Monday, February 21, 2011

Silhouette Heat Transfer - One Design, Two Shirts!

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One of the reasons that I was so excited to get my hands on the Silhouette machine was the option to use the heat transfer material. I had used some store bought iron-on letters to make my son a "lil mascot" shirt before and had TERRIBLE results! Really, the letters immediately started peeling off when my son was wearing it, several came off in the wash, and even with a iron on "refresher" they still just wouldn't stay. So last week I finally just ripped them all off.

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My son was delivering Valentine's Day cookies to his dad's class, so the night before I decided to use that red shirt and my white heat transfer material to make him a cute Valentine shirt. He's almost 3 now, so I didn't want his shirt to be too cutesy, but I still wanted it to be Valentine-ish. I found this fun "trucks" graphic that was just what I was looking for.

I bought it from Silhouette's online store, opened it in the software, played around with the sizing and layout a bit, and was finished.

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But as I was looking at the design on my screen, I realized that I could make good use of both the trucks and the blank space around it that the trucks had been cut out from. That way I could have 2 truck shirts, a Valentine version, and a "rest of the year" version. I sent my design to the Silhouette and it cut out the truck design.

I got a blank piece of paper and cut out a heart that was big enough to encompass all three trucks. I trimmed it down until it was just the right size, and then used it as a template to cut the heat transfer paper into a heart shape. I then peeled the little trucks out, and set them aside.

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Once all of the truck pieces were removed, I had this fun heart shape with truck shapes already cut out. I ironed it onto my little red shirt and it was ready to go!

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It made for one cute and sassy little Valentine shirt! I told my husband that it was like the shirt was saying "I Love Trucks!" He didn't buy it, but I didn't care, and my son was a total ham when I got the camera out!!

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I then took the truck cut outs that I had set aside, and laid those on another shirt. I used the plastic transfer paper backing to keep them in place while I ironed them down, and was done!!

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Two shirts out from the effort of making one!? You really can't beat that!!

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I'll be linking my shirts to these parties this week.

In other fun news, did you know that Lemon Tree Creations is about to turn 1?! Yep, it's our birthday next week, and we're so excited!!

We also have some fun giveaways lined up for next week: a stunning dress from Shabby Apple, a $50 Target gift card, and a Lemon Tree Bundle - a gift from each of us!! Sounds fun, right? Be sure to come back next week and enter to win these great prizes!

Have a great week!

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Tiffany February 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

How clever to cut out the heart! Love it! He looks perfectly adorable in his valentine shirt and I just love those trucks. Tyson would love that shirt! : )

Carrie February 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

I've been struggling with my Silhoutte iron ons... The letters seem to wrinkle and I can't get them on smooth-- any tips?

Patrice February 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

This is so cute! I need to attempt some iron on soon!

Nikki February 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

So adorable. I would really like to get a silhoette machine, but times are tight so I have it on my want list. I'll eventually get one. Here's hoping. Love your idea. I'll save it for later! xoxo Nikki

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Laurel {Make and Takes} February 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

Such cute shirts! I'd love for you to submit this over at the M&T Spotlight:

Catherine February 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

Such a great idea! I always feel bad about throwing the other part away.

Emily @ LaForce Be With You April 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

I love how you made 2 shirts out of one vinyl cut out. I didn't realize the plastic backing would work again for the pieces you peel away but I am excited to try this now!

Thanks for sharing!

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