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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 (don’t forget about Thing 3 ;D)


So it was the time of year again. Spirit week. Oh how I dread spirit week. Of course my son reminded me day after day that he needed to dress up for Dr. Seuss Birthday. He wanted to be the Lorax. With five days to go I said absolutely not. It would take me a week to even get a chance to think about how I would begin that. So I pondered on what he could do instead. I first said Cat in The Hat, but everyone does that. We went with Things 1 & 2. I have three kids not two and I can’t do for one that I won't do for the all. I realized it would be so darn cute for the three of them to dress up together. After all, they are only this small once. Here is a picture of the completed look.  




For the tutorial on creating the decal itself, check out my post in DIY Fabric Transfer (Things).

First here is a list of what you need:
Red T-Shirt (100% cotton)
Fabric Transfer Paper
Printer
Plain Printing Paper
Computer with MS Word (or any word document software)
Iron
Scissors

BEFORE WE BEGIN TURN ON YOUR IRON NOW…Highest NO STEAM setting


DECAL

On word create decal of Thing 1 and Thing 2 (and don’t forget 3 ;D ) Or you can download and print my template HERE. (The link will take you to my DROPBOX account to download. DONT WORRY about how the template looks in Drop Box...It will look normal in MS Word after download). If you are creating your own, print a few practice sheets on plain printing paper. That way you won’t waste any of your transfer paper. You can download the font I used thanks to Font Space HERE. Once you have edited the sizing and wording to your liking you can print it on your transfer paper. I bought my transfer paper from Wal-Mart for $7 for three sheets. Hobby Lobby had them for $14 for 3 sheets. Cut out your circles leaving a tad bit of white around the edge. (Please note that whatever you cut out will be on the shirt. So cut exactly as you want it to appear on your shirt.) Set aside.


T-SHIRT

Before you can transfer the decal, you need to iron your shirt where you will be placing the decal. This is to ensure there are no wrinkles under your transfer.  Let shirt cool. 


Now you need to peel the backing off the decal SLOWLY. Pulling to fast can tear, wrinkle, or somehow damage the transfer decal. Position decal. Place the parchment paper from your fabric transfer pack on top of the decal. 


(Please note you need to apply a good amount of pressure, also ironing on flat surface can help to ensure there are no wrinkles. I used my pattern cutting board. Ironing boards usually have holes that may leave imprint on shirt. Ironing mats are also good to use.) Iron for 25-35 sec depending on the size of the decal. Leave parchment paper on top of decal while it cools.


 After cool down you can remove parchment paper. (If you notice wrinkles or lifted edges, iron again with more force). Hang on a hanger until you are ready to wear. To wash, turn inside out and air dry or tumble dry cool. Always iron decal with parchment paper.




Thanks for the support! Feedback and comments always welcome :D

If you would like to see how I created my own decals on MS Word 7, you can go to the DIY  section for Fabric Transfers (Things) .


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