Reader DIY – cute lil' onesies

We’re finishing off the week with a little reader DIY – you all are SO inspiring! I adore seeing all of your projects and crafts, so fun.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give you the proper back story on how I met Han-Mei. More than a year ago, my little kitchen was featured on Brooklyn Limestone, and Han-Mei saw my post and that I lived in NE Portland. After putting the pieces together, she emailed me and as it turns out, we both just don’t live in the same area, but we live just blocks away from each other! Soon after we met over email, Han-Mei was transferred to Arizona for work (they kept their house in Portland), and we never had an opportunity to meet and tour each other’s homes. Well, just last month, HM was visiting Portland and we finally had the opportunity to met. I gave her a tour of our little bungalow, and then she gave me a tour of her over-the-top historic home. HM’s house is my dream home, and her and her husband are renovating it with such care. I will show it to you one day, I promise. It’s spectacular.

With all that said, who knew I’d meet a neighbor and a new friend via this little blog? Small world! In short, HM made these little onesies, and I specifically requested she share them with us because they are so darn cute. And easy too! Take it away, HM…


1.) Onsies
2.) A white cotton t-shirt (if you buy a mens XL, it’s the most bang for your buck!)
3.) Thread/Needle
4.) Beads/buttons. If you are like me, you have all these supplies from beading and friendship bracelets from earlier years just waiting for a project. This is one way I’ve started using up the misc beads I’ve collected over the last 15 years!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1.) Wash the onesies and t-shirt. Next, cut the t-shirt into strips. The wider the strip, the larger the flower. For small flowers, cut strips 1″ wide x 12″ long. If you want more layers, then make it longer. Less layers (petals), then cut shorter. For large flowers, cut strips 2″ wide x 15″ long.

2.) Next step is to go “over, under” along the long edge of the cut strip with your needle, and cinch fabric (don’t forget to tie the end of your thread). This will give you your ruffle.

3.) Then, encircle the fabric to form the flower.

4.) From here, sew straight to the onesie, forming a round shape/flower.

6.) After securing flowers in desired pattern, embellish with various beads/ buttons. Secure them down tight with numerous loops and knots.

7.) Viola! Cute party shirts for little baby girls.

So, so cute HM! Almost makes me want a baby. Almost.

Have a happy weekend, friends!


2 thoughts on “Reader DIY – cute lil' onesies

  1. Lila Said:

    These are so cute! I just threw my sister-in-law a baby shower where we created diy onesies. This could have been a fun addition!

  2. hmc Said:

    Thank you Kirsten!


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