With Memorial Day and the 4th Of July coming up, I figured AJ needed a few patriotic onesies to help celebrate the holidays. I made two super cute red, white, and blue designs, and I think they look so adorable! I’m going to share the tutorial for making these patriotic 4th of July onesies, but if you’d rather not make one yourself, you can find the Born In The USA onesies and American Flag Heart onesies in my Etsy shop!
DIY Patriotic 4th Of July Onesies
- 10 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
- 10 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 20 minutes (total project time)
- Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Portrait, or Cricut Explore Air (or an X-Acto knife if you have steady hands!)
- a fun patriotic graphic or design
- a heat press (or an iron, ironing board, and clean dish towel)
- weeding tool
- red glittery heat transfer vinyl
- silver glittery heat transfer vinyl
- blue glittery heat transfer vinyl
- black matte heat transfer vinyl
- a plain white onesie
If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl before, I shared a super detailed, step by step tutorial on how to use heat transfer vinyl; I suggest you read through that before we get started! But don’t worry, it’s very simple to use heat transfer vinyl to make a baby onesie!
Start by designing your onesie. I used the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software to create my two designs, but you can use whatever program fits your needs.
Once you have the design looking the way you want it, it’s time to cut it out! Remember to mirror the image before cutting it out so that it appears correctly on your finished onesie.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut these designs out, and the only slightly tricky piece was that my designs used three colors rather than just one. When making a design with multiple colors, separate out the pieces of your design and then group them by color. For example, in the heart onesie, the only blue in the whole design was the upper left lobe of the heart. I took that portion of the design, separated it from the other pieces, loaded a sheet of blue vinyl into my Cameo, and told it to cut out the design. Then I grouped the silver stripes together and cut them in one batch from a sheet of silver, then did the same for the red stripes.
Once your design is cut, weed away any extra heat transfer material, leaving only the pieces you want to show on your finished onesie.
Pick one color and flip the design over so that the plastic backing is on top and the words or graphics read correctly from left to right, and position it on your onesie.
Place the onesie and design on your heat press and press down for 10 to 15 seconds. The instructions for my vinyl say to press at 320 degrees F for 15 seconds, but follow the instructions that come with your specific brand of vinyl to make sure it adheres super well. If you don’t have a heat press, you can place a clean dish towel over the design and press down with a hot iron for 30-45 seconds.
Carefully peel away the plastic backing.
Repeat the pressing process for each additional color in your design, making sure the colors on your onesie line up correctly. Once you peel the plastic backing off of the final color, you’re done!
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