November 22, 2010

Chevron Tee for B

When I made the Superhero Shoes for Rex, I mentioned that I really wanted to test out the heat transfer vinyl on a shirt.  I wanted to make sure it worked well before talking about it.  Well, I made this little chevron shirt for Baden a couple of weeks ago.  I've washed it a few times and I am really happy with how the heat transfer vinyl held up.  AND, I am excited to show you how I used it without the Silhouette machine.


The vinyl has a clear film layer on it that stays on it until you're done ironing your design on it.  Why does that matter?  Because I could draw all I wanted on that layer to help me get the design right and then I peeled it off when the shirt was done.  Let me show you what I mean.

I made sure I had the clear layer on top and started drawing out my chevron (or zigzag) design.  I wanted to measure it to make it accurate.  I made all the marks I wanted and then drew a "b" on top of it.  See?


Then, since I didn't have anything little or technical to cut out I used my scissors to cut out the design.  The only part I had to use my exacto knife for was the inside of the "b."  I loved that it was so fast and easy.  (Tip: Be sure not to cut any further into the deign than your drawn line because you will still see the cut mark after you iron the vinyl on.  Just take your time and try to be exact.)


I wanted to add another color, so I traced another zigzag onto some heat 'n bond (which I ironed onto a striped fabric and cut out).  Then all I had to do was iron all of it on.  I stitched around the striped fabric with a contrasting green thread and left the edges fray a little.


And that's it.  This little guy is REALLY hard to get a good picture of these days.  He's also got a good-sized belly, so the chevrons are kind of tight on it, which I love.  (I think he's sucking it in here :)


The heat transfer vinyl can be found HERE.  It's $14.99 for a roll of it, but you could make a ton of stuff with one roll, as it's 3 feet long.

That's all for today.  Thank you for reading my blog.

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