Custom ‘Baby’s Best Friend’ Black Lab Onesie Gift {Tutorial}

Custom ‘Baby’s Best Friend’ Black Lab Onesie Gift {Tutorial}

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Ok. Quick show of hands – what’s cuter:

a) puppies b) babies c) newborn babies snuggling with puppies

If you chose C, you are my people.

So many of my friends are having their first babies. I use the term “first” loosely because while they are first-time parents of little tiny humans, they’ve been taking care of their first-born fur-babies for quite some time.

Make this Baby's best friend onesie using the Cricut tutorial at Nataliemenke.com

In these situations, you can pretty much guarantee that these babies and pups will be attached at the hip – either because of primal protective traits demonstrated by the older dog sibling or because that new baby will not leave his or her furry friend alone once they start moving.

Just the other day, I made a personalized onesie for good friends of ours who were expecting (at the time, but who now have a beautiful baby girl – the human kind). Before baby girl arrived, their lives revolved around their french bulldog. This onesie was such a big hit, my sister asked me to make a black lab onesie for her neighbor who just had a little boy (again, of the human variety). Their lab’s name is Blue and has been the center of attention until baby came along. The parents love Blue so much, the middle name of their baby is actually Blue! He’s forever a part of him now 🙂

If you want to make this black lab onesie, follow along below. I found my image at the ExpertOutfit shop on Etsy, and they have have all sorts of other breeds to chose from too.

Step 1: Gather your supplies:

Step 2: Download the black lab SVG file

Download directions:

  • Download the image to your device
  • Open Cricut Design Space and in a New Project, click on the Upload button on the left sidebar.
  • Click on the Upload Image button and then the Browse button to navigate to where you’ve saved your image.
  • Double click on the svg file (Chrome HTML document type)
  • Add an image name and tags and click Save.
  • Now your image will be saved to Recently Uploaded Images under the Upload tab.
  • Click on your image and hit the “Insert Images” button, which will take you back to your canvas for further manipulation.

Step 3: Arrange the image and add text

I downloaded and installed two different fonts for this project. For “Blue” I used Signatra and for “best friend” I used Bebas Neue – both found at dafont.com. Bebas Neue by Dharma Type is quickly becoming a go-to font for me. I used it when I made the “You See Me Rollin'” t-shirt. To see how I installed these fonts to Cricut’s Design Space, check out that post or read below.

Download directions:

  • Go to Dafont.com and search for “bebas neue” and click on the gray “download” button to the right of the font.
  • Once the zip file has completed its download to your computer, open the file and double-click on the “Bebas Neue-Regular” TrueType font file to open it.
  • Then hit the “install” button at the top of the document.
  • Once the install is complete, open Cricut Design Space and select your new font from the font drop-down menu. (If you are already working in Design Space, you’ll want to refresh it or log out and back in so you can see the new font selection).

Step 4: Cut, weed and heat press your design as you would any other HTV project.

This svg was so intricate, I used a tracing light box to make sure I weeded all the little details properly. I was on the fence for so long about getting a light box, so I ended up ordering a cheaper version than the Cricut Light Pad just to see if I got any use out of it. Boy, am I glad I ordered it! I use it alll the time, especially when working with detailed projects and/or white vinyl. My current craft room is a dimly-lit basement bedroom, and the backlighting provided by this tool helps a ton. I highly recommend this one if you are debating a similar purchase.

Make This! Baby's best friend onesie with black lab image

So, do you know any doggy moms and dads expecting their first tiny human? If you use these directions and source links to make your own version of my baby’s best friend onesie, I’d love to see how it turns out! Please tag me on Instagram so I can see your creativity 🙂

More later! My craft room is calling & I must go…

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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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