DIY: Graphic Baby Onsie

DIY Graphic Baby Onsie

If you have a baby, you know how quickly they grow out of their clothes! My first son was born May 1st, and he is already growing out of most of his 0-3 clothes! Luckily I think I have had him in each outfit at least once, but that still makes me sick when you add up how much each outfit costs. I have been LOVING the new trend in baby clothing that is a little “hipster/organic/simple graphic” paired with some cute baby legging and a beanie or chambray button up. I have been searching for good deals online, but I still cant get myself to spend $10-15 a onesie that he may wear for only a couple months. So I decided to get crafty. I ended up making 10 onesies for less than $20! which is a steal when they outgrow them so fast!  I used more of a free hand method that works for me, but if you want to try using freezer paper and ironing on this is a good tutorial.

To make your own Graphic Baby Onesie (Or any type of graphic T) you’ll need:

Plain white onesies – I got two 5 packs at target

Fabric Paint – Joanns is where I picked mine up, I got matte paint in ebony an white

Paper and pencil/pen

Scissors and/or X-acto knife

Paint brushes (that are nice, but you don’t care if they get ruined) in different sizes


I started with laying out my onesies and figuring out how big I wanted to make my graphic.


Then I free handed my graphics. You can also print if you aren’t comfortable free handing it, I dont have a printer but I though drawing it allowed me to get the perfect size to fit the onesie anyway.


Then I cut out the graphic with scissors and I used an X-Acto knife for the eyes (I have also found this to work well for letters if your using words on your graphic). I taped the graphic cut out to the onesie to help keep it in place.


I slid a hard notebook into the onesie to help keep things flat and to prevent the fabric from sticking in case the paint bled through.

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Then I used a mixture of ebony an white matte fabric paint to get a dark grey color for my Batman graphic.


Then with the smallest (and i mean SMALLEST) paintbrush I had, I traced around the graphic. I was very careful to keep the line from feathering.

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I then grabbed the eye cut outs and traced around them.


Then I grabbed a larger paint brush and started to it in. Don’t be afraid to use a lot, you want it to be saturated for the best pay off. It will dry hard but soften up after you wash it.


I filled mine in and then went back with the smaller paint brush again to make sure that i didn’t get out of line (I accidentally touched outside of the area with wet paint, so I used dawn dish soap and a wet paper towel and scrubbed it IMMEDIATELY, and  it took care of it, but I would suggest NOT doing that 😉 .


This s how it looked when I finished, and I think it turned out pretty cute!


Most of my other graphic onesies I didn’t bother to cut anything out and I just free handed them. I just took my time and was extra careful. Have fun with it and let me know how they turn out! I’m planning on making some cute Father-Son shirts for my hubby and son now that I know how to make them!

Thanks for reading and I hope it helps!