iron on fun for friday




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I wanted to make a cute, unique baby gift for a friend of mine and had seen some adorable creations around blogosphere with fabric paint and iron-ons, and wanted to try my hand at it. So, I took a 48 cent Old Navy shirt from their last clearance sale~they were marked .97, and then half off that~can you believe it?? Look at the tag to see for yourself....




I found a font I loved at dafont.com, downloaded it for free, and made it a cute pink color. The font name is mkbats. Print it out backwards~for my printer, I just clicked on the printing preferences, clicked advanced, and where it said mirror image I clicked yes. Cut it out, then follow the directions for ironing it on.
m is for magic! I love it!
It was so cute, I had to try a boy one! If you use the + symbol, it will make a star. I thought the camo green would be perfect for this one.

This is super important: I have to show you what happened my first tries when I used the transfer paper from Hobby Lobby~see all of the faded, awful letters?? Don't waste your money...
Now look at the perfect "m" in the right hand corner. That was my first try with Avery brand transfer paper. I had given up, then remembered Wendy at the Shabby Nest is iron on queen, so I asked her and she said to try Avery. I love you, Wendy! I should have just asked you first. Oh well, now you all know and won't make the same mistake. Practice on an old shirt first.
You can get it at Wal-mart in the printer paper aisle, or my Sam's Club even had it. Follow the directions exactly, and you'll be set.

So, there it is. Have a great weekend~go iron on something! :)

33 comments:

  1. oh, those looks SOOOO good! I gotta try it! So, the +symbol was in the dafonts site? just making sure!
    great gift!
    -kristen

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  2. Hi Kristen! Use the mkbats font and when you use the + key, it will give you the star. Hope that makes sense. Good luck!

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  3. Melissa, the little shirts turned out too cute! GOT to love the price too.

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  4. Those are so cute! and you can't beat the price!!
    I'm trying to make a pettiskirt for my little one's 1st Birthday and I was wondering what to do for a top. You just answered my question!! Thank you!!

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  5. Love the shirts and the price of the shirt...now that is a "good thing" as Martha says!

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Ok another off the wall question...I don't see cotton anymore around these parts...no one grows it here...would you be willing to sell me some cotton? I know such a strange question but I would love some.

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  7. That is a great idea. Never tried doing any iron ons. Might be time to try. Love the font you decided on.

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  8. Perfect idea! I am going to do these this weekend. THANKS!!!!!!!

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  9. Melissa! Those both turned out so cute! I'm really glad I could help!!! LOVE THEM!

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  10. What a GREAT idea!!! Quick question for you..... where do you yard sale at??? What are the best cities?? Where do you find them??? I really want to start going!!!

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  11. SOOOO Cute! I love dafont!!!

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  12. thanks for the tip on the transfer paper..i always had trouble and now i know why!! i will stop using craft store brand paper

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  13. I love this... only, I have a laser printer (we just graduated from the Y. Can you say Capstone papers???) so I will have to find an alternative. I've just been doing applique onesies instead... a bit more work!
    http://craftycupboard.blogspot.com

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  14. What a cute idea - thanks for the tips on the paper too! Can't wait to try this one out.

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  15. sooo fun! I've been taking a look at the rhinestone iron-ons, they have a super cute shamrock one at joann's i thought would be a little bit *glamourous* for st. patty's day for my baby girl. i'm gonna try your idea too :) Thanks!

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  16. Girl, you rock my world with this post! I love the little shirts...especially Landon's, who will be the cutest little guy in the world with that shirt! I HAVE to try this! Thanks for inspiring me, as usual!

    Hope things are good with you and your family! Have a great weekend! :)
    Carrie

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  17. I would love to know how these hold up to washing, because I did some with the OfficeMax brand and after a couple of washes they don't look good. Let us know?

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  18. I love those! What fabulous gifts. I'm SO going to try this.

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  19. Thank you so much for all the wonderful tips and great suggestions you are always sharing. So generous!!!

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  20. What a great idea! I've never thought of ironing on monogram. You've got me thinking now. I may need to add an extra stop on my list of errands.

    Have a great weekend,
    Jo

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  21. That is so cool! I love it!

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  22. Those little tee's are so cutesified! I love them- I love it when I experiment and the project turns out great!

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  23. Technical question here, after you download a font, how do you use it?

    LOVE THE SHIRTS!!!

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  24. This is great, thanks for showing us what NOT to do! I once printed the sheet music for O'Holy Night and made the most fabulous Christmas pillow with it! It would be cute to make "your song" for the bedroom. I may have to do that one day too.
    My nephew my get a whole line of shirts for his 1st birthday! Thanks
    ~Misti

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  25. Rambling Girl~I'll let you know on the cotton.

    Jen~I'm doing a "yard sale 101" post this month~stay tuned!

    Emily~they are *supposed* to hold up well to washings, but I will let you know!

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  26. Lichelle~ I emailed you! There is directions under the FAQ on Dafont that will explain how to download and install the fonts, then I just use them in Microsoft Word.

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  27. Found this project on Buzzings of a Queen Bee! and she referred me here to see the brilliant person that inspired her. I love this project and have many ideas running around in my head. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  28. I LOVE it! I am totally doing this, thank you!!

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  29. what program did you use to print the font? i don't know how to make a cute pink circle with the letter in it.

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  30. Hi, Melissa! I made monogrammed shirts for a baby shower..thank you for the wonderful idea!

    http://craftingrr.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-monogram-fun.html

    Thanks,
    Tana @Crafting R&R

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  31. Hi Melissa- You have totally inspired me on these shirts! I have made 4 shirts already for my 4 month old. They are soooo cute- the ideas are endless. But, I have a question...I applied the iron on just like it said, and when my daughter drooled the ink from the iron on ran? Am I doing something wrong? I washed the shirt first- I then ironed the shirt, I then applied the iron on..Can you help?!
    My blog is under construction! I am new to this but totally addicted to your site!
    My address is http://itsscrappindiva.blogspot.com/

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  32. Not sure why my name came up with "Anonymous"...my name is Michelle!!!! =)

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