….so please, those of you who are better at sewing than me, let me know if I mess it up in any way so I can fix it and not look like a total dork.

Now, back to our post.

First thing you need to do it wash your onesie and the fabric to get any sizing off them.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comThen, using a cereal box or the cardboard that is the cover from your packs of scrapbook paper, cut a piece to fit inside the onsie. This will prevent you from fusing the front and back of the onsie together (been there).

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comNext, cut your fabric and the double-sided interfacing to the aproximate size you want your applique to be. Then iron it on to the fabric and leave the paper on the other side, as shown.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comNext, you can cut the fabric with your cricut by sticking the paper side to the mat and setting the Cricut to max pressure and the blade to “6” depth (no need to use the deep blade here). If the paper doesn’t want to stay on the fabric…’s ok to take it off and still cut it with the Cricut.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comHere’s a pic of the fabric after it’s cut….see the little Mickey head?

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comThese are the shapes after they were cut. Notice how well the Cricut cuts fabric! But remember……only try this with fabric after you have ironed on interfacing. It will not work without.

If you don’t have a Cricut….you can print off a template from your computer and trace it out backwards onto the paper side of the fabric and then cut it out with scissors.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comAfter your applique is cut out, go ahead and peel the paper off the other side and iron it on to your onesie. If you have layers….I found it easier to go ahead and iron them all on before you sew.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comThen, stitch around the applique. You can just leave it without, but (A) It looks waaaaayyyyyy cuter with the stitching and (B) You can be sure the applique will stay on and (C) The edges will fray a tiny bit after a few washings and will give it a shabby chic look.

You may have to work your sewing machine by hand for the more intricate parts of the applique, but it’s worth it! Although, the letters took me forever to stitch, so I don’t know if I’ll do that one again :)

Now, repeat this process for the little applique on the bum (it’s so cute!)

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comYou can stop here and say Ta Da! or you can do one more thing to make sure your applique stays put and doesn’t rub your baby’s delicate skin (or so says the lady at the fabric store).

K, so you just take your single-sided interfacing and cut it to size and then (following the directions on the package) iron it onto the inside of the onesie, over the applique.

Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comNow you can say Ta Da!

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Easy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comEasy Applique Onesie by NotSoIdleHands.comThere you have your adorable, customized, one-of-a-kind, baby gift. You can do this with your kids’ shirts too! I’m gonna do that next since my kiddos don’t wear onesies anymore (sniff :(

Have Fun! And remember to send me any pics of your cute onesies!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


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  3. I have done a lot of appliqué just hand cutting my patterns, but my sister is letting me use her cricut for my next project SO my question is: Do you iron the fusible to the wrong side of the fabric? That’s what I’ve been doing, but not sure if it changes when you use a machine. Thanks!

    • Hi Keeli~ Yep, you iron it to the wrong side and not only will it help you cut the fabric with the machine, but also holds the fabric onto the onesie while you sew around the edges ;) Thanks for stopping by!


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