Today we're welcoming Taylor to our blog for this beautiful tutorial, illustrating how to customize an existing product and create a design directly on your surface without guesswork! She used one of our products, Hot Ribbon, to add a simple geometric design to her dress.
- Hot Ribbon in Colors of Choice
- Garment (See Step 1)
- Mini-Iron, Clover
- Quilter's Ruler
- Tailor's Chalk
- Scissors/X-Acto Knife
Step 1: Select your garment
I created mine, however all that is necessary is a garment made of a natural, sturdy fiber (remember you will be applying quite a bit of heat) and in a solid color. Consider how your ribbon choices will be affected by the background color of your garment.
Step 2: Wash and iron your garment
Do not skip this step. Prepping your surface is important!
Step 3: Measure and draw your design
Using your quilter's ruler and tailor's chalk, clearly measure and draw your design on your garment. *This is your opportunity to move, measure, and tweak until the design and proportions are perfect. If you make a mistake with the chalk, don't worry; all of the chalk will wash out. I highly recommend sketching on paper first, adjusting the basic design until you are happy.
Step 4: Apply Hot Ribbon to your garment
Apply the Hot Ribbon directly over the design you have created with the tailor's chalk. Don't worry about concealing all of your chalk marks. If you haven't worked with Hot Ribbon before, this blog post can teach you how to do it!
Step 5: Wash and press your garment
Step 6: Wear proudly!
- Consider both the shape of the garment and your design. Do I want an arrow pointing directly to my hip? Are circles the best choice over my chest?
- Less is more. Hot ribbon works exceptionally well with graphic, techy shapes. Mitered corners are a breeze, but tight circles will require more finesse. Carefully consider how much you are putting on your garment before you commit.
- PRACTICE. Work at least a portion of your design on a piece of scrap fabric before you move to your garment.
- Be confident. The ribbon is permanent and will hold up through a gentle cycle of washing. This means you only get a few seconds to move a ribbon if it doesn't apply perfectly on the first go. Drawing the design with tailor's chalk should give you the added confidence to create beautiful line-work with Hot Ribbon.
- If you choose to use a patterned fabric, consider how best to accentuate the pattern with the Hot Ribbon. Take care not to create competing patterns.
See how other artists personalized their baby carriers, backpacks, t-shirts, napkins, journals, and pillows, in our other blogs!