California Onesie

2 Jan

The content of this onesie isn’t going to make sense to my viewers (the few I do have!) but the concept will. My brother-in-law came home from his 2 year mission in San Diego, California (spanish speaking). My lil’ one was born while he was out and since you are limited to only letters for the duration of this specific type of mission he hasn’t met her yet. I made her this onesie with heat transfer vinyl and my silhouette (**as a note: I don’t purchase my vinyl or my heat transfer vinyl from silhouette, I purchase it from a sign shop out of Chicago. It’s better quality and cheaper by the yard).
I used a Gerber onesie, ironed it for 5 minutes as a prep (this is the alternative way of doing heat transfer when you don’t have a heat press and are using a household iron).
I laid my California shape down first (remember to cut in mirror image), cover it with a scrap piece of fabric, and ironed for 10 minutes with medium pressure.
Next was the lettering and sign language font for “Jo” (which is the nickname we gave Jolene). Follow the same procedure, cover with fabric and iron for 10 minutes medium pressure.
California OnesieThe last and final step that I choose to do when making heat transfer vinyl using household iron is to remove the plastic backing of the vinyl and cover the “bare” image with a Teflon sheet. Iron again for 5-10 minutes to even out the heated adhesive. I find this give it the finished look and even adhesive that last longer.
As with all heat transfer, launder the item inside out and tumble dry low or hang dry.

8 Responses to “California Onesie”

  1. Princess of Everything (and then some) January 4, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    That is more than cool!! I bet her Uncle loved it.

  2. Stacy January 6, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    What a cute idea! The “content” makes sense to me! Thanks for linking up.

  3. Allison January 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    That is such a great idea! Thanks for linking up!

  4. Judy January 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    I’ve never heard of doing this before! This looks like so much fun, and a bit less work than freezer paper stenciling. My brother just got home from his mission in Seattle and met my youngest for the first time…this would have been fun to have when they did meet for the first time.

  5. Heather January 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Love the shirt! I just bought a silhouette to do heat transfers on onsies. Would you be willing to share the shop in Chicago where you buy the paper, etc? heather738(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!!

  6. DANA January 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

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  7. Life with the Lebedas January 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    What a fun idea! Cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!
    Hope your having a great weekend!

  8. January 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    awww how sweet. Letters only? meaning no pics? how sad!
    great tip on the vinyl, although I don’t have a silhouette.
    thanks for linking up,

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