Read below to find out how to make your own 2016 Girls Camp or Youth Conference T-Shirts (or pretty much anything else)!
Last year I offered low-priced custom t-shirts for youth conference and girls camp, however, many international customers could not get shirts because the cost of shipping anything over 4 lbs internationally is very expensive. I tried to find a solution, and I came up with this iron-on idea. It will allow international and US leaders to make their own custom theme items inexpensively. I’m so excited!
2016 Mutual Theme Iron-On Instructions
If you have a Silhouette, you can cut your own logos at any size using my patterns. If not, just follow the instructions below.
If you’re using my iron-ons:
If you have a Silhouette Cameo cutter:
To Weed or not to Weed?
Weeding means peeling off the unwanted portion from something you have cut. Here are some pictures of the weeding process:
Be honest. How difficult is weeding?
It’s not hard. You will pull kind of hard because my premium heat transfer vinyl has a slight stretch to it, but don’t worry — it’s a lot like peeling the sticker off a piece of fruit. Weeding is definitely something beginners can do.
Pro Weeding Tips:
- When weeding, don’t try to start at the edge of your sheet. Fold near the edge of the left-most letter until you see the crack widen, and peel from there. You’ll thank me later.
- When weeding, work from Left to Right and Top to Bottom, since most of your letters open toward the right.
Recommended weeding tools:
If you are making items for a large group of people, like a whole stake, and you choose to weed yourself to save money, I recommend you pick up one of these tools to make weeding the small spaces in the center of the letters easier. I have both the Silhouette hook and Pottery tools sets, and I prefer the pottery tools.
The most important thing to know about ironing is to press STRAIGHT DOWN WITH FIRM PRESSURE FOR TWENTY SECONDS.
- Order a few extra iron-ons, and do some tests first. Every iron is different, and it make take some experimentation to get the timing just right. Look at the images above to see what the iron-on looks like when it doesn’t work.
- If you’re making a wearable item, wash and dry your test item before making others to ensure your logo will not peel up.
- It’s okay to re-iron the logo as long as you don’t scorch your item. Just DON’T MOVE the carrier sheet.
- It’s not sticking! Most adhesion problems are caused by pressure problems. Press on a very firm, flat, scorch-proof surface that can hold your full body weight safely (not your ironing board). Don’t press where there is a seam behind your logo — the logo must lie perfectly flat. Don’t press where there is a seam on the fabric layer beneath the one you are ironing. Use a folded up towel behind your item and your full body weight for best results.
What materials will your iron-ons work with?
My iron-ons are made using premium PVA material that will adhere to
- Uncoated Polyester
- Polycotton blends (like cotton-poly)
- Leather (yes, leather)
Try them on cotton canvas visors, tote bags, bandannas, t-shirts, hoodies, socks, and even performance (dry wicking) polyesters.
Please note, these iron-ons will not stick to nylon.
Will my item be machine washable?
Of course. Here are care instructions:
- No bleach.
- Machine wash warm or hot with mild detergent.
- Wash garment inside out.
- Do not dry clean.