I can’t believe that our whale themed baby shower was 2 months ago. Week after week I kept telling my self I would share our Baby Shower Onesie Station and each week it kept slipping by the way-side. After multiple people reaching out to me about how I did our onesie station I figured it was time to share with the world.
The wonderful folks at Cricut sent me a wide variety of Iron-On Vinyl to help make this possible! Gone are the days of puffy painted onesies. Let’s get real–who really puts their kid in the puffy paint onesies that Aunt Sally made at your shower? I’ve had multiple friends have them done at their baby showers and they are lucky to have maybe 5 onesies that they actually like and dress their baby in. That’s when it occurred to me to do an iron-on onesie station. I would still have a lot of control on what was going on the onesies yet everyone could still “make them”. It was a win-win. And yes, if you haven’t realized yet–I’m a bit of a control freak.
First up, I dyed my onesies. We had 30 people attending and I had 35 onesies available so at least everyone could make one. Not everyone made one, some made a few, others didn’t make any. I chose to make blue, green, yellow, and turquoise onesies. I tried for red but it came out a deep pink, so I just saved those onesies for my friends who are expecting girls! I spent about a week working on dying onesies in batches. About one color a day. I also had one package of white onesies for those who like the traditional onesie color.
Tips when working with dye:
- Make sure you wear gloves.
- Make sure you cover your work surface with towels/newspaper so that the surface is not dyed as well. In this case it was my brand new butcher block countertops.
- I used a scrap piece of wood as my stirring stick. You can also use a paint stick from the hardware store.
- Make sure you don’t just throw the onesies in the dye. Take the time to unfold each of them–if not they will be splotchy even after soaking for 20+ minutes.
- Wash the onesies after you have dyed them. Don’t worry about washing in baby detergent since you’ll want to wash them again before they go on the baby (all those germs from your guest–doesn’t mix well).
I also did a few dip dyed in each color. Those took longer because I physically had to stand there and hold the onesies in the bucket. Was it worth it… yes! I love how the dip dyed ones turned out. I’m sure Jon could have figured out a contraption for me, but it wasn’t worth him spending any additional time on my project. [Continue reading]