Make a Catholic Baby Present

 By the end of the year, I will be and Aunt 3 more times! Yay! I wanted to make some Catholic baby gifts for the Mommies-to-Be, so I made these Catholic Novelty shirts:
Onesies reading "Cradle Catholic" and "Saint in Training"
You can get plain white onesies in packs of 5 at Wal-Mart. I actually found these 2 at the Salvation Army.

What you’ll Need:

  • Onesies
  • Pencil
  • Fabric Paint (assorted colors)
White onesies with puffy paint next to it

Once you choose what you want your shirt to say, sketch it on the shirt with a pencil. (Extra pencil lines you make will wash out when you’re done, so don’t stress over them.)

White onesie with a pencil and pencil drawing on it

Once you have it like you want it, draw over your pencil lines with fabric paint.

Pencil lines being painted on

I decided that I wanted the onesies to have a little more personality, so I added some “extras”- like this Jesus fish!

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Finishing up painting "Cradle Catholic" on onesie

If you want to add a rosary around your design, then make your biggest dot right at the bottom (where the rosary ‘splits’) and then 4 more big dots evenly spaced at the “4 corners” of your design. Then you can just fill in between each one with 10 small dots. Add the “beads” that hang down and the cross last. Ta da!

Near Finished Catholic Cradle Onesie

I also love adding little halos with gold glitter fabric paint. I think the halos are cutest when they’re oval shaped and a little crooked.

Adding halo onto onesie
Here’s my little angel in her new “Cradle Catholic” onesie!
Here are some other things your Catholic novelty shirts could say: *I’m going to keep updating this list whenever I find other cute phrases*
  • Catholic Girl
  • I Love my Godmother (or Godfather, or Godparents)
  • World’s Best Goddaughter! (or Godson)
  • 100% Angel
  • Born to Love Jesus
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • Jesus was Breastfed
  • Mommy’s Answered Prayers

Know of something else cute to write on the shirts? Leave it in the comments! 🙂


  1. This is such a cute idea!!! I might have to practice on my own baby!

  2. so cute. what an inspirational idea. How about "Jesus loves me."

  3. This is such a cute idea! I'll be sure to make some of these when we have our next baby.

  4. Jen Brannon says

    How about 'future white collar worker' with the Roman collar on it?!

  5. Jim/Carrie says

    Too cute! I just made one too for our 6th that will be here next week! thanks!!!

  6. I love these! Some of my friends used this as an idea for a craft to do at a baby shower they gave me. It was so fun to get a unique onesie from each of my friends. I'll send you a photo of one…Since hubby is a firefighter, my son's middle name is Florian, patron saint of fire fighters. One of the ladies drew a fire truck on the onesie with "St. Florian pray for me!"

    I also love the one with the Jeremiah (1:5) scripture on the back "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." OR "Before you were born, I set you apart."
    Or "A baby is God's way of saying the world must go on."~Carl Sandburg~ (Look that one up for exact wording) God bless!

  7. PattyinCT says

    I loved just about all of these (except for the anti-baby one!)

    And I can't wait to make a onesie for my Godson who is getting baptised in a couple weeks! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

  8. PattyinCT says

    I loved just about all of these (except for the anti-baby one!)

    And I can't wait to make a onesie for my Godson who is getting baptised in a couple weeks! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

  9. Lacy, I love it! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Teacher Mama Tina says

    This is WONDERFUL! 🙂 Love it love it love it! 🙂 God bless you for this beautiful heaven-sent blog! Such a help for Catholic moms like me! All the way from the Philippines! 🙂

  11. “Jesus was breastfed”—LOVE IT!!!!

  12. Veronica says

    These are really cute ideas for baby showers! May I suggest a title: “Saint in Training”…especially if you’re a Catholic from New Orleans!