My love affair with ironing pictures onto T-shirts continued apace this week.
We’re off to Ireland at the weekend, to stay with some friends and celebrate their baby’s first birthday.
(We may also be tempted to betroth our sproglets to each other, ready to be wed as soon as they hit 16, if we could just find the relevant “Betroth your children” legal kit in WHSmiths…)
So, I was after a nice DIY one-year-old birthday present.
Of course, before the phrase “I’m after a nice DIY one-year-old birthday present” had even fully formed in my mind, I was reaching for the iron on transfer paper and searching my favourite vintage image blogs…
As you’ll know if you’ve perused these parts before, home-printed T-shirts were my go-to present for friends’ children last Christmas.
I was delighted, last week, when I met up with the recipient of the blue horse T-shirt (and his Mum) to be shown that he was wearing it right then. I was even more delighted when his Mum told me that he wears it at least three times a week (whenever it’s not being washed…) And it was a mixture of delight and relief to see that after all those washes, the transfer was still firmly in place.
(I’ve also been pleasantly surprised to see how well the carrot set I made for my baby has coped with being put through the wash. And it tickles me every time I put his chubby little tummy into one of the babygrows.)
So, spurred on by these successes, I thought that another outing of the transfer paper was in order for this occasion.
Knowing that the birthday girl’s favourite food is tomatoes, I found a nice old tomato image and, following my own tutorial, printed up the first T-shirt. (Of course, I didn’t actually follow my own tutorial, that would be a bit mental. I’m now imagining myself sitting reading my own blog in order to see what to do, ha ha.)
This was the end result:
[I’m not going to share the link to this juicy, plump tomato image, I’m afraid, because I’m not 100 per cent sure that it’s free for use, so don’t sneak on me to the authorities, please…]
The second T-shirt, however, with this cute circus giraffe picture, you’re free to replicate if you’d like.
I got this image, entirely legitimately, from the Graphics Fairy blog here: circus giraffe.
There’s a whole set of other circus animal images, so you can take your pick from a bear, zebra or even camel. (Has anyone in living memory ever seen a camel in a circus, I wonder?)
So, as ever, I’m pretty pleased with my T-shirts.
And I’ve got something else lined up, that also involves printed tomatoes. Here’s a sneak peek of it in process.
Intrigued? I’ve got the finishing touches to do today, so check back later this week to see all the details…
- How to transfer images to fabric (tutorial)
- A few further tips on transferring images to fabric
- Got a T-shirt you want to give as a present too? How about stamping your own gift tags or making a custom gift box?