Thursday, March 1, 2012

Little Pi Guy Nerdy Baby Onesie - Free Applique and Stencil Pattern included

As promised yesterday, here is baby #4's second Pi-Day outfit.  I'd only planned on making him one, but when I thought of "Little Pi Guy" the rhyme just sounded so cute, I had to go for it.  And I can't wait to see our little guy wearing this...

I decided to use a combination of applique and freezer paper stenciling.  As much as I love freezer paper stenciling, I also love the added dimension and texture that applique adds...especially if I'm trying to make a coordinating outfit.  Besides, in this case, the onesie I started with had a small design on it that needed to be covered.

In this case, I made the little cuffed pants and used some extra scraps to make the Pi-symbol match.  (I'll be sharing the pattern for the cuffed pants soon...but I need to try them on a newborn first to make sure the sizing really is correct.

I love the little pocket on the bum...

The "Little" and "Guy" are so small it would have been impractical to try to applique them, so I used freezer paper stenciling for those.

Here are a few more pictures of how I did it...
I started out by printing the design onto freezer paper and cutting it out with a razor blade.  (You can click here to download the free printable graphic.)   or here is a resizable jpeg version.  (Right click on the image and you should have the option to save the image.)
I didn't really need to cut out the Pi symbol, but since I needed to make sure it covered the design already on the onesie, I figured that would be easier if I could see through it.
I checked double checked the Pi I'd cut out of fabric was the right size.

I did the freezer paper stenciling first because the letters were so small and close to where the applique needed to go, that I was afraid the applique would interfere with the freezer paper sealing well to the fabric.  My collection of fabric paint is quite limited, so I used regular acrylic craft paint for this, and it worked fine.  (For more details about how to do freezer paper stenciling, you can see my last post here.)

Then once the paint had dried thoroughly, I added the applique.  Since I was using knit fabric (from a thrifted shirt) for the applique, I used Heat'n Bond as an adhesive and then sewed around the edge with a straight stitch.  (If you're using woven fabric, then you'd want to use a zigzag or satin stitch.)  For more details about how to applique, you can see my tutorial here.

And after making the Pi onesies, I found the perfect orange sweatshirt at Goodwill for $1.

I did the sweatshirt by removing the cute, but totally typical little bear tag, and making a tiny pi freezer paper stencil.

I think it coordinates well with both onesies...

...and in case you missed yesterday's post with the pattern for this Fresh Baked Pi Onesie, you can get it here.

And if you love math enough to consider making a Little Pi Guy Onesie for your little one, you'll definitely want to enter my current giveaway for a Pi Necklace from Boutique Academia.  The giveaway is open until March 18th at 12:00am.

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  1. So cute! What a stylin' little guy he will be!

  2. You are so crafty! I'm super impressed.

  3. Wow! I am so impressed with your creativity. Lovely onesie! Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.

  4. Those are seriously cute. It's a toss up of which one I like more! Very clever.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to Point of View!


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