|War Eagle and Go Tigers! I realize the one on the left looks more like a chicken (or maybe a chickenhawk) than an eagle, but still.|
These cute gifts aren't just for baby showers. You can do them for birthdays, Christmas or other special events as well. You can even use larger t-shirts and do some for older kids. You don't just have to make t-shirts either. You could use this iron-on method on tote bags, handkerchiefs, cloth napkins or pillow cases. The sky's the limit.
These are pretty simple to make and I'm going to show you how to make them using onesies in my example.
1. First gather your materials. You will need something to iron on to (t-shirt, pillowcase, etc.), stamps, ink, permanent markers (optional) and iron-on transfer paper for ink jet printers. I've gotten mine at Hobby Lobby and Walmart in the past. Any store with a good craft section will probably carry these.
4. I found from experimenting that large colored areas don't look as good as just adding small bits of color. Something about the nature of the iron on paper makes large areas look streaky and uneven when colored. So, using your permanent markers, color in small portions of the image, if desired.
No really, wait. Go brush your teeth or boil and egg or something. I have seen people really ruin onesies before because they were impatient. Good things come to those who wait.
--You can dress these up a little more by stitching on some buttons or adding a little ribbon bow or some trim to the neckline.
--If you want to add words you need to either stamp directly onto the shirt or use your computer to reverse your text before printing it onto the transfer paper. If you just stamp onto the paper then try to iron it on your words will be backwards.
--Solid images work great. Just remember if you do the coloring-in method shown here to just add small accents of color instead of large areas
--Packaging can really make a gift. Consider stamping a card or wrapping paper with coordinating images for a custom put-together look.
I hope you enjoy this fun and simple project. Any questions? Let me know in the comments or feel free to shoot me an email.