A couple of weeks ago, I rambled about how I was so incredibly excited that I was finally going to have a pair of Sailor Moon boots to call my own. The boots showed up on Monday, and I excitedly went to try them on, only to find out…
…that my calves were a little too muscular for these boots. Curse you, muscular calves! (Well, not really, I like my calves.)
I ended up messaging the seller (Catzia) telling her the boots didn’t fit my calves, and I asked if I could exchange them for a larger size in hopes that they might fit my legs better. She said she’d be happy to exchange them, but before doing that, I should try to stretch the boots out using a hair dryer to see if I could get them stretched out enough to fit. And it worked! They were snug, but I could zip them up all the way!
While I was waiting to hear back from Catzia, I found a number of “how to stretch shoes” tutorials out there. When I came across the hair dryer method, I figured it’d work for the boots (but didn’t want to try it until I’d heard back from Catzia) – but most of these methods focused on making the foot area of a shoe wider, not necessarily the calves. And they all focused on leather shoes, and not vinyl boots.
Enter The Crafty Nerd, armed with a hair dryer and a pair of epic Sailor Moon boots.
Have you ever wanted your own t-shirt with your favorite My Little Pony’s cutie mark on it? (Or a t-shirt with a simple cartoon symbol, like Super Mario’s 1-Up mushroom or other relatively low-detail images) Well, here’s a tutorial for you – and all you need to know how to do is operate an iron!
A printout of the cutie mark (or image) you want to use
A pen or marker
Fabric in each color used in the cutie mark
Heat ‘n Bond
A pair of scissors
The first thing you’ll want to do is cut out pieces of fabric a little larger than each different area of color in your image. I ended up with four pieces of fabric – blue, red, yellow, and white. While you’re working with the scissors, you’ll also want to cut apart your image – I cut mine into different sections based on the colors in Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark, and ended up with a cloud and three little lightning bolts. You’ll also want to get out your Heat ‘n Bond, too – and cut out pieces that are slightly smaller than the pieces of fabric you’re using.
Next, it’s time for the iron. Lay out your piece of fabric, then lay the Heat ‘n Bond, paper side up, onto your fabric and follow the instructions on the package to iron your Heat ‘n Bond to your fabric.
The next thing we’ll do is get out our marker and trace our cutie mark pieces onto the Heat ‘n Bond paper.
The next step has us cutting out the fabric shapes. It’s also not a bad idea to re-assemble the shape to make sure everything fits together – if not, you can trim things a little bit to make them fit.
This is where the fun stuff happens. Peel off the paper backing from your pieces of cutie mark, and lay out the pieces on your t-shirt where you want them to end up when you’re finished. Iron them onto your t-shirt according to the directions on the Heat ‘n Bond package – you may want to pay special attention to pointy ends that might come up if not properly adhered to your shirt.
Once your shirt’s cooled off a bit, and you’re sure everything’s securely ironed onto your t-shirt, now you can wear it!
This is a pretty fun way to make a unique looking t-shirt – I’ve worn my Pinkie Pie t-shirt to conventions and received lots of compliments on it, and some people even thought it was screen printed – when I told them I did it with fabric and Heat ‘n Bond, they were amazed! And as I said earlier, you can do this with any sort of simple graphic that doesn’t have a lot of detail to it. If you follow these steps to make a t-shirt, show me the results!
Edit 10/30/14: Thelma followed my tutorial to make a Rainbow Dash shirt for her daughter (and she also made some very cute wings and ears, too)! I’ve got her pictures below – the shirt turned out awesome, I love it! 🙂