In this project I'll cover
*copying a pre-made onesie to make your pattern
*creating a unique design with fabric paint
*making your own bias tape
*putting it all together
*1/2 - 1 yard fabric for garment depending on your babies size
*1/2 yard fabric for bias tape, preferably 100% cotton
*small bit of tulle netting
*1 piece of printer paper
* fabric paint
Step 1: Creating the Onesie
My example onesie has pointed overlapping flaps at the shoulders instead of a straight seam, I chose to just cut straight across because my purple fabric was not long enough, but if you want to copy this feature: measure how far the wing extends past where the garment naturally folds (the shoulder seam). continue your side seam that distance and simply curve your line back to meet the neck curve, just like you would do when copying the crotch of pants. This your way you do not have to awkwardly move the garment to trace the design feature.
Trace the sleeves on the fold, twice, just as you did for the front and back pieces
Unfold you two large cut fabric pieces and pick the front piece. Lay your cut fabric under your onesie front side down. Trace the deeper neckline and the shorter bottom flap of the front. Now, as you are going to put bias tape on the bottom and neck edges, cut right along the edge of your pattern onesie at these spots, but for the side and shoulder seams leave at least 1/3" of seam allowance.
Step 2: Adding the design
Take a piece of tulle netting and a permanent marker. Laying the netting on your image trace it with the permanent marker. Now lay the tulle on the fabric and trace the marker with tailor's chalk or any fabric marking tool.
I then painted over the chalk lines with black fabric paint. Let dry for AT LEAST 4 hours! Then come back and paint the rest of your colors in. Let dry at least 4 hours, overnight is best.
Step 3: Bias tape
Measure 1" strips for 1/4" tape and sew the strips together by alternating the diagonal cuts, you want the cut ends to overlap in a V. Place right sides of fabric together there is also a good tutorial here for the continual spiral technique (http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/free_how_to_make_bias_tape.html).
Fold your bias tape in thirds and press. Or!! (the following technique I didn't learn about until after I made my tape)
To fold and iron the strips, if you do not have the nifty little tool. Place a long needle on your ironing board so that it pierces the fabric in two places. The space in the middle will be the width of your single fold bias tape. Fold your fabric and pull it under the needle and under your iron. Continually pressing the fabric as you pull it through.
For double folded, fold in half and press again.
Step 4: Sewing the Bias Tape
To cheat you simply plop the fabric in the middle of the double folded tape, pin securely and sew close to the edge. Check the back side to make sure you caught both sides of the tape! If you miss a spot, just rip that section and re-sew.
I sewed my bias on before sewing any other seams and I like the edges to be encased.
Step 5: Seams
Step 6: Finishing touches
Add snaps, either sewn or pointy prong style to bottom flaps and voila! A completely one of a kind Thanksgiving outfit!