Sewing for Baby: Easy Peasy Applique Tutorial

Welcome to back the Sewing for Baby series!  There’s been lots of baby fun so far this week; a free bib pattern, a bunch of cute projects from the Lotta book and a link to the free Newborn Snuggler pattern.

Today I have for you the easiest and simplest “sewing” for baby you can do – and the best part is… you don’t even have to know how to sew!

easy peasy applique

Applique tshirts and onesies make great quick gifts.  I bet you could knock one together in less than 15 minutes.  And there’s loads of options!  You could do just a simple rectangle or circle, or something more fun like an animal shape, rocket etc.  If you’re into sharks, I have a free applique design that you can download.

You can also add embellishments like buttons, ribbon, lace or sequins.  And if you’re artistic you can also draw your own designs – you’re only limited by your creativity!

Pinterest is also a great source for applique designs.  I have a board just for Applique that you can follow if you’re looking for inspiration.

Here’s how you do it…


  • Tshirt or onesie
  • Iron-on adhesive (Heat n Seal & Heat & Bond are two brands – I prefer the “Lite” version as it’s not so stiff)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Applique design
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)

applique supplies

1)      Cut your fabric and iron-on adhesive to a size larger than your design.

applique cut

2)      Lay your fabric right side down, put your iron-on adhesive on top so the paper side is up and press.  Use a hot setting and go slowly so the glue has time to melt to the fabric.  (note: be careful if your fabric is synthetic that the iron isn’t too hot.  You have to find the balance between not ruining your fabric and being hot enough for the glue to adhere)

applique iron

3)      Once cool, cut (using scissors or rotary cutter) the design from your fabric backed with the adhesive.

cut applique 2

4)      Peel the paper from the back of the adhesive and position the design on your tshirt or onesie.

applique peel

5)      Press again to adhere the design to the garment.

applique iron 2

6)      Optional: If you wish to, you can sew around the edge of your design for more strength and a cleaner finish.

applique finished

These are my favourite stitches for sewing on applique designs.

  applique stitches

So now you have no excuse!  You can go and whip yourself together a few of these gorgeous little onesies and wait for the *gasp* and “you made that?!”

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Happy sewing (or not *wink*)!


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