DIY Monogrammed Onesies

DIY Monogrammed Onesies

It’s no secret that I love monograms. I have one in almost every room of my house and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into a space. So when I wanted to make a gift for my friend who is having twin boys I figured, “Hey, why not monogram them too?!” When she gets sick of answering the question, “Now which one is which?” she can just dress them in these cute little onesies–problem solved! 🙂

These were relatively simple to make and only required a few supplies:

Monogrammed Onesies Supplies

  • Monogram, printed on card stock
  • Onesies
  • Acrylic paint
  • Textile medium
  • Paint brushes
  • Chalk (not pictured)

You could also use fabric paint or a paint pen, but I used what I already had on hand and it worked well for me.

The first challenge I had to tackle was figuring out how to get my monogram image onto the onesie. I had seen the chalk transfer method used to place an image on wood and figured, “Hey, this will work for fabric, too, right?” Holding my monogram up to the window so I could see the letters, I traced a thick outline on the back side of my cardstock using chalk. {I tried to use a chalk color similar to the paint I would be using.}

Monogrammed Onesies- Tracing Letters with Chalk

Once I had outlined my monogram, I lined it up the way I wanted it on the onesie and using the back end of my paint brush, firmly traced the letters so that the chalk on the back of the cardstock would transfer to the onesie. I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but when I nervously pulled up the card, I had a perfect outline. Score!

Monogrammed Onesies Chalk Transfer

Next, I mixed my paint with the textile medium {2 parts paint to one part textile medium} so that the onesies would be washable and the painted part would be less stiff. I put the cardstock monogram inside the onesie so that the paint wouldn’t leak through to the back of the material and began the painting process by outlining the letters. I made sure to turn my brush in such a way that any excess paint would get on the part of the letter that would be filled in anyway. After I had a painted outline in place, I was able to fill in the rest of the letters.

Monogrammed Onesies- Painting

I then repeated the process on the second onesie, which was dark blue. While the lighter colored onesie was fine with one coat of paint, the darker one took three or four coats to really make the letters solid. After doing this to a couple of times, I would recommend going with lighter onesies and darker paint so there is less paint and therefore less stiffness to the material.

When the paint dried, I turned the onesies inside out and ironed them for a few seconds to help the paint set.

And there you have it–simple, personalized onesies, perfect for keeping those sweet little twinnies straight! 🙂 Not only are they great for twins, but this would be a cute baby shower gift for any mom-to-be. {If she’s willing to reveal baby’s name, that is!}

Hope you all are having a great week! Thanks for reading!

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78 Comments

  1. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    What a cute idea! I like your blog header too!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! I’m so glad you stopped by! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. now at home mom says:

    Abby, these are so cute! I really like them! they make the perfect gifts! oh! twin boys; too cute! 🙂 & your tutorial is great! I should give this a try, one of my best friends is having a baby on June 10th! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid! June 10th is a wonderful day to have a baby…that’s my birthday!! If your friend has a girl, tell her Abby is a great name…;) Lol! Hope you’re having an awesome week, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. adorable!! I love your simple method for the transfer… Have you seen the offer for a free fathers day card from TREAT? I’ve posted the details on my blog and it really is free! No tricks :o) Just trying to pass along the offer!
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Emily! Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  4. So cool! What a really fun idea and a great tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Jodi! I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  5. twelveoaksmanor.com says:

    Very cute, Abby!! Have a great day!~~Angela

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Angela! I’m so glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Cute idea! I love a monogram!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Jeni! I’m a monogram fan too! Thank you so much for popping over–have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    So cute! I have a onesie project in mind, but I was going to use my silhouette and an iron on transfer… I feel like a total slacker now! lol Awesome job!

    1. abbylawson says:

      You are definitely not a slacker! I am just too cheap to buy a Silhouette, so I have to find ways to work around it, lol. That sounds like a great project for little Evan! I bet he’s growing and growing these days! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. lisahudson says:

    These are adorable! What a super cute idea – and easy. Gotta like that. Thanks for sharing, Abby. Have a great day. ~ Lisa

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I just clicked over to your photography page–you are super talented! Thanks so much for reading–have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  9. LOVE IT…too cute, wish I was that creative or artsy…I’d just make a big mess, LOL

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Karen! You could totally handle it. I found that the chalk seemed to help make a barrier for the paint, so it was pretty easy to stay in the lines. Thanks so much for stopping by–have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Kelly @ View Along the Way says:

