Pending the arrival of our little boy, I made a DIY crib set a few weeks ago, and today I finally finished this really easy DIY appliqué layette set. Most of my time invested in this project was spent cutting out letters - I do have an embroidery machine and could have appliquéd these that way but I didn't have a font i really liked, or an embroidery hoop big enough for the layette and wasn't willing to invest in those things JUST for this project.
I purchased the blank layette, hat, and burp cloth from ARB Blanks (they also come in other colors) and everything was cheap and AMAZING quality! Ive purchased from them a few times before when making Big Sister shirts or Birthday shirts for my girls. They also ship super fast.
*Just an FYI: In my haste to make this set I didn't take pictures of the entire process, lol. Sorry about that, but I did include incredibly easy (but very detailed) instructions below.
- Clothing items of your choice
- Fabric in various patterns / colors
- Heat N Bond Lite
- Scissors and x-acto knife (if needed)
- Pencil or fabric marker/pen
- Letter stencils
*I printed my own letters using a font called Hiragino Kaku Gothic Stdn that is already loaded onto my Mac Pro. I used 500-700 pt. lettering on a 8.5x11" sheet of card stock (for stability) then cut them out.
- Grab clothing item(s) of your choice as well as any fabrics being used.
- Wash and dry clothes & fabrics on gentle/delicate cycles, then iron them to remove any wrinkles.
- Place your washed & ironed fabrics print side down (with backside facing you) on a table or ironing board. Iron an equally sized piece of Heat N Bond Lite to each fabric piece (glue side down against your fabric, with paper side facing you) until they are well bonded.
- Place your letter stencils on the paper side of the HNBL you've applied to your fabrics and trace around them with pencil or pen. Cut out using scissors - you may need an X-acto knife for getting inside tight corners or letters (like a lowercase "e" or a "B").
- Once you've cut out your letters, you may remove the paper backing from the fabrics.
- Arrange the letters on your clothing items. Make sure everything is smooth, wrinkle-free, and straight before continuing.
- Apply your iron (medium-high heat for cottons, no steam) ontop of the lettering to bond them to your clothing. If you've got any edges sticking up or not bonded when finished, go back and try to get those pieces.
Remember to continue washing / drying these items on the gentle or delicate cycles to ensure they last a long time :)