DIY: How to Make Onesie Cupcakes
We are celebrating my niece Zelie’s first birthday today! She is one month and two days younger than the twins. My sister-in-law and I actually had the same due date. It was fun talking with her about our pregnancies and having profile pictures stomach to stomach. When the three babies were much younger, Zelie and Luke looked more alike than Julia and Luke. I was not surprised though, since out of Matt’s five siblings, Chrissie and Matt look the most alike.
I made Chrissie’s oldest daughter, Clare, a cloth book for her first birthday. So, I wanted to follow tradition and make Zelie a gift. I have been waiting awhile to make her cupcake onesies! Months ago I was in a boutique that sold onesie cupcakes in a pastry box for $35. I absolutely loved the idea, but could not fathom paying that price. So, when I started thinking about what I could make my niece, I immediately thought of the cupcakes. Zelie wears onesies all the time, so I knew this was not only a cute present, but a practical one.
Pack of 4 Carters Short Sleeve Onesies
Iron On Adhesive Patches
Step One: Prep the white onesies by washing and drying them ahead of time. If you do not preshrink the material before adding the iron on patch, it will cause the fabric to pull and the patch will not lay correctly.
Step Two: Iron the front of the onesie to ensure the fabric is wrinkle free before ironing the match.
Step Three: Position the patch roughly an inch below the collar. Make sure you place the patch directly in the center of the onesie.
Step Four: Place a cotton cloth over the patch, this will ensure the patch does not burn or get damaged while ironing. Iron for 15 seconds.
Step Five: Flip the onesie inside out and place a cotton cloth over the reverse side of the patch. Iron for 20-25 seconds. After ironing, turn the outfit right side out and fold the sleeves in towards the back as you would if you were folding laundry. When you are done, repeat the process three more times with different iron on patches.
Step Six: Rolling the onesies into round cupcakes is tricky. Start by placing the appliqué side down. Fold the bottom (where the snaps are located) into a burrito shape.
Fold the bottom sides of the onesie on top of each other like a burrito.
Step Seven: Roll the burrito shaped bottom forward twice.
Step Eight: Continue to fold the sides in like a burrito after each roll forward. The key to making round sides and a smooth top is making sure the sides are tucked in after each fold and you aren’t rolling the onesie too tightly. When you have rolled it to where the appliqué is directly under the ball, fold the short sleeves again, creating a triangular shape. Fold the sleeves over the ball. It will cover the cloth ball and become the base of your cupcake.
Step Nine: After making sure your onesie is rounded nicely and smooth on top, creating a cupcake, take a little bit of tape and place it over the folded short sleeves to secure the onesie’s shape.
Step Ten: Assemble four cupcake holders. Reinforce the seam with clear tape on the inside.
Step Eleven: place your cupcakes in the holders. You are almost done! Don’t they look delicious?!
Here are the cupcakes I whipped up! I love how they turned out!
Step Twelve: Place the cupcakes in a pastry box and your gift is ready to go!