Happy (almost) Canada Day, friends! I have a fun little tutorial to share with you today to celebrate the Great White North. Even though Craig and I live in the States (and love where we live), we both try really hard to make sure our house has a lot of Canadian love all year ’round—and we plan on passing around the love of Canadian culture to our little girl, too. It’s important to both of us that Baby J knows that she is both American and Canadian (quite literally, she’s a dual citizen).
Anywho, we’ve always done our part to celebrate Craig’s homeland on Canada Day every year, and this year, Baby J gets to join in the fun, too by wearing an adorable maple leaf onesie. This onesie took all of about 10 minutes to throw together. It’s so easy! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Printed maple leaf template
- Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite
- Red fabric
- Plain onesie
- Thread, sewing machine, scissors, iron, other sewing stuffs.
We’re going to follow the same method we used to make the applique on this pillow. Except this one is even easier because I already did the template for you. Print out the template—you can feel free to size it up or down if you want to tweak the sizing. At 100% it’s a good size to fill up the front of both a 0-3 month and a 3-6 month onesie.
Just like we did with the pillow, you’ll want to use Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite. This stuff is the bomb. I always have a giant roll of it kicking around, because I use it all the time. Basically, it’s a very thin, heat-activated adhesive with a paper backing—and it works great for adhering two pieces of fabric together. You can find it at most fabric stores (and even some discount stores—I’ve seen at both Target and Walmart in their crafting aisles). It comes in rolls, or, at most fabric stores, they also sell it by the yard on a bolt—which is a much better deal if you only plan on doing one or two appliques.
Anyway, layer the Heat ‘n’ Bond over top of the printed template—smooth side up. You should be able to see through the Heat ‘n’ Bond to the template.
Using a marker, trace the maple leaf pattern onto the Heat ‘n’ Bond.
Throw your template in the recycling, and then take a pair of scissors and cut around the maple leaf pattern on the Heat ‘n’ Bond—no need to be super accurate, you just want to cut off some of the bulk.
Then, take your red fabric, iron it well, and place the Heat ‘n’ Bond—sticky/rough side down—on the back/wrong side of the red fabric you’re using. Iron it down until it sticks.
Using sharp scissors, clip out the maple leaf from the fabric.
Then, take your onesie and iron it well. Peel the backing off the maple leaf, and place it where you think it looks good on the onesie.
Once you’re happy with the placement, iron ‘er down.
Go ahead and open up the onesie, and set up your sewing machine on a zig-zag stitch with red thread (or, really, whatever color makes you happy, the red just blends away nicely). You’ll want to pull the onesie over the sewing table of your machine—you probably want to remove the sewing arm.
Then sew all the way around the perimeter of the leaf using the zig-zag stitch. Stopping and picking up the presser foot to move the onesie/switch directions as necessary.
In some places, it’ll take some squishing to get the right direction, but just as long as you make sure you’re only sewing through one layer of onesie—not the back—you’ll be good.
Once you’re done sewing, tie together the front threads and clip, and the repeat with the back threads.
Iron the the onesie again to make sure it’s nice looking.
And then put it on an adorable baby. And go celebrate an awesome country. Happy Canada Day everyone!