Tutus and Tea Parties: DIY Necklace Top Onesie or Shirt

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY Necklace Top Onesie or Shirt

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These are pretty popular around the holidays in my Etsy shop. Today I am going to show you how I make them! How exciting! It's really not that difficult, but it dose take some practice to get them pretty consistent like I need for my shop. If you're only making a few for friends & family, then they can be as different as you'd like!

Onto the tutorial:

::You will need::
  • a onesie or top {I prefer white since all paint colors show well with one coat on it}
  • an iron
  • fabric paint {or acrylic paint works too - it's cheaper and has more colors, but you need an extra step at the end to set it}
  • a pencil with an eraser
  • a small paint brush
  • cardboard {or an old card that will cover the area}
  • cardstock or other heavy-ish paper
  • a plate or something flat to put your paint on

::Here goes::

Pre-wash your clothing before painting on it. This will prevent the paint from getting all wierd if the onesie/top shrinks a little.

Iron your onesie, then fold it in half and iron to form a crease {this will help you keep it centered}

Put a piece of cardboard between the onesie/shirt so the paint won't bleed through.{I used an old card} I've said a few words before for forgetting this step!

First we will paint the longest chain on the onesie. You can make it the fat or skinny dots, but I always do the fat dots on the bottom. The eraser will be your "stamper" for the fat dots. You don't want to use too much paint or too little. When you stamp it on the onesie, you want it to leave a full paint dot without leaving a point from too much paint. You may want to take some scrap fabric and try it out a few times to see what the right amount is.

I used a piece of cardstock to make sort of an outline of the bottom curve of the necklace. I freehanded it depending on the size of the shirt.

I start at the middle where the crease is and work a few on each side all the way up.

Next it's on to the skinny dots right above this chain we just made. I use the tip of the small paintbrush for these and kind of eyeball where to make them. Just remember at the top of each shoulder you want them to meet.

Continue again with the fat, then skinny dots to make four chains. {you don't have to though, you can make as many or as little as you want}

I like to put an accent color on the beads sometimes and for that I use the skinny paint brush tip on the bottom fat dots only. {do what you want with it for yourself}

Once you are done painting, let it dry overnight{or read the instructions on your paint bottle for drying time}. Once dry you have two options:: 1} place a cloth over the painted area and iron over it to heat set it or 2} throw it in the dryer to heat set it. I do both to be on the safe side! {if using fabric paint you may not have to do this - read the instructions - I do it anyway}

Add a flower pin to it and you're done! {you can certainly skip the flower if you want} I make it as a pin so it is easy to throw in the wash. Speaking of washing it, make sure you wash it inside out. I have put it in the dryer and they held up pretty darn well if you ask me. I advise a low heat setting though.

Now you have a unique necklace onesie or top! Not too bad once you get the hang of it. These make great gifts and are cute for holidays and birthdays! I have made one for just about every holiday for Bug!

4th of July
St. Patrick's Day

For the tutorial on how to make the satin flower pin click here.


  1. what a cute idea for a baby girl. I have boys but that is just adorable! Great tutorial too!

  2. Great idea! Awesome tutorial too, love the detail. =)


  3. eeeek!!!!
    These are soooo cute!
    I must say you have a steady hand to make ALL THOSE "pearls" in paint and make them look flawless!

    I love this!
    Might have to make one for my new niece! LOVE IT.

    Des, Mano y Metal

  4. So cute! I was wondering how you made those. Thanks for sharing. p.s I love your ETSY shop;)

  5. Thank you! I am so glad to share this with you all. :) I have not been making them much since I moved away from the store I buy all my supplies at. :(

  6. Just found your tutorial through http://brandyscrafts.blogspot.com/ how cute those are. I would love to see you do a flower tutorial as well. Thanks for this one.

  7. Awww, how cute! I'd love to make one for my baby, but I'll have to become pregnant first *lol*...

  8. Really cute! Thanks for your instructions too--totally going to try this tomorrow :)

  9. If you make one I'd love to see how it comes out! You can email or post it on my FB wall {or join my Flickr Group and share}. :)

    My camera has been a pain in the butt lately but I am going to try to get the flower tutorial up soon!

  10. Oh my gosh, thank you for this!! I'll def be making one ... Or two or three...for my baby girl due in May!! Did you end up posting the flower tutorial? Thank you SO much for this!!!

  11. Congrats Mini. I'd love for you to share if you make one!

    I just posted the flower tutorial here:

  12. Such a cute project! I love the idea of baby bling!!

  13. These are great! I thought they were cute and saved the idea and now that my sister is pregnant with a girl I got the chance to make four and they look wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Oh yay! I'm so happy to hear that! I would just love it if you shared how they came out. :) Feel free to email me or post a photo on my FB page {http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tutus-Tea-Parties/142834599102143}

      So happy you got to make some! :)

  14. SOOO cute! I'm going to make one for my friend's baby shower this weekend! I'm going to try using velcro for the flower, though, so I won't have to worry about baby getting poked. :)

    1. That's a great idea about the flower! I'd love to see it when you are finished! :)

  15. What a great idea. Really adorable and executed beautifully. My little one is out of the onesie stage but she loves to accessorize...I might have to try this with a toddler tee shirt. Happily pinning!

  16. Thank you SOOO much!! I'm going to make my daughters matching tops for Independence Day - cute, cheap, and easy, which is my favorite kind of carft, lol!! Thanks again-


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