Onesie Wall Decor
Yes, I’m one of those people. Unless it’s stained, has holes in it, or I just didn’t like it, I have pretty much every piece of baby clothing that my boys ever wore in overstuffed bins under every bed in our house. Despite my initial horror (and, funny enough, my husband’s too) of taking scissors to a gorgeous onesie, I figured sentimental pieces are best suited to hanging on a wall vs. sitting in a bin under the bed. So this is what I came up with.
By: Ryan Lockhart
- Bamboo embroidery hoops. Michael’s sells a 3-pack (4, 6 and 8-inch hoops for $16.99) and I also bought a 10-inch version for $2.79. If you’re feeling fancy, you can find vintage hoops online too.
- Selection of fabrics – I used baby onesies, but you can use T-shirts or any other fabric you wish to put on display.
- Hooks or push pins to hang your art
Cost & Time:
As I already owned the fabric, my total investment was about $20. It took me roughly 30 minutes for this project as I played with different fabrics before deciding which ones I was going to use.
Choose your fabrics. They could have fun patterns, a theme or just sentimental value. I played with a few different onesies but settled on a few I loved and that happened to go well together.
To secure your fabric, unscrew the screw on the hoop about halfway, and slide the two hoops apart. Place your fabric over the smaller circle. If you’re using a onesie, you will need to slide the smaller hoop into the onesie and behind the fabric you are going to display, as two layers are too thick to properly secure the second hoop on top.
Adjust your fabric until it’s lined up the way you like it and slide the second larger hoop over top, firmly securing your fabric in place. Pay attention to the position of the screw so all your onesie circles have the screws lined-up in the same direction. I slowly pulled my fabric from the back to ensure it wasn’t pulling too much in any direction and the pattern on the fabric was centred. When you’re happy, tighten the screw.
Trim the fabric as needed (or if you’re like me, try to tape it in place so you don’t need to cut – this didn’t really work all that well.)
Lay out your circles to determine how they should be arranged.
Step 5: Hang your hoops with removable wall hooks or even simpler, push pins.
I like this project because it’s inexpensive, versatile and is easy enough to do with kids. When you’re tired of your decor, change it up! Reuse the hoops to mount kid’s art or a piece of gorgeous fabric. You can even paint the rings to add flair.