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Make It : Baby Rocker

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When I found out my friends, Will and Alina, were pregnant, I immediately knew what I was going to make for the baby—rock n' roll onesies! Typically parents prefer baby clothes in sweet colors with cartoonish creatures or cutesy patterns, but not all couples are into that. Receiving corny baby stuff is pretty much unavoidable, but having a few awesome rocker onesies in the baby's wardrobe can offset that a bit.

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Sonic Youth

1 Sonic Youth

Nirvana. This was the most difficult -- the font has some very fine stems and serifs.

2 Nirvana. This was the most difficult -- the font has some very fine stems and serifs.

Bad Brains

3 Bad Brains

Black Flag

4 Black Flag

Melvins

5 Melvins

Misfits. Letters were layered -- smaller white felt letters over slightly bigger black fabric letters.

6 Misfits. Letters were layered -- smaller white felt letters over slightly bigger black fabric letters.

Crafting supplies for the baby shower.

7 Crafting supplies for the baby shower.

The guys were eager to decorate.

8 The guys were eager to decorate.

We used Martha Stewart Crafts craft paint (which is permanent on fabric) and Sharpie fabric markers to embellish the onesies.

9 We used Martha Stewart Crafts craft paint (which is permanent on fabric) and Sharpie fabric markers to embellish the onesies.

Stenciling tape helped some of the non-artists draw straight lines!

10 Stenciling tape helped some of the non-artists draw straight lines!

To make each little baby bodysuit, I used Steam-a-Seam, which is a double-faced fusible webbing. You simply peel the protective paper off one side, place it web-side down to the backside of your fabric and iron it in place. You can then trace and cut out any shape, remove the other protective backing paper and iron your design to another piece of fabric.

For the band shirts, I created templates by printing the band logos backwards and taping them to the paper-backed side of the fabric (I used wool felt and thin cotton quilting fabric). I cut each logo out with a sharp scissor and a craft knife when needed. The Steam-a Seam makes the fabric rigid and is perfect for cutting clean lines without fraying. While referencing a printout of each logo for the proper placement of each letter or shape, I peeled the protective paper backing off each cutout piece and placed it on the shirt. With a press cloth I ironed the pieces into place.

Saturday was the baby shower and I brought along a little crafting set up so that everyone could decorate a onesie as well. Sharpie fabric markers and Martha Stewart Crafts paint (which is permanent on fabric) were perfect mediums for creating unique designs at a backyard baby bbq.

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