I recently shared a tutorial for Silhouette Fabric Interfacing which is great for creating fabric appliqués.
Silhouette’s heat transfer material is another great option, especially when you don’t want to sew around a larger design or a lot of lettering. As a member of the Silhouette affiliate program, I had the opportunity to try the Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit. I was not paid to share this tutorial but did receive the starter kit and receive a small percentage of sales generated from this month’s Silhouette Sale when readers use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout at Silhouette America. Promotion ends June 15th. Here are this month’s awesome deals:
If you’re a DIY Show Off social media fan, you may know that last year my mom battled breast cancer (doing great!) and just recently my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is so brave and keeping a positive spirit. I’ve purchased her several fun t-shirts with sayings like “I pay my oncologist big bucks for this hair style.”, “Does this shirt make me look bald?” and “Save the Hooters.” She has a great sense of humor and is very social. She has a close group of friends who’ve nicknamed her “princess”. She also has an amazing sweet heart and her big concern right now is how others are affected by her diagnosis. So, I decided a “Keep Calm. Princess always lives happily ever after.” t-shirt would send a reassuring message to her social group.
The Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit comes with:
- 3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
- 2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
- Silhouette hook
- exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
- idea booklet and instruction guide
- instructional DVD
1. Download the heat transfer designs from the Silhouette online store. (I chose a design I already had on hand instead but love that bicycle!)
2. Create design in the Silhouette Studio.
3. Right click on each individual element of the design and click “FLIP HORIZONTALLY” to create a mirror image.
4. Send to cut. Choose Silhouette Heat Transfer (flocked or smooth…I used smooth).
5. Load paper shiny side down and adjust blade setting as recommended (2).
6. Cut and unload.
7. Remove negative heat transfer.
8. IMPORTANT: This is tricky with intricate designs and lettering. Be sure you’re in a well lit area so you can see the cut lines and utilize the Silhouette hook to remove small pieces of negative area when necessary. GO SLOW!
I did remove some of what I shouldn’t have and had to improvise…let’s not dwell on my imperfections. If you have the extra materials, you may want to do a “practice run” before your true project, especially if it’s your first time and if you’re creating a gift.
7. One side will be sticky with a backwards design. The other side is shiny and readable.
8. Place heat transfer/transparency sticky side down onto shirt or tote or dish towel.
9. Iron using a towel or scrap fabric between the transparency and iron according to directions.
10. Slowly remove sticky/shiny transparency. (If some of the design is still stuck to the transparency, replace and iron again.)
Imperfections and all, I think she’s going to like it!
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This project is sponsored by Silhouette America, who provided the heat transfer kit in exchange for a tutorial. Experience and opinions are my own. Sales generated from this post using code “showoff” earn me a small percentage of sales (thank you!) and Silhouette is providing a Silhouette Portrait to one lucky DIYShowOff reader (good luck!). Prize includes a Silhouette Portrait only and ships directly from Silhouette America. Other Silhouette materials are the responsibility of the winner.