I’ve never had a baby born precisely in the summer months, until this last time around…and I rather liked it. Eli’s wardrobe during his first 3-4 months of life could be summed up in one word—“onesie.”
Iowa summers are hot and sticky, and less is more when it comes to clothing—for babies anyway. I’m all for modesty, but there is nothing quite so cute as a baby in a onesie. The exposed thighs are so much more accessible and squish-able that way!
The weather is cooling now, and we’ve been obligated to put some pants on the kid. But it was fun while it lasted!
This is the way we saw our baby the whole summer…
On Sundays we did spiff him up a bit for church, covering his legs a little and mixing up his wardrobe somewhat…but a onesie is still the most comfortable and practical thing for a young baby.
~~Enter, the “tie onesie.” I looked at multiple online tutorials, then got to work appliqueing a tie-shaped fabric cutout onto various onesies (that I bought at a consignment store).
If you’re going to the trouble of making one, why not make ten? At least that’s what I reasoned. Late one night Tom came in and saw the whole line-up across the kitchen table, and asked excitedly if I was going to start my own business and make us rich.
Ha!! It was very sweet of him to even joke that such a thing was possible. He is usually oblivious to my crafting, so the fact that he even took note of something I made (and thought it was decent) sparked my curiosity as to whether these were sell-able.
There are already a bajillion similar items for sale on Etsy, and I didn’t want to hassle with that anyway. So I went the low-effort, low-commitment, low-risk route and threw a little post and some pics on Craigslist, just for fun. And I made a few sales!!!
It was only 5 total onesies sold—including custom orders—and I didn’t charge much for them (which is what interested people, I’m sure)…but still. It always feels kind of cool to know something you made can be turned into earn cold, hard cash.
It was not a lot of cash, though—and probably not worth my time. I am certainly not going into business anytime soon. But hey, I’ve found my new go-to baby shower gift!