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Tie Dye Baby Onesie and Skirt

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Dress your little one up in some groovy clothes with this adorable Tie Dye Baby Onesie and Skirt from Cindi Bisson!  This is a fun and colorful outfit for a little girl and you won't believe how easy it is to make!  While this is a floral design, you can easily experiment with different tie dye techniques to get the look you want.  Mix and match colors and textiles to create a unique wardrobe that is fun, funky, and colorful!

tie dye baby onesie

Materials:

  • Tulip® Tie-Dye Kit Bright #27378
  • Tulip® Fabric Markers 20 Pack #29355
  • Gerber white cotton onesies
  • White adult t-shirt size small
  • 1/4” Green gross-grain ribbon
  • 1/2” white eyelet trim
  • Cotton balls
  • Fan brush
  • Small bowl
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors
  • Buttons: pink floral, purple round buttons, small round green buttons


Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry baby onesie and t-shirt.
     
  2. Dampen onesie. Mix dyes according to manufacturer instructions. Apply pink dye to cotton ball, apply directly to front of onesie to form 2 flowers.

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  3. Fold cotton ball in half, apply green dye, apply to front of shirt to create stems and leaves.

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  4. Mix small amounts of blue and pink dies in small bowl to create purple dye. Use fan brush to apply dye to onesie to create tulip shape.

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  5. Apply blue dye to cotton ball and sponge onto remaIning areas of onesie.

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  6. To create skirt, dampen white t-shirt. Sponge blue, green and pink dyes randomly onto bottom 1/3 of shirt, allowing some colors to overlap.
     
  7. Measure and cut eyelet trim to fit around bottom of t-shirt bottom. Place into bowl with pink dye and let set for approximately 5 minutes.
     
  8. Allow all dyed pieces to dry for several hours.
     
  9. Rinse in cool water and dry. Wash in normal detergent and dry.

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  10. To embellish onesie, use Tulip Fabric Markers to add accents around flowers, leaves and stems.
     
  11. Use embroidery floss to stitch buttons to centers of flower, and row of green buttons on leaf to create caterpillar. (*Note - be sure to stitch very securely to reduce choking hazard.) Add legs and antennae to caterpillar with fabric marker.

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  12. Cut approximately 5” from bottom of dyed tshirt.
     
  13. Cut small hole in hem of shirt. Run ribbon through hem to create draw string for skirt waist.

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  14. Use embroidery floss to stitch around opening for ribbon to avoid unraveling.
     
  15. Use embroidery floss and straight stitch to sew dyed eyelet to bottom edge of skirt. Leave approximately 2” gap in back center.
     
  16. Measure and cut green ribbon to fit in opening, stitch in place with embroidery floss using straight stitch.
     
  17. Tie bow with green ribbon, stitch in center of green ribbon.

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