Upcycle an old baby onesie or t-shirt into an awesome wreath for baseball season!
Happy Opening Day! Today marks the first day of baseball season and it is finally starting to feel like spring! I have a fun tutorial today for upcycling an old baby onesie or child’s shirt and turning it into an awesome baseball wreath you can keep up all summer long.
While doing some spring cleaning this year, I came across a bunch of old baseball onesies my kids wore when they were babies. I used one of the onesies to create this wreath and love how it turned out! You can use a child’s shirt as well an adult shirt – it just needs to have a graphic featuring your favorite sports team! Official baseball clothing can be pricey, so this is a great project for upcycling something your kids have out-grown, stained or ripped – just so long as the sports graphic is in good shape you can use it!
Below is the tutorial for creating this wreath! This tutorial can be used for any sports team and also for any type of sport!!
Supplies Needed for DIY Baseball Wreath
- Baseball oneise or shirt with a graphic featuring your favorite sports team
- 9″ embroidery hoop
- Foam wreath form
- Acrylic paint in your team’s colors
- Needle and thread for ribbon flowers or pre-made fabric flowers
- Baseball buttons
- Hot glue gun
Step One: This wreath uses an embroidery hoop to display the shirt graphic. After painting my embroidery hoop navy blue, I cut open the back of my baby onesie so I could frame the graphic that was on the front. At first the image wasn’t very centered in my hoop, but I kept stretching the oneise until the image looked nice.
Cut away the rest of the onesie so only a small amount is left on the back of the hoop. Use a running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Pull the thread so the fabric gathers and is held in place on the back of the hoop.
Step Two: Wrap the foam wreath form with ribbon. I chose to use a striped ribbon in blue and white. To add the yellow, I used one of my kids’ markers, a yellow Pip-Squeak, and colored every other white stripe yellow. It worked out really well. I’m not sure if the color will fade, but since my wreath is living indoors it should be fine. We’ll see!
Step Three: If you wish to add flowers to your wreath like I did, you can make them using ribbon, felt, fabric, or burlap! My flowers were made using 10-12″ strips of ribbon in yellow, blue and white. I used a running stitch along one of the edges of the ribbon and then pulled the thread which gathered the ribbon. I then wrapped the ribbon into circles and stitched in place.
There are lots of fun tutorials on Pinterest for making ribbon and fabric flowers you can check out. Joann’s also sells some pre-made fabric flowers! I found these fun baseball buttons at Joann Fabrics to add to the center of each of my flowers.
Step Four: Time to assemble the wreath. Glue the embroidery hoop with your graphic to the center of the foam wreath form. I used hot glue.
Pin the flowers in place to get an idea of layout then glue them down. Add baseball buttons to the centers of each flower with more glue – or stitch them in place.
Optional – add a bow to the top of the embroidery hoop!
Be sure to add a ribbon loop to the back of the wreath so it can be hung up!
The wreath is finished!! Yay!
I love how fun this wreath turned out! It was a great way to upcycle one of our baby onesies! Plus, seeing the wreath reminds me of my little ones which is always nice :)
Do you have any old sports shirts or onesies you could upcycle? This wreath is a fun way to celebrate any sports team! We are so excited for baseball season and can’t wait to go to a game! Go Brewers!