Baby’s First Christmas Onesie Ornament – Special Memories Ornaments

Over the years, I remember my mother talking about their first Christmas tree. They were in a little apartment, had been married for just a few months, and didn’t have a lot to spend on their first little tree. She always remembered that, and from the time we were little, they gave us and our children special ornaments to remember each Christmas.

Yarn Santa made by my father when he was a little boy in the 1940's

Yarn Santa made by my father when he was a little boy in the 1940’s

Santa ornament our grandparents used to hang on their tree

Santa ornament our grandparents used to hang on their tree

They have been married over 57 years now, and they have their own collection of special ornaments they have received from their children and grandchildren. There are still ornaments on their tree with pictures of our kids when they were only a few years old.  We have so many ornaments now as parents and now grandparents, that we don’t have enough room to hang them all – but we try!

Wooden nativity found on a family vacation many years ago

Wooden nativity found on a family vacation many years ago

In our 32 years together, we have given each other special ornaments based on special interests and memories. When we travel on vacations, we find an ornament to hang on our tree. My husband loves to fish, so there are lots of fish on our tree!

Memory of a much loved family cat

Memory of a much loved family cat

Hubby loves fishing and Dr. Who, Dalek Ornament!

Hubby loves fishing and Dr. Who – Dalek Ornament!

Ornament from our grandparents' tree and a painted ornament our daughter made.

Ornament from our grandparents’ tree and a painted ornament our daughter made 20 years ago!

For our grandson’s first Christmas, his grandpa and I were overwhelmed with all the wonderful ideas and ways we could celebrate his first!  Ideas exploded on Pinterest, Google+, and all over the internet on blogs and other websites for homemade ornaments and handprints and footprints! It was hard deciding what to try!

One of my friends has been sharing adorable felt craft ideas from her book, so I was interested in something I could embroider and personalize. Through the Pinterest boards, I found a onesie pattern that was similar to a porcelain ornament I had seen.  I liked the idea of personalizing the design. The original idea came from Crystal Joyner of “Edge of Clarity”  on Etsy.  She had a great idea and pattern which I just tweaked a little for our little grandson. Check out her other products and ideas!

Baby’s First Christmas Onesie Ornament

Step 1: I used white felt to cut out two pieces of the onesie shirt shape.

Step 2: I centered and embroidered my grandson’s name and birthday at the lower end of the shirt in blue thread.

Step 3: I embroidered a light string in green thread at the top of the shirt.

Green string of lights

Green string of lights

Step 4: I spaced out “Christmas light bulbs” enough to embroider the letters of his name. I used primary colors to make multicolored “lights”.

2 felt shirts with embroidered string of lights

2 felt shirts with embroidered string of lights

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Step 5: I embroidered the light bulbs in alternating colors, and then used opposite colors to embroider the letters of his name in the bulbs.

Alternating colors of light bulbs, then add the letters of baby's name

Alternating colors of light bulbs, then add the letters of baby’s name

Step 6: I cut out patches of cloth from my old flannel maternity shirt I had made when pregnant with my own children. I used 3 small pieces of that cloth to stuff and shape the ornament after the embroidery was done.

Step 7: I used a blanket stitch in blue thread to stitch the edges of the shirt together.

Stuffed ornament ready for blanket stitching, pinned together

Stuffed ornament ready for blanket stitching, pinned together

Step 8: I added a little red thread to the “collar” area of the shirt to use as a hanging thread to hang on the tree.

For a little girl, you could use pink or purple thread around the edges, or pick out any colors that are appropriate for your little baby!

 

Now it was ready to give to his parents to hang on their first tree as a family!

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