Friday, January 30, 2009

Wishing for Snow?

Remember those folded paper cut snowflakes that we made as kids in school every winter? I hope so. But if not, maybe trying out this project will bring back those fond childhood memories or at least you could have fun spiffing up an old - or new - piece of clothing or bag you have. Only requirement is that it's cotton. How easy is that? It combines the old school cut snowflake idea with iron-on transfers, so you can actually wear and show off your creation! This is an awesome craft to do with children too. Everyone loves snowflakes! And with the weather we've had in Richmond for the past few days, who knows, the only chance of seeing snowflakes might be the ones you make!

You will find the materials and directions below.

*Bonus: Check out me and Dawn of
Lark Studio demonstrating this project in another installment of the Richmond Craft Mafia's crafty lessons on Virginia This Morning.

iron-on transfer sheets
tee shirt (or item that you will ironing the snowflake on)
hard surface for ironing
parchment paper

1. Preheat iron to cotton setting.
2. Iron wrinkles out of the tee shirt.
3. Get your iron-on transfer sheet. Cut it into a square.
*The easiest way to make a square is to fold the sheet diagonally from the top corner and cut the remaining 2 1/2" off the bottom.
*Optional: Save the bottom piece to make 3 smaller snowflakes.
4. Fold your square sheet of paper in half horizontally twice and then once diagonally. You will have a triangular shaped piece.
5. Cut out shapes wherever you please. You can make a more round snowflake by curving the top of your triangle.
6. Open up your triangle and see what a beautiful snowflake you made!
7. Peel it - carefully - away from the backing. It's okay if it tears a little, but just be careful and take it slow with this step.
8. Place transfer shiny side down on your garment. Be sure to smooth out all the edges (and any tears).
9. Place parchment paper on top of transfer. Making sure it covers it completely, you don't want the iron to have any direct contact with the transfer.
10. Iron your transfer using firm pressure, pressing down. Iron every area for about 15-20 seconds. Be sure to get those corners and edges good.
11. Let it cool for a minute or two.
12. Peel away the parchment paper. You can go over any areas you missed if needed - remember to put the parchment paper on top, never iron on the transfer directly.

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