Heat transfer vinyl

Remnants from a ‘remake the outdoor blinds’ project have been transformed, thanks to heat transfer vinyl …

This premium vinyl is much better than the economy version I have used before and I am surprised how well it melds into the canvas fabric. Let us see how the boat flag survives its outdoor life.

The other projects created from this crafty session with the trusty scan n cut (the whale is a standard supplied svg) will remain a Christmas surprise for the lucky few!

Heat transfer vinyl, easy peasy

8D83804E-25EF-444D-9282-F7F3F1EE39AFRescue an old t shirt, make a fancy dress effort with minimal expenditure, make gifts a bit special or just personalise your stuff. I love htv ( makes me sound professional using the acronym doesn’t it?).

I bought a sampler pack on amazon which has more than enough useful colours (black and white most used) and lots of brights I might use up one day…

The cutting machine is vital though, so -for this project for a themed party – I found some squiggles on lovesvg.com and used a scan n cut font to make my statement.

Because htv comes with its own carrier sheet  for when you are ironing,  make sure to reverse any text image before you cut. I also do a test cut to make sure I am cutting on the right side as it can be hard to spot with the naked eye. And pressure is usually -2 on my machine.

Once cut, weed off the vinyl you don’t want, place vinyl side down on your garment and iron on. I use a towel inside the shirt and a pressing cloth ie a bit of cotton between hot, dry iron and carrier sheet. Let the vinyl cool before you try and peel off the carrier sheet, if there is resistance iron some more. That is all.

 

Jeans to bottle bags…

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A worn out pair of jeans is repurposed so the bottoms of both legs have become bottle carriers.

This is a quick job suitable for heavy weight fabric, such as denim. Lighter weight material will need lining. With straight leg adult jeans the resulting bag is big enough for champagne or magnums if you are feeling generous.

method

Cut the bottom of the jeans leg off.  I took 15 inches off. Cut up one of the seams so you have a rectangle 15 inches tall and the width is the circumference of your jeans leg. Mine were straight leg jeans so plenty big enough for the next step. (If your jeans are skinny, cut a further 3 inch strip from the remaining jeans leg to make your handle)

Cut a strip about three inches wide from the side of the rectangle. Turn in the raw edges , fold this strip in half and then sew down both sides to make a 15 inch long handle. Set aside.

Turn the remaining fabric so the hem is at the top then fold it right sides facing  and seam down the side and across the bottom of the rectangle. This leaves the hemmed edge open so it becomes the neat, finished top of your bag. I boxed the corners of my bag, but it isn’t essential.

Sew the ends of the handle inside opposite edges of the top of the bag. I took care to double stitch the handles in to avoid breakages.

As a finishing touch I added a heat transfer vinyl ‘cheers’.

 

Heat transfer vinyl

Much easier than I expected

I bought the vinyl from Tunnel  Vision and downloaded the visual from lovesvg.com before adding the personalised text on the ScanNCut. I then flipped the virtual visual to give a mirror image and put the vinyl shiny side (ie carrier side) down on the cutting mat before cutting with blade 4 and pressure 1.

the excess vinyl was peeled off the carrier and the remainder (the vinyl I wanted) placed dull side down on the T-shirt (peacocks) and ironed to fix it.  Once cooled the carrier sheet peels off leaving just the image in place.

now, what else can I cover in vinyl?