It seems like this time of the year…brings out the BABIES and when the Baby Shower invitation arrives in your mailbox, you simply gotta get motivated!

People know I embroider and applique…it’s NO secret…and when a new Baby arrives in our circle of friends…a Super Cute gift is in order!

I simply wouldn’t have it any other way!

As I thumbed through the many adorable designs here at Baby Kay’s, I stumbled across the ever classic Whale in Circle Frame.

I knew…without a doubt, this was the perfect design for the new little guy!

Let’s get started…

Since I decided to put the appliqued design onto a 12 month bodysuit ( I chose the 5×7 inch size)…I went ahead and prepped my 7×7 Fast Frame with sticky stabilizer and found the center of my design on the garment.I also fused a pieced of No Show Mesh to the backside of the garment…where the design will be.

***TIP…I like to use the rule of thumb of .75” to 1” from the neckline to the TOP of the design for my baby and children’s garment…since I like the placement of the design to be on the chest area and not in the middle of the tummy.Just my personal preference…but mark your center wherever suits your FANCY!

I loaded the frame onto my machine with the bodysuit UPSIDE down…and the design is also upside down on my screen too!

Here she goes…

As you can see…I went ahead and securely fasten my bodysuit with my red clippies and I may or may NOT have used the WHOLE box!

OK…I used the whole box!

Just because I could and the Red Clippie Police did NOT knock down my door!


I use these red clippies as an extra precaution, while stitching designs with my Fast Frames.I simply do NOT want anything to shift or move while the stitching is taking place.

Call me a control freak…

Embrace your weaknesses…that’s my motto!

Here’s the stats of my project…

5” X 5” design size (approximate)

10,625 stitches (approximate)


I LOVE this so…

And just because this little bodysuit needed a “side kick”…

I made this too…

Now…don’t despair if you have a little princess coming soon, because Baby Kay’s has this Super Sweet Design in a Girly version.I can’t wait to make that too!

Tools of the Trade:

-Whale in Circle Frame Applique Design (I used 5X7 inch size)

-Fast Frame (I used 7 inch size)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Walmart and On Line)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-White Bodysuit (I used a 12 months size) (Hobby Lobby)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand-(Lt Gray #1707-Lt Blue #406-Royal Blue #413-Black #020)

-Fabric-Light Gray Sketch (Hello World by Abi Hall for Moda) Blue Check (Dit Dot by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics…color is Periwinkle) Royal w/Dots (Moda’s Dot Essentials)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking