I know I've briefly mentioned my Silhouette Machine in other posts. I've even showed you another shirt that I made using Heat Transfer Vinyl. What I can't begin to explain is how awesome a Silhouette is, or how many things I have been able to use it for. I am continually finding ways to use it. I could go on and on about how much I love it. But, instead I will say that for me it is so much better than the Cricut, and it has cost me a lot less. (Just consider an image costing $0.99 instead of a cartridge for $40+ when all you want is one image off it.) Anyhow, before you go buy a cutter, do the research and compare your options. There are a lot of sites out there with comparisons.
Heat Transfer is one of my new favorite products to use on my Silhouette. Making a cute T-Shirt is so fast and easy it's awesome. Even if you don't have a Digital Cutter you can still use the product. Let me show you how easy this is to use.
Choose Your Design
For this shirt I chose one of my favorite images from Scherenschnitte. OK, I actually have a lot of favorites, but her Dinoride made me giddy. Know that feeling? Mother of Two little boys who just hit the jackpot for boy ideas kind of giddy?!
Cut the Design
The awesome thing about the Silhouette is I can take a JPEG file and in the program getting it's outline so it will cut for me. So I was able to quickly cut this out on my machine! Don't worry Cindy, this is only for personal use. Although I seriously think Silhouette should have you on board, just saying. Or perhaps, your own store?
Even if you don't have a Silhouette you can still cut this image. Print it out in the size that you want, tape it to the back of the Heat Transfer and then use a Utility Knife to cut it out. If your design has more than one piece you want to make sure that you don't cut all the way through, just to the plastic cover. Also, you have to make sure to cut the entire thing in reverse from the direction you want it (especially important for words) as it is entirely flipped when you iron it on.
Once the cutting is complete, weed out the excess until you have just the image. This is really easy to do.
Iron On the Design
1. Iron the front of the T-Shirt flat. This makes sure you get the design down smoothly and there won't be surprises when you wash it.
2. Align the design on the shirt. I usually measure with my hands on either side to make sure it's centered and fold up the hem to make sure it's even across. I'm too lazy to go in search of my ruler.
3. Cover the design with some fabric and press for the suggested time. (You actually want to press down as well, not just set the iron on it, so that the product will adhere to the fabric well.)
4. Allow to cool and pull back one corner of the plastic to make sure it's set. If the Heat Transfer starts to come up when you pull up, push it back down, smooth it out and press again. Allow to cool a little bit longer and try pulling the plastic off again.
5. I actually press it again once I have the plastic off, just for good measure. This is the Flocked White Heat Transfer. Doesn't it look fabulous?!