Difficulty Level: Easy | Project Length: Quick ūüēź 2 Hours


Hand embroidering a baby grow makes a delightful new baby gift, this simple project will show you how to create something beautiful for that special little one!




Hand stitched baby grow equipment needed

If you are new to embroidery you can find a guide to the basics, including equipment and getting setting up here. You will find guides to all the stitches mentioned in this pattern here .

- Preparation - 

It is much easier to stitch stretchy fabrics with embroidery stabiliser attached, so before you start turn your onesie inside out and position the embroidery stabiliser as shown below. Press with a hot iron to stick the stabiliser to the fabric.

Positioning of embroidery stabiliser on baby grown (onesie)

Turn the baby grow inside out and iron on the embroidery stabiliser

Now turn your baby grow right side out and transfer your pattern. Follow the pack instructions to cut out and transfer the rainbow design to the baby grow. Iron your baby grow so the fabric is flat and position then transfer ink side down in the position shown below.

Position your embroidery transfer on the baby grow

Press firmly with a hot iron, continue to press firmly as you slide the iron across the transfer.

Once transferred your baby grow should look like this.

Baby grow with rainbow embroidery transfer

Place the inner ring of the hoop inside the baby grow and the outside on top. Make sure the fabric is smooth and taut and then tighten the screw fully, you can use pliers or a screwdriver to help with this. Having the stabiliser on the back makes clamping your fabric a little but more difficult, but spend some time getting it right as it will make stitching easier and the end result better too.

Hand stitched baby grow project


- Stitching Notes -

Each part of the rainbow design is stitched using 5 strands of thread.

You will need to separate your thread and select 5 of the 6 strands before you start to stitch. If you need some help with this, you can find my guide here.

Split stitch is used for every element of the pattern, if you have not worked split stitch before you can see a guide below. 

Split Stitch

how to sew split stitch, easy embroidery stitch guide for beginners

Bring your needle up through the fabric at the start of your pattern line and then back through the fabric to make a simple stitch. Push the needle back up through the fabric in the middle of the previous stitch, splitting the threads on either side of the needle b).

Here you can see a close up of how split stitch looks. Keep your stitches evenly spaced and pull the thread tight, making sure not to pucker the fabric.

Rainbow stitched with split stitch

Work your way from the top row of the rainbow to the bottom, covering each line in a row of split stitch using 5 strands of thread. You can see the colour order in the image below, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Once you have completed your stitching, remove the hoop and turn the baby grow inside out once more. Carefully trim away any excess thread to neaten up the back. 

Finally, remove the stabiliser, carefully tear it away from around your stitching. It is a good idea to pinch your stitches firmly as you tear the paper from around them to make sure they are not disturbed. 

You will need to iron the baby grow when you have finished removing any creases from hoop.


And that's it, all done, wrap in some lovely tissue paper and you have the perfect hand embroidered new baby gift.

- Shop supplies -

This project is made using "Natural Folk' Iron-on embroidery transfer patterns, and a pastel thread bundle, click the images below to add to your cart.

Natural Folk design embroidery transfers


Lisa Neal