Tutorial for the baby onesie

handmade baby shower invitationKim contacted me and asked how to make the onesie card like I posted a little while back.  I thought perhaps others would like to know as well.  It really is a fairly easy card to make and everyone loves it!






onesie card tutorialThe first step is to cut a piece of cardstock in half long way.  The cardstock should measure 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Fold it in half.







onesie card tutorial step two

You want to use a 1 3/8″ circle punch (item #119860) to cut the neck out of the folded end of the cardstock.  Cut just a half circle.









onesie tutorialUse that same circle punch to punch out the leg holes (bottom corners of the card).










handmade card tutorialFor the arms, measure down from the fold approx. 1 1/4″ and cut straight into the card about an inch.  Be sure you are cutting through both the top and bottom of the card.  From there, cut diagonally down to the corner where you punched the leg hole.  For the second arm I like to take the piece cut away from the first side and trace it on the second side to make sure they are the same size.



onesie laceTo make the lace around the arm and leg holes you’ll need to once again use that circle punch.  Punch a circle out of the white cardstock making sure there is plenty of cardstock on all sides of the hole.





scallop laceForget about the circle you punched out, you need the cardstock that you punched the circle out of.  Turn your 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle punch (item #119854) upside down so you can position the circle in the middle of the scallop and punch.





lace on the onesie card

Position the lace around the neck and leg holes and adhere.  For the arms you can use the Scallop edge punch (item #119882) on some white cardstock and glue to the arms.  Stamp and decorate your card as you like.

I hope this has helped you.  If you have questions please feel free to leave them under the comments and I will answer them ASAP.  Thank you Kim for asking – I’m happy to be able to help you out!

You can purchase any of the punches, cardstock or accessories needed for these onesies online at Shop.StampThat.com or you can purchase ready made Handmade Onesie Shaped Baby Inivtation Cards in my Etsy Store.

I wish I could give credit to the person who originally came up with this idea but I’m afraid I don’t know who that was as there are many variations out there.


  1. Thanks so much for posting! My sister-in-law just had a baby girl and I can’t wait to send this to her!!! She has been living in Germany for the last year working with Campus Crusade and was not able to take all her craft/stampin “stuff” along. I know she will appreciate this home-made card!
    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks so much, my sister is having a surprise baby shower and I decided to make her invitations like this, thanks for the instructions its so helpful. Mahalo,

  3. Hi Becky,
    When I tried to punch through two pieces of paper (to make the “neck hole”), I ruined my circle punch. 🙁 Did I do something wrong? can you successfully punch through two pieces of paper? Maybe your circle punch isn’t SU? I’d love some help because it is such a cute card…

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I’m sorry to hear about your punch breaking! I do use a Stampin’ Up! punch and I have not had any trouble (although it does take a little muscle work). The only recommendation I can make is to make sure that within the half circle that you are punching you are using the part of the punch that goes down first. That probably isn’t clear. . . . I’ll try to explain. If you look at the bottom of your punch and more specifically the “blade” you’ll see the “points” of the blade that cut into the paper first. Make sure one of these points is going into the neckline (the more toward the center probably the better). The points are what get the whole cutting process started, without them the paper is likely to get jammed in your punch.

    I hope that makes sense and I hope you’ll be able to make your card! If I can be of further help feel free to ask.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I love to learn new things…especially if the results are this beautiful.

  6. The original design came from Lauren Meader.

  7. I think this is a great idea, if I can’t find the scalloped round punch I am going to use real lace. My daughter will love this for her PINK shower.

  8. I love your invitation idea, but my sister is having a baby boy how can I make it, to look adequate for a baby boy invitation.

    • Hi Mary!

      For a baby boy I would go with Bashful Blue cardstock. I think the scalloped collar and legs and buttons down the front would still be fine but you might want to leave off the bow. Another option would be to stamp something like baseballs or little puppies or something boyish all over the onsie in the same or similar color to the cardstock. I hope this helps!

  9. Thanks for creating a great site to browse!

  10. I made a really cute centerpiece out of this invitation for my daughters baby shower. I would be happy to share it.

  11. What did you use for the snaps and what did you use for the buttons? What length did you use for the bows and do you have a quick and easy way to tie the bows?

  12. Hi Becky, I love your invitation idea, but we don’t know if my sister-in-law is having a baby boy or a girl. how can I make it, to look adequate for a natural invitation.

    • Hi Sarita!

      You could do the same basic card but use Certainly Celery and Whisper White or Barely Banana and Whisper White to make it safe for either a boy or a girl. Of course you could always make it a white onesie too and then make the scallops around the neck and legs be the green or yellow. I hope that helps! I’d love to see your final product!

  13. Hi, Just wondering what size scallop punch did you use ???

    • Hi Lynne,

      I used the scallop circle punch from Stampin’ Up! I’m making a rough estimate here but it’s about 1 3/8″ in diameter I believe. (I’m not actually looking at the punch but I know it’s pretty close in size to our 1 3/8″ circle punch. I hope that helps!

