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« on: March 22, 2009 06:10:37 AM »

I recently make a impulse purchase when I saw Leisure Arts craft books 50% off at Hancock Fabrics.... consequently, Tattoo Tees made it into my cart.  Basically this is a booklet of 25 iron on transfers - here's the results:

This is my before and after picture and my test run - basically, gray doesn't work with this transfers.  They are designed to look vintage so they start off soft and fade slightly after wearing:

My second attempt - awesome.  Too bad this shirt is for my daughter (and consequently doesn't fit me), otherwise, I'd swipe this one for myself.  You can see in her before and after that her image didn't fade that much:

I plan on making another one for myself (in white since it seems to work the best), but here's what I learned from using these:

Start with a light colored (not gray) shirt. The designs are made to give your tee a vintage feel and will start off with a soft look and fade slightly as you wear it so color choice is important.

Pin, pin, pin. The transfers in Tattoo Tees reminds me of the kind of "tattoos" you used to get on gum wrappers as a kid (where you wet your hand and stick the paper to your skin to get the image to come off) - if you barely move it, the image slides. The more you pin, the less likely you will have shifting and the crisper the lines on your finished design.

Protect your work surface (and the other side of your shirt!). There is some ink 'leakage' when you apply heat to your design.

The hotter the iron, the darker the transfer - so press, press, press!

If you're going to put the image on the side of the shirt, offset it slightly to the front. Centering the design makes it so you can't see the image on the front or the back very well!


« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009 06:47:44 AM »

I actually love both of these designs, reminds me of many of the t's my daughter has brought home.

Sounds like any soft pinks, yellows, baby blues etc would work well too then?

Is it a recent publication in the last year or so? Would love to try it out.
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009 10:29:14 AM »

Sounds like any soft pinks, yellows, baby blues etc would work well too then?

Definitely!  In fact, I'm going to look for a few of those colors this week to make a few more.

Is it a recent publication in the last year or so? Would love to try it out.

I looked it up on Amazon and it says the release date was Sept. 27, 2007.  According to their site, they have one left in stock if you can't find it at your local craft\sewing store.

« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009 07:50:16 PM »

I think they turned out great! Makes me want to go buy the book. How many came in the book and how much was it??
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009 08:09:53 PM »

There are 25 transfers total, however they vary in size from the large designs (like the ones on the sides of the shirts) to smaller coordinating images and some writing.  The book retails for around $11, but I managed to snag mine for 50% off.

« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2009 06:34:16 AM »

way cool! I'm always a sucker for swirlies. I wonder how one could make transfers like this oneself...

the day job: Urban Threads (rockin' machine/hand embroidery designs)
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