Want a sweet Walk-themed t-shirt? If so, you came to the wrong place (go here, instead)
If you're looking for a cheap, mediocre tee with off-color undertones that you can make yourself, well, THAT we can help you with! Here's what you'll need:
1. Iron-on printable fabric transfers. We got our's from the printer supplies section at Wal-Mart.
2. Scissors. *NOTE:* Keep pointy ends away from eyeballs, ears, any and all bodily orifices.
3. Any contrasting-color pencil to mark your shirt (there are also fabric marking pencils, but pfffft, let's be honest, we're not that fancy.)
4. An iron. *NOTE:* Keep the hot metal part away from face.
5. A pillowcase draped over a flat, sturdy surface.
6. A cotton t-shirt. We washed and dried our's before starting the project.
7. Bare feet are optional. (See what I did there?)
8. Click one of these designs and save to your computer.
Suggested for use on a red shirt.
Suggested for use on a white shirt.
Feel free to tweak/re-adjust/whatever you'd like to do with the design according to whatever suits your fancy.
9. You will also need a smidgen of creative craftiness. If you don't (like Ashley), find a friend and make it a party:
"I'm so freakin' excited! LET'S GET CRAFTY!"
Sometimes this may be your only option.
Remove children, small animals, and Star Wars collectibles from a fifteen-foot radius of the workspace.
You may want to consider safety goggles.
...definitely safety goggles.
-RIGHT! First off, read the directions on the transfer packaging so you can familiarize yourself on how to use them.
-To print your design, make sure that you have your page layout so that it will print on one sheet (select options, "Landscape," and, "Fit to Page").
-Also be sure to select "Iron-on transfer" from the "Paper Type," options, if available in your printer options.
-We suggest you make a mark on a piece of paper, then do a test print of your selected design.
This way, you can determine which way you'll have to load the iron-on transfer into your printer, and figure out the correct printer settings so the design will print out correcty.
-Hang on to your test print out.
You'll want to carefully cut out the letters. That's right, along all the black lines. ALL OF THEM.
This is what will give the text a stencilled look. I mean, you could probably use a stencil and some fabric paint.
Honestly, that's just too simple for us.
It also helps if you look intense while cutting. Laura demonstrates:
Remember when we told you to keep your test print of the design? As you cut out your letters, you can lay them over your print.
This will help you to keep track of your pieces:
Next you'll want to GENTLY lay out your shirt on the pillow case. We learned this the hard way; Laura kinda tossed it open on the table.
Remember all of those little pieces you just cut out? Imagine them blown all over the floor and trying to keep a cat named Lucy from eating the Walk man's head.
It's not fun.
WARNING THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE TO EVER BE GIVEN SINCE IT'S COMMON SENSE: Be careful with an iron. It's hot. It can burn you. If you DO get burned, seek medical attention.
Don't listen to your crazy Aunt Marge about putting butter on a burn, BUTTER IS NOT MEDICINE (except as a way to ease moodiness from menopause.)
Lightly iron the area where you will be applying the transfer.
It will be a lot easier to arrange the letters on the shirt if you have a guide.
The easiest way we found was with 4 lines:
1. One line across the chest lined up with the armpit of the shirt.
This line is where the bottoms of your first row of letters will rest.
Draw two more lines beneath this line. Laura just kind of eyeballed it here, but if you'd like to measure for the spacing to be more accurate, go for it.
2. Draw one line down the middle of the shirt, using the neck of the shirt as a guide, if possible.
Any type of straight edge will work when marking your shirt.
For instance, we used the box the iron was packaged in because it was handy:
You can use a book, a box, or even your Tulsa, Tokyo, & Middle of Nowhere VHS tape.
(Oh, whatever, we know you still have that tape. We do, too.)
This way of lining up the letters will pretty easily help you get your words centered.
Start with the "K" of the word, "Walkers" on the top line, where lines 1 and 2 intersect.
From there, you can place the rest of the letters to finish the word:
You're now ready to use the iron (carefully)!
It was easiest to just lay the iron firmly across the entire word and pass the iron back and forth.
Iron them for the time recommended on transfer packaging.
DO NOT PEEL OFF THE BACKING FROM THE TRANSFER YET.
If you take it off and run over the letters again with the iron when applying the second line of letters,
it can melt and ruin the transferred letters.
Again, use the "K" as a guide, which will give you an idea of where you put the space in between the next two words on the second line:
Again, iron the whole row together, and do not remove the backing.
For the third row of letters, you will line them up with "Walkers."
It should be the same length as the first row:
Again, iron the last row. After the recommended rest time stated on transfer packaging, you can remove the backing from all letters.
You should now have something that looks like this:
We put the Walk man and the website address on the right sleeve. Thinking back, it would have been better to put it on the left sleeve.
People tend to walk on the right side of the aisle and people would be seeing your left side.
Also, make sure when you iron on the website, that you have the text facing right-side-up.
You should have a finished product that looks like this!
This production was brought to you by Laura (LauraFace) and Ashley (ashmonkey12816).