Thursday, September 4, 2008

baby hangers and appliqued onesies



Baby Week continues with the most adorable baby hangers and something to hang on them! Why just give a personalized appliqued onesie when you can give it on a matching hanger? That's right--you wouldn't. So we've got the goods on both these easy baby gifts so you can keep making gift-giving fun. Not simple, but definitely fun. Who needs simple anyway? I'm all about elaborate and over-the-top.

Baby Hanger Tutorial (we found the original idea in this book)

What you'll need:














*Wooden baby hanger (link to Web site!)
*Patterned paper in 12x12 size
*Scissors
*Pencil
*Coordinating acrylic paint
*2 foam brushes
*Matte Mod Podge or other decoupage
*Brayer or bone folder (optional)
*Sanding block or sandpaper
*Coordinating ribbon

Okay, let's get started!

1. Start by tracing each side of the body of the hanger on the FRONT of the patterned paper (the photo shows it traced on the back, but this will make your paper backwards, and it may not fit correctly). Cut them out.






































2. Next, lightly sand the top and underside of the hanger. Then paint the top, bottom, and most of the sides of the hanger with your acrylic paint.

























3. With a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on one side of the hanger. Lay the patterned paper on top and position it to match the hanger. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles with a brayer, a bone folder, or the side of your hand.



























4. Trim any excess paper with scissors or an Exacto knife.
















5. With your sanding block, sand the edges of the paper in a downward-angled motion, away from the paper. Sand until the paper "becomes one" with the hanger. It's okay if some of the paper's pattern and the paint get sanded off. It lends to the "shabby chic" look.


























6. Now brush a moderate layer of Mod Podge over the entire hanger. Watch your brush strokes--they will show after it dries. Be sure to spread out any thick or globby areas. This layer seals the paper and gives the hanger a finished look. Allow to air dry 15-20 minutes.


























7. Tie a bow on the top of the hanger with coordinating ribbon and trim ends. Use Fray Check if necessary to prevent fraying. Hang an outfit on it for the perfect baby gift!






Now for the hanging item! These onesies were made by simplly zig-zag stitching simple shapes on a plain onesie. You could also use a blanket stitch. Think hearts, stars, squares, birds, simple animals, block letters--get creative! Check out the adorable matching hat Stacy made to go with this onesie. She found the pattern in this book.






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33 Responses to “baby hangers and appliqued onesies”

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love this hanger idea! I'll be linking to this.

Tonia said...

Such cute ideas! I have given a shout out to this post on my blog.

Shannon said...

Ok, why didn't I know you guys were so crafty? I love your cute ideas. You guys are so talented.
-Shannon Wright

laura said...

Oh my gosh, what a great idea!! Thanks for the tutorial.

What Katy Did said...

Hi, thanks so much for vising my blog, i love your blog and have featured you on my post today, will defiantly be back, am going to make some cute onesies tonight (will put up photos tomorrow on my blog) and plan on making the Nursing cover too, and a few coat hangers. Thankyou so much for sharing your wisdom!

torinem said...

I love the onesies. I have been wanting to do this for my little one!

Jill said...

I love your hangers - I just bought a set of wooden child-size hangers at ikea and can't to try this out!

Delilah H. said...

LOVE the hanger idea! So cute! Why didn't I think of that one?

Sarah S said...

Darling tutorial!! I would love to try that - you made it look easy.

Barbara Brown said...

i just found out a longtime girlfriend of mine is pregnant. i am definatly making the hangers. thank you for all of the great ideas, the timing couldn't be more perfect.

Barbara Brown said...

oh ya i am linking the hanger idea also.

Christi said...

Such a cute idea! I am trying this one very soon.

annalee said...

SO STINKIN'CUTE!!!

Connie said...

THese are so cute. i wish that I was this creative.

Bunny B said...

Ooo... great idea! Thanks for the pictured tutorial! Awesome :)

Sarah said...

this is the cutest blog :D love it!!!

Sarah said...

k and now i am linking you to my blog-- you have all the tutorials i have been looking for for months!!!! thank you!!!

Kathleen said...

Those are such wonderful ideas. Thank you so much! I see tons of possibilities for those hangers.

AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

I absolutely love the hangers!!
Thanks for sharing!

Angie
www.nanasboxnonprofit.blogspot.com

Christa McAuliffe said...

These onesies and hangers are adorable! I'm linking to you

Penelope said...

Great tutorial! I have a baby shower to go to next week and I just might have to use this! Thanks!

The Cascio Whirlwind said...

I love these hangers! What a cute and easy idea!

Faith said...

I am loving the onesies. I might have to try making matching ones for my 4 kids.

sweetiepie said...

Very cute ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Somer said...

How cute! What a great way to personalize a baby shower gift.

Mom of 3 Peas said...

Amazing idea - thanks for the tips.

Adrian and Danell said...

What a great idea for hangers! O love it!

Sitton said...

Those little onsies are so cute!

Maddie Dean Photography said...

What a fun shower idea - only wish I had seen this a few weeks ago since I am hosting a baby shower in 4 days! Could you share where to get the hangers? I've tried google, but not having much luck!

Thanks!
Sarah

Helen said...

These are so cute - I've been making my own baby stuff for years and I never thought of this!

Sarah said...

What a great idea!

Tracey said...

Now what a stinkin cute idea!! I noticed on my latest trip to Hobby Lobby they seem to have coordinating fabric and scrap book paper! Wouldn't that make a nice set with the appliqued baby onesie!? I have baby showers coming up! Thanks for the idea!

Hugs!
Tracey

MSBABY said...

Any time you would like to do a guest blog post on baby crafts on my site, please drop me a line! My moms would love to see tutorials on items like these!

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