For the Fourth of July we had some friends over and I had this fabulous idea of making patriotic t-shirts for the whole family - me, Kentster, CJ and Kenzie. It was such a fabulous idea I stayed up late on the 3rd to make them with brand new t-shirts I purchased - 2 navy blue, 1 red and 1 white. Briana at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees was the inspiration for the project and I used the awesome digital graphics she suggested from Summertime Designs. In fact, it was such a great idea that I also found a graphic online to use for Kentster's shirt.
First, you do need to launder the shirts before putting transfers on them. For the transfer, I used fabric transfer paper from Avery. They come in different versions for light colored and dark colored fabrics. That's where I went wrong. I didn't realize there was a difference and I had some fabric transfers left over from a previous project and I didn't bother to read that they were for light colors. Here's what happens when you use the wrong fabric transfer:
Another point - you need to make sure you reverse the graphic image on your computer before you print it on the transfer paper, otherwise, your shirt will have a backwards transfer which can be very problematic with words. You also need to make sure when you place the image on the shirt you have it oriented properly, which can be a little confusing when it's backwards. Here's what happens when you put the image on the wrong way. The image is not backwards, it's actually upside down! Ack!!
Summertime Designs and added my own sayings in fonts I liked and voila! they look great!
I really enjoyed taking individual elements of the designs and putting them together! It made me feel like a graphic designer! This opens up all types of ideas for making fabric transfers. You can transfer designs onto shirts, totes, aprons - pretty much any fabric. You can find designs on the web, including individual pieces you can put together in Photoshop or other similar programs. We have a Mac and I just put them together in Preview - SO EASY!! Another idea is to scan scrapbook items - paper, stickers, tags, etc or use photos! Be sure to honor copyrights where applicable (no reselling).