Remember a few months back when I teased you with a post saying I was going to do a tutorial for stamping your own onesies? Well I finally got my rear in gear and decided to post it. Now, please don’t over think this - it’s very easy to do. My instructions will be clear but not incredibly detailed and if you have any questions, post them in the comments and I’ll try and help you out.
So first things first, the things you’re going to need:
- cardboard or cardstock
- Staz-on or other solvent ink
First, you’re going to want to wash and dry your onesies. Washing them makes the ink stick better so while you don’t have to do this step, I do recommend it or your ink will fade a lot after the first washing and will continue to with each wash.
Next you’re going to place your cardboard in between the front and back to keep the ink from bleeding through. If you’re using a white or light-colored onesie, this would be a good opportunity to draw some thick, dark lines on your cardboard so it will show through and allow you to make a neater, more aligned stamped image, especially if you’re using letters. I like to free-style it but it’s totally your preference.
Next you’ll ink your stamp, covering the entire image area very well (make sure to be careful not getting any on your clothes or workstation as this is permanent) and then stamp your image, letters, whatever tickles your fancy onto the fabric. You may want to give a practice stamp on a piece of paper - sometimes the solvent gets really inky and will ooze in between the stamps grooves, making the image more blurred and not as detailed when you transfer it to the fabric. You’ll also want to make sure you’re getting enough ink on the stamp since doing it again and being precise will be difficult.
After the ink has dried (somewhere between 10-15 minutes), you’ll want to warm your iron on the medium setting (in between dry and steam), and run it over the image for about 5 seconds. This will heat-set the ink and will keep it from fading in the wash.
And thats it!
Just a couple more thoughts. Staz-on is really expensive ($8 per ink pad), so unless you’re going to be doing oodles of them or selling them, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing more than one or two colors, preferably a black, charcoal, or brown. You can always add color by using permanent markers (Sharpie now offers them in an array of colors, and you just fill in the stamped image), buttons, beads or stitching. Overall, this craft when you add in everything can be expensive. Rubber stamps can be bought cheapily, but after the ink, onsies and stamps, each onesies can cost around $8-$10, depending on how many you are making. So if you’re wanting to do this craft on the cheap, Gerber onesies come in 5-packs for about $10, then you can then purchase a few simple stamps, an ink pad, and then a few embellishments (thread and buttons), and make five onesies for the cost of around $5 a piece. This is a great idea for a baby shower and could help off-set the cost if a few people went in together as a gift for the mother-to-be.