Tuesday, July 14, 2015

UTAH GIRL iron on shirt DIY

You know when you have something in your brain, and you can't find it in any store, so you just have to make it yourself? That was the case with this shirt! I have seen fun floral lettered shirts, but never one with the words I want or a fit I like. 

So, I went to the Apple Store on Saturday, and asked them to teach me how to create the graphic. I love the Genius Bar. I created This UTAH GIRL themed shirt, and I am dying over the results!

All you need is the printable I designed. I actually designed 10 different patterns!  It can be found at the bottom of the post. Heat transfer paper (Amazon or craft store), a shirt, and an iron. 

Always follow the instructions on your iron transfer paper. Print the image on the iron transfer paper, and cut around the image, rounding the corners. Place the image face down on your shirt in the position you want, and iron with a good about of pressure. Make sure the steam is turned off. Wait two minutes, and pull the backing off. You are finished, and have a beautiful Utah Girl shirt! Be sure and wash and care for it as is instructed, so it lasts as long as possible.

Isn't it CUTE!?!

Here's the same stencil on a dark shirt.

This is another take on the same shirt, but in a darker color. I used iron transfer paper for light fabrics, instead of dark fabrics, and the image didn't show very well, but I still like it.
Print the image out on your heat transfer paper.

Cut the letters out.

Space them the way you want on your shirt.

Be sure and turn them face down before ironing. Set your iron on the highest, no steam setting. Turn the steam off. Press firmly and iron the letters in place.

Wait two minutes before pulling the backing off, and there you have it, a cute, one of a kind UTAH GIRL shirt! 

Click HERE for the printable files!

Did I mention I am offering 10 pattern choices? 
Tell the printer which page you want, and print.

I can't decide which shirt I like best.What do you think?

Monday, July 13, 2015

UTAH SHIRT (freezer paper stencil shirt)

I love the, "hello,"shirts that I see in boutiques, and on cute friends. I wanted to make something similar, but have it be Utah themed, because I also love state themed shirts.

You will need:

I got mine at H&M, because they are 2/$5, and a great fit!

Utah graphic:

Double, two finger, or right click the image below. Save image to, "downloads." Print as 8x10, or whatever size you choose.

Print out the graphic, and lay a piece of freezer paper over it, shiny side down. Trace the outside of the word, and discard the printed graphic.

Cut the image out with an exacto knife. This part takes the longest. It took me about 10 minutes.

Place the stencil shiny side down on your shirt, and iron firmly, making sure the steam is turned off. The shiny side will stick to the shirt.

Mix your fabric medium with your craft paint according to package directions, and lightly daube paint onto the exposed fabric. I got almost all the paint off my brush before daubing. Also, I placed a piece of brown paper bag underneath my shirt on the inside. None of the paint leaked through, but it was a good precautionary step.

Wait until it dries. I waited 20 minutes, Pull the stencil off, and there you have it, a perfectly darling Utah themed shirt in the color of you choosing. These would be great for family reunions and every day. 

By the way... if you take care, and gently pull the stencil up, you can use it over and over.

Isn't that cute? If I made another one, I might make the, "Utah," smaller, or I might not.

Please come back. I will be sharing more Utah themed DIY's all week!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

knock-off Alex and Ani DIY bracelet

I am loving the fun style of these Alex and Ani bracelets, and see them everywhere. I was making them for my Activity Days group (group of 9 year olds from my church)  the other day. My daughter had a few friends over, and they all flipped out when they saw what I had made, and how easy it is! They were begging to have a craft day and make their own. Even my girlfriends that have seen them love them. I thought it would be fun to make them Utah themed, as we have Pioneer Days (our big State of Utah yearly celebration) coming up in a few weeks.

I like that you can wear a bunch of them, or just one, and the charms are free to float around the bracelet as they like. I also like the I can get 8 bracelets out of $4 worth of wire, plus the cost of the charms and beads I use. Alex & Ani run $25-$50+.

You will need:

Jewelry pliers - found at any craft store
Charms - craft store, Ebay, Etsy
I am doing this Utah Themed, like I said, but you can do any theme you like. I like to find my charms on Etsy and Ebay. I use Ebay if I can wait for shipping, and Etsy, if I need them faster. Also, Etsy sometimes carries things that Ebay doesn't, like the Utah charms. For generic charms, I prefer Hobby Lobby. 
Jewelry Wire - craft store
You will need 12 to 14 gauge craft wire. It needs to be sturdy. I like the thinner wire, because I could thread a few of my beads on it, and I liked the color better than the color of the thicker wire. The thinner wire is more fragile, and you will have to watch it when you wear it. I have been wearing mine for a few weeks now, and not had anything major happen.
Jump Rings - craft store (Thread your charms onto these.)

You will need to cut off 11 to 12 inches of wire, allowing the wire to bend naturally - don't straighten it out. Use your pliers to make a circle, and bend it sideways and up or down, so that you can push the other end of the wire in after you thread the beads and charms on.

Go nuts, and thread as many beads and charms on as you like! This picture is three bracelets sitting on top of each other, and I like it, but I also like the simplicity of just wearing one. And yes, I like to mix metals.

After you are happy with your design, thread the end of the wire through the hole you made in the beginning, and do the same thing to the end to close it off. Make a circle, and bend it sideways then up or down (depending on the way the first circle is sitting). Open it slightly to allow the wire to fit in, and then pinch the circle closed with your pliers. You can expand your bracelet to put it on, and shrink it after it is over your hand.

I wore this one to church today, and it made me happy very time I looked down!

I will be sharing more Utah themed DIY projects this week, in honor of Pioneer Day. The ideas I share can easily be made into your own theme taste and style. You will want to check back! This Friday, I will be on Studio 5 showing my round up of Pioneer Day Ideas!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


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