“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!

handmade incredibles costume

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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“Save the Racks” Tutorial

In honor of the annual Breast Cancer Walk in my home town, I decided to make a custom sweatshirt to wear and show off my pink proudly. I saw an idea similar to this from last year and wanted to try it myself this year.

What you’ll need:

• Happy Face Pattern Iron On Vinyl – Pink Camo

• Happy Face Glitter Iron On Vinyl – Tutu Pink Bling

• Silhouette Cameo® Vinyl Cutter

• Silhouette Software

• Standard Iron

• Sheet or Piece of Scrap Fabric

Project Time:

• 30 minutes

First, I found deer antlers, a Breast Cancer ribbon, and text, vectorized, and uploaded it to my Silhouette Software.

 

Always remember to mirror images before cutting..

Next, send your designs to your vinyl cutter. Be sure you have the right vinyl for the right cut job. I cut my pink camo vinyl first, then my tutu pink bling vinyl. Since my bling vinyl is thicker than my camo, I adjusted my cutting blade to a “3” instead of a “1” and it cut perfectly.

Finally, start ironing! You need to make sure your iron is or the hottest setting possible. The bling vinyl was being difficult because my iron was not hot enough. But with some more pressing time, it worked out perfectly!

 

Slowly pull off the carrier while it’s still warm and you’re finished!

 

My friends were in amazed at how cute it turned out and I may have converted them over to the craft side!

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Pink Camo Iron On Vinyl Tutorial

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October, Roeshel of DIY Show Off created a beautiful shirt using our pink camo iron on vinyl for her sister currently battling breast cancer. If you want to show your support and help raise awareness during the month of October for those who have been affected by Breast Cancer, visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month.

Happy Crafters pink camo iron-on vinyl tutorial:

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

You’ll need:

• T-Shirt

• Pink Camo Patterned Iron-on Vinyl from Happy Crafters

• Vinyl Cutter

• Weeding Tool

• House Iron

• Scrap Fabric for Heat Application

How to Make This Project:

1. First, I started by creating and sizing my design using my Silhouette Design Studio software.  Next, MIRROR/FLIP YOUR DESIGN (right click, “flip horizontally”)!  This is an important step!

mirror image vinyl design

2. With the pattern side facing down, load vinyl sheet into your machine.

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Send the design and ‘cut’.

4. Once it’s done cutting, weed the excess material.

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Place design onto t-shirt. sticky side down

6. Cover design with a cotton dishcloth or a piece of scrap cotton fabric. Iron on a high temperature, pressing down firmly for about 25-30 seconds on each part of the design for full coverage

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Remove the clear carrier away from your design

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

I repeated the same steps to adhere a small design to the back of the t-shirt as well

Here it is all finished!

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Here’s the design on the back:

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Check out the other patterns available too! *This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.

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Halloween Pumpkin Decals

Roeshel of DIY Show Off shows how to use our black adhesive vinyl to create stunning Halloween décor using pumpkins!

pumpkin vinyl decal tutorial


Materials:

 Happy Crafters Happy Face Large Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (Black)

• Transfer Paper

• Pumpkins

Tools:

• Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

How to make vinyl decals for pumpkins tutorial:

1. Create design. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Send decals to “cut”.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Weed the negative part of the design

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

9. There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

To complete this display, see the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals
DIY vinyl pumpkin decals



*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.

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Iron-On Vinyl – Quote Pillow

Making your own decorative pillow doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. See how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage makes her very own quote pillow using iron-on vinyl from Happy Crafters.

Quote pillows are so simple to make and can add just the right touch of personality to any space. With only a few supplies with only a few minutes, you can have your own trendy quote pillow.


You will need:

• Flock Iron On (but you could totally use the FREE sheet of iron on vinyl from my friends at Happy Crafters)
 
• 
Silhouette or other craft cutter machine

• Hook Tool

• Pillow Cover (either buy one or make one yourself with my easy pillow cover tutorial.)

Time Needed: Under an hour




First step, load up your vinyl cutter machine with the heat transfer vinyl of your liking (I only needed about 1/2 a sheet).

Then, using your Silhouette software, lay out your words to the correct size and choose the “mirror” option. The reverse print is needed for heat transfers. Then hit “cut” and cut out using your machine.

After your letters are cut, use the hook tool to help peel away the excess material around your design, so you get a clean cut and don’t heat transfer the extra vinyl.

Flocking material takes a little work to get it all out due to such a thick film, but work patiently, it’ll all come off the backing material eventually!

After you get the image the way you want, place it face down onto the pillow cover and iron right over the backing material. Don’t worry, it won’t melt it but if you want, cover it with an old piece of scrap fabric, just in case. Flock material does take a lot longer than you think, though – so keep ironing for a few minutes. If you check and it still peels up the lettering, just place it back down and keep on ironing with good, even pressure.

When it’s ready, the clear sheet should peel right off without difficulty, leaving your letters perfectly in place.

Finally, put your pillow insert in and you’re done! Quote pillows are so easy to make, and they’re even perfect for holiday decoration!

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. 😦

silhouette heat transfer

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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Iron On Vinyl Golf Gift

OH! IO! As much as it kills me to do this project considering I bleed blue and white for dear Old State…WE ARE! It does make me happy knowing my grandpa, who will be turning 80 years young will just LOVE it. As the Penn State black sheep of my deeply rooted Ohio State Buckeye family, I decided to make something for my grandpa incorporating his two favorite things in the world, OSU and golfing.

What you’ll need for this project:

– 12” x 15” sheet of Happy Face Iron On Vinyl – Red
– 12” x 15” sheet of Happy Face Iron On Vinyl – Metallic Silver
– 12” x 15” sheet of Happy Face Iron On Vinyl – White
– 12” x 15” sheet of Happy Face Iron On Vinyl – Green
– 12” x 15” sheet of Happy Face Iron On Vinyl – Brown
– Silhouette Cameo® Vinyl Cutter
– Hook Tool
– Piece of Fabric (for iron on application)
– Cotton Golf Towel

Project Time: 25 minutes

To begin, I researched the graphics I wanted to use. Vectorized them using Adobe® Illustrator and converted them to a DXF file so that I can open it using my Silhouette Software.

For iron on graphics, you have to be sure to mirror your images. The reason for this is because the smooth un-sticky side of your carrier will need to be facing upward toward your iron – this keeps the sticky side downward so your image will remain secure on your garment and also acts as a heat protector when ironing. Once everything is sized and mirrored to my liking, I send my graphics to my Silhouette Cameo® and hit, “cut”.

Using my Silhouette hook tool, I cut out my graphic and weed the excess material from my design.

I used a loose piece of fabric from an old sheet to buffer the heat over top of my application. This helps from melting my carrier and it sticking to my iron. Not fun.

  

After my first color application is a little bit cool, I then apply my “O” colors. Once these are semi-cooled, I then apply my buckeye and buckeye leaves.

And there she is in all her red, white and silver glory! Let’s just keep this between us…if my fellow alumni knew I was participating in this activity, I might be shunned from the next tailgate. 😉

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