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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Superhero Onesies

I saw these... uhm, probably on Pinterest... and wanted some so bad.  Gator has no clue what superheroes are, but I do... and so does Little Monkey.  But, they were being sold for like $60! And I'm not sure if it was a legal use of the logos or not (some people care and some don't), so I decided to just make them myself.  And when I did a search on Etsy, I couldn't find them.  That was the clincher... besides, I'd been looking for a project to try out some heat transfer vinyl on and this was perfect!


- Blank onesies or T-shirts (I purchased mine from rockbottomtshirts.com and have been totally thrilled with their prices and quality)
- Heat transfer vinyl (I bought mine at expressionsvinyl.com.  Super quick shipping, great customer service and competitive prices, I'd recommend them)
- Iron.  Just your basic iron.

- First and foremost, and don't you dare skip this step, is wash your t-shirts!  Wash and dry them so that any shrinkage takes place before you adhere any vinyl.  Otherwise, it will mess up your t-shirts.  I promise.  Guess how I know this............. so, just sayin', WASH and DRY those babies.
- The next step is to cut out your vinyl.  I used my Cricut, but you could go as old school as scissors in cutting yours.  I will be totally honest, I spent hours (agonizing hours) designing the vinyl pieces and making sure I had the right shapes in all the right colors - I wasn't sure it would be worth it.  But after I got the first shirt done, I was totally hooked.  The easyweed vinyl is super easy to use and, because the transfer tape is on the vinyl already, you can do really detailed images incredibly easily.  Just make sure you cut everything backwards!  There was some wording on one of Monkey's shirts (I'll show you those some other time) that I cut three times because I kept forgetting to flip it!  What a waste of vinyl!  You can download a PDF of my superhero shapes HERE because I'm super nice and my momma taught me to share.  The color of the shapes are indicative of the colors they should be cut out in.  The gray shapes should be cut from white vinyl.    Expressions Vinyl has some awesome tutorials on their site on using the heat transfer stuff and I highly recommend watching them before you start your project.
- Turn your iron on pretty much as hot as it will go and produce zero steam.  You don't want any moisture.  It'll mess up the adhesion of the vinyl.  When the iron is hot, iron the shirt where you plan to adhere your logo.
-  Lay your vinyl pieces down on the shirt and press them for 20 full seconds with the iron.  Use as much pressure as you can and work on a firm, steady surface.
-  After the 20 seconds, gently pull the transfer tape off.
-  Bask in the excitement and giddy of the masterpiece you just created.  (optional)

If you need further instruction, follow the link above to the video tutorials at Expressions Vinyl.  They are fabulous and walk you through everything.

I love the way these turned out and they made great stocking stuffers for Gator at Christmas.  Aside from the time it took to design the vinyl pieces, which I've already done for you, it was super, super easy.  And I do believe I have a new addiction.  I'm off to find more things to vinyl...

And don't worry about Little Monkey... he's got the superhero thing down too.  Just learned to fly...

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
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