  14. LOVE this. Makes me so excited about my baby shower coming up. I love doing things like this and to find this was so exciting. But I was wondering if you went and just bought envelopes? or I mean I guess I wouldn’t just write the address on the back and put a stamp; they’d probably get dirty. So you just bought envelopes?

    • Hi Ashlyn,

      Yes, you’ll want to put the onsies into envelopes. If you want to have envelopes, keep your invitations clean, and have them be seen, I highly recommend our clear translucent envelopes. These are A2 size so the onsies fit perfectly! You can find the clear translucent envelopes on page 168 of the Idea Book & Catalog. They are item number 102619 and it only costs $4.95 for 50 envelopes.

  15. I noticed you mentioned using the clear envelopes. Just a word of caution in that the postage is more to mail them.

    • Actually Diane, there should be no extra cost to mail plastic envelopes unless they are bulky. I have mailed 100s of cards in plastic envelopes at no additional charge (and no, people aren’t paying extra on the other end.) Here are a couple pointers, don’t got to the PO and ask them how much it costs to mail them, they seem to automatically charge more just for you asking. Just stick them in your mailbox. If you’re having trouble with one post office mailing them then take them to a drop box elsewhere. Sometimes there are grouchy postmasters that don’t allow things they should. Sounds funny but I’ve heard many stories to prove it.

      • AMEN TO THAT!! Here in Ohio..one p.o. regular postage..next town over..an extra stamp…next town over .10 more…and their reasoning is usually bc they say they have to hand cancel them..bc slick surface of envies…so yeah..worth checking out to find out who won’t charge you extra for the postage…just my 2 cents worth….

  16. Hi,

    I was wondering if the embellished card stock (I’m looking for sage and yellow) featured in the pink onesie above was available on this website? Or where I can find it?


  17. Did you use a different punch on the sleeves?
    What kind of glue do you use?
    Never done this before, just checking. What was used for the snaps and buttons?

    • I used the Scallop Edge Punch for the trim on the sleeves. I used SNAIL adhesive which is a double sided adhesive runner carried by Stampin’ Up! For the snaps I used eyelets and for the buttons I simply punched circles out of Whisper White cardstock. I hope that helps answer your questions, please feel free to ask more if you’d like!

  18. What # card stock do you use for your invitations?

  19. These are so cute, but I have two follow up questions:
    1. Does anyone know where I can buy gingham cardstock? Our mommy is obsessed! I would love to do the onsie in light pink gingham if possible.
    2. What size envel0pes do these end up going in?


    • 1. I’m not able to help you with the gingham cardstock I’m afraid. I’m not sure where you would find it in cardstock weight. You might also consider gingham ribbon.
      2. The onsies fit into Stampin’ Up! medium size envelopes (known to everyone else as A2 size. :))

      Hope that helps!

  20. Hi I love you card. I love all your cards you are so talented and quiet an inspiration. what is the size of the scalloped punch you used on this card?

  21. Thank You so much, it is such a cute card! I have seen it before and admired it, but didn’t have any instructions for it…..

  22. This onesie turned out to be fairly easy once I found the right punches! Thanks for the detailed instructions. They were easy to follow!

  23. I love this invitation. They are adorable, but I would like to make it into a centerpiece. Can you give me any ideas? I read that Debbie has done this. Can you email me a picture?

    • I’m sorry, I do not know who Debbie is. I don’t see why you couldn’t make a onesie as I showed and then deocrate the front and the back so those on both of the table can see it. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  24. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am glad I found your blog.

  25. Can you tell me how you cut from armhole to the leg. Thanks for your help. This invitation is so cute.

    • Hi Sharon,

      I’m afraid I’m probably not going to be much help to you. I simply used a ruler to draw the bottom of the sleeve and then used the ruler to connect the line to the corner left from the leg hole. Once I cut that first side, I take the piece I cut out and put it over on the other side and cut along that so the sides are equal.

  26. Becky- I just wanted to thank you for your blog on the onesie!! We made them for my shower and they came out SO CUTE!! I love them. We had people bring them to the shower and they were used as decoration. I now have them draped in my little girls room, anticipating her arrival. I blogged about them and gave a link to your site for others to use your tutorial to make them. Thanks again for the idea!!

  27. Thank you for instructions on the onesie! We made them for my shower, and they came out great! I had a difficult time finding the scalloped circle punch, so I used a thin lace with pearls; I received so many compliments! I referred other expecting mom’s to your blog!

  28. What is the pink paper you used called?

  29. Is there anyway you can make a listing of the products needed to make this? I’m having a difficult time figuring out what is needed exactly. Like what paper to use. I see the “Love” designer series paper pattern, but it is not the size you said you used…Help! I really want to make these for shower.

