Friday, February 21, 2014

Doctor Who Cybermen Baby Onesie

I was given the Heat Transfer Vinyl to create this shirt. All opinions and instructions are 100% my own. 
Housewife Eclectic: Doctor Who Cybermen Baby Onesie
I might be a little bit of a Doctor Who fanatic. It is one of the reasons I haven't shared pictures of my completed craft room yet, because I am not sure I am ready for the world to know how nerdy I am. I have an entire Doctor Who wall in my craft room, full of Tardis pictures and miniature Daleks. My Tardis salt and pepper shakers in my kitchen were lovingly hand carried back from England by dad when he was there on business.

This shirt is made using Gray Flocked Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl. This was my second experience working with their flocked heat transfer and I liked it even more the second time. It is soft, fuzzy and pretty darn easy to weed.  You can find the gray that I used for this shirt, here.

You will need:

  • A onesie to iron the image to
  • Gray Flocked Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl
  • A Cutting Machine
  • An iron
  • The Cyberman Silhouette found here

A lot of times when I am looking for images to trace with my cutting machine, I add the word silhouette to end. For instance, this time I searched for Cyberman Silhouette. When the image you are working doesn't have any shading in it, it is far easier to trace and cut. You can find a whole tutorial on how to trace and cut images on this tutorial for a Lego shirt. After you have loaded the Cyberman Silhouette into your design software and traced it, cut your Flocked Heat Transfer down to 9x12. Make sure you flip any image and text you are working with, so they will iron on correctly to your shirt.
Silhouette Cameo Cutting File for What Does The Fox Say?
 Feed the Heat Transfer into your cutting machine with the shiny carrier sheet down, making sure the heat transfer is under both rollers, so it doesn't slide around. In most cases, you can cut heat transfer without a cutting mat, so make sure to uncheck the cutting max box if you aren't using one. Set your machine to cut Flocked Heat Transfer, in the case of a Silhouette you will need to set your blade to a 3, thickness to a 33 and your speed to a 5. Cut your heat transfer. If you would like to watch a video on how to cut the vinyl, you can find one from Expressions Vinyl here.
Silhouette Files for What Does The Fox Say?
Weed your design. As you can see, I originally cut the Cybermen with my Fox shirt. This made sure I didn't waste any of the heat transfer. I cut it when I made the fox shirt and just set it aside until last week when I was ready to use it. This is a great habit to get into when you are cutting a design with a little extra space on the sides, adding something to the sides to of your design is a great way to use up the extra heat transfer.

You can find more information about using Flocked Heat Transfer here, but I have included the ironing settings paragraph for your convenience. "Set your iron to the cotton setting on your iron (or about 305 degrees) Preheat the area of the shirt you want to place your vinyl for about 3 seconds then place the heat transfer on the t-shirt with the right side facing up. With the heat transfer from Expressions Vinyl, you can iron directly onto the plastic carrier sheet. Using medium pressure, iron the entire image for about 30 seconds without any steam. After you finish, I like to flip my shirt over and iron for another 10 seconds from the back. Allow the shirt to cool (allowing the vinyl to cool is my personal preference) and then peel the carrier sheet off. If any parts of the image pull up when removing the carrier sheet, stop peeling and iron for a few more seconds in that spot."

 Need a Cyberman Onesie for the Little Whovian in your life? Expressions Vinyl has generously offered to give all Housewife Eclectic readers 10% of their purchase by using the code HOUSEWIFEECLECTIC at check out. You can also enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Expressions Vinyl, on this post.

Now I just need to convince my husband to let me dress our baby up like The Doctor for Halloween.
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