Bottles, toys, diapers, car seats, strollers ... whew! There's simply no way around it: babies can be expensive. Fortunately, you can stretch your dollars - not to mention countless environmental resources - by using your PIXMA printer to create some of your own baby-friendly clothes and textiles.
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Just about any mom or dad will tell you that onesies are a staple. From newborn to toddler, they're the best option for easy diaper changes and comfy babies. When you're on a budget, though, that can often mean you're stuck with plain white designs. Why settle for simple when you can embellish with your own favorite graphics and transform it into a one-of-a-kind creation? Print an image onto iron-on transfer paper, then iron the design onto the garment. Remove the backing sheet, and suddenly you've got custom couture, with no sewing skills required. Use this same idea to customize baby blankets, pillows, diaper bags and more.
Iron-on transfers aren't the only way to use your printer to customize baby clothes. Stenciling is a cheaper and less messy alternative to screen printing that will jazz up just about anything for baby, from clothes to bags to bedroom decor. The trick is to print your design on the "regular paper" side of freezer paper, then iron it glossy-side down to fuse the stencil to the fabric and prevent paint bleeding as you create your masterpiece. Once your stencil is secure, use fabric-safe paint to create a custom-inked design. Stencils are also great for dressing up boring nursery rugs and creating focal walls in the baby's room.
Want to add some dimension to your clothing designs? Try a tissue paper transfer and some simple embroidery. Start by finding or creating a graphic on your computer - a line drawing works great, as does a typed phrase in a fun font - then print it onto tissue paper or thin tracing paper. Cut out your design and pin the print to the garment where you want the graphic to appear. Use a thread and needle to embroider, creating a running stitch along the printed line. Once you've made your way around and the whole design, simply tear away the tissue paper to reveal your finished embellishment.
Add an extra layer of texture to your baby's clothes with some custom appliques, created with only your printer and a piece of scrap fabric. Start by printing a letter or simple shape on cardstock paper, then cut it out to use as a stencil. Lay the paper stencil over your scrap fabric and trace the shape with a marker, then cut the design out of the fabric and trim the edges neatly. Place the fabric letter or shape on your baby's clothing, then secure it to the garment using fabric glue or simple stitches. Feeling extra creative? Add details to the fabric like wings, eyeballs or outlines using contrasting thread or a fabric paint marker.
- So Sew Easy: Make Appliques