Iron on Rhinestone Appliques

Rhinestone appliques add a wonderful sparkly touch to any item of clothing. Add new life to an old shirt or dress up a pair of blue jeans. Iron-on appliques are an easy and inexpensive way to add sparkle to your wardrobe. Appliques can also be added to pillow cases, tote bags or guest towels.

Things You’ll Need
  • Iron

  • Ironing board

Wash the shirt you will be adding the applique to. Press if needed to make sure there are no wrinkles where the applique will be ironed on. Put the shirt rightside up on the ironing board.

Place the applique on the shirt until you like how it looks. If necessary, make a small mark with a pen on the shirt so you can remember where to iron on the applique.

Peel the white sticky backing off of the applique. Position the applique onto the shirt sticky side down. Be sure to position it over the markings you made.

Heat the iron to the cotton setting. Turn off the steam. Place a clean towel or cloth over the top of the applique. Press the heated iron over the towel or cloth on top of the applique and press firmly for approximately 1 minute. Pick up the iron to move to another area of the applique and press down firmly again for approximately 1 minute. Continue picking up the iron and moving to another area, pressing firmly each time. Do not move the iron around in circles as this could cause the applique to not stick properly. Do not use steam. Set the iron aside.

Remove the towel or cloth from on top of the applique. Allow the applique to cool down for about 10 minutes. Once cool, gently check the edges and corners of the applique to see if they have bonded to the fabric. If any part of the applique is not adhering well, place the towel or cloth over the top and apply firm pressure with the iron holding it in place for about 1 minute. Remove the towel, allow the applique to cool down again and then check the edges.

Tips & Warnings

  • Handwash any item with an iron on applique. Allow to air dry.

How to Make a Shirt Smaller

Shirts that have the right design but not the right fit can be a problem. Making a shirt smaller is an easy way to give a design you love another chance to fit just right. With or without sewing, you can make a shirt smaller so it hugs your curves in all the right places.

Method 1. Shrinking a Shirt

1. Soak the shirt in hot water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. Boiling hot water will make the fibers of the shirt contract which will make it shrink smaller. If you’re looking to shrink a shirt as much as possible, high heat is the best way to go. iron on transfers for t shirts

  • Remove the pot from the stove.
  • Submerge the shirt in the hot water. Use a spoon to push the shirt all the way underwater making sure it is completely covered by the water.
  • Soak the shirt for 30 minutes.

2. Wash the shirt in hot water. Set your washing machine settings to the hottest water possible. Wash the shirt on a regular wash cycle. If you bought a new shirt and want to shrink it before wearing, washing the shirt on hot will tighten the fibers and reduce its size slightly.NFL logo iron on transfers

  • Hot water may cause some fabrics to bleed or fade, wash the shirt alone to avoid damaging other clothes.
  • The agitation of the washing machine in top load machines will crinkle fabrics and lead to more shrinkage than a front loading machine.

3. Dry the shirt on high heat. Place the shirt in the dryer and dry it on the dryer’s hottest setting. The heat will cause the shirt to shrink a little bit. With the exception of wool fibers, the dryer won’t shrink clothes as much as hot water tends to. If you only want your shirt to shrink a little bit, wash it in cool water and dry on the highest setting.

  • Heat will shrink synthetic blend fabrics more than pre-shrunk natural fiber clothing.
  • Wool fabrics will felt in the dryer which causes the fabric to bunch and shrink as individual fabrics rub against each other and stick together.
Method 2. Tailoring a T-Shirt

1. Get an old shirt that fits well. Choose a shirt that has the right fit but you no longer wear. You will cut this shirt to use as a pattern.

  • Pick a shirt that fits just the way you want the new shirt to fit.
  • Make sure it isn’t a shirt you like to wear because you won’t be able to wear it after turning it into a pattern.

2. Remove the sleeves from the pattern shirt. Cut along the seams connecting the sleeves to the shirt. Open the sleeves into a flat piece of cloth by cutting along the seam on the underside of the sleeve.

3. Cut the side seams on the pattern shirt. Carefully cut along the seams on either side of the shirt. You will leave the shoulder seam and collar intact to create a pattern from the old t-shirt.

4. Cut the seams of the