10.05.2013

my future scientist

before last weekend, i made a declaration to a co-worker that "i was gonna get my craft on" last weekend. the week (and that friday) had been horrendous (at my nine-to-five, not at home!) and i needed to be creative. three weeks before, an awesome package showed up from amazon with some material i was just dying to try...so, i set aside time last weekend and got my craft on.

what was this to-die-for material? um, a new roll of the cricut iron-on material. in black. with the intention of making a super adorable onesie for little mr. re-nest #2. oh, and i should have mentioned that about six weeks prior, i ordered the two new cricut cartridges, specially designed for the iron-on material, so i had everything i needed.

the two carts i got we're the boho graphics and brooklyn carts...super modern and fun graphics that will play well on a tee, a bag, a canvas, or a onesie. choosing which design to try was easy: i went with the "science" graphic on the brooklyn cart. my little nod to mr., err, dr. re-nest. 

along with my cartridge, i had a freshly washed (new) onesie, my iron-on material, an iron and an extra piece of cloth. and here's how it went down...


step one: figure out the size to cut the graphic. since we're dealing with a onesie, space is limited. but scale has to be right. admittedly, i eyeballed it and came up with 3.75" as my graphic size. 

step two: cut a piece of the iron-on material and place (plastic side down) on a standard cricut cutting mat. for a 3.75" graphic, i did a 5" x 5" square cut. this is key to plan out, so you make sure to be as efficient as possible with the iron-on material.



step three: cut the graphic. note: you have to make sure to flip your image when you set it up on your cricut. because you are cutting non-plastic side up, you're actually cutting on what will be the underside of your design.




step four: after you have your cut, you want to keep your iron-on material on the cutting mat, so you can easily peel away the negative spaces of your design (if there are any). there's a special cricut tool that you can use for this (it's called a hook tool) that comes in the cricut tool kit. i just simply used a set of tweezers to get these pieces out of the design. once you do this, you're left with your positive design on the plastic.



step five: set up your iron. set it to the cotton setting, and pre-heat your fabric for about 30 seconds.

step six: set your design, plastic side up, on your fabric, where you want it to be ironed-on.


step seven: overlay your extra fabric (i used an old white tee) over the plastic and design, then use the iron to heat the area (with pressure) for about 30-45 seconds. 

step eight: allow the area to cool for about five minutes.

step nine: begin peeling back your plastic, which should allow your iron-on design to stay on the fabric. *note: it actually took me several times to heat the area of my design before i could peel back the plastic and my iron-on material was staying on the onesie. it was a little bit of a trial and error scenario. the good thing is that if you see that a portion of your design is not sticking, all  you have to do is re-lay the plastic down over your iron-on design, place the extra fabric (or tee, in my case) over the plastic and re-iron. 


step ten: take pictures! enjoy! *note: it's highly recommended that when you are washing anything with the iron-on material, to turn it inside out before washing. 

yippee! little mr. re-nest #2's very cool new wardrobe addition
i'm so, so excited about this material and all of the cool things that can be done with it...in fact, i'm pretty sure little mr. re-nest #1 and #2 will both have a ridiculous amount of clothing that will have iron-ons on them. and, i'm pretty sure we're going to be using this to make some adorable holiday gifts for our people too!

enjoy!
ashley

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