Noah's Ark Baby Gift Ideas

Give a basket of quick and easy baby items as a gift for the upcoming baby shower. The baby items include an embroidered onesie, burp cloth, baby bib, and receiving blanket featuring the Noah’s Ark by Lesley Grainger #80051 embroidery collection.

This cute and fun collection features appliqué, so pull your stash of threads and fabrics. Decorate and add to the basket anything else a new baby would need. The complete and detailed instructions for the embroidered onesie, burp cloth, baby bib and receiving blanket are included in the embroidery collection.

Embroidering on a baby onesie and fabric choices for baby items

First of all, let’s gather our supplies for embroidering on a baby onesie. You will need a baby onesie, mesh cut away stabilizer, wash away stabilizer, fusible knit interfacing, ballpoint embroidery needles, polyester embroidery threads, temporary spray adhesive, marking pen, double sided fabric tape, Noah’s Ark by Lesley Grainger #80051 embroidery collection, a printout template of the embroidery design used and scrap of fabric for appliqué. The Giraffe 1 appliqué #80051-05 was used on the baby onesie.  

Using temporary spray adhesive, spray between the two pieces of mesh cut away stabilizer. Hoop the two layers. Using the template, mark the center of the stabilizer only. Then, mark the center of the onesie. Turn the onesie inside out. Spray the stabilizer in the hoop with temporary spray adhesive. Line up the center marks with the onesie and hooped stabilizer.

Additional tips for embroidering on a baby onesie

Baste onesie in place if available on embroidery machine. Because the fabric for the onesie is stretchy, use a ballpoint embroidery needle. I also used polyester embroidery threads as they are stronger and colorfast. Colorfast means that when bleached, the thread color remains the same. What mom doesn’t use bleach on their babies white clothes? You don’t want the color to turn grey, which can happen when embroidering with a non-colorfast embroidery thread. Also, after the fabric appliqué tackdown is done, place a piece of wash away over the fabric and onesie for better stitch results. And the most important one, I think, don’t walk away while the embroidery is stitching. Just as soon as I do, then something unexpected happens! I find it is better to stop the machine if I need to be away.  Because the onesie is loose around the hoop - as you see in the above photo - there are too many possibilities for a piece of the onesie to get caught in the needle. 

Embroider the design following the basic appliqué instructions which are included in the Noah’s Ark #80051 embroidery collection. Remove the onesie from hoop and trim stabilizer. Remove wash away stabilizer from front.  

Using a small piece of fusible knit interfacing or other similar product, iron it over the wrong side of the entire embroidered area. The interfacing will keep the embroidery threads and stitches from irritating the baby’s skin. 


Fabric choices for the other baby gift ideas

For the project, I used a baby blue flannel and lined it with a cotton baby printed fabric. The flannel is napped, so when embroidering, it is best to use a wash away over the embroidered stitches. It keeps the stitches from sinking into the fibers of the flannel. For example, for the Burp Cloth, I stitched the Elephant 1 appliqué #80051-28.

After the fabric appliqué tackdown was done, then I placed a piece of wash away over the fabric and burp cloth. Also, I used two pieces of a mid-weight tear away stabilizer behind the flannel. Because the flannel and even the cotton are considered woven fabrics, then a tear away stabilizer should be used. I could have lined the flannel with the same fabric, but I wanted it to be a little bit lighter weight. I also could have just used two pieces of cotton fabric which would have made it even lighter.

There are no rules so have fun with your fabric choices for your items. Also, pick out some fun fabrics for the appliqués.

Here is how mine turned out! Our cute model for the baby onesie is one of OESD's staff member's six month old son. I think he might have a future modeling career!

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