“Incredibles” Iron On Vinyl Tutorial

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layered heat transfer tutorial

If you make handmade Halloween costumes, you know this week is crunch time! {Unless you are the super-on-top-of-it crafter, then you’re probably done already! I am not.} I am definitely a procrastinator when it comes to Halloween costumes. {raise your hand if you’re with me on this!}

I make their costumes every year, but I am literally still hot gluing as the kids are walking out the door to trick-or-treat on Halloween! And this year of course is no exception. I just started making costumes yesterday…. 🙂 And for the first time, the whole family is dressing up for Halloween. Typically, I only have to make 2 costumes {for my 2 boys}, but this year, I have to make 5 since we have a new addition to the family. Awesomesauce. So I now have to bust out 5 costumes this week…yikes! But thankfully, we’re doing something fairly easy. We’re going to be The Incredibles family, just like the movie. And thanks to my trusty Silhouette and some heat transfer vinyl from Happy Crafters, I’ve got the shirts practically done!

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First, I designed the Incredibles symbol using my Silhouette Studio software. The Designer software and the extra tools that came wiith my Silhouette makes it really easy to design your own shapes.

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I used 3 different colors of heat transfer vinyl for the logo: black, yellow, and orange.

Layered Heat Transfer Tutorial

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1. Using the circle tool, I created 3 ovals and used the text tool for the “i”.

2. Then I used the eraser tool to remove the extra lines to create the swooshes around the “i”.

3. Next, I flipped it horizontally before cutting. {this is really important if you are cutting words}

4. I fed the heat transfer vinyl into my Silhouette machine WITHOUT a cutting mat and with the plastic side down.

5. Remove the extra vinyl around your design.

6. Iron the heat transfer with the plastic side up with a cloth over it, for about 45-60 seconds, pressing down firmly. I ironed the orange first {I did not remove any of the orange heat transfer from the logo. I used the entire logo since it was my base color}, then I ironed the black on top of the orange, and then the yellow. {iron for the full time for each additional layer of heat transfer. Allow to cool for a couple minutes between layers.}

*Tip: Heat transfer should look like it melted into the fabric. If it is merely sitting on top, then you’ll want to iron longer. I highly recommend using a stopwatch or clock so your timing can be exact.

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So what you see is about all I’ve gotten done with their Incredibles costumes. I’m hoping I’ll be lucky enough to get them done BEFORE Halloween so that I can post pictures! {I never posted last year’s costume pics because they got done too late!} You can check out the cute handmade Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber costumes from 2 years ago here.


Have you finished your Handmade Halloween Costumes yet?

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Iron On Vinyl Heart Onesie Tutorial

gold heart top

I LOVE crafting for new my baby girl! Its just so much fun and I’m kind of obsessed with my latest little girl craft: a gold heart onesie! It turned out better than I imagined. As soon as it was done, I shared this picture on Instagram. I am loving all things metallic right now, especially gold! So of course I went with a gold heart for my sweet baby girl. I also paired this with her arrow leggings; so cute!

Now adding a simple heart or any decal to a shirt is super easy with your Silhouette vinyl cutter. {no sewing required!!} All you need is some Iron On Vinyl {I got mine from Happy Crafters. They carry several brands of Iron On and Adhesive Vinyl, so there is tons of colors/finishes to pick from!}, Silhouette Hook Tool, Standard Iron, and Scrap Fabric.

How to use Silhouette Heat Transfer

For this craft, I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut my heat design into my gold vinyl.

Directions:

1. Design your decal in the Silhouette Studio software and be sure that it is a vector art.

2. Load your Heat Transfer Vinyl into your Silhouette vinyl cutter without a cutting mat with the plastic side DOWN. (this is so that the sticky carrier attaches to your garment when ironing on)

3. Then, cut your shape out using the Heat Transfer setting.

how to use heat transfer

4. Weed away the excess material from around your decal.

5. Place the decal onto your shirt with the plastic side UP this time (sticky side down). Place a piece of scrap fabric over the top and press firmly with your iron for 45-60 seconds. My iron was set to the second hottest cotton setting and it took 45 seconds exactly. {see tips below}

*TIPS: Press very firmly with your iron. I like to add a towel or several layers of fabric underneath the shirt to prevent the metal bars in my ironing board to make an appearance on my hear transfer. The thicker your fabric the more firm you need to press to ensure equal heat across your design.

**IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure you use a timer so you can keep track of exact seconds. I typically use the stopwatch feature on my phone.

***How to Tell if the Heat Transfer is “Done” TIP: If done correctly, the heat transfer will appear to almost melt into the fabric. If it looks like it is merely “sitting” or “resting” on top of the fabric, or if you can see the edges curling or pulling up when removing the carrier, you need to iron longer. If your heat transfer material is shiny and splotchy, you have ironed it for too long and probably have burned it. 😦

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6. Allow to cool for just a few seconds and then remove the clear plastic carrier from your design. {Caution! it might still be hot so be careful not to burn your fingers!}

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