No Sew Appliques For Baby


no sew appliques to quickly and easily turn a baby boy clothes into a girls wardrobe

I am so excited to share one of my favorite recent projects- turning my son’s blue infant attire into something suiting a sweet baby girl! And because I am all about the quick and easy at Sweet C’s, I promise this doesn’t use any advanced skills, expensive materials/equipment, or much active time!

When we had our 20 week ultrasound for my baby due in April, my husband wished over and over for another boy. I know he wanted our little guy to have a buddy, a sidekick- just like he had with his little brother growing up. He also rightfully realized that having another boy would be really, really easy on our budget. Afterall, we already had an ADORABLE, fully complete boy’s wardrobe.

I on the other hand had visions of pink, ribbons, ruffles, and all sorts of lovely flowery designs. Guess who won out? Yep- I am having a beautiful baby girl in April! I can’t wait- but I also realize that the adorable girls clothes I couldn’t wait to outfit my little darling in are WAY more expensive than boy’s clothes. While I have some fun outfit purchases planned, it seems silly to buy a ton of new clothes when most of little man’s are in perfect condition. While I plan on sending some to friends, saving a few for a baby clothes quilt, I still have a TON of clothes in pale blues or adorable blue and white stripes. As blue is my favorite color, I knew I had to make some of these adorable outfits work for my baby girl!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am kind of a lazy seamstress. I love to sew, but I am admittedly not the best when it comes to appliques. I just can’t get my lines to be perfect, and it totally annoys me. I also hate using iron on appliques- while they are really easy, I have an aversion to my iron, and they always seem to peel off. So I was delighted when I ran across Fabric Mod Podge the other day while wandering an aisle at my craft store. I just HAD to try it- would it work better than iron-on backing? Would it last? Hold up to a washing? How easy was it? Read on and see how it went!


First, gather a bunch of tees and onesies, and cut out a piece of scrap fabric. I like to cut large squares to work with, but don’t make it too large that it isn’t easy to manage. Turn the fabric to the backside, and coat with your fabric mod podge. Let dry completely.

Once dry, your fabric will be ready to cut. I ran mine through my die cutter (yes, it really works!!!), but I would recommend using a new/newer mat. I ended up free hand cutting most of my shapes because I have so many to do, it seemed so much easier than loading and unloading cutting mats. Just use a fabric pen to trace your shape, and cut. (I used primarily hearts in this group because I can freehand those easily…).


Apply a generous amount of mod podge onto the back of your applique. Be sure to really get a lot on the edges (you’ll see below what happened when I went light on the edges).
GENIUS! Use fabric mod podge and some cute fabrics to quickly turn baby boy clothes into a cute girl wardrobe! #modpodge

Place your appliques onto your shirt, and press firmly. Be sure to press from the center out to the sides to ensure you don’t have any bubbles. Press firmly. If you get any extra mod podge around the sides, wipe it up quickly or dab with some cold water to remove.

Let dry overnight. I don’t know if it is necessary, but I ironed it once before washing to set the applique.

Wash like normal. I didn’t put these in the dryer, as I’ve seen people recommend against it. I live in Colorado- so line drying is not an issue at all for me, with our dry air!


After washing, I did find a few of my appliques peeled a bit at the edges. I noticed my fatter hearts did, while the skinny B did not, at all. I know I went a little light on the mod podge around the edges on some of my appliques- and those were the ones that peeled. I simply took a paintbrush and painted the back of the peeled up appliques with more mod podge. Press firmly, and let dry for about 1/2 hour. Give the edge a gentle tug – if it comes up, add more mod podge. If it doesn’t, you are golden! (I only had to add it once).

I washed all the shirts a second time before taking the top picture- and the appliques are still as fabulous as they were before washing!



UPDATE 1 year in: the clothes are still holding strong after numerous washes! They look great and I will continue to use this technique in the future- LOVE it! Turn boys blue's into a girls wardrobe with NO SEW appliques! Genius for families expecting a baby girl... and it holds up to washing and wear. I am SO doing this!

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