It’s Rodeo Y’all – Texas Onesie

It’s spring break here in Houston and you know what that means…. Rodeo Time! Although Clyde has no idea what that means, I think it means I should break out the ole’ Silhouette for her first project! So I did!

I have seen shirts like this before with the capital as a heart in the state but Houston isn’t the capital of Texas so that wasn’t going to work. I also found a picture of Texas in the Silhouette Online Store, but again it had a star over Austin, not what I was looking for. So I had to get clever…
I googled “Texas Outline” under images and when I found one that look clear, I saved it to my computer. Then in the Silhouette Studio, I opened up the Texas picture. I played around and I found this awesome feature; The Tracing Tool. It allows you to trace around a picture that you already have on your computer. So I added the little heart and selected “Trace around Outer Edge”.
Here is what my picture looked like:
Next, I cut a piece of Freezer Paper and loaded it onto my carrier page.

Then I hit cut! It was so exciting… Now if you don’t have a Silhouette, you can just cut this shape out with scissors or an Exacto knife. Next, you need to iron down the shape’s outline to the onesie. Don’t hold the iron down too long, I have made that mistake and the freezer paper gets rumply. Make sure to iron around all of the detailed edges to form a nice seal. Don’t forget to iron down you little heart on the inside of your state.

Now its time for the fabric paint. I meant to buy “matte” red paint but as you can see I must have grabbed the “metallic” so it had kind of a shimmery look to it. Clyde it too little to be mad at me for that :)

I did two coats and waited about 20 mins between. Don’t forget to put some newspaper or a paper bag inside the onesie so it wont bleed.

The next step is my favorite part, for some reason there is something SOOO satisfying about pulling the freezer paper off to me! Of course wait until it is completely dry.

Lastly, you have to heat set the fabric paint. There might be some instructions on your fabric paint about how to do this. I looked online and found some. You have to use something between the paint and the iron like a hand towel or something. I ironed mine for about a minute total moving the iron around the whole time. Some people said to do it for 4-5 minutes but that seemed really long to me.

I love my Silhouette! Now on another note, don’t try to stage a photo shoot with a hungry baby…. (I promise he likes his Texas Onesie, the boy just loves to eat!)

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  1. says

    I couldn’t help but singing “Deep in the heart of Texas…”

    I was so just talking about the rodeo when this popped up in my reader! Isn’t this the best part of the year in Houston?

  2. says

    Ha! Look at this little face! As someone who grew up in Texas, this is a favorite of mine! I love the little onesie! So cute…great job.

  3. says

    Hi, Taylor! Thanks for sharing the tips on the tracing element in the software—I haven’t gotten that far yet. Ha! The onesie would be a fabulous gift for a Texas baby. :)

    Thanks for joining my Crafty Cutter party. (Don’t forget that if you link back to me in your post, you’ll be eligible to win the Giveaway!) Hope you found some fun crafty inspiration. Come visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

  4. says

    Adorable! Love it. Such a great idea and I really appreciate the freezer-paper tutorial. I think i’ll need to pick some of that up tomorrow at the store! ;)

  5. says

    We love the Texas rodeo too. What a precious outfit. I am a mom of two boys and I am also from Texas. I am your newest follower. I would love if you would come visit me too!

  6. Brandi says

    Hey Taylor,

    I have a question for you. Have you had any experience with the heat transfer vinyl opposed to the fabric paint? I’m wanting to make some tshirts and I’m concerned about vinyl letters coming off. I’m wondering if the fabric paint holds up better. Any advice would be great! Thanks!


    • says

      Hi Brandi, I have used both and in my opinion you are right. The vinyl does
      look more profession because it gives it such a clean line but everyone now
      and then I will see some peeling. The fabric paint it very permanent but it
      takes a few times of practice to get that professional looking line


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