Appliqued Onesies

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts


(Top – Life is a Beach; Bottom Left – Walk in My Garden; Bottom Right – Home Accents)

Appliqued onesies are one of my very favorite gifts to give friends having babies. They’re easy to make (especially if you have a Cricut) and sooo darling. Design possibilities are endless with all the Cricut cartridges, but you can make adorable appliqued onesies even if you don’t have a Cricut.

1. prewash onesies (or whatever you’re working with)

2. select design and fabric

appliqued onesies

3. cut design out of paper first to determine appropriate size

4. cut a square/rectangular piece of Heat’N’Bond big enough for your design and adhere it to the back of your fabric

5. cut the fabric along the edge of the Heat’N’Bond

6. place on the Cricut cutting mat

appliqued onesies

7. set pressure to 5 and speed to 1 and CUT

appliqued onesies

8. peel off paper backing, position on the onesie, and press to adhere

appliqued onesies

9. edgestitch around the whole design in contrasting thread color


The whole process probably takes 15-20 minutes and I love making these, especially with the Cricut. It’s so much easier to cut out the designs with the Cricut than doing it by hand – the fact that you can use it for sewing and scrapbooking makes it an even more fabulous machine! I just wish Cricut would come out with some more boy cartridges – bugs, rockets/spaceships/outerspace stuff, monsters, dinosaurs, etc. I’m hoping something like that is coming soon…

Please let me know if you have any questions about the process, and make some of these for your pregnant friends – they’ll love them!

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{photos taken with a Canon Rebel XSi}


1 Annette W July 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

You have me so wanting a Cricut. Using it once a month at our church’s craft night isn’t enough. A friend brings hers to share! Sweet, but I want one too!

2 Adele July 29, 2009 at 9:10 am

Hmm… One more reason why I should get a Cricut… These are absolutely adorable onesies!!

3 Baba July 29, 2009 at 9:11 am

I agree with Annette! I want a Cricut too! You make it look so easy to use and I can’t wait to have my sewing room back up in The Stone House.

4 Sue D July 29, 2009 at 9:24 am

These will make wonderful uniques gifts! I have stamped on onesies –these appliqued ones are so cute and the Cricut makes it so easy. I would have to borrow a Cricut though.

5 Jennifer Hamitlon July 29, 2009 at 9:36 am

You do make it look so easy!! You should consider selling these on Etsy!!

6 erin July 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

I have a Cricut, but I never realized you could do this with them! My SIL is having a baby in the next few weeks, so I think I will whip some up for her. What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

7 Night Owl Mama July 29, 2009 at 9:57 am

wish I knew about sewing this is tooo cute

8 Keri July 29, 2009 at 11:24 am

this is so stinkin cute. you think i could do it using the smaller Cricut?

9 Kelsey July 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm

YES! You wouldn’t need the Expressiosn unless you were doing an adult sized something. All of these except for the “Explore” onesie were done with the smaller Cricut machine.

10 Amy Martinez July 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

So cute- I love my Cricut!!!

11 Britt July 30, 2009 at 8:43 am

This is such a cute idea!! I love it! I want to make some for my daughter! Now I just need to get a Cricut…

12 MamaRuck July 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I was just looking up on how to applique onesies. I never thought of using the cricut machine. My friend has one. We may have to have an applique party!

13 liz memmott August 2, 2009 at 7:11 am

Those are so cute.. what a good idea for a baby shower gift

14 Dana August 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

These are great! I want a cricut sooo bad..but it is not in our budget at this time. However, I do love seeing great ideas such as this one. Too cute! Thanks!!

15 Erika S August 3, 2009 at 10:55 am

OM gosh! Super cute! I wish I had a cricut. I have the Silhoutte but I don’t think it cuts fabric :(

16 ameliorateme September 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Did you do this on your sewing machine? A onesie cannot even fit to be sewn in mine!

17 Kelsey September 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Yes I did. I have an old Bernina and it is a tight fit, but it works!

18 Deborah December 30, 2009 at 11:29 am

You are so lucky to have a Cricut and so cleaver about using it for appliques! I love the look of these!

19 adria April 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Which cricut machine do you recommend for making appliques? I want to get the most bang for my buck (want to use it to scrapbook, sewing, quilting). Thanks!!!

20 Kelsey April 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I’ve had both the regular Cricut and Cricut Expressions, and the big one (Expressions) is sooo much better for applique. I like to do wall decor, etc. so the big one is the best. I’d get that one!

21 pregokelley April 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

how would you do this with out the Cricut machine? I’d love to applique, but i’m not sure i want to start by buying a new gaget.

22 Kelsey May 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

The only thing I use the Cricut for is to cut out the design. You can find templates in other places or draw freehand what you want to use.

23 Kimberly R June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

How cute are these – I have a baby shower coming up next month – going to have to get to work on a couple of these – thanks for the idea!

24 Sasha July 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Do you HAVE to sew them on after appliqueing? Or will the applique come off in the wash?

25 Lisa August 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Wow, never thought of using my cricut for this, no more cutting my appliques by hand. Thanks for the tute.

26 Natalie November 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

Even tho it voids your warranty on your cricut, have you ever heard or looked into the SCAL program for your cricut ?? Sir Cuts A Lot.. its cheaper than a cartridge, and gives you COMPLETE freedom to create with your cricut.. i just found it a month ago and am tickled pink all the things im doing with my cricut now !

27 Kathleen Thomas May 27, 2012 at 4:38 am

This is absolutely awesome . . . now I really want a Cricut! I’m planning a onesie baby shower in a couple of months and I would love to have a Cricut for the shower craft project! Thanks for the tutorial.

28 Blossom November 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

Will the applique withstand machine wash or will it come off the onesie?

29 Kelsey Norwood November 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

The applique is stitched on all around the edge so it will not come off.

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