How to Make 2016 Girls Camp or Youth Conference T-Shirts (or pretty much anything else)

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:

  1. Order the desired number of iron-ons. You have a choice of weeding them yourself to save money, or I can weed the excess for you.
  2. Carefully cut apart each logo.
  3. Heat your iron or heat press to 305 degrees F, (Wool/Silk setting).
  4. Fold an old towel and place it underneath the area where your logo will go.
  5. Stand up. Place your hand iron STRAIGHT DOWN over the logo and press down for 15-20 seconds with your full body weight.  Do not wiggle the iron.
  6. Peel the backer sheet off — no need to wait until it cools off.

If you have a Silhouette Cameo cutter:

  1. Download your desired LDS Silhouette Pattern here
  2. Cut your heat transfer material using it’s enclosed instructions.
  3. Weed.
  4. Carefully cut apart each logo.
  5. Press your logos using the instructions for your heat transfer material.

 To Weed or not to Weed?

With my iron-ons, you have a choice of whether you want me to weed the logos for you, or whether you’d like to weed them.

Weeding means peeling off the unwanted portion from something you have cut.  Here are some pictures of the weeding process:

Mid-weeding. Notice that the centers of the letters have yet to be removed.


Finished weeding. The little pile to the right is the excess.

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.

Cricut craft weeder
Cricut craft weeder
Pottery Tools (what I use)

Silhouette Hook
Silhouette Hook


The most important thing to know about ironing is to press STRAIGHT DOWN WITH FIRM PRESSURE FOR TWENTY SECONDS.

Set your hand iron to the Wool/Silk setting, or if you have a heat press or programmable iron, set it to 305 degrees F.


The carrier sheet for your iron-on will be slightly tacky, which makes it easy to position on your item. Here, I’m testing it on a shirt sleeve.


This is an example of ironing gone wrong. When you see letters peeling up like the ‘o’ in forward, you have either a pressure or a time problem. Try increasing your pressure by folding up a towel to place under your item, or increase the ironing time by a few seconds. Be careful adjusting the time — you can scorch your blank. In this case, I pressed directly on my countertop, and no matter how much pressure I used I couldn’t make the letters stick. Moral of the story: use a towel.


This is what a successful iron-on looks like. When you rub your fingernail across the logo, no edges flip up. If you look at the bottom right, you can see the towel still in place. Seriously. Use it.

Pro Tips

  • 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

  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • 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.


Make tote bags for camp leaders, youth conference attendees, chaperones, or leadership meeting favors. Be sure your blank tote is either polyester or cotton if you’re using our ready made iron-ons.

Try the iron on logo in a unique location, like the hem of a shirt or sleeve. Make them your own by tie-dying or having youth sign the shirts.

With this design, you aren’t limited to t-shirts only. Here’s a sample on the right (CTR) sleeve of a cool cotton-poly hoodie.

Make polos for Priesthood chaperones. I can make iron-ons for you in black, white, or gray.

This canvas visor is ideal for use with the logo, since it doesn’t have a seam down the center like many baseball caps.

Example of our gray logo on a camp bandanna. Love it!

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