Intro: Fusing Plastic Bag Butterflies to Shirts
So to to this you'll need :
- A plain cotton tee ( i haven't tried anything else, but i dont think fine fabrics will work.)
- Plastics bags in assorted colors OR a bag with a design already on
- Scissors, (the smaller the better)
- A marker
- Stencil ( optional if you cant draw it free hand)
- An iron
- A piece of parchment paper ( i used the backing of a sheet of labels)
Step 1: Cut Out the Shapes
First cut out a square from the bag you want to use and place your stencil and draw the shapes you want. Next cut them out making sure that its one whole piece .Trim the pieces to get and even shape and to make sure there are no unwanted strips or chips in the plastic.Here having a small pair of scissors is helpful
Step 2: Arranging Your Design
Place the butterflies or whatever shape you want on the shirt and adjust hem until you're satisfied with the way they look.Its best to do this on the floor so you get even pressure from the iron. So now place your newspaper on the ground next to your iron. Turn your iron on the highest setting.
Step 3: Fuse the Design
Carefully place the parchment paper on top ( or just remove the labels of of a label sheet and use the backing, paper side touching the iron) . Immediately press down with the iron and swivel it around the design slowly. Apply even pressure and lift the parchment paper to check if its fused properly after about a minute.
Step 4: Finish It Up.
Well the last step is optional. You can use a permanent marker to add details to the design. Once done let it dry for a minute and then iron again under the parchment paper.Markers like Sharpie have a small amount of platic in their ink so it can also fuse to the plastic and fabric.If you apply enough pressure and make sure the plastic is properly fused, it should not come off in the wash. Also if you iron it just a little you can peel it off later like after a kids themed birthday party.
So enjoy making new designs on your shirts and leave me a comment or a pic .Thanks.