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Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

So my friend Jeff and I were talking at Mac’s about Merriment and he asked if I could make a unique baby gift to help him welcome Isabella, a friend’s newborn daughter. These handmade, sweet, graphic appliqué baby onesies should do the trick.


Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

Cut the shapes
Print out my onesie shape template (PDF) and cut out desired shapes. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong sides of the black and pink fabric. Place the shape face down and trace onto wrong side of the black fabric. Cut out along lines. Set cut out black shapes face down onto the wrong side of the pink fabric. Free-form trace 1/4 inch around the cut pieces to create the pink background. Cut out along lines.

Sew pink background onto onesie
Pin the pink background onto the onesie front. Using a tight zigzag stitch, sew the shape onto the onesie, being careful not to pull the knit onesie to avoid puckering.

Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

Sew black shape onto pink background
Pin the black shape onto the sewn pink background. Using a tight zigzag stitch, sew around the edges.

Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

My free onesie applique template includes shapes for a dog, butterfly, bottle, bow and heart but you could easily create other shapes too. Big thanks goes to Tamara Bohorquez and Jon Sawyer for letting their happy-go-lucky baby daughter, Sienna, model the final result.

Merriment :: Sewn baby onesie dog, butterfly, bottle, bow & heart

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern for your own personal use. Please post a comment below or email me if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!


9 Responses to “Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart”

  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Catherine, that’s a great idea, I didn’t think of it. Thanks for the tip and if you make something please show us all a photo at

  2. Catherine Craggs Says:

    Love the templates they are fantastic hope to use them soon.

    Why would you not sew the black flower fabric to the pink before adding to the onesie?
    One less row of sewing next to the baby’s skin.

  3. Teresa J Says:

    Oh Thank you so much! I have a friend who just had a baby boy and wanted to do this for her but I had no idea how! Now I don’t have to “wing it” You rock! Love your stuff.

  4. Jayne Says:

    Thank you so much for helping me out! I was working on something like this and needed more instruction. Love your ideas and will have to try out my idea with your techniques!

  5. Melany Says:

    I love, love love the train and airplane!!! can you send me the template please???!!
    thanks for the great ideas!

  6. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Doris, thanks for stopping by! Glad you’re going to download and use the templates. I would love to hear how your project goes. And for a February baby consider buying long-sleeved onesies for your project (my bias as a new mom living in Chicago …brr!!).

  7. Doris Griggs Says:

    I love the onsie shirt idea!!!! I would love to have the templates to make my for my future grandbaby due in Feburary….Thank You

  8. Danny J Says:

    you are pure genius!
    i am using these templates this weekend.

  9. HooperPower Hoopdance Says:

    Once again, KB…hittin’ it outta the park. Sienna has to be the most beautiful baby I’ve EVER seen too!

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