One of my favorite things about the first year of my baby’s life is celebrating their first major holiday.
I know it’s something they will ever remember – but I sure do, and they are memories I never forget.
Before I even got pregnant with Andrew, I created some “Baby’s First Holiday” designs in Design Space. I only hoped and prayed that I would be able to use them with my own baby!
Thankfully, sweet Andrew was born this last September – just in time for the biggest holidays of the year.
We’ve celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – and they’ve all been so fun.
Despite having these designs for longer than he’s even been around, I didn’t get my stuff together in time to get the Halloween one done….I did make this adorable Mandrake Onesie, though!
I did get my stuff together before Thanksgiving, and he wore the Thanksgiving onesie then. It was my favorite one, so I was excited to have him wear that one first.
This would make for a great Cricut baby shower gift. It is a little time intensive because they are so many different colors of iron-on used, but it’s well worth the effort.
Here is everything you need to know to replicate this project:
Design Space File
First of all – here is the Design Space file! You should be able to open it from this link and edit it directly. Again, some elements are paid/Access files.
You can change colors, fonts, etc. to your liking.
When I was working with the Thanksgiving one, I made the mistake of using glitter iron-on as the turkey, and I didn’t do the knock out method. It was really difficult to get the block eyes and the beak to stick on top of glitter – so remember, glitter should be a top layer UNLESS you are doing the knock out method (links are below on to how to layer HTV).
Here are all the months that have a design in the file above – and what they look like!
Fourth of July
Onesies I used
You can use whatever baby onesies you want. However, I LOVE Primary.com. I emailed them about featuring their onesies in this project, and they were nice enough to send us a set.
But I have long loved their clothes, and I have used them in many projects in the past. They are super high quality and work with iron-on perfectly!
They usually have some kind of coupon (I think it’s almost always 15% off and free shipping for first-time orders when you sign up for their emails!) Primary.com has plain and simple patterned clothes up to size 12 that work great for vinyl projects.
I used various colors and styles from their bodysuit collection (both in long and short sleeves). It can be hard to estimate exactly what size your baby will be during certain holidays before seeing them. Andrew is bigger than his brothers were at this age, so he’ll be squeezing into his Valentine’s Day shirt in a week or so!
I used various kinds of iron-on vinyl from Cricut.com for this project that I had in my WorkBox 3.0.
I had some SportFlex iron on, but that was a bit of mistake with my cotton bodysuits. I had to turn up the heat, press it down for a longtime, and wait quite sometime to peel it off.
If you are new to iron-on, here are a few tutorials that might be helpful to you:
- How to Use Multiple Kinds of Iron-on
- How to Use Vinyl Iron-on
- How to Layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Vinyl Iron-on for Cricut: Answers to all your Burning Questions
Other Supplies I Used:
You can definitely use your traditional heat press or iron for this project as well.
Let me know if you have any questions. If you make these projects, I’d love for you to tag us on Instagram at @clarkscondensed so we can see!
Other Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.