Every Monday from 4pm-8pm, etsy has a craft night at their office in Dumbo. Last night was heatpress printing. Because Valentine’s Day is coming up, we made little heart shaped decorations. We used heart patterns to trace onto the fabric to cut out two pieces that could then be sewn together. To decorate, we used a commercial grade heatpress to transfer images to fabric. The images were printed ahead of time on commercial grade heat transfer paper using an inkjet printer (really important, it has to be inkjet not laser printed). You can also use heat transfer paper that you buy at an office supply store with an iron (for anyone who doesn’t have a heatpress lying around the house, like me); it’s pretty easy to use, but the downside is that it doesn’t last as long…the images fade through time and washing. A lighter material works best so all the details in the image show.
The pieces were sewn together. Add some stuffing. To make a little ornament, add some ribbon so it can hang. To finish it, hand sew the opening closed. And voila! Heatpress Valentine Ornaments!