Jan 07

Valentine’s Day for Boys!

If you have a son, I am sure you know how hard it can be to find cute designs for boys on Valentine’s Day. With all the pink and red that abounds, boys Valentine’s Day outfits can be nearly impossible to find!! I have listed quite a few new iron on transfer designs in my shop that will work perfectly for your little man. If you have never worked with digital files, they are super easy to use! It’s literally as easy as print and iron. If you have questions, you can contact me right through Etsy and I am always happy to help with any questions you might have. To buy the designs below, just click the pictures to be taken right to the shop for purchasing.

Kisses 25 Cents – Boys Valentine Outfit

Little Heart Breaker – Boys Valentine Shirt

Love Alphabet – Kids Valentine T-Shirt

Grey Chevron Tie – Toddler Valentine Tie

I Dig You – Boys Dump Truck Valentine

Love – Boys Valentine’s Day Outfit

Mustache Valentine – Funny Boys T-Shirt

Happy Crafting!

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Oct 22

Tutorial for Black Text on a Color Shirt with Iron on Transfers

Using iron on transfer is very different than screen printing. You cannot always get the same look, but the cost savings of being able to do it yourself is great. Screen printing is not a DIY project, but with a little practice you can get a screen printed look even with iron on transfers. Today I am going to show you how to get black text on a color shirt with no white around the text. This method really only works for dark text and a shirt that is not too dark. If the color of the shirt is too close to the color of the text, then the text will not show up well at all. Keep that in mind when picking out a shirt color.

1 Shirt in a fun color
1 Sheet iron on transfer paper for White/Light shirts
Pillow case
Smooth, heat proof surface


First you will want to print your design. Be sure the paper you are using is for light/white shirts. I have a lot of fun options available in my shop, Scrapendipity Designs. Here are a few that would work great with this tutorial!

If you do not see a design you like there, please feel free to contact me. I am always willing to do a custom order. The design I used for this tutorial is not for sale unfortunately. Remember to pick a design that is either all black or a very dark color, this method may not have the desired results if your design is too close in color to your shirt color. You will have to print a mirrored version of the design. All of the iron on designs in my shop include this in the file you receive.

Once the design is printed,

trim the design. Cut a shape that is close to the design, but you do not need to be exact here.

It’s more important to have a shape that doesn’t have a lot of corners as that will make it more difficult to pull the paper up later.

Pre-heat your iron to the cotton setting with no steam.

Per the instructions that come with the paper, you want to use a smooth, hard ironing surface that is NOT an ironing board. Place your pre-ironed pillowcase on this surface and then place your t-shirt on your pillowcase.

Iron your t-shirt so you have a nice smooth surface to work with.

Place your design on the shirt, being careful to place it exactly where you want it to show up on the shirt.

Using firm pressure, place the iron on each part of the design for 20 seconds lifting the iron completely to move it to the next spot. Once you do the whole design once, turn the iron in a different direction and repeat. This will prevent getting spots where the iron vents are and helps apply the design more firmly.

Once the design has cooled completely (about 2 minutes), pull the backing paper off of the design.

Your shirt is done! This method leaves a glossy version of the design behind. If there are spots that are whiteish, you can put the backing paper back on exactly and re-iron, just remember to let it cool completely to get that glossy look.

If you want more of a matte finish to the design, instead of pulling the design off when it is cool, you will want to pull it off while it is piping hot. You literally iron the design and pull the paper up immediately. If it cools at all, this method won’t work right. It’s scary at first, but works great! There will be a little ink left on the backing paper with this method.

You are left with a matte version of the image and I have found that I have no issues with washing when I use this method. The flash I used to take this picture makes the edges show up more than they do in real life, I promise!


That’s it! Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about applying black text to a color shirt (rachel at scrapendipitydesigns dot com). This is a great way to get a screenprinted-like look for a fraction of the cost!

Happy ironing!

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Jan 17

New Applique Patterns & Iron on Transfers in Store!

Whew …. it has been a while since I last posted. I have been a busy little bee though and posted many, many more designs in my Etsy shop. And even with all these new designs, I have a back log of about 50 items to still post!! So rather than chit chatting today, I will just post some of the new designs here, but be sure to check out my shop for all of them. Click on any picture to be taken directly to that design in my shop.

Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for even more!

Happy Quilting!

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Dec 05

Hanukkah and Christmas Printable Iron on Transfers

I have been having so much fun creating my applique patterns for my Etsy shop, but then one day I was thinking about how fun it would be to make some iron on transfers that people could print themselves. I know not everyone loves to applique, so this would be an easy way to make a fun, unique, t-shirt. I have made a few iron on shirts for my son recently to test out my patterns, and they are so easy to make!! I am actually pretty impressed with the quality of iron on paper today. It used to be so stiff and the shirts never looked quite right, but the ones I picked up from Michael’s worked perfectly. Maybe soon I will do a quick tutorial for an iron on shirt. Hubby has been asking me to make him a shirt, so I can show the process with that.

I have been turning a lot of my applique designs into iron on transfers. These are made with patterned designs so it almost looks like fabric on your shirt, but it’s so much easier!! Of course all my applique patterns are still available if you want to use those to make a quilt or to make shirts with your own fabric. I still love the look of fabric on a shirt, but iron on transfers do make the process nice and quick! I have designed a few for Hanukkah and Christmas, and even though these holidays are close, since my designs are printables, there is still plenty of time to pick one up and make a special shirt for the holiday.

8 Crazy Nights Hanukkah Printable Iron on Transfer Design

Hanukkah Menorah Printable Iron on Transfer Design

Christmas Ornaments Printable Iron on Transfer Design

Christmas Lights Printable Iron on Transfer Design

I also have a bunch more Christmas designs in the shop, as well as a few non-Christmas designs:

Owl Printable Iron on Transfer Design

Drama Queen Printable Iron on Transfer Design

Right now I only have about 17 printable iron on transfer designs listed in the shop, but I am slowly listing one for each pattern, so if you like these, be sure to keep an eye on the shop as I add more!

Happy Quilting!

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Oct 31

Tons of new PDF Applique Patterns and Templates in the Store!

Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone’s day is going very ghouly. Halloween was unfortunately postponed until Saturday in our town due to hurricane Sandy. Luckily we personally did not lose power or have anything bad happen to us because of the storm, but it did hit our town pretty hard. So instead of worrying about trick or treaters tonight, we are going to have our own little party just the three of us. We are all going to pick one favorite snack, we will turn on some good Halloween flicks, and we drink and be merry all night long! We all enjoy the holiday, so this will be a great way to celebrate it.

If you haven’t checked out my applique pattern store over at Etsy yet, I would highly recommend it. :) I recently changed the name to match my business name here, so it is officially Scrapendipity Designs now! You can visit the shop here:

Scrapendipity Designs on Etsy

I have been designing and posting like crazy lately and now have over 103 patterns in my shop! Every time I make a new one, it becomes my favorite. :) I have 10 sections in my shop (Etsy only allows 10, which is just a pain, but I deal with it since I have to!), here are a few of my newer items:

Animal Applique Patterns Section
Sheep Applique Template

Fish in a Bag Applique Pattern

Christmas / Winter Applique Patterns
Santa Gnome Applique Template

Santa Loves Me Applique Pattern

Food Applique Patterns
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Applique Template

I Want S’More Applique Pattern

Other Applique Patterns
Zombie Survival Kit Applique Pattern

Matchstick Zombie Survival Applique Template

This is just a small sampling of what I have made, so be sure to check out my shop to see more!!

Happy Quilting!

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Oct 06

Halloween Coupon on My Applique Patterns!

So before I get to the patterns, I just wanted to share that I have officially learned how to bunny hop on a scooter! LOL We got our son a scooter not too long ago, and he has been having a blast trying to learn tricks on it. He even took it to the skate park yesterday and was riding down the ramps and stuff. So today he asked me to come watch him ride, which I was happy to do, and he offered to teach me to bunny hop. It took me a few (okay more than a few) tries, but eventually I finally did it!! I was so happy for me, and it was so cute to watch my son be so excited for me. Now he insists that I must get my own scooter so we can go scootering together. I may just have to do that!

Today I wanted to share a few new PDF applique patterns I created. I am having so much fun coming up with ideas. I have a whole book of ideas that I haven’t even drawn up yet, and more that I have drawn, but not uploaded! But let’s look at some I did upload.

Monkey Applique Pattern
This adorable monkey is one of many animal patterns I have in my shop now. Wouldn’t he look so cute on a toddler’s t-shirt?

Ninja Applique Pattern
A crime fighting ninja is always a good addition to the family!

Thanksgiving Applique Pattern
Doing some holiday sewing? Wouldn’t this guy look awesome on an apron for the Thanksgiving chef?

Alice in Wonderland Applique Pattern
I am working on a fairy Tale series of patterns, and this is one from Alice in Wonderland.

Pirate Applique Pattern
Yargh! How’s a pirate hit ya matey?

These are just a few of the new ones I have added. To see them all, check out my shop over at Etsy … Scrapendipity Designs.

I haven’t really done an applique tutorial on this blog yet, but I am hoping to do that soon. I am just having too much fun designing to stop and sew!! If you do purchase one of my patterns and you aren’t sure how to do applique, please just let me know and I would be happy to send along some links to good tutorials I have found.

Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. You can do so in the right hand side of this blog. I am planning on sending out periodic emails featuring the new patterns I add to my shop. That is probably the best way to keep up to date on what I am adding!

Happy Quilting (and scootering)!

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