December 18, 2011

Backpack for Baby

ETA: I used HP Iron-on Transfers for Colored fabrics. I have also used Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers. I specifically use the transfers for dark t-shirts (regardless of the color of fabric I’m using) because the images are applied “face up” so I don’t have to worry about images being reversed. I die cut the shapes and then stamped them w/die ink. Permanent ink is not necessary because ink jet printer ink isn’t waterproof. It can be kind of tricky/tedious to separate the transfer from the backing. I used an exacto-type knife to very, very carefully start the separation process.
     A friend of the family recently had a baby boy. I decided to take the opportunity to make one of my favorite things, onesies! This time I made a now and later gift. I made 3 onesies for now and two more “grown up” t-shirts for later. A side note: the “jack” on the bag looks a little funny because of the bag’s texture (I think).
     For the name, I use PTI’s alphabet die and used a large solid stamp (the wool from PTI’s My Punny Valentine) to color the letters. In order to get good coverage, I had to stamp the letters twice.
     Here is the whole ensemble.

     I got the backpack for $1 at Mike’s.j5

     I bought the t-shirts and onesies at Wal-Mart. I washed them without any detergent or fabric softener and dried them without any drier sheets (per transfer paper instructions).j4

     For the onesies, I used fabric glue to secure the ribbon to the giraffe’s neck. I used Fray Check on the ends of the ribbon to make sure they wouldn’t fray.j3

     And here is everything in the backpack and ready to give.j1

Stamps: PTI Sweet Baby
Ink: Memento Lady Bug, Pear Tart, Tangelo, Danube Blue
Other: Unknown White ribbon; PTI alphabet dies and coordinating dies for Sweet Baby; Dark t-shirt transfer paper

Thanks for stopping by. I know it has been eons since I last posted, which brings me to my graceful out that there is a reason my blog is entitled as it is.

I hope you have a magnificent and magical holiday season!


  1. These are absolutely fabulous!!
    I've never tried the onesies...
    I've wanted to and these are perfect examples of why I want to! :)
    A perfect set for these too!

  2. Kate - lovely to see you about! And well worth it too. These are so cute, bright, cheeful - brilliant!

  3. Hi Kate! what a great baby project and gift! love the bright colors and personalization!

  4. Great baby gift! Love the colors. Yes, I have missed you and every time I remind myself that you are the sporadic stamper!LOL Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  5. Kate this is an adorable gift, the colors are so vibrant on your fabric :) So glad to see you in blogland, I was missing you!

  6. These onsies are to cute. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the type of transfer paper you used. I am assuming you die cut the image, stamped it, then ironed it onto the onsie. I would love to try some of these for some friends having babies soon. I don't know how I stumbled onto your blog, but I am so glad I did.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing the information. I really appreciate it. Sara



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