Dec 20

Like tiny, blank canvases

Posted by Nanc

Matt and I have been to a few baby stores lately (go figure) and have looked at our fair share of clothes. There’s some awfully cute stuff out there, but mostly if you know the sex of your baby. We don’t.

Not satisfied to accept only the pale green and washed-out yellow pallet, we decided to take this matter into our own hands.

First, we purchased a few packages of the common white onsie in three different sizes (0-3 mo, 3-6 mo, and 6-9 mo). We didn’t want to do all this work, only to have our child grow out of the kewl clothes so soon.

We set up four buckets of Rit dye, and got to soaking these duds. (Note: the onsies were washed first, but not dried, so they were damp when they go into the dye bath.) We went with gold, scarlet, purple, and black as our colors. (One package of tan was divided in thirds and added to all but the black dye, which toned down these to a less Crayola-esque color pallet.)

Two comments for future dying: (1) use two packets of dye for richer colors, and (2) use the washing machine method, instead of buckets

8 Responses to “Like tiny, blank canvases”

  1. P-la Says:

    Cheerio is going to be decked out!!!

  2. aubyn Says:

    And we have just begun to spoil our little honey nut

  3. Kathy Says:

    That’s extremely crafty – and smart – of you to do something so fun for your bebe.

  4. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    i love the onesies. you guys are so clever!

  5. Petra Says:

    So fun! You guys are so clever and fun! Cheerio is gonna be one stylin’ bebe!

  6. mk Says:

    What a great idea…and everything came out so cute!

  7. Liz G. Says:

    This is most awesome!! You are so creative – and love Love LOVE the bibs and onesies from the shower. What a great idea!! (Especially with known crafty people in attendance!)

  8. Betty Says:


    I (the seriously less crafty) just bought tye-dyed onesies at a craft show two days before my daughter was born.