“Incredibles” Iron On Vinyl Tutorial

This post is brought to you by Happy Crafters. All opinions are 100% mine!

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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Personalized Halloween Treat Bags

If you haven’t had a good reason yet to revamp your kids’ trick-or-treat bags, check this project out! Roeshel of DIY Show Off shows us how to create these fun, personalized bags for trick-or-treating! Keep them around for the whole month as a school tote or sleep over bag!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials:

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

• Canvas/Linen Tote Bags

• Fabric Paints

• FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)

• Stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles. Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side). Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting. Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design.  Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape. It helps to move the paint brush from on the tape moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline.  Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags


Part 2 – Vinyl Stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours.

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron.

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Personalized and so fun! Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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