Meet Charlie’s baby boyfriend, Hunter. He’s Nurse Friend Sam’s adorable little boy, and he’s only 2.5 weeks younger than my Charlie. They’re built-in-besties for sure! So when my Mother’s Day Silhouette machine came in the mail last week, I knew the perfect project to break it in with. A custom onesie for Hunter! My husband grew up with Sam’s husband, and they’re both huge hunters. So I whipped up a design in Illustrator that perfectly sums it up: “Don’t you wish your daddy could HUNT like mine” Too cute! I’m going to have to make a matching one for Charlie. Here’s how I used the Silhouette to create this cute little onesie:
• Silhouette Machine & Hunter Onesie design
• Freezer Paper
• Fabric ink (I use the Yudu brand of stuff because it lasts long and wears well
• Squegee (or credit card)
Step 1 – Cut design & iron to onesie
Download the deer art here. Place the freezer paper shiny side down on your mat. I used thickness setting 2 and speed 4. It worked perfectly with the thin lines on the font.
Iron the paper shiny side down in place on your onesie. Make sure none of the corners stick up and it’s secure in all cut edges. Place thick cardstock or cardboard inside the onesie to prevent bleed through.
Step 2 – Print the design
Run a bead of ink over the top of your design. I should have taped off the exposed edges of the onesie, because I had a little spill over onto the sides. Use a squegee to spread the ink evenly over the design.
Once your design is dry, place a sheet of computer paper over it and iron the whole thing for 2 minutes. This sets the ink so it doesn’t wash out. If you have spots that you don’t want set, use a washcloth to rub it out before the ink dries and you iron it.
That’s it! It’s seriously that easy to make your own tshirt designs! I really love the Yudu ink because it has a “professional” feel to it without being really thick and stiff. Plus using wax paper is so much quicker and easier (& cheaper!) than burning a screen if you’re just doing one or 2 shirts. I’m so excited to see what else I can make with my new toy, the amazing Silhouette!