3 MORE Gender-Neutral Onesies & Silhouette Giveaway

Around this time last year, I had just tackled my first heat transfer vinyl project with my new-ish Silhouette machine: some cutie-patootie onesies of the gender-neutral variety.

Well, a whole new set of my friends are about to give birth, so it’s time for a brand new batch of gender neutral onesies!  {Cheers!}

Oh, and in addition to some FREE cut files I have for you lovelies today, we also have a Silhouette Portrait to give away…plus a little something extra.  It promises to be a grand old time!  So, grab your cup of coffee, set yourself down for a spell, and enjoy the party.

Gender Neutral Onesies: 3 NEW Silhouette cut files from thinkingcloset.com

Home Grown

"Home Grown" Onesie - Super Cute DIY Shower Gift via thinkingcloset.com

When I saw a “Home Grown” onesie in my forays around the interwebs, I immediately thought of our cousins up in Ohio, Andy and Liz.  They are due with their second babe (a girl!) this May…and could there be a more perfect onesie for a farming family?  I think not.

And yet, I love that it can be just as fun to gift anyone because it honors their home state and town!  Just find a free clip art file of their home state, use the tracing tool to trace the outline, add in the heart atop their city (which you can pull from my free cut file further down), place the text off to the side, and voila!

Font used: Bebas

"Home Grown" Onesies - Super Cute DIY Shower Gift via thinkingcloset.com

Settlers of Catan

It’s no secret that Mark and I are board-game geeks: *Small World, Pandemic, Dominion, Carcassonne…we love them all!  But our board game obsession started with one particular game called Settlers of Catan, which we would play with Andy & Liz all the time when we lived in Ohio.  Perhaps you’re obsessed with it, too?  If so, you’ll get a kick out of this onesie:

Settlers of Catan Onesie: Such a fun shower gift for board game geeks!  FREE cut file via thinkingcloset.com

Although I’m gifting Andy & Liz with one of these, too, I initially designed this one for my friend Rachel from Lines Across after seeing this inspiration on CafePress.  She and her husband Grant share in our love of crop production and land-grabbing…and now, their newborn baby boy, Oliver, will, too!

Font used: KG Lego House

The perfect onesie for Settlers of Catan fans!  FREE Silhouette cut file via thinkingcloset.com

Step 3. Salsa!  

Step 3. Salsa Baby Onesie!  FREE Silhouette cut file via thinkingcloset.com

This onesie is made especially with one of my bestest friends Gianna in mind.  Thinking Closet regulars may remember a certain DIY Subway Art Canvas that I made for Gianna last spring with one of her favorite dance quotes.  Well, I was overcome with joy when I found out that she and her husband Raj are due with their first little one this June.  Although they know it’s a boy (eek!), you could use this design for any child of a dance-lovin’ family.

And you can even swap out the text of “Step 3.” for other physical activities: surfing, four-wheeling, gymnastics…the possibilities are endless.  (I wish I could remember where I initially saw this onesie to properly credit it…but there are a slew of similar type ones you can find with a Google search if you’d like some more inspiration.)

Fonts used: Apple LiGothic (Mac font), Recklame Script Demo

Step 3. Salsa Baby Onesie!  FREE Silhouette cut file via thinkingcloset.com

Free Cut Files

Gender Neutral Onesies: 3 NEW Silhouette cut files from thinkingcloset.com

I love the versatility of gender-neutral onesies…both for the giver and receiver (these make great hand-me-downs!).  And while all three of these designs were created with specific couples in mind, I’m hopeful that some of you out there might be able to use one or two of these for future onesie projects.

So, I’m offering all three designs fo’ FREE download.  If you care to pin a photo from this post or share this post on your favorite social media platform as a way to say thanks, I’d click my heels with a leprechaun’s joy.  [Fine print: These designs are for personal use and not to be used for commercial purposes.]

Just click these links to download the files from box.com:

And if you want to download my original 3 gender-neutral onesie designs, grab those HERE.

Gender Neutral Onesies & Free Cut Files | The Thinking Closet

More FREEBIES here.

Tips for Working with HTV

I’ve gone through detailed step by step tutorials for working with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) a few times before (here & here), so I’ll just share some quick tips n’ tricks here:

  • Do NOT forget to flip your design horizontally before cutting.  It should look like the mirror image.  No one wants to waste perfectly good HTV.
  • Feed your HTV into the machine (or stick it to the mat) shiny side DOWN.  The shiny side is actually a plastic film that will peel away after ironing.  You don’t want to cut through that!

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

  • Always-always-always do a test cut before sending your design to your machine.  If only I had heeded my own advice, I would have saved myself from ruining some perfectly good HTV.  The second time around, I was able to run a few test cuts to determine that my blade needed to be on a 1 with a double-cut (apparently the recommended setting of a 2 was just too sharp!  It was cutting right through the entire sheet instead of giving it that “kiss cut” you’re going for).

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

  • Use a hook tool to peel away the negative space of your design.

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

  • Pre-warm your pre-washed onesie with a dry iron before placing your HTV pieces on it.
  • I like to use a ruler to make sure my design is properly centered.

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

  • Place a thin cotton cloth or piece of parchment paper in between your iron and the onesie.
Ironing the HTV design onto the tote!

(Photo from my TEAM BETTY tote bag.)

  • Apply good solid PRESSURE when pressing your garment with your iron, approximately 20 seconds per section.
  • The plastic film should peel away with ease when the HTV is properly applied.  If not, allow it to cool 30 seconds and re-press.

Tips for Working with Heat Transfer Vinyl from Lauren at thinkingcloset.com

  • Be sure to turn your garment inside out and press the back-side, as well.
  • Washing instructions: low heat, inside out.  And if for some reason your HTV starts to peel up, you can always iron it back down again!  However, it should not peel up if you’ve applied good solid pressure in the first place.

Phew!  That list was pretty much a tutorial…but I never want to leave y’all in the lurch!  Let me know if you have any HTV questions in the comments below.  And don’t be too intimidated.  It’s a really fun medium to work with…especially when it comes to itty bitty onesies.

Silhouette Promotion!

Whad’ya know, Silhouette America is kicking off a new promotion today and all heat transfer materials (including their printable HTV!) is on sale for 30% off.  Plus, if you’re interested in taking the plunge and buying your own machine, they’ve got two awesome bundles on major discount.

By visiting the Silhouette Promo page and using the code CLOSET, you have access to these amazing deals:

Silhouette Cameo HTV Bundle
  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO®
  • 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
  • 1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
  • 1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics:
  • TOTAL: $364.96  $269.99 
 Silhouette Portrait HTV Bundle
  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™
  • 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
  • 1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
  • 1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics
  • TOTAL: $244.96  $139.99

Sweet Sale on Silhouette Bundles & Heat Transfer Materials using the code CLOSET from 4/21 - 4/30!

Click HERE to access the special Silhouette deals running now through Wednesday, April 30th.

Silhouette Giveaway

Well, our friends at Silhouette America are generously offering up a Silhouette Portrait for one fortunate Thinking Closet reader.

“But wait a minute, Lauren.  You said there was something extra, too.  Didn’t you?”

Oh, dear reader: I love how astute you are.  Yes, I did say that, and indeed there is more.  In addition to a Portrait, the winner will receive a Heat Transfer Starter Kit, so you’ll have plenty of onesies to embellish with your new machine!  Yay for freebies!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (Plus HTV Starter Kit) at thinkingcloset.com April 21 - 27!

Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below and gain up to 12 entries today, and your first one is a freebie!  Just because.  This giveaway runs through 11:59 pm Sunday, April 27th.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 28th so be sure to check back to see if it’s your lovely name that pops up this time.

[You must have a US mailing address and be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway.  For some light reading, check out the rest of the giveaway terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget below.]

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*Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post; however, I received free product in exchange for an honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase using my code or link, I receive a small commission.  Please rest assured that as always, I only recommend products that I use and love like cray-cray.

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Tracy says

    Can you somehow save the negative space portion to cut some small details later? Or is it just wasted because the transfer sheet is used up? Heat transfer is one of the few things I haven’t tried with my Cameo because the amount of waste for the price of the HTV seems excessive (tempting at 30% off though). Love your tutorials!

  2. says

    My friend, you had me at “Settlers of Catan”! If only we were having more babies so I could put that cut file to good use. Though you know, there are always tshirts for bigger boys… 😀 Love them all– so cute! Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

    ~Abby =)

  3. Marmie says

    These are so clever and unique! Gianna & Raj and Liz & Andy will be delighted to receive these! Congrats to both of these dear families. Great tutorial, too! All the best to those participating in the give-away. Can’t wait to hear who the winner is! You are an amazing gift-giver!! Cheers to you!!

  4. Leslie Kiley says

    I think your smart little onsies are just adorable. Thank you for sharing the cut files with ua. These will make the perfect gift.

  5. Heather says

    Thanks for the coupon code! I’m excited about ordering some HTV, and trying it out. Do you have any other HTV brands you use and would recommend, or websites with good pricing. I can see this becoming an expensive hobby.

    • says

      Ha ha. Yes, the supplies can add up! So, sales like the current one are always great to take advantage of. I’ve bought HTV from Pick Your Plum (link on my sidebar) and got a free sheet from Happy Crafters. And freezer paper stenciling is a wonderful inexpensive alternative to HTV if your design is pretty simple. My April 12th post shows freezer paper stenciling in action. Best of luck!

  6. says

    Oh my gosh, I’m so in love with these! The Settlers of Catan one is adorable. Do you guys play Carcasonne too – that’ll have to be your next project :-) And the salsa dancing, love. I really need to get on the onsie-decorating bandwagon, while my little one still wears onsies.

    • says

      Yup! Carcasonne is one of my faves! I’m all over that onesie assignment. And yes, you’ve totally gotta take advantage of this special onesie season with your daughter! What about some signature ChiWei woodland creatures?

  7. Tammy says

    The Settlers onesie is GENIUS! We’re HUGE fans! It also sparks some ideas for a few other “game” onesies: like Ticket to Ride… Our OTHER addiction :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. says

    Hi! New follower from A Bowl Full of Lemons Linky Party. I love this blog post and of coarse the giveaway. I have a Cameo and it’s one of my most prized possessions! I entered the giveaway and if I happen to win I have the perfect person to give it to as a gift.

    I have never tried the Heat Transfer and after seeing your cute onesies I may just have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    I love the “home grown” onesie. I’m not from Ohio, but I live here now and it immediately caught my eye. I might have to make some for my dozens of pregnant friends (there is a serious baby boom going on up here!).

  10. says

    How CUTE are these?!! I especially love the “home grown” onesies! They would totally make the perfect baby shower gift! Thank you for sharing the free downloads :)

    • says

      Thank you for the compliments, Yo! Unfortunately, at this time, I just don’t have the time to create items for sale. I’m so sorry! Please feel free to see if one of your friends with a digital craft-cutter would create it for you using one of my free cut files or take the plunge and join us!

  11. Kathy says

    I have a question —- what brand of HTV do you think works the best for you? I have made some shirts and after the first wash the vinyl seems to be peeling on some.

    • says

      I prefer Silhouette America’s flocked HTV and Happy Crafter’s smooth HTV for ease of application; but I have had great success with both brands staying adhered to clothing. I think the key is really applying firm firm pressure and also ironing on the underside of the fabric. Also, I have heard that if HTV starts to peel up, you can just lay a thin cloth overtop, and re-iron, making sure to add that heavy pressure. Hope that helps, Kathy!


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