How to Decorate Baby Onesies with Your Cap Press or Clam Shell Press
My favorite thing about spring? All the new life! It’s the season of newborns for plants and animals alike, so I thought it’s the perfect chance to share this “Just Hatched” cut file with all of you! It’s just in time for Easter, but could be used for a newborn any other day of the year. You can switch up the colors and type of heat transfer vinyl for the look you’re going for, but I’m using Lemon Sugar and Mermaid Blue Glitter HTV.
Step 1: Cut HTV
Glitter HTV is cut with the carrier side down. Sometimes HTV has a white back like Lemon Sugar. It’s typically seen on lighter colors, and is there to protect the integrity of the color and ensure it’s opacity. So even if I put this on a black onesie, the yellow color will look just as pretty as it did before it was applied!
Step 2: Weed HTV
After cutting, weed out the excess with a Siser® Weeder. This tool is sharp and efficient! Plus the grip is a savior during those long hours of weeding.
When all that remains on the clear carrier is the heat transfer vinyl you want to transfer on the onesie, then you can use this quick clean up trick- a lint roller grabs even the smallest of HTV scraps!
Step 3: Heat Apply the HTV on the Onesie
The smaller platen of the cap press allows you to apply HTV without the use of a heat transfer pillow since all the seams and snaps naturally rest outside of the pressing area.
When using a clam shell press, a heat transfer pillow is required to raise the application area above the bulky shoulder area and seams. Either way, we’re achieving a flat pressing surface in order to have even pressure during application. Without even pressure, areas of the HTV won’t stick to the fabric. Sometimes this is immediately noticeable, and other times you discover pressure problems after the wash!
The pressing process is the same although it appears differently! Glitter has best results when applied at 320°F for 10-15 seconds.
- Press 1: Should always be a pre-press to remove any wrinkles or moisture in the fabric.
- Press 2: In this case, layer 1 is Lemon Sugar Glitter with a heat transfer cover sheet on top. Since we’re layering two colors, I only pressed for 1-5 seconds before peeling the carrier hot.
- Press 3: After aligning the Mermaid Blue text inside the cut outs, place a heat transfer cover sheet on top and press for 10 seconds. Then peel the carrier warm.
I followed the same 3 steps to decorate the white onesie, but instead of a cap press, the clam shell press and a heat transfer pillow were used. I got great results with both methods- Your choice depends on the equipment you have available and how you prefer to apply HTV!
Now it’s your turn to try! Download the Just Hatched cut files HERE and get crafting! Just remember, if you actually sell baby onesies, “onesie” is trademarked by gerber so you’ll need to call them “baby bodysuits” or something else creative.