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How to Add Geometric Art to Your Jacket

Creative Team | May 8, 2017

Wheter you want to cutomize a jacket, or some other article of clothing, our new iron-on ribbon is easy to apply your own geometric art. With Hot Ribbon you can customize just about anything! Let Ned show you how it's done.


2.jpgMaterials Used:

Before we start, you'll need supplies. 

Step 1: Lay out your design

3.jpgStart by laying out your design on a piece of paper. 

For this project I made an equilateral triangle, but you can use any shape you like. Since an equilateral triangle has all 60° angles, I started with the side length I wanted and then used the Goniometer to make the angles.

Next I made evenly spaced points along all three sides of the triangle. Using different numbers of points will effect how your pattern comes out, so you can do some experiementing.

Just keep in mind the level of complexity you want and the size of the piece you're working on. I used ten points per side for this project.


Step 2: Creating the parabolic curves

Now for the fun part! On the bottom of the triangle, draw a line from the left-most point and connect it to the first pont down from the peak on the left side of the triangle. Then, move one point to the right on the bottom, and one point down on the left, and so on to create a parabolic curve. Then do the same on the other side. Keep turning your design over and simply do the same process for each side of the triangle. With a ruler it's easier than it looks.


Step 3: Ironing on ribbon

Now that you have your design, place it under a pane of glass. Make sure you use tempered glass and not anything that might shatter or be damaged by heat. You may want to use masking tape to make sure the glass doesn't shift in relation to the paper (this will become important in later steps).


Now cut pieces of Hot Ribbon to the proper length and place them on the glass over your lines. Use a mini iron to stick the Hot Ribbon to the glass over the design.

Hint: I found the easiest way to do this is to get one end of the ribbon good and stuck down, then stretch it to the other point and hold it with your finger while you iron along the rest of the ribbon.


Continue along in this fashion just like you did with the paper drawing. It is important to start at one point and work your way around the design in order, that way the ribbon will stack nicely and create a nice woven effect.

Step 5: Peel the pattern from the tempered glass


Now that your Hot Ribbon is all laid out, gently peel it off the glass. You may want to use a putty knife or similar object to aid in this step, although in this case the design came off easily just by pulling on it.

Step 6: Apply your pattern

Now place your iron-on design pattern on whatever you want to stick it to. In this case I used an old jean jacket, but Hot Ribbon will stick to any porous surface. Make sure you are working on an ironing board or some other surface that can withstand a lot of heat.


Place a non-stick pressing sheet over your design and use a full size iron to permanently adhere it to your piece. Hot Ribbon requires a lot of heat to fully melt the adhesive, so make sure you follow the instructions on the package and hold the iron down without moving it for 40 seconds. Repeat this process until you have heated every part of your design.


Isn't this a sweet jacket? I'm ready to hit the road. 

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Topics: DIY

Creative Team
Creative Team on May 8, 2017

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