Sponge-Stamped Onesies

2 Posted by - June 17, 2013 - DIY & Crafts, Kids

My sister is expecting baby #2 pretty much any day now. Remember I said how I’m jealous that she’s thinner than me and pregnant? I may have neglected to mention that she’s in month 9 of her pregnancy. Still thin. Still beautiful.

Joanna on the left, me on the right

Joanna on the left, me on the right

I bought her some real presents for the Dragon Baby (so dubbed by big sister Neve of cloth diapering fame), but I decided to make the baby something, too. Yeah, perhaps not the best decision given my track record. I really wanted to do something like this

But my sewing skills are so completely abysmal that I decided not to even try it. Instead, I took the onesie idea and modified it to be a sponge-stamped onesie, inspired by these kitchen towels:

To be honest, I was really hoping mine would turn out better than the tea towels… They sort of look like… well, they actually look a little like I made them. But you know, tie a ribbon around that shit and call it handmade and you’re golden, right?

So I gathered my supplies, including real honest-to-God fabric paint. Nothing is too good for you, Dragon Baby.

onesie supplies

Then I had to cut my sponge in a shape. Originally, I was going to try to do something all cool and creative, like a dragon, but I thought I’d at least start with something easy, and I had a heart cookie cutter I could use as an outline.

heart outline sponge

I traced the heart onto the sponge.

heart drawing on sponge

It is deceptively more difficult than you would think to cut a sponge, and thus my heart ended up like this:

wonky heart sponge

I then decided that a heart was quite ambitious enough.

I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve been around a baby, but for me it’s been two and a half years (since big sister Neve was born), and I forgot how tiny they are when they get here.

tiny onesie

I don’t know how anything that tiny can survive outside the womb. Human babies, you are cray.

Anyway, I dipped my newly created heart sponge in some paint.

pink heart sponge

And applied to onesie, saying a little please-don’t-embarrass-Auntie incantation as I went.

sponge on onesie

And, you know, it didn’t turn out too bad! Nicely done, Auntie.

heart sponge onesie

(Next I need to learn how to hold a baby properly when her neck is still all floppy, and not freak the fuck out that I’m not going to support her little baby noggin right, and it’s going to pop off like a Barbie head. Baby steps.)

I made a set of three, and they’re not perfect, but I think they’re cute. Hopefully Dragon Baby’s mommy will tell her someday that, like the handmade sponge-stamped onesies, Auntie Sonja is a little weird, and certainly not perfect, but she’s full of love at least.


Welcome to the world, Dragon Baby.


Weird Auntie Sonja



  • Guest June 17, 2013 - 9:50 am Reply

    These are great! This could even be a fun baby shower activity for those not craft-inclined ^_^

    • Christine Kerns Gillette June 17, 2013 - 10:51 am Reply

      Gah! Silly comment system posting twice..

  • Christine Kerns Gillette June 17, 2013 - 9:52 am Reply

    These are great! With the right prep, this would be a fun baby shower activity for the non-craft-inclined ^_^

  • Barbara June 17, 2013 - 10:02 am Reply

    I seriously had to stare at the picture of you and your sister for quite some time to figure out who was who (even though you clearly put it on the picture). You both are gorgeous. And seriously, I hope I look that good while pregnant. She’s ridiculous. Good job on the onesies though! Simple and super cute 🙂

  • rebeccajo June 17, 2013 - 10:23 am Reply

    are you twins? That’s a little weird how much you look alike!
    Now I want to cut a sponge for the fun of it.

    • Pintester June 17, 2013 - 10:24 am Reply

      Yep, we are twins, but I think we looked a lot more alike a few years ago. 😉

  • Llama spit June 17, 2013 - 10:24 am Reply

    So, your onesies look awesome. Congrats! I’m wondering about the other blogger’s poor paint choice on those dish towels. With that color, they look like they’ve been used to wipe dragon baby’s butt! I guess it’d work as good camouflage for kitchen messes?

  • Bridget Davidson Ramanand June 17, 2013 - 10:54 am Reply

    Is it bad of me to be disappointed because I was REALLY expecting a [email protected] and for you to reveal that the paint had “bled” through the onesies and ruined that shit?!?! They actually turned out cute which is majorly odd to say about your little “projects” :/ Congratulations to your sister and family!

  • Ceci Bean June 17, 2013 - 11:01 am Reply

    I have the exact same fear of a baby’s head falling off when I’m holding it! I thought I was alone!

  • Lisa Moorefield June 17, 2013 - 11:12 am Reply

    They are cute!

  • Meg June 17, 2013 - 11:27 am Reply

    I think those came out really cute!

  • Lora June 17, 2013 - 11:34 am Reply

    very nice! also, my sister in law was 8 months pregnant with my nephew this time last year (when my kid was 10 months old) she weighed far less than I did. She will ALWAYS weigh less. I’m okay with that now.

  • Valley & Co. – Aleah and Nick June 17, 2013 - 11:43 am Reply

    You did a great job! These look adorable – thank you for sharing our project, too!

  • Breenah June 17, 2013 - 12:22 pm Reply

    They did turn out better than the tea towels, which honestly look like a baby got to them first. Bad color choices there.

  • Mary June 17, 2013 - 12:47 pm Reply

    I was kind of impressed that you chose the heart cookie cutter…because even though this is for a baby…and yes, it would be TOTALLY inappropriate…I kind of expected you to use the “adult” cookie cutters. Is that bad? It’s just the first thing I thought of you using. Oops. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby with inappropriate penis sponge onesie in a baby carriage.

