Last Friday, we featured som Silhouette heat transfer bundles on CraftySteals. I wrote this nice tutorial for all of you as well, but Blogger was down most of that day (and decided to eat my post!). I still want to share it with you, and as your packages of heat transfer roll in, I hope you find it helpful!
A few months ago, my daughter started take gymnastics classes. She was enamored with the leotards and tutus that the other girls were wearing (they usually come from a ballet class). So much so, that she wants to drop gymnastics in favor of tap and ballet classes - so she can get her own leotard and tutu :)
I figured since I was getting her a leotard, I might as well make a special one for my dancing queen. So I picked up a plain pink cotton leotard, pulled out some heat transfer paper, and got to work. Here's the result:
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First, open up a new file in your Silhouette Studio and choose the design you want to do - either from your library or the online store (this is a Princess set from the Silhouette Online Store).
Next up, the text. Choose a text box (the "A" button on the left-hand side). In this case, I made two text boxes - one for each word. Again, so I could move them around to fit them on the page the best way to get the most bang for my buck. (This text is "French Script" from dafont.com)
Something I tend to forget until the end, is the need to MIRROR YOUR IMAGE OR TEXT for heat transfer. Choose the "Object" menue, then "Replicate" to mirror the image.
Place on your fabric - making sure you have it exactly where you want it to live forever.
Take another piece of fabric and lay it on top of the heat transfer. Using an iron that is not too hot for the fabric you are adhering to, press down firmly on the design for 45 seconds.
After the time is up, pull up a corner of the plastic to make sure the heat transfer is adhering to the fabric. If not, don't fret, just put more pressure and more time under the hot iron.
Finished! I also topped mine off with some Silhouette rhinestones - because every little girl needs a little sparkle on her leotard, right? Needless to say, my little one digs her new duds and can't wait for ballet to start in a few weeks.
Tell me, what are you making with your heat transfer? Have you decided yet? If you are looking for more inspiration, the Silhouette blog is a great place to go for ideas and tutorials. And when you do decide what to make, please share your photos with all of us on our Facebook wall - we would LOVE to see what you do!