I wanted Joey to have a Valentine's outfit, but I didn't really feel like spending money on the options I saw at Target. The choices for girls were endless, but for boys it was slim pickins, and most of them had little slogans like "Ladies' Man." Cute, but I was looking for something a little simpler, without cartoon animals or vaguely sexualized slogans. So I made my own!
I simply did some raw edge applique on a plain white onesie, and personally I'm obsessed with the result. I cut a heart out of a red houndstooth fabric and pinned it to the onesie. Then I stitched around the edge of the heart. I originally did it a quarter-inch from the edge, out of quilter's habit, but I realized it needed to be narrower so I went back and did a second round of sewing much closer to the edge of the fabric.
I struggled a lot manuevering the onesie around on my sewing machine, trying to avoid stitching through the front and the back, so I ended up with some puckers in the finished product. No big deal, but next time I'll use fusible interfacing to stabilize the fabric before I begin to sew. And there will definitely be a next time! I'm thinking about doing a 4-leaf clover for St. Patrick's Day, and perhaps an Easter egg for April?
Look at my little valentine! Isn't he the cutest?