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Pre-Stained Baby Clothes

Babies are messy little creatures.  It seems like no matter how hard you try, their clothing tends to get stained, messy, and spotted.


This isn’t our first baby we’re having.  So, I know the headache of scrubbing baby clothes and how obvious an old stain looks on a white onesie.  That’s when this idea came to me.    Why not create something that will camouflage the chest area of their shirt that seems to be the catch-all for baby food, spit-up, yogurt, etc.??  Because, you know that no matter how hard you try, getting some of those stains out is downright impossible.  I find myself just wanting to throw clothing away.


So instead of tossing stained clothes or scrubbing pesky stains, I’ve started creating a collection of pre-stained shirts……so that even if they dribble, no more panicking that a stain will result.






Now, it just looks like the shirt design……like the mess was supposed to be there.






The best part… I just used regular ol’ refrigerator items to create the stains.  No crazy dyes or chemicals.  All are baby safe!






And you know, it’s more like a piece of art now.  Kinda cool and abstract. 






But just think……..when it’s time to feed your little one solids, you no longer need to take all their clothes off.  Or find a bib to tie around their neck. 


Just add to the art of the shirt!  SO cool.





Would you like to make some too?


Let me show you a few secrets to make yours look more artistic…










The tutorial isn’t very long……but it’s oh-so-fun!











You’ll start turning every last white shirt into a piece of art…












But first, I need to tell you one more thing…











Come in a little closer….











Ha………I’m so sorry!  I just can’t NOT share a trickery April Fool’s post every year!  (I know some of you totally were waiting for this.  Darn you!)



I’m sitting here laughing though……hoping that most of you saw right through it.  But equally hoping that some of you thought I was crazy……and I tricked you.  For a second, at least. ;)


Hahahahaha……okay, the mess on that onesie is killing me.  To purposefully make an ugly mess on the front of the shirt.  Yuck.  But if I tricked you, don’t feel bad, I pitched a really good sale, right?  I made it sound like I really thought it was an excellent idea.  And don’t worry, I trick my family with something every year too…….(hopefully Steve hasn’t read this yet, his is coming!)



Here are some April Fool’s Posts that I may or may not have fooled you with in the past:


Last year, I made some Embellished Diapers for Chloe.  Oh gee.  I may or may not have made it sound like it was no big deal that you just threw them away after each use.  Ooops, sorry!





In 2012, I went on and on about yummy Chocolate Covered Veggies and how my kids loved them.  Riiiiiiight! ;)





In 2011, I added some horrible Sashes and Tassels to our toilet.  Oh my, it makes me shudder just looking at this again.





And in 2010, I made these bright Ruffled Easter Pots.  You know, because how could you dare have Easter dinner without fancy (er, gawdy) pots and pans?!?!  Gasp.  Wow.





Anyway, thanks for being a good sport, year after year.  It’s just too much fun for me!

And Happy April Fool’s!




(Only one baby shirt was harmed in the creation of this post.  Ha!)


Ashley Johnston

Administrator 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 the 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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