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Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Baby Gift

My friend Brooke H. had a sweet baby girl in December and I knew I wanted to give her a personalized baby gift. I decided to make a decorative thing for her nursery and 3 onesies. I wanted the decorative thing to have her monogram on it because who doesn't love monograms and I knew none of her previous gifts would be anything with her name.

I made a little flower garden of sorts:


I had Eric cut a wood block similar to the size of the big wood block used in the Name Blocks and then had him drill 3 evenly spaced holes. I painted it and 3 pieces of dowel with white craft paint.  I used my Silhouette software to create the monogram and followed the instructions for it to cut the design with baby pink colored vinyl and attached it to the block.

I used wood glue to secure the dowels into the holes.


I made the rosettes using this technique. Then I attached them to the dowels using hot glue and placed a round piece of felt over the back to cover up the dowel and to act as the back of the flower. I had previously seen the nursery which was painted a melon green color with pink accents so I knew this would fit right in! And polka dots are so in :)


For the onesies, now that I had figured out freezer paper stenciling, I made 2 onesies using that technique and 1 onesie using the Silhouette t-shirt vinyl technique since there was a really intricate design I had in mind.


The Grow one and the Clemson onesie were made using freezer paper stenciling. I had honestly been thinking about doing the Clemson one since I found out Brooke was pregnant since they are huge Clemson fans too! I love that it is even more personal than the ones that say baby tiger or future tiger since it has her graduation date calculated. I found the paw image online and imported it into the software for the design. It is definitely one of my favorite onesies I've made.


The tiny dancer idea came from here so thank you Jamielyn. Her's was a pink onesie with white vinyl and I decided to do a white onesie with pink vinyl. The color is called Light Pink by Silhouette. Doing Silhouette t-shirt vinyl was incredibly simple with their instructions. I made the designs in the software the same way I did for freezer paper stenciling but then to cut it out I didn't need the cutting mat. And after you peal away the negative space, it is ready to iron on.... no waiting for paint to dry and doing more coats etc. Of course the vinyl is more expensive than paint and you can't make any color you want but I love the quick results and the feel of it! 

I looked through every font on the Silhouette and could not seem to figure out the one that Jaimelyn used for "tiny" but the one I used came close.


These onesies were 12 month onesies. Since I was sending the gift a little after she was born, I figured she probably already had many clothes for now but would be nice to have some things to put away for when she is a little bigger. I am very happy with how this homemade baby girl gift turned out! Welcome to the world Taylor Louise!!

  
Can't wait to get my hands on some more t-shirt vinyl!!


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18 comments:

  1. I can't believe you made those onesies! They are amazing! And I'm so impressed by your garden too. You are so talented!!

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  2. Adorable! Don't you love your silhouette? I love making anything with the vinyl, it is so much fun! Can't wait to share Harper's first birthday photos with you...i have been super crafty!

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  3. Courtney, I can't wait to see your crafts!! I do love my silhouette!

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  4. Super cute Em...as expected :)

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  5. oh these are all so precious!! I love them!! Thanks so much for coming and linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!! Make sure to come by tomorrow for a giveaway!! :)

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  6. I really like those onesies. I have yet to try freezer paper stenciling. I am sure your friend will love the gifts.

    I would love to have you link this to my Fix It Up Friday link party.

    http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/2011/01/fix-it-up-friday-baby-shower-decorating.html

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  7. adorable i love the onesies the one that caught my eye was class of 2033 LOL how cute

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  8. This is SUCH a cute idea! I really want to make one for everyone I know! You could even do a couple's monogram and hearts or something on top instead! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Emily, those are adorable! I can't get over how perfect those onesies are when you do them! Awesome job!!! Thank you for linking these up at DotDotDot!!!
    Have a great day girl!
    Tasha

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  11. Those onesies are so cute!
    I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays
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  12. So cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @

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  13. Those are really cute. 2033 seems so far away - funny to think what the world will be like when that little baby graduates from school.

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  14. Super cute gift ideas. I have a few friends that are due pretty soon. Thanks for the inspiration to make something unique for them!
    Melanie
    youmadethat.blogspot.com

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  18. I just wanted to let you know that I am new to your blog & I love your work! I am an avid crafter and blogger myself and stumbled upon your blog by accident. I too love HTV and making custome shirts. Keep up the great work!

    Missie
    createdbymissie.blogspot.com

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