My husband said, “Our grandson will not go hungry or naked!” Yep, as long as he has grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins, his parents won’t have to worry about clothes or food!
Like books, we can’t stop finding cute little clothes that he could use, and like books, there are a lot of ways to find them! I found free iron-on designs available online, and found a cute Disney Tigger design I thought would be great for our grandson, since he loves to bounce!
I found the design online for free, and then found great transfer printer paper that goes right into your paper tray and prints out the design. I followed the steps given on the paper I bought and created a great little shirt. This process was easier than I thought it would be!
Steps for Iron-on Tigger Onesie
Step 1 – Search online for sites with free (really free) designs for iron-on. You could use a regular design, but remember that when it prints out, the design ironed on will show up reversed. For example, if you use written words, then would have to be reversed or the writing will iron on backwards. I found this Tigger design (for our bouncer!) on a Disney website search for free iron-on.
2 – I bought a pack of iron-on transfer paper made especially for regular printers. Follow the directions for how to load the paper so the design prints on the right side. The directions are included in the package and some are printed on the backing paper of each sheet.
Step 3 – I followed the directions in my iron-on transfer paper package, and trimmed all the white outer edges from the actual Tigger design.
Step 4 – The directions said to set the iron temperature to hot/cotton setting, and to be safe, I set it a little lower to make sure my hot iron did not burn or melt anything! I made sure the iron had time to heat, and directions said to pre-iron the shirt so it would already be hot and ready to accept the design. I turned the design upside down to place it in the middle of the shirt.
Step 5 – Follow directions on the package for how long to iron and press down the design. Most directions will suggest several seconds of pressing the iron down on each part of the design, making sure not to wiggle too quickly so the design will not move.
Step 6 – Iron for recommended time, then let design and shirt cool for recommended time. My directions suggested letting the shirt alone for a few minutes, then moving it to a cooler spot away from the ironing board.to cool even quicker.
Step 7 – After design and shirt have completely cooled, start to carefully peel the backing off, making sure that the design is staying on the shirt. There are suggestions for re-ironing if the design did not fully transfer. I had no problem with my Tigger design, but I’m sure it happens. I was super-cautious and peeled very slowly to make sure!
Final tips: My directions suggested washing, and if washing, I would suggest you turn the shirt wrong side out, to protect the design. I would follow directions for washing the first time, which might suggest to let air dry and then iron lightly (still turned wrong side out or with a cotton ironing cloth to protect the design). I used a clean pillowcase to lay on Tigger, and ironed at a medium heat to continue “setting the design adhesive”.
So easy and so cute! This design was free and transfer paper was on sale, and I found a plain onesie at the craft store (or at Walmart!). Happy Ironing! And Happy New Year!