DIY heat transfer shirts & bags

Check out these fun heat transfer projects I made this weekend. I ended up making 4 projects because I couldn’t decide on just one!

Each of my children got a new shirt!


Aren’t they so cute? {The shirts, not the kids. Okay, ya, the kids are cute too!}

I also wanted to create something that wasn’t just a basic t-shirt to show you guys how much this little machine really can make, so I whipped up these bags for my kids to carry their piano music in.

Both kids take piano lessons each week and desperately needed a bag to carry all the books in (they each have 4 piano books plus a lesson plan book). I purchased the canvas bags at Hobby Lobby then used images from the Silhouette Store to iron onto the bags.

Kinsey’s bag required the most work but was still easy to make. All you do is cut out your pieces in the appropriate colored heat transfer material, then iron on one layer at a time.

I really like finding ways to layer the heat transfer to create an image with multiple colors.

The body of the unicorn was actually done in a white glitter heat transfer material, which does not come in the basic kit mentioned above. Isn’t it so cool?!

Using the Heat Transfer Material is so easy! All you do is cut out your images using your Silhouette CAMEO (make sure to mirror your image before cutting b/c you are cutting on the reverse side of the material).

Then you lay your image on whatever surface you are adhering it to. In this case I’m applying it to a cute ruffle shirt I found at Target.

Next you cover the heat transfer material with a towel or fabric and iron it for several seconds.

When you are done ironing, peel the plastic backing off the heat transfer. Voila. You are done!

Because of a user error (ie I’m an idiot!) I ruined part of Travis’s drum set heat transfer. I didn’t want to waste almost an entire sheet of heat transfer so I made a small “patch” to fix the ruined section. After ironing it on top of the other image you can’t even tell it’s patched.

The moral of the story? If you screw up, it’s okay to patch it instead of throwing away an entire sheet of heat transfer material.

I’ve also made a few other heat transfer projects using my CAMEO (click on the image to see the original post):

You can see all the other projects I’ve made using my Silhouette by clicking this link.

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