Last week, I was putting away baby clothes and noticing the fun patterns in Maggie's drawer of clothes. Then I started thinking about what was missing: polka dots! She has a few clothing items that have polka dot trim, but that's not enough polka dots (in my opinion).
So, I set out to cover at least one article of clothing in my favorite pattern. I was also determined not to buy anything for this project, so I took inventory of my craft supplies and I decided fabric markers were the way to go.
Once I had gathered my supplies, I was surprised at how quickly the onesie was finished. It was so simple! And since even a sleep deprived new mom (me) could pull it off in just minutes, I just had to share with a little tutorial.
To make the easy DIY polka dot onesie, you will need:
- onesie (I washed mine before adding the polka dots)
- fabric marker (in the color of your choice)
- lined peace of paper
- On a lined piece of paper, darken the lines so you can see them through the onesie fabric. I did this by using a fine marker to trace over every other line. I also cut off the frayed edge before I put it inside the onesie (it just slides better).
- Slide the piece of paper inside the onesie. To ensure the marker would not bleed through to the backside of the onesie, I placed a magazine page behind the lined paper. It may not be necessary, but I wasn't taking any chances.
- Starting at the collar of the onesie, align the paper so you can see the lines are even. You will use the lines as a guide for the polka dots. As you make your first row, try to go the whole way across the top of the onesie, just under the collar; I filled in the dots above the full line after it was complete (note: be careful to just touch the tip of the marker to the fabric and don't let it linger or you'll likely get a bigger dot than you want).
- Continue with the dots, using the lines as your guide. Under one row of dots, space them about halfway between the previous row to create a diagonal pattern once the polka dot pattern is complete. Keep going until you have covered the whole front of the onesie.
It would also be cute to do a variation with multiple dot colors or even a smaller section of the onesie with polka dots. I might even take on putting polka dots on the sleeves in the future.
Have you done any do-it-yourself projects lately?