This week's awesome tutorial comes to us from the talented Marilyn of QTπDoll Clothing!
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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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