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If you are anything like me,I would bet you are a messy painter. I usually end up with paint in my hair and worst of all on my clothes. I can't tell you how many shirts or pants in my closet have paint on them. So I did what any smart crafty mama would do, I went out and got myself an apron. But who needs a plain old apron when you can jazz it up with a little color and pzazz! So Silhouette Cameo to the rescue. In under 30 minutes, I now have a cute apron that saves my clothes from paint and helps me promote my business.
Here are the supplies I used:
I found these super cute aprons on Amazon that are available in a variety of colors.
I got my vinyl for this project from Michaels because I did not want to wait on it to be delivered. If you have a day or two to wait, I would recommend that you check out on Amazon or order from one of the online sources in my Ultimate Crafters Resource List.
I use this to cut my design. You could also use other cutters like teh Cricut Maker.
Iron: Any household iron will work.
Here's how I did it. Or, you can watch the video below for the tutorial.
1.Select the design of your choice. A great way to find a design is by searching on Etsy. If you are using a cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut be sure to search for a design that comes in a "svg" or "dxf: format. I also love searching Hungry JPEG for designs and fonts. You could get lost searching through all their beautiful designs.
2. Import your design into the software of your choice and size it appropriately. I used a Silhouette Cameo to cut my design.
3. Cut and weed the design. Each machine will vary on the settings to use to cut your design. Make sure you do a test cut to determine if adjustments to the default cut settings need to be made.Tip: Make sure that you mirror your design prior to cutting. Also, be sure to place your vinyl glossy side down or dull color side up on the mat.
4. Place the design in the desired location and cover it with a Teflon sheet. The teflon sheet helps prevent the heat transfer vinyl from getting stuck to your iron. If you do not have one you can use a towel. Make sure you turn your iron on and to the highest setting. Do not use the steam setting.
5. Press the design on high heat using all of your weight while moving the iron across the design. Do this until you see the vinyl adhering to the apron. Peel off the clear backing and voila, you have a monogrammed apron.
I used this item as a treat for myself and honestly to save myself from having to go out and increase my wardrobe to make up for all the paint covered clothes. These personalized aprons would also be a great gift for your favorite crafter, a baker, or even Mother’s Day.
If you do not have a cutting machine. Don't worry you can still complete this project. I have found ready-made iron-on transfers at Hobby Lobby and Micheals that you can use to personalize your apron.
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Until next time remember,a craft a day keeps the cray cray away!