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Turn Stained Baby Clothes into Creative Opportunities!

I was so earnest the first few times I did laundry for my brand new baby. It took me hours! New moms tend to suffer from this thing called exhaustion, though, so I quickly became a little less zealous about treating stains every time I did laundry. Needless to say, we have a pile of stained baby clothes around our house, and not all of them are the kiddo’s fault! Recently, I pulled out a load of laundry from the dryer and noticed blue stains on most of the clothes inside. Ahhhh! After diligently treating them, some of the stains just wouldn’t budge. So I decided to just embrace the stained baby clothes, and use them as a creative opportunity to do something fun. Check out how I turned my daughter’s plain white onesie, ahem, plain white onesie with blue spots that is, into a simple embellished shirt.

  • The Stained Onesie Dilemma 1 of 7
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    I couldn't bring myself to throw out this stained onesie, so I decorated it instead, covering up the stains, and turning it into an even cuter top for my kiddo!

  • Supplies 2 of 7
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    Here's what you'll need to do a similar project:

    • fabric dye
    • dye fixative
    • acrylic paint
    • scissors
    • foam stencil brush
    • contact paper
  • Dye the Onesie 3 of 7
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    In an effort to camouflage the stains, I tried dying the fabric with some fabric dye I already had at home. It didn't do the job 100%, but it still was a nice facelift for the otherwise plain onesie. Since I only dyed a small amount of fabric, I did so in a large metal mixing bowl, following the directions on the bottle and using a dye fixative afterwards.

  • Cut the Stencils 4 of 7
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    While the fabric was soaking, I cut out heart shapes from contact paper to use as a stencil to cover the stained spots. I just made sure the hearts were at least as big as the stains. You could use circles or animal shapes instead of hearts, too!

  • Lay out the Stencils 5 of 7
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    After the shirt was rinsed and dried, I peeled off the back of the contact paper and laid out the shapes over the stains. Inside the onesie, I laid newspaper to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.

  • Paint the Shapes 6 of 7
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    Using the foam stencil brush, dab the paint onto the shirt inside the open area of the stencil. You can peel off the stencil before the paint has dried, as long as you have a thick enough coat of paint to not need more. Don't leave the contact paper on the shirt for more than an hour, especially if you are working in a warm room or under a hot light, because the adhesive of the contact paper will transfer to the shirt.

  • Complete Onesie 7 of 7
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    After the paint had dried overnight, I washed the onesie with medium colored clothes in cold water, and the painted area softened a bit. This was such an easy project, I'm already dreaming up of new designs to try! I might not even wait until we stain more of the kiddo's clothes, either!

Check out more of Mandi’s writing at Making Nice in the Midwest.

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