    Hard to believe you painted those by hand! They look perfect! This is such a fun baby shower gift idea!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I was actually shocked that I didn’t mess them up…that would have been much more my style. 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, girl!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    You know me and my personalized onesie obsession. And I haven’t really seen monogrammed onesies before…super cute idea! (Genius method for transferring your chalk outline, btw. You should trademark that move!)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Yes, I have to resort to caveman-esque techniques since I’m too cheap to buy the machine to do it for me, but it works, lol! I am still ooh-ing and aah-ing over your adorable duck onesie. Just too cute! Hope you had a happy Friday, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Rachel @ Little Kitchen Big Bites says:

    awww too cute!! i’m expecting a little girl (due in less than a week!) and this would be a perfect last minute project for me on maternity leave! thanks for the inspiration!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Rachel! And congrats on your little girl! I’m sure she’ll look adorable in her monogrammed onesie! Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend! {Hey, it could be an exciting one if she decides to make her arrival a little early! :)}

      ~Abby =)

  13. I love this idea, so simple yet adorable – never would’ve thought of doing this! I have so many friends/family having babies lately, I’m going to have to give it a try. Pinned!!! It also inspired me for some Halloween projects 😀 New Follower! Coming from Six Sisters Stuff Party

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Danielle! It really is easy peasy! Thanks so much for stopping by–I’m headed over to your place now!

      ~Abby =)

  14. These are so so cute!! Since moving south I’ve found out monogram’s are a HUGE deal down here. I will definitely be storing this idea for future baby showers 🙂
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Heidi! Monograms are cute…babies are cute…why not put them together, right?! 😉 Thank you for stopping by the blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, Rita! I linked up! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. I think these are fantastic- they really speak to my inner southern girl!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Misti! Someone else mentioned that everyone in the south loves monograms! I think I was born in the wrong part of the country because of my love of monograms, the word “y’all”, and those adorable southern accents. {Not to mention the warmer weather!} Maybe I can convince hubby that we need to move… 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  16. Katie Goldsworthy says:

    So cute! Those would make a great present! Thanks for linkin’ it up at Monday Funday!

    –Katie

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Katie! I can’t wait to see them on those cute little twins! Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, Sinea! I linked up! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Fawn Over Baby says:

    Tooo Cute!! I love this!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    ~Melissa@FawnOverBaby

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  18. What an adorable idea! I think I could even do this!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Alli! It really ended up being simpler than I expected…how often does that happen?! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  19. Abby, these are ssssssooooo cute! You are one creative lady!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Marilyn! They were fun to create! Hope your Monday is going well!

      ~Abby =)

  20. I love these too…and LOVE anything monogrammed. I did a onesie monogram several months ago with vinyl (forgot to take picture) and it was so cute. I have done several with the fabric paints also. It’s just nice to give such a personal gift like this.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Dreama! Sounds like you are the onesie-making pro! I would love to see a picture of the vinyl one if you ever make one again! I bet it was gorgeous. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

  21. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said... says:

    Cute Abby!!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Cheryl! I hope your birthday was awesome!!

      ~Abby =)

  22. Krista thehappyhousie says:

    These are so awesome Abby – such a cute idea. Your monograms are perfect!!
    Krista

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Krista! I can’t wait to see them on those adorable little twins! 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  23. Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun says:

    These are so cute! I love anything with monograms.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I am with you–I say everything is better with a monogram! 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, Megan! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  24. Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines says:

    These are so cute! Stopping by from Ducks n a Row~ Have a Great Week! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks for popping over, Lynn! I just checked out your Island Chicken recipe–it looks amazing! Perfect for summer. Hope you have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  25. These are so cute! I love your technique!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Bethany! It really was super simple! Hope you are having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  26. These are so sweet! Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Rebecca! I’m so glad you stopped by. Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  27. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    So cute! And what a great idea~!Thanks for sharing on Project Inspire{d}…Pinned! 🙂
    Nancy

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, friend! You are the best! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  28. rainonatinroof01 says:

    Abby – you keep outdoing yourself!!! I love these! So adorable! I love anything with a monogram and even more if its for a baby! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday! Love having you party with us!! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Jenna! I agree–monogram everything, I say! 🙂 Thank YOU for hosting such a fun party! Hope you’re having an awesome week!

      ~Abby =)

  29. Super cute onesies! Congrats on being featured on Inspire Me Please tonight. You totally deserve it!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Awww, thanks so much Nicki! They were fun to make. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  30. These turned out beautifully!! I LOVE monograms, and they’re so cute on onesies!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Chaney! I’m a big monogram fan too! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  31. Christine says:

    Totally CUTE CUTE CUTE Abby!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality last week! Can’t wait to see what you share tomorrow evening!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Christine! “See” you at your place tonight!

      ~Abby =)

  32. I am going to be featuring these in like 10 minutes at my link party! Thanks again for linking up!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, friend! You’re the best! Hope your week is going well!

      ~Abby =)

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  39. These are so super adorable!! What a great idea for twins! Pinned 🙂

  40. So glad I ran across this diy project because I’m too cheap to buy a machine that will cut it for me so I do a lot by hand. What font did you use on this project?

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