Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Faux Peter Pan Collar Onesie Tutorial

 I love peter pan collars.
I thought little Pearl would look adorable in one, but she does not need more clothes.  So, I decided to make her a quick faux peter pan collar onesie out of a blank white one we had.
This tutorial is super easy.
It involves no sewing.
I had all of the supplies I needed at home already.
I also didn't need to wait until nap time to do it.  I just worked on the onesie next to her on the floor while she played.  From start to finish, it took about half an hour.
Supplies you will need:
-A blank onesie or shirt
-Fabric markers
-Muslin (or any kind of fabric or paper for your pattern piece)
-Some kind of masking tape (I used painters tape)
Step #1
Lay your muslin over one half of the onesie.  Trace out the shape that you want that side of your collar to look like.  Then cut out your pattern piece.  Keep in mind that this doesn't need to be perfect.  The outside edge is most important as it will create your tape line.
Step #2
Lay your collar pattern piece where you want your collar shape to be.  You can pin it in place if that helps.  Then place tape along the outside edge of your pattern.  Once you are all taped off, remove the pattern piece.
Step #3
 Use fabric markers to draw in the pattern of your choice.  Make sure you complete your pattern all the way to the edge.  Also, make sure the pattern is something simple enough to recreate on the other side.  I chose to do a hand drawn plaid. 
Once I was done, I waited around an hour to make sure the ink was relatively dry.  When you start the next side, you will be taping over part of the work you just did so I wanted to make sure I didn't mess it up.  Then you just remove your tape, turn your pattern piece upside down and repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other side.
 Before putting it on Pearl, I let it sit overnight and ironed the backside of the patterned areas (this was in the instructions on the marker packaging).  Then I washed and dried it.
A tip: If you need to buy fabric markers, I would suggest thin ones.  Mine were kind of thick and easily smudged.  It would also have been hard to do any kind of detail with them.
Let me know if you try it!


  1. Creative mama!! Looks awesome, and Pearl is absolutely darling in it, of course! xoxo

  2. Super cute! No sewing = something I could actually potentially do!

  3. This is awesome! And she looks so lovely in blue plaid! Also, I'm impressed that you did that by hand, but I shouldn't be because you are a designer. It's in your blood. Love it!!!


  4. love! Not sure if I could do this...haha! I'll stick to cooking/baking and you can design cute baby clothes. :) oh and thanks for adding my button!

  5. Oh so cute! I may have to try this on my own clothes ;)

  6. Cute! Too cute!! Love it! :)

  7. Cuuute, can grown ups do this too? Shes so pretty!


  8. Oh my gosh that is precious. Your little girl doesn't even know how lucky she is to have a mom like you.

  9. this is a great idea! i may try it with polka dots :).

  10. Your little Pearl is such a doll!


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