I don't consider myself crafty. I think I'm a little too impatient or maybe too critical. When I try to do something, if I think it's bad I get discouraged and give up. But I'm trying to work on this. I see all these fun projects that people do for or with their kids, and I don't want to miss those opportunities because I'm worried I'll fail or have to try again or even make a mess.
This all came to my attention when I was looking around for a cute outfit Ro could wear at his birthday party. I was having trouble finding something that was cute and fun but also comfortable. (We are all about comfort in our house--I put on my pjs at about 5:15 pm). When I was looking I saw this fun idea from a blog I follow Oh Happy Day. They had a back to school project, which I loved, Iron on Letter Tees. It sounded so simple and inexpensive: plain little t-shirts, pack of letters from amazon and an iron. Sadly, I couldn't think of anything that was clever enough or on theme for his party. But when I was looking on Amazon for the letters, it recommended some iron on patches. That led me down a rabbit role in search of fox patches. Once I found some, I knew I could buy some simple Gerber onesies (so cheap--5 for $10!!!) and boom, outfit sorted.
(Funny enough, Oh Happy Day also had an iron on patch project for backpacks with lots of great links on the same post. I guess it didn't trigger any inspiration at the time I read that portion of the post because I skipped over it and missed out on some helpful patch links...oh well, right?)
I realize iron on projects are pretty simple, but I wanted to share mine because (1) I found some great patch sources and (2) I wanted to include an easy step by step guide you can use in case you don't have experience with iron on patches.
1. Amazon is my go to source for basically everything, and I found lots super cute ideas there: natural fox, cute fox, bird friends, jungle friends, space stuff, flowers and birds, the cutest french fries, donut, for your cool little traveler, or little wonder woman, or tiny, fun adventurer, all the hours at HOGWARTS, and even a festive spider web.
2. I also found really cute options at Patch Mommy. Honestly, any theme or holiday, they have something.
3. Simple Patch Shop on Etsy. I didn't find this shop until I looked back at the post on Oh Happy Day after I completed my project. It has lots of patches for the super cool kid. Really bright and fun. Pictured below.
1. Wash your clothing item prior to ironing.
2. Set iron on the cotton setting.
3. Once your iron is heated, place your patch on the clothing item where you want it to be and cover it with a thin dish towel (or something similar).
4. Place the iron on top of the towel covering the patch for 15-20 seconds.
5. Remove towel and turn clothing item inside-out. Place Iron on top of the patch for about 30 seconds. Make sure to cover the edges of the patch.
6. Turn the clothing back to its front and recover with your towel. Run the iron around the edges.
7. If your patch doesn't feel like it's adhering well at this point, reapply the iron on both sides of the clothing item. If your patch is thicker, it might take a bit more time with the iron.
8. For the future, when you wash your clothing item, turn it inside out and wash on cold.
This is super easy and I had a great time doing it. I was so excited throughout the whole processing, finding the patches and ironing them on. I don't know what it says about me, but I loved completing this project and being happy with the result. I always think of ideas and never follow through, so doing this felt like a big accomplishment. I think a big motivation was because it was for Ro. AND I knew he would look so adorable. See below for proof. Let us know if you have some fun (and not too complicated) home/decor/baby clothes/baby fun projects--we would love to know some of your ideas!