Alright, now before you start thinkin’ I’m all jumpin’ the gun for fall, just hold on a minute.
I actually had this mostly done last fall, but with all the [insert expletive here] that went on last year here in the land of KBS, I never got it finished much less added to a store that didn’t exist.
Since I needed to finally get a pillow case made for a friend’s birthday–who happens to be a Halloween nut, I decided to get it all wrapped up and in its final place.
I present to you, Signs of Halloween.
Four fun phrases for Halloween that are not only great as a 3×4 card in Project Life, but would also make an awesome print as well as to cut in heat transfer and put on a pillow case like this!
So in actuality, this is really a great time to get your pillow done…or a t-shirt! These would be awesome on a tee! A fun project to do on these long summer days.
Heat transfer is really super simple to do. I haven’t actually used it in quite a while since I’ve been doing a lot of screen printing, and so now I’m wondering why I haven’t pulled it out more often!
It’s much like working with vinyl. The only thing is you have to flip your image so that it’s backwards because that exposed side is what you iron on to your surface.
When I do heat transfer, I actually don’t use an ironing board. I like the hard surface of my bathroom counter. I’ll put down a bath towel, lay my project on it, and then cover it with a thin dish towel. (You could also use a scrap of fabric.) Additionally, you can iron directly on the plastic. But I’ll usually start with the thin dish towel when I’m doing the long hard pressing. If I find that the letters come up a little, I might iron directly on the plastic sheet. It’s totally fine.
Set your iron to nothing stronger than Cotton (I set mine just below it). Press down more ‘in place’ for about 40 seconds in each spot. Don’t move around a lot like you’re ironing. Think heat press. A heat press sits on the shirt for some time. I do move a little though. Another tip is to let it cool a minute before lifting the plastic. If you find that a letter lifts, just iron it again.
I made a shirt, gosh, going on 8 years now. I wear it all the time to sleep in during the winter because it’s an amazingly comfortable shirt. I never put it in the dryer and the image has never come up. It still looks perfect. Pretty cool, right? Oh, and this would be the Silhouette brand of heat transfer, fyi.
So yeah, it’s super easy to work with. I would definitely give it a try! I’m a big fan of making my own t-shirts and decor…and heat transfer is the no-muss, no-fuss way. :)