My daughter, at the tender age of 1, was at my mercy when it came to what to wear. I love elephants, so she got an elephant onesie out of a mommy’s-day-of-creativity.
To make the elephant, I searched the web for an image. I found a photo and my heart melted. How cute are baby elephants!
First, I traced out the elephant, simplifying the shape to something I knew would work for an applique.
I wanted my tracing to be a bit larger, so I guess-timated a percentage I needed to enlarge the graphic. (If you want to calculate enlargements or reductions you can use an online calculator such as the percent calculator on this site: calculator.net)
I adjusted my printer to a percent enlargement (150%) and printed it out. If you don’t have this size adjustment feature on your printer it can be done at a copy shop.
Next I used paper backed fusible web (my new obsession!) to make and apply the elephant applique to a onesie.
I added an ear for detail, and a little heart for interest, because us girls love hearts!
For some reinforcement I hand stitched around the edges. A machine stitch is an alternative too.
Here’s the finished product! I hope this inspires you to design your own applique shape, but feel welcome to use this one too.
Another option is to appliqué with a fabric graphic. Click here for instructions how.