Here’s the second of the two Valentine’s inspired tops I made for my daughter last week (see the first one here). This was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever made! Hearts are pretty popular right now – I’ve seen lots of sweaters with big hearts on them – so I decided to add a bright white heart to a plain navy sweater for an easy DIY Valentine’s Day shirt that can be worn all year long.
Finding plain tees and sweaters for little girls can be a challenge if, like me, you do most of your shopping at discount stores. Most of the shirts in less expensive stores are covered in junky characters with silly sayings.
I actually made this sweater from a thrifted adult sweater, but I love Target for plain long sleeve tees in lots of colors. They’re perfect for wearing as-is or dressing up with an easy DIY like this one.
Once again, I used my Silhouette and flocked heat transfer material. This makes the design bright and clean, but when you’re adding a simple design like a big heart you could easily cut out a freezer paper stencil and use fabric paint instead.
I opened my heart design in Silhouette studio, made it the size I wanted, and cut it out using the standard settings for flocked heat transfer material. Once it’s cut, you just peel away the negative space:
Then flip the design over onto your shirt and iron on as directed. (Visit this post for more info on how to trace and cut any design you find on the internet using a Silhouette.)
And that’s it! Ten minutes to a cute graphic sweater.
One last note: I did notice that the white flocked heat transfer material picks up a bit of blue fuzz from the sweater, so if I were to do it again I’d probably just use plain heat transfer material. I haven’t noticed that issue when using any other colors of the flocked material.
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