DIY Silhouette Gerber Onesies® Garment Using Fabric Stamping

Felicia Carter is the founder and managing editor behind the popular lifestyle blog, Go Grow Go.  Her blog features savvy tips that help readers: simplify, save, grow and go! 


There is something quite magical about being a parent to young children.  Believe me, it isn’t always a walk in the park, but I love how having babies opened up the floodgates of creativity for me.  I may not always be the best, but the ideas are constant because of these two movers and shakers I was blessed with.

Having two boys means little to no down time for me.  When I am looking at DIY projects they have to meet three criteria:

  • The project must be cute and/or useful.
  • The project must be simple.
  • The project must be inexpensive.


So, when Gerber Childrenswear asked me to come up with a fun DIY project that pertained to their popular and timeless Gerber Onesies® one piece underwear, I knew immediately what I wanted to do!  I have been throwing around the idea of fabric stamping a few silhouettes on various items in my youngest son’s room just to give it a little more character.  I already had the fabric paint on hand for this particular project which was a bonus.  Lately, the trend on clothing and décor has been leaning towards silhouettes.  I love the clean lines and simplicity of it all.  With several close friends having babies, I thought it would be perfect to combine the silhouette trend with the Gerber Onesies® one piece underwear in order to give them meaningful gifts with character and style.


This project turned out so cute and it was so simple you could even let older kids be a part of it.

Materials Needed:

  • Safe, non-toxic fabric paint
  • Stamp style foam paint brush
  • Gerber Onesies® garment, washed
  • Print out of a silhouette on card stock
  • Strong tape (packing tape works great)
  • Scissors



  1. Print out the silhouette you desire on card stock.  You can find images online and then size them using Word or another picture editor.
  2. Carefully cut the silhouette out of the card stock.  You will need to slightly bend the paper and make a cut in the middle of the image so that you create yourself a stencil.
  3. Place an extra piece of cardboard or card stock inside the Gerber Onesies® garment in order to prevent bleed through.
  4. Tape the stencil down onto the garment making sure it is secure and pressed closely to the fabric.  Make sure not to cover the actual stencil area.  NOTE: Make sure your garment has been pre-washed.
  5. Take your foam brush and press it into the fabric paint.  Knock any excess off of the brush.
  6. Using a stamping motion, press down on the stencil until you have the entire figure filled in.  Make sure all areas are covered completely.  NOTE: if you get the card stock too wet it can stick to the garment when you pull it off.  Try not to over saturate when painting.
  7. Allow the fabric paint to dry for about 4 hours.
  8. Pull the stencil off of the fabric.
  9. After 72 hours, turn the finished garment inside out and wash it again.


We decided to go with the North Carolina State outline (the state we live in) as one of our silhouettes.  It turned out beautifully! I also tried a Ford truck silhouette, which also did well.  My own two boys wanted a shirt with the truck on it.  I may need to make a few more for them!

What a fun and inexpensive way to create a thoughtful gift for a friend or a loved one.  You could also use this same method to make a fun birthday gift for a 1st birthday!


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  • Robin Rue

    No way! That is such a simple way to make something super cute!! I love it.

  • Jeanine @

    Love this! Adorable, easy and very cost effective!

  • Terry My Journey With Candida

    Now you can have such cute little outfits for your little one. What a crafty mommy you are.

  • The Rebel Chick Jenn

    Aw that really is pretty simple, I could even do it! LOL Gerber Onesies are a must for new moms!

    • Gerber Childrenswear

      We think so too!

  • Tiffany C.

    What a great idea. I’d love to make my son due this November some of these.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    They turned out really cute! I used to decorate my kids’ onesies with puff paint, but I did it freehand.

    • gogrowgo

      Because you are awesome!

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick

    Oh, those turned out super cute! I love how simple it is!

  • melinda

    they turned out really cute. the possibilities are endless

    • gogrowgo

      That’s what I love the most about projects like this! So many possibilities.

  • shopwithmemamakim

    Oh how cute are those! I must make a few for my little boy!

  • Ben Butler

    Those are really cute. I love the truck. They’ll be the coolest kids on the block!

  • Veronica Solomon

    very cool! That a great way to get creative and fun. Love it

  • April Mims

    That’s super cute and super easy! A great way to personalize onsies and make them special.

  • Debbie Denny

    Those are cute ideas. Very easy to do.

  • Chrysa Duran

    These are so cute. And your instructions are simple enough that I think I could actually mange to make one myself.

    • gogrowgo

      If I can do it, you can do it!

  • Carly

    How sweet is this?!? #1… I am from NC so I love the state that you used in your demo. Also- I love how simple this is!

    • gogrowgo

      Yay for NC girls!!

  • shellthings

    Such a cute idea! A great way to personalize a gift.

  • mail4rosey

    So easy and so cute! Now that’s my kind of project!

  • agape084

    I could think of so many ideas! Too cute for a gift!

  • Chrystal M.

    What a wonderful idea. These would make such great, affordable gifts.

  • [email protected]

    Very cute. I would not have thought to do that to a onesie. Love the Gerber Onesies!!

  • Lolo

    Very cute and simple! How do they wash with the paint?

    • gogrowgo

      The paint is made for fabric so they stay put!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    How cute! A great way to decorate a plain onesie.

  • OurOrdinaryLife®

    That is really simple and looks fun. Great craft idea for baby and new moms!

  • Janell Poulette

    That looks so easy. I can’t wait to share this with my sister.

  • ebmommy

    That’s soo neat! I’d like to try this for my little one!

  • brett

    This is really cute! I love Gerber products.

  • Rachael Ebner

    I haven’t tried fabric stamping before. It’s a great idea I will have to try it.

  • themommyfiles

    Those turned out so cute! I’ve never tried making those.

  • Camesha

    That’s super cute! I never thought to decorate my kids’ onesies!

  • Krystal

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing, would love to set this up at a baby shower!