    • Pintester June 18, 2013 - 1:47 pm Reply

      I might have used the penis cookie cutter, but Dragon Baby is a girl and I don’t have a vulva cookie cutter.

  • DaisyDesigner June 17, 2013 - 1:51 pm Reply

    Did you know a baby’s head won’t pop off even if you hold it upside down!? True fact. So stop being so freaked out! Those babies are bendy. And, your onesies turned out even better than the original post. It’s a banner day in Pintester history!

  • Sandi Boyd June 17, 2013 - 2:07 pm Reply

    I honestly can’t believe the tea-towel person was brave enough to post that picture- I mean, really! That color choice? That’s a fail right there! Your onesies, on the other hand? Pure, unadulterated WIN!! You go, Pintester! I now know what to do for every single baby shower that ever comes my way from now until I die! AWESOME!

  • Kristine + Murphy June 17, 2013 - 3:04 pm Reply

    These are SO cute. If I was having a baby, I’d like these.

  • Joanna Likness Pendleton June 17, 2013 - 10:24 pm Reply

    I love them, and Dragon Baby will too!

  • Joy June 18, 2013 - 8:02 am Reply

    That looks so cute!

  • Amanda June 18, 2013 - 8:29 am Reply

    Those are adorable 🙂 Being the weird aunt is a good thing. In spite of my maternal status (I have two male offspring — one is a teenager already, the heck?) I am also the insane aunt to a 2 1/2-year-old girl. I bought that child an American Girl “Bitty Baby” doll for her first birthday. Because nothing says I love you like overspending because you never got to buy pink onesies for your own children (okay, I guess I could have but I figure they’ve got enough material for their future therapists without me deliberately egging it on).

  • Havana James June 18, 2013 - 10:15 am Reply

    FYI the weird aunts are usually the most fun.

  • Crystal June 19, 2013 - 7:59 pm Reply

    I think this is a first. Not only did you not fail, but yours turned out better than the original pin.

  • Miss Ginger Grant June 19, 2013 - 10:20 pm Reply

    They are adorable, and any machine could make “perfect” ones…. only Auntie Pintester can make these!!

  • hayhay June 19, 2013 - 11:39 pm Reply

    Aww thats so cute! Even though it has the little places where the paint didn’t go, it makes it look cool! I didn’t even see this o pinterest, so I will check it out!

  • Diane June 20, 2013 - 10:53 pm Reply

    Those tea towels look like they were used as a diaper and a baby made the design. Your onsies are great, though.

  • scrapendipity June 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm Reply

    Your onesies turned out awesome! 🙂 And holy crap, there’s no way on earth anyone would ever guess you two are sisters….said no one ever! Love the pic, you are both adorable! Also, I agree with Crystal that yours are cuter than the original!!!!

  • TJ @ Phunkblog June 21, 2013 - 5:50 pm Reply

    They look great – definitely better than the hand towel which looks like it was used to mop up some curry.

  • Renee June 21, 2013 - 6:24 pm Reply

    Dude… awesome job! You didn’t hardly fuck those up at all!!! BRAVO!

  • Kim Katilius Fama June 21, 2013 - 9:07 pm Reply

    You look like twins ! You are both beautiful young ladies !! Good luck with the baby Joanna and I wish you luck on your diet Sonja, although you don’t need to diet ….

  • Donna June 21, 2013 - 10:19 pm Reply

    Oh I think you did a wonderful job! They are so adorable !!!!!
    BTW, you and your sister look like twins. I can’t tell you apart (except for her being preggers).

  • Liz June 21, 2013 - 10:39 pm Reply

    Very cute, but I’m thinking that Auntie Pintee should be making a matching tee shirt for herself. White shirt with 3 hearts-one of each color. Cool aunts should match their amazing nieces whenever possible before they grow up a little and think it’s too lame!

  • Eleni June 22, 2013 - 8:58 am Reply

    Those turned out great! I need someone to have a baby now so I can make some too haha. And your sister is so tiny! I couldn’t even see her belly until that last picture. I looked like I was carrying a beach ball around under my shirt (a really big beach ball).

  • Katherine Zurawel Herrick July 10, 2013 - 3:27 pm Reply

    Great job!

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  • Carolyn July 16, 2013 - 7:56 pm Reply

    I am seriously craft-impaired, and hostessing impaired, but hosted a baby shower where guests made onesies and bibs. Our cheat was pretty straight forward and stolen from pinterest: fusing fabric. Cut out your design, (twice unfortunately, as you have to cut out the fabric, then stick it to the fusing, then cut that out), iron it on and call it good. Also, turns out sharpie is washer safe when ironed after drawing. Below is our take from the party. (We are a group of therapists and psychologists, thus the inkblot and Rey Osterreith Complex Figure test versions.) Big brothers did the duckie bibs. The black flower took forever, but was my proof of concept prior to the party.

  • Manda August 5, 2013 - 11:57 pm Reply

    Adorable onesies!
    But that tea towel……I kid you not, it looks exactly like one of my newborn’s “flat” diapers- color and consistency…….

  • Kellie Schrum Tinsley January 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm Reply

    Adorable! And now I know what to do for my cousin’s little minion!

  • Cindy July 2, 2016 - 9:18 pm Reply

    Yours are cuter than the tea towels. Thanks for testing this little project. We’ve got three new babies in the family… pretty sure I can pull this off!

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