Difficulty Level: Easy | Project Length: Quick 🕐 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! Materials

  • 'Paper Cuts' embroidery transfers
  • A white baby grow
  • Thread in the following colours; 
  • Pink DMC 3609, M 710, Orange: DMC 3824 M 2313, yellow: DMC 3822 M 0112, Green: DMC 955, M 1210, Blue DMC 807 M 1105, Purple DMC 209 M 803
  • Iron-on tear-off embroidery stabiliser
  • Embroidery Hoop 5" or 6", Needle, Scissors


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.
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.
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.
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.
 - 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
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.
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.

This project is made using our PaperCuts Iron-on embroidery transfer patterns.

Lisa Neal