The weekend before Gracie was born Jack and I worked on a project to welcome her. I wanted him to help make something for her that he would see her use every day. And I wanted him to start to get a sense of how small she would actually be when she arrived. So I decided we would make hand-painted onesies.
First I cut stencils out of freezer paper using an exacto knife.
Then I ironed the stencils onto the onesies. (You iron the freezer paper, shiny side down for about 20-30 seconds and it sticks to the cotton.)
Then I called Jack in to help with the painting. We used Jacquard fabric paint that I bought at Michaels. I put the colors in an old mini muffin tin for easy dipping, mixing, and stirring.
When they were thoroughly painted we hung them to dry overnight.
The next morning we peeled off the freezer paper and heat-set the paint with an iron. I'll update with a picture of Gracie modelling her custom clothing as soon as I have one.
Are there any other great ideas for helping a sibling welcome baby home that I should know about? Please share!