Vinyl Christmas jumper
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Iron-on confetti goodness
Ready to embrace all things holly jolly? We’re easing ourselves in with a confetti-spangled sweatshirt that feels oh so 2018.
Grab a plain top and prepare to get excited about ironing – iron-on vinyl is a game changer when it comes to customising. Unbelievably easy to use, it allows you to get creative and go as crazy as you like with glittery shapes and layering.
When using an iron to fix vinyl, it’s better to use a really solid surface rather than an ironing board, so place a thick towel on a table then place the sweatshirt on top of this. Iron any creases out of the sweatshirt.
Begin by cutting a selection of small circles from the different vinyls, referring to the main image as a guide. If you’re happy to cut them freehand, it’s a good idea to cut a square of vinyl roughly the size of the circle first, then cut the circle away within it. This helps keep the circle round, plus it also creates a circular offcut to use in the design too. If you aren’t feeling confident, draw around some coins then cut out the shapes. Don’t worry about the perfect roundness of the cutting as the handmade feel all adds to the design.
Next, cut some holly leaves. Draw the shape on the back of the vinyl first, using the templates on page 98. Again, it’s a good idea to cut a rectangle as a guide shape before cutting the leaf shape. Cut several leaves and berries in different colours and sizes.
Working on the front of the sweatshirt, take a selection of leaves and berries and position
them in little groups, as shown. Gradually add in some of the offcuts until you’re happy with the design. Make sure you’re laying them with the protective plastic side up. You can layer up the vinyls, but it’s best to not place anything over the glitters and flocks as they may not adhere so well.
Once you’re happy with the design, remove anything that’s layered up as you can only iron one layer at a time. Take a photo of the design if you don’t think you’ll remember where the pieces go.
Place a piece of greaseproof paper over the area you’re going to iron first and, with the iron on the cotton setting, press down onto the sweatshirt with a firm pressure for 10 seconds.
Remove the iron and the greaseproof paper. Wait a few seconds, then peel away the protective plastic layer. Work your way around the sweatshirt, ironing and peeling as you go. Some plastic layers are easier to remove when they’re warm and some when they‘ve cooled down, so if one shape is proving tricky to remove simply wait a bit longer.
Once you’ve completed the first layer of the design, place the second layer of vinyl pieces in position, place the greaseproof paper on top again, and iron in place as per Steps 6-7.
Continue adding shapes in the same way until the whole vinyl design has been completed. Give the sweatshirt one final press, paying special attention to the edges of the vinyl pieces, then turn the sweatshirt inside out and iron again from the back to finish.
MATERIALS Q Selection of iron-on vinyls including glitter, flock, fluorescent and holographic finishes (ours were from www. happyfabric.co.uk) Q Greaseproof paper Q Coins Q Plain sweatshirt