Step One: Upload Images
Select a logo design for your favorite team and upload the image you're using into Design Space. Change the colors of each layer to match the colors of heat transfer vinyl you're using. Of course, this isn't necessary, but it keeps me from getting confused and cutting the wrong shapes out of the wrong color.
Click the make it button and then turn on the mirror option for each mat. Mirroring is always necessary when working with heat transfers.
Step Two: Cutting
Place the heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat with the glittered side facing down.
Load the cutting mat into the machine and cut each color one by one.
Step Three: Weeding
After all the cuts are complete, use a weeding tool to remove the unwanted material from around the edges and inside the designs.
Step Four: HTV Application
I picked up this premade fleece stadium blanket from Hobby Lobby. It's nice and thick and I love the fact that the hard work is done for me. It was $19.99 but after a 40% off coupon it was only $12. You can't beat that price!
Preheat the fleece fabric with your iron for 15-20 seconds. Make sure to keep the iron moving, you don't want to hold it in one spot for too long and burn the fleece.
Then, place the glittered heat transfer vinyl down on the blanket and press with a hot iron for 10-15 seconds. Heat settings vary from one iron to another but typically the cotton setting is a good place to start.
Wait at least one minute for the heat transfer vinyl to cool down before removing the carrier sheet. If you peel the carrier sheet away too soon, you risk pulling the vinyl up with it.
Follow the same steps as above to layer the rest of the logo. Everyone tends to layer a little differently, but I always start with the part of the design that will be the outermost layer. In this case, it's the outline of the Seahawks logo.
Then, it's time to add in the smaller details. Just be sure to protect the first layer of heat transfer vinyl with a carrier sheet or Teflon sheet before ironing on the next layer.
Remove the carrier sheet and voila! I love the way this blanket turned out and I think it would make a great gift for the sports fan in your life. The customization doesn't have to stop with the blanket. You can apply the same design to a t-shirt, hoodie, even a hat!