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A Handmade Project: An Outfit for a Baby Boy's First Birthday

Updated on February 6, 2014

Baby's First Birthday Outfit.


Baby's First Birthday

Since we only have one child, this will be the first 'first birthday' we have ever celebrated. Neither of us are big on birthdays, but we thought something simple would be fun for our little guy. We thought the onesie and bow tie were an easy addition to a simple birthday party with our family.

Homemade Onesie.


Making a Homemade Onesie.

This project is very simple and beginner friendly. And, you don't need a sewing machine for this one.

You will need:

  • Some fabric for making the number '1.'
  • A onesie to fit your child.
  • Paper and printer.
  • Iron on Adhesive for fabric.
  • Scissors.
  • Needle and thread.


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Step #1.

Find a font that you like. I recommend one with defined and straight edges. The font I used was "Reprise Title." I cannot remember where I downloaded the font, but I am positive it was a freebie at the time I downloaded it. (So it likely still is a freebie.)

Center the '1' in the middle of a word document and make it as large or as small as you would like. I made mine fairly large, but I wanted to ensure it wasn't so long that the bottom of the '1' would get tucked into the pants.

Print out the number '1,' and cut it out.

Using a fabric pencil, trace the number '1' onto the fabric and cut it out of the fabric as well. You are done with the paper '1' now and will only be working with the fabric from here on out.


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Step #2.

Next up is securing the '1' to the iron-on adhesive. Lay the '1' on top of the adhesive and cut around the '1.' I cut a sloppyish rectangle around the '1' because I will trim down the adhesive in a bit.

Find a piece of scrap paper without ink or color on it. (The ink on the scrap paper could get transferred to the fabric during the ironing.) I use this to ensure I do not end up with goopies and stickiness on my iron or ironing board.

Layer as follows: lay the iron-on adhesive facing up on your ironing board (Sticky side up). Lay the '1' facing up on top of the adhesive. Lay the piece of scrap paper on top of the '1.' Iron on top of the scrap paper for a about 30 seconds.

Peel the scrap paper back from the adhesive and the '1.' You should be left the number '1' glued down to the adhesive. Now cut carefully around the '1.'


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Step #3.

Once you have cut out the '1,' center it on the onesie as you choose. Peel the paper off the back of the iron-on adhesive. Iron it on. I think sometimes I get a little paranoid that the ironing didn't work. I'm the type that irons it about six times before I feel it is secure. Oh well. Probably not necessary.

If you have steady hands and are greatly talented with your quilting foot, I recommend using your quilting foot and stitching a nice edge around the '1.' If you are like me, though, and not that steady, use a needle and thread to sew a finishing border around the '1.'

I hope your little boy (or girl) looks adorable in their new onesie!

Homemade Baby Boy Bow Tie.


Making a Homemade Bow Tie.

Believe it or not, this project is also very simple, and I think a beginner sewer can complete this project. The project is a bit tedious, but it is kind of hard to mess up making this homemade bow tie. This was the first time I had made a bow tie, and I came up with the 'how to' on my own. If you have some recommendations for me for next time, please share!

What you need for this project:

  • Fabric for the bow tie.
  • A little bit of batting.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Velcro. (I used a heat activated velcro...didn't know this existed until my husband came home with it after I requested him to pick some up for me. It's very convenient!)

#1. Making the 'bow' part of the tie.

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Step #1. Making the rectangle.

First is creating a rectangle that is the 'bow' of the tie. Cut two pieces of fabric. Each piece should measure 2 inches by 3 inches. Also cut a piece of batting the same size.

Next sew all three pieces together wrong side out. Be sure to leave an inch and a half of a gap so you can easily turn the rectangle right side out. Lay the batting down on the table first. If your fabric is a solid color (like mine), go ahead a stack both pieces of fabric on top. If your fabric is printed, stack the first piece facing up. Lay the other piece on top facing down. Stitch around your stack of fabric leaving an inch and a half gap. Don't forget to secure your stitch at the beginning and end.

Once you have finished stitching around the rectangle, turn it right side out.

Tuck the fabric in where you left the gap, and once again, sew all the way around the rectangle creating a decorative border. This border will stitch your gap shut.

#2. The Loop for the Bow.

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Step #2. Making the Loop for the Bow.

Choose the fabric you want to use for the little loop that goes around the bow. Cut it into a little strip that is 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.

Iron the little strip in half lengthwise. In other words, fold it in half kind of like a hot dog bun.

Sew the strip closed leaving one end open. Next take the little strip and turn it right side out. This was a bit more tedious than I had imagined it, but I found a pair of tweezers to come in handy.

#3. Creating the Loop for the Neck.

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Step #3. Sewing the Neck of the Tie.

I carefully measured my son's neck with a paper measuring tape and found it to be approximately nine inches around. You may want to vary the following measurement based upon your child's age and size.

Cut a strip of fabric 12 inches by 2 inches (3 inches longer than the neck circumference). In order to create two finished edges, fold both sides of the strip in so they meet in the middle. Iron the creases. I used starch to keep the fabric where I wanted it. (Flip through the pictures if this step is a little confusing. It's easier to see than understand with words.)

Fold both short edges in about a quarter of an inch and stitch them shut. At this point, every edge should be a creased or finished on the strip of fabric.

Next fold the fabric over in half and stitch it. Fold the fabric in half length ways so it hides where the two unfinished edges meet in the middle.

Three Pieces that Make up the Bow Tie.


#4. Assembling the Bow Tie.

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Step #4. Assemble the Bow Tie.

Now for the fun part! Pinch the middle of your bow tie and work with it until you like how it appears. I kind of folded mine into thirds. Wrap the little loop around it with your fingers. One side of that little loop was never sewn shut so make sure the fabric is tucked in on that end.

Take the mid point of the loop for the neck and slip it between the rectangular bow part and the little loop. Carefully pin the three pieces together as best as you can.

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the little loop closed.

Add a little Velcro to the ends of the loop for the neck. Voila! You have a bow tie.

A Handmade Bow Tie and Onesie.


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