My three-year-old has been downright begging me for a Sacramento Kings shirt lately. Since his older brothers both have Kings shirts, Simon has naturally been asking me why in the world doesn’t he have one, too? He very specifically requested a shirt that said “Kings and a number,” but when I checked out the selection of toddler sized jerseys available I was blown away – $51 + shipping for a shirt that he’s going to outgrown in six months? Um, no thank you.
Supplies I Used:
- White cotton tank top (I found mine on clearance for $1.00!)
- Silver glitter heat transfer vinyl
- Purple heat transfer vinyl
The first step to creating my team shirt was to find a logo that I wanted to use and to import it into my Silhouette CAMEO software for cutting. If you don’t know how to import and use your own graphics in the software, make.a.do has a helpful tutorial for you. I used the Modify –>Divide setting to separate the layers of color, and decided to use only the silver and purple for my design. To create the player number, I used the Varsity font, and asked Simon to choose any number that he wanted. He choose #6, which is sort of perfect since our team retired that number a few years ago in honor of the fans.
When cutting heat transfer vinyl it is important that you mirror your image before cutting! I cut the silver vinyl layers (the larger size) and the purple vinyl layers (the smaller inside color) and then trimmed and “weeded” the excess.
The iron on vinyl comes with a clear backing paper that is slightly sticky once it’s been weeded. This helps you to position your vinyl design on your garment and hold it in place worry-free while you iron it. Cover with a thin cloth, and iron according to the directions (generally around 300-325 degrees with firm pressure for 10-15 seconds). I recommend ironing on top of a piece of wood or similar hard and flat surface in order to achieve the appropriate amount of pressure required. Remove the clear backing and allow to cool.