  30. Hiya, where did you get your scalloped circle punch from? I can’t find one any where! Thank-you Vicky

  31. Hi Becky!

    Is it possible you can post a list of all the materials/item numbers you used. I’m confused about the pink paper. You said it was called Pink Pirouette but that appears to be a plain pink paper and the one you used has a design on it.

  32. Becky, I love this! Thanks for posting a tutorial! From one Demo to another– your ideas are fantastic!

    Dolly, It appears Becky stamped on her Pink Pirouette cardstock in the top picture to get that effect.

  33. Sorry if this has already been answered but i didnt see it. What size was your scallop hole punch?

  34. This is the cutest card…I used the Sizzix onesie for the last baby announcements I made but I like this even better !!! Thanks for sharing…Elaine

  35. It’s a cute card. Can you tell me what size scallop punch did you use?
    I was wondering if I should put scallops back of the card around the neck and legs.
    Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  36. Greetings from Germany ! Thank you so much for that cute idea. I made a card for a BOY and stamped his name all over the blue paper I used. I think it also goes well for a boy.

  37. Very nice and I’m very impress, may I got this holo punch dear?

  38. Hi there, so sweet of you to post your tutorial! I love when crafters are not afraid to help others. I was curious, however, since I am fairly new to cardmaking, that if someone couldn’t find, or couldn’t afford the punches you mentioned, why couldn’t they just be cut with scissors? I realize it wouldn’t be as uniform and exact, but, is that a possibility? I have a limited income, and am always looking for ways to cut corners, without losing the beautiful effects that many of the tools available for purchase make. Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Yes, you could certainly cut out a onesie shape by hand if you wanted too, in face I’ve done that myself before I had the punches. If you’re making one or two cards, no biggy. I know a lot of people make these for baby shower invitations, however, and need 30-100 of them – that would be a lot of work cutting by hand! If you make a lot of cards or scrapbook pages you’ll find yourself using those same punches for many other projects and they’re definitely worth the expense.

  39. I don’t see why you couldn’t just use scissors…the whole idea is the shape of the onesee…am I right? Using scissors or an ex-acto knife would be a nice challenge.

  40. I just made a onesie and it is so cute. Now I am trying to figure out the easy way to decorate for a boy. The lace is perfect for a girl. I will be using it soon but then I will be giving a baby shower around Christmas and at this point I don’t know boy or girl.
    I tried my 1-1/4 square punch with my 1-3/8, but there is not enough difference, I don’t think
    I used the scallop square punch for the arms and just cut them out for size.
    Thanks so much!

  41. Just wondering what size scallop punch you used?

  42. I was wondering if you made the bow on the front of this invitation of they can be bought. I have looked everywhere and can’t find anything like this.

  43. What a great talent you have Becky! Thanks a lot for the wonderful ideas you’ve shared with us. I’m planning to have my baby shower in the next few weeks, and I’m so excited to dedicate my time making these cute onesie cards. I just hope it’ll turn out as cute as yours :s

    Reese 😀

  44. Thank you for sharing!This is beautiful, and yet so simple…

  45. My daughter and I are planning a baby shower. We love this invite and found it easy to make. Can you tell me how you added the invite info on the inside? We don’t want to ruin the card by handwriting the shower info.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.


    • Hi Karen,

      Actually, I think a hand written invitation adds a touch of warmth. I usually stamp “what, when, where . . . ” and then write the information. You can print the information on the computer if you would like but you’ll want to print that on the base cardstock before you cut and make the invitations. Otherwise, if you’ve already made them, you’ll need to print on copy paper and then cut to the shape of the card and adhere in. It gets a little tricky getting the text to the right shape so you don’t cut into it but it is possible, I have done it as an example before.

  46. Hi Becky,
    Do you if I post your finished image and a link to this tutorial on my blog?

  47. Hello,
    I have a question about printing on the card stock – do you have a formula down pat for setting up the “what when where” etc., lines on the invitation such as, margin info, etc?

    • Hi Angie,

      I’m sorry, no I do not have that information. I typically stamp the What, When, Where words and then handwrite the information after that. It is possible to print the information before cutting the cardstock but it’s tricky!

      Becky 🙂

  48. Becky, love this project, thank you so very much for the tutorial. What size scallop punch did you use for this please?
    Thanks Cindy

  49. Jessica Rosendaul

    What size was your scallop punch? I used the same size as my circle punch and its not working. Thanks

  50. Dear Becky,
    Thankyou so much for sharing this tutorial. My downline saw one on Stampin Connection and was asking me how to make it. Another Demo put me onto to you and now I can share it with my lady.
    I think it’s wonderful that you also spoke of the person who created it originally. So many people take credit for others work and even try to sell it as I found when trying to find a tutorial on this very thing.
    Good luck with your business. Regards Wendy

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