Birthday onesies for your bae bae.
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
Onesies sizes 0-18M
Light T-Shirt Transfers for white onesies
Dark T-Shirt Transfers for non-white onesies
6x6x4 Gift Box
There are plenty of ways to decorate the box. If you'd like to recreate what I did, you'll need the following:
Hot Glue Gun
White Tabloid Paper (11"x17"), but only if you own a printer that can print to this sheet size.
Self-Adhesive Printer Paper
12x12 Self-Adhesive Green Vinyl Sheets
12x18 Sheet of Green Felt from Michael's
Alphabet Thickers (listed on Amazon below, but also available at Michael's)
I used these products*:
*The T-Shirt Transfers listed above are for InkJet Printers. They do offer Laser Jet if that's what you will be using.
A NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN:
I'm going to provide instructions below on creating the boxed assortment of white and grey onesies you see above. However, If I were to do this again, I would do all grey or non-white onesies using only the Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers. They look more luxe and there's less risk of the ink running after the first wash.
Step 1: Download
If you're using a mix of white and non-white onesies like the assortment pictured above, you'll want to download my Assorted Transfers. If you plan to stick to my suggestion of using all non-white onesies, you'll want to download my Dark Transfers.
Step 2: Print
If you opted to stick with the Assorted Transfers above, you'll want to print the first page on the Avery Light Transfer Paper and the second page on the Avery Dark Transfer Paper. You'll notice that the light transfer imagery is reversed. We'll get to that in a moment. If you went the Dark Transfer route, you'll just need to print both pages to the Avery Dark Transfer Paper.
Step 3: Cut
For those of you using the Assorted Transfers for a white and non-white assortment of onesies, cut out each billiard ball with a very narrow margin around each shape. If you're using any or all Dark Transfers for print on non-white onesies, cut narrowly inside the edge of each billiard ball so there is no white edge once applied. Cut inside the grey dielines on the second page so that they are no longer visible once finished (you don't want those lines to show once applied).
Step 4: Iron
Place a pillowcase down on a hard, heat-resistant surface, not an ironing board. A wooden table is best. Be sure the iron does not have water in it and steam setting is off. Set the iron to cotton setting and preheat for 5 minutes. Iron the pillowcase and garment to remove wrinkles. Avoid leaving the iron face-down on ironing surface for extended period of time as it may result in injury or damage to the project or ironing surface. If you are making an assorted set of white and non-white onesies, you'll want to follow all instructions below as you'll be using both light and dark transfers.
For Light Transfers on white fabric: Place transfer design face down on the garment in the desired location (this is why the image is printed in reverse). Iron the transfer, applying firm pressure slowly from left to right and then from top to bottom. Be sure to iron over the edges. Turn off the iron when finished. After ironing, remove your garment from the heating area and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Smoothly and slowly peel backing paper away from corner to corner. If the image begins to lift, re-iron image focusing on lifting areas. Allow to cool once more before attempting to peel again.
For Dark Transfers on non-white fabric: Place transfer design face up on garment in desired location. Cover transfer with tissue paper provided in the Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfer Pack. Iron over the tissue-covered transfer, applying firm pressure slowly from left to right and then from top to bottom. Turn off iron when finished. After ironing, remove your garment from the heating area and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. Smoothly and slowly peel tissue paper away from top corner to bottom corner. If the image begins to lift, re-iron image with tissue paper still applied, focusing on lifting areas. Allow to cool once more before attempting to peel again.
Step 5: Box
I recommend using a 12x12x6 box. There are plenty of fun things you can do to decorate it. I wanted to mimic a pool table surface so I went to Michael's and found some materials. Using 12"x12" Oracal Self-Adhesive Vinyl Sheets, I lined the exteriors of the box top and bottom. I then glued a sheet of 12"x12" green felt to the top of the box top with a hot glue gun. I was careful only to glue the edges sparingly so that the glue did not bleed through the felt. Using the glue gun again, I applied American Crafts™ Thickers™ Multicolor Chipboard Alphabet Stickers. For the box interior, I created a Striped Green Liner Paper and printed it twice. My printer allows me to print tabloid sheets at full bleed. If your printer can't print at that scale, I recommend finding a coordinating tabloid sized paper or gift wrap. I then taped one short edge of the liner paper with the pattern side face down to the middle of the box interior's bottom side. I repeated the same with the other liner sheet so that their edges met at that middle point. I rolled the onesies and placed each one side-by-side in the newly lined box. I folded the liner paper inward to envelope the onesies and sealed it closed using a homemade 8 Ball Sticker. I printed mine to an Epson Self-Adhesive Sheet and then cut it out, but you can always print it to paper and use double sided tape instead.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Avery recommends you turn the garment inside out and machine wash cold separately from other clothes. Use color-safe detergent and remove promptly from the washer. Colors may bleed if left wet too long. Do not use bleach. Tumble dry low with garment turned inside out. Do not iron directly on transferred image after it has been applied to the garment. The transferred image is not intended to withstand stretching other than normal wear and tear.