Vinyl Christ­mas jumper

This year’s Christ­mas jumper is the span­gli­est up­cy­cle yet – Chris­tine Leech shows you how it’s done

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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

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