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Fox/Bear/Raccoon DIY Stenciled Onesies (…with tails on the back!)

Oh boy, oh boy…..do I have a fun BOY PROJECT for you today!!!  (Okay, okay, this could work for either gender….but we’re going to call it a “boy project” since I’m having a baby boy in a couple months and frankly, boy projects are a little less common in the big vast blog land!)

But oh gosh guys, these are the sweetest little Fox/Bear/Raccoon DIY Stenciled Onesies….that are also so fun to make!  As I was creating the templates on my computer and then started adding the paint to bring them to life, I couldn’t stop gushing over these cute woodland creatures.  It got me all excited for this little guy to hurry and finish baking inside my belly and meet the world!

But the BEST PART?!  The bum of each onesie!!!  I can’t be alone in this…..but little diapered baby bums are kind of my favorite!  Especially newborn bums that sit entirely in your hand (or the bend of your elbow) as that little baby lays on your chest, snuggled into your neck.  And that’s why I had to add a little something to the bum of these onesies.

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Ha!  Didn’t those turn out fun?!  (A bear tail is more or less a circle, which seemed kinda boring, so I added words to that one instead of a tail!)

 

But, I must confess, these onesies will have to be re-made for my little buddy….because I gave this first set away to a sweet friend who lives here in Oklahoma, who is having her very first baby.  I joined a few friends and helped throw her a baby shower, and had so much fun thinking about ALL THINGS BOY!

The onesies work great as a baby gift (if you don’t have a baby of your own), but also make great decor for a baby shower.  I hung each of the onesies (along with some jeans, plaid shirt, and suspenders) from some twine, and hung it across my mantel.  Once the shower was over…..the decor was sent home with her, as a baby gift!  Perfect!

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These stencils can be added to Tshirts too, not just onesies.  (And would even be fun on a canvas for some wall art.)  The paint I used is non-toxic and washes/dries well….even though after time, it will fade just a bit (but not enough to really notice or care).

My original favorite was the fox!  (Just think about that little tail peeking out from a pair of paints too.  How funny, right?)

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But then I made this raccoon and decided he tied for first!  (Again….that tail! Aggh!)

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But then because I feel like I have to make things in groups of odd numbers, I made this little bear to complete the set…..and love him just as much!  Especially the little BEAR BUM on the back! :)

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So much fun to make for your own baby…..but possibly even more fun to give away!

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And then because I couldn’t resist, I matched them up with some of the clothes.  Perfect with suspenders, right??

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Or how about this plaid shirt?!  Equally cute!

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Okay, I could gush over baby clothes All. Day. Long.  So I better stop!

Anyway, would you like to make some of these Woodland Creature Onesies too??

Great!  Let me show you how…

 

SUPPLIES for Stenciled Onesies:

 

To make the Fox Onesie, print off the template from above and then you can either trace around the top shape (which includes the “SLY FOX” lettering) and then use an Exacto knife to cut it out (HERE’S an example of that technique)……OR, if you have a Silhouette Craft Cutter, you can load the file into your Silhouette program and use the trace tool to trace around the shape and then have it cut out.  (I used my Silhouette this time but I have used both techniques.)

Then iron the freezer paper stencil (glossy side down) onto your onesie.  Apply orange acrylic paint within the stencil boundaries with a sponge brush.  As you’re painting, just blot the brush onto the fabric in an up-and-down motion rather than puling it across the fabric, so you don’t stretch the fabric or pull the stencil off the fabric.  (Also, be sure to place a piece of cardboard or something between the onesie layers, so the paint doesn’t leak through.)

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Let the orange paint dry completely.  (I use a hairdryer to speed things up.)

Now, cut out the stencil for the inner shape of the fox’s face, from the file above, and iron it down on the inside of the fox head. (The freezer paper doesn’t iron down quite as easy onto the paint…but just do the best you can.  If it will only iron down partially or not at all, just hold the stencil in place while blotting the paint down with the sponge brush.)

Then use a very light orange (I mixed my orange with white to create a light orange I liked) and then blot it on top of the darker orange along the bottom half of the fox face.

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Do the same with some brown paint, within the ear shapes.

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Now, peel the outer freezer paper from the fabric…

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…as well as the smaller piece of freezer paper.

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Use a small paint brush and add a little triangle nose and 2 small eyes (and a mouth).

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Once the paint is dry, place a thin layer of fabric on top of the paint, and then press with a hot iron….to help set the paint.

Here’s the fox, all complete!  How cute is he?!?!

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Now, the tail is optional….but why not add it?  It’s just too cute!

Cut out the tail stencil from the file above, iron it down onto the back of the onesie, and then blot your orange paint onto the fabric, within the stencil boundaries.

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Once the orange is dry, use a small paintbrush and create a little dark brown tip for the tail.

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Peel the freezer paper off…..and your tail is done!!!  (Just heat set with an iron, just like you did with the front of the onesie.)

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To create the raccoon, print off the file from the supply list above.  Iron it down the same way as you did with the fox, and add your grey paint.  Then, once the paint has dried, add the inner stencil pieces and try your best to iron it down.

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Then, add dark grey paint to the inside of the inner stencils.  Peel off the freezer paper, let dry, and then add eyes, nose, and a mouth.

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Once the paint is dry, place a thin layer of fabric on top of the paint, and then press with a hot iron….to help set the paint.

Here’s that cute little raccoon, all complete! :)

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For the tail, do the same as the fox tail above.  Paint the entire thing with the lighter grey, let dry, and then blot down some stripes with the darker grey paint.  Peel off the freezer paper…and that’s it! (Just heat set with an iron, just like you did with the front of the onesie.)

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To create the bear, print off the file from the supply list above.  Iron it down the same way as you did with the fox and raccoon, and add your brown paint.  Then, once the paint has dried, add the inner stencil pieces and try your best to iron it down.  Add light brown paint to create the inner ear and muzzle.

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Peel off all the freezer paper and then add your eyes, nose, and mouth with black paint.

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Once the paint is dry, place a thin layer of fabric on top of the paint, and then press with a hot iron….to help set the paint.

And your bear is done!! :)

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Instead of a bear tail (which I thought would be a little boring, since it would just be a circle), I created the words BEAR BUM with a little heart! :)  Iron down the stencil piece and add your paint, just like the steps above.  (Don’t forget to heat set with an iron, just like you did with the front of the onesie.)

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Now your Fox, Raccoon, and Bear onesies are ready to be worn by your favorite little one! :)

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. laila says:

    do you know how to make onesies for bigger kids? if you can please let me know :)

  2. leslie Cernocky says:

    Thank you for the idea and the templates. I was looking for cute onsies ideas and your blog came up in my search. I made a version of 2 of them with heat transfer vinyl the bear (mine was in pink) and the racoon for my new granddaughter today. I haven’t tried fabric paints yet – you make it sound easy.

  3. CreativeYou says:

    How cute is this? We really loved this babydress, it’s adorable. We have written about this in our blog creativeyou.se :)

  4. Trina Lake says:

    Oh my word! That fox one caught my eye straight away, it’s adorable! I’m definitely saving this to use for my sister when she has kids, she’s fox-mad! Might have to try that contact paper idea, we can’t get good freezer paper in New Zealand! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  5. Emily says:

    Cute! Do you ever have problems with the paint leaking under the stencil? I have the problem, but I didn’t use freezer paper so maybe that’s the key? Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      I haven’t had problems with leaking but I’m also very careful to only use a little paint at a time and to only blot up and down, and never wipe the paint from side to side. Hope that helps!

  6. mom says:

    I’m glad you found something so cute to get yourself ready for this precious baby boy!!!

  7. Linda says:

    Oh, I can not stand it. These are too cute for words. yet…I babble on.

    I have a whole lot of boy baby coming up in the next few months and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, just a thought. I use dollar store contact paper instead of freezer paper. Always test on fabric first, but I have had no problems with it at all so far.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good……I hope these work perfectly for you then!!!

      And oooh, contact paper. I’ve never tried it….but I’ll have to test it out! Thanks Linda! :)

  8. Sam says:

    This is so-o-o cute. Baby boy due in July. These are a must. thank you

  9. Tammi says:

    These look like a perfect thing to make for my first grandson! Woodland theme!
    I am wondering how you keep the big patch of paint soft so you don’t have a big hard, stiff thing? You just used regular acrylic paints?

    1. Ashley says:

      Since you’re just dabbing it on with a sponge brush, it doesn’t really soak all the way through the fabric and get super stiff. And once you wash it a time or two, it also helps it to soften up even more. And yes, they’re just regular water based acrylic paints.

      Hope that helps!!

    2. BJ says:

      can’t you also add a fabric medium to the paint?

  10. Lisa says:

    These are super cute! Do they wash well, or will the paint come off in the wash?

    1. Ashley says:

      They actually wash pretty well! You’ll see some fading over time, but you’ll got lots of use out of it first! :) (Just be sure to heat set it like explained in the instructions above.)

    2. CC says:

      If you purchase TEXTILE MEDIUM, sold near there acrylic paints in most stores, the paint becomes a better texture to paint with and extends the life of the paint on the garment. Mix recommended amount with your paint color, paint, let dry, heat set as usual.

    3. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much……I’ll have to try that!!!!

  11. Sharlyn says:

    So. Stinking. Cute!!!!!

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