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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Aplique Onesies

Here's a super easy gift idea for a new baby.  I made these in about a half of an hour.  I used the Cricut to cut out my aplique, and then I used a sewing machine zigzag to sew it on the onesie.  Here's how to do it.

If you've got a cricut, use it!  It cut's fabric great!  The trick is to not choose a design too detailed, and to use 100% cotton material.  I tried to cut silk, and it didn't work as nicely.  I applied freezer paper (not wax) to the fabric with spray mount (77) and cut it into 6" squares.  I applied the fabric to the dull side of the freezer paper and it worked great.  I also used a fairly new Cricut mat, so the fabric really stayed put.  Place your fabric face down on the mat, shiny freezer paper side up.  Run a bone tool over the top so it really sticks.  Set your Cricut speed dial to low, and choose a simple design.  Also, make sure your blade is set to the deepest (6) cut.  I read somewhere that a deep cut blade works better, but I used my regular blade, and it worked fine.  After the cricut cut, I did have to use an exacto blade to cut a few spots, but overall, the Cricut did great!  If you know of a better way to cut fabric with the Cricut, please, let me know!  I'm all ears!

OK, so that part took 10 minutes.  The fabric was still sticky from the spray mount, so I just stuck it in place on my onesie.  No need to pin!  Terrific!  I hate pinning!  The only down side to this method, is the image is reversed.  I guess you could spray the right side if the fabric before you apply it to the freezer paper to correct this.  But in my case, it didn't matter.

I am really not a seamstress, so my stitch is a bit messy, but it overall looks great!  I had to cut the feet of my bird, because they were a bit too detailed for the Cricut.  I just embroidered them back on.  Even better!  So cute! I know baby Ava is going to love them :)  (She better not barf on them... )

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