This week's awesome tutorial comes to us from the talented Marilyn of QTπDoll Clothing!
Giveaway update! We have a winner! It's Shirley, who said, "When all else fails.... smile!" Shirley, we'll be in touch via email soon.
Want another fun, easy way to dress up a hoodie or even a basic tee? Look no further than this week's tutorial! The hoodie featured in this example was made from the QTπ All Zipped Up Hoodie Pattern.
You'll need a digital cutter and mat (I used the Silhouette Cameo), heat transfer vinyl (HTV), an iron, press cloth (or scrap piece of white cotton fabric) and fabric for hoodie, sweatshirt or t-shirt. I’m starting from scratch with this project, mostly because it's easier to apply the HTV to a flat piece of fabric than a finished garment. (It's also a lot easier to start over if you make a mistake).
First, I set up my graphics on my digital cutter (the set up may look different on various machines). Your graphic should be around 3 ½”x 3 ½” (a little less is ok).
I am going to do words over a shape, so I need two separate graphics. You will need to mirror your words and/or graphics.
Place your HTV on your mat for your cutter glossy side down. Use the grid to ensure your HTV is lined up with the graphics on the screen.
Cut the HTV with your cutter using the “heat transfer material settings”. The cutter will only cut the vinyl and not the clear plastic (shiny side of the HTV). Starting at the corner, peel away the excess vinyl. You are left with the graphics and the clear backing (one side of the clear backing will be sticky).
Then, cut out the front of your hoodie or t-shirt. (I am choosing to make the QTπDoll Clothing All Zipped Up Hoodie.)
Place the HTV sticky side down on the front of the hoodie in desired position. You want to make sure your graphic will not be in the hemline of your top.
When you are happy with your HTV placement, set your iron to the “cotton”setting. Protect your hoodie front with a press cloth. Then, using some pressure, press for 20-25 seconds. Do NOT use stream or move your iron.
Remove the clear backing (depending on the brand of HTV you may need to let it cool).
Repeat the same process with the letter graphics. The great thing about HTV is you can layer it! Then, finish sewing your hoodie.
Congratulations! That wasn't so hard, was it?
Thank you everybody for following along today, and thanks again Marilyn for bringing us this awesome tutorial! Be sure to check out her patterns on Pixie Faire!
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"When all else fails..."
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“When all else fails, eat chocolate!”
My mother used to make those peanut butter thumbprints with the little hershey kisses on top when there had been a ‘bad’ day and it was the most wonderful thing especially after an exam at school didnt go well or life in general. That was her fun little saying to make it better. This tutorial is a neat idea and looks so easy I would like to try it.
So cute. “When all else fails, eat cake !”
I’m a grandma and I just LOVE this site. Life has been chaotic and depressing lately. I am going to have to get my sewing machine out and make a new wardrobe for “my girl”.
When all else fails, just go with it. Sometimes mistakes or bad situations turn out to be the best times with the stories. We recently got stuck in a bad rain & thunderstorm, got soaked to the bone, it was scary but we lived to tell the tale, so it’s a good story!
I love this Hoodie and my daughter is really into mermaids right now. I don’t have a machine to make vinyl transfers so I really need to win this. Meanwhile does anyone know where I could buy some miniature vinyl transfers. Thanks. Janice
August 14, 2015
When all else fails, read the instructions! That was my Dad’s favorite expression because he usually never read instructions before putting something together!