Layered Heat Transfer Tutorial

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layered heat transfer tutorial If you make handmade Halloween costumes, you know this week is crunch time! {Unless you are the super-on-top-of-it crafter, then you’re probably done already! I am not.} I am definitely a procrastinator when it comes to Halloween costumes. {raise your hand if you’re with me on this!} I have made their costumes every year, but I am literally hot gluing as the kids are walking out the door to trick-or-treat on Halloween! And this year is no exception. I just started our costumes yesterday….hehe. Basically what you see up there is all that’s done. eep!!

For the first time this year, the whole family is dressing up for Halloween. I usually only have to make 2 costumes {for the 2 boys}, but this year, I have to make 5 since we have a new addition. Awesomesauce. So I have to bust out 5 costumes this week. yikes!  But thankfully, we’re doing something kinda easy. We’re going to be The Incredibles family. Thanks to my trusty Silhouette and some heat transfer from Happy Crafters, I’ve got the shirts almost done!

handmade incredibles costume I designed the Incredibles symbol in the Silhouette Studio software. I use the Designer software and the extra tools it has makes it really easy to design your own shapes.

incredibles-shirt2 I used 3 different colors of heat transfer for the logo- black, yellow, and orange.

Layered Heat Transfer Tutorial

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  1. I used the circle tool to create 3 ovals and the text tool for the “i”. 
  2. Then I used the eraser tool to erase the extra lines to create the swooshes around the “i”.
  3. Then I flipped horizontally before cutting the heat transfer. {this is really important if you are cutting words}
  4. Then feed the heat transfer into your Silhouette tool WITHOUT a cutting mat with the plastic side down.
  5. Remove the extra heat transfer around your design.
  6. Iron the heat transfer with the plastic side up with a cloth over it, for 45-60 seconds, pressing firmly down. I ironed the orange first {I did not remove any of the orange heat transfer from the logo. I used the entire logo since it was my base color}, then I ironed the black on top of the orange, and then the yellow. {iron for the full time for each additional layer of heat transfer. Allow to cool for a couple minutes between layers.}

*Tip: Heat transfer should look like it melted into the fabric. If it is merely sitting on top, then you’ll want to iron longer. I highly recommend using a stopwatch or clock so your timing can be exact.

incredibles-shirt3 So what you see is about all I’ve gotten done with their Incredibles costumes. If I’m really lucky, I’ll get them done BEFORE Halloween so that I can post pictures! {I never posted last year’s costume pics because they got done too late!} You can check out the cute handmade Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber costumes from 2 years ago here.

Have you finished your Handmade Halloween Costumes yet?

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Thanks for this great tutorial! I was wondering if I’m doing something wrong with feeding my transfer material into the Silhouette without a cutting mat…? My machine seems to go rouge on intricate designs if I do it that way. Any tips?

    1. 1.1

      hmm, is your heat transfer securely under the white rollers? Is the heat transfer moving or is the blade having issues? Are you cutting the heat transfer side or the clear plastic side? Feel free to email me at!

  2. 2

    very cool I don’t have a silhouette but I do have a circut. I haven’t tried iron on vinyl it looks lie fun. thanks for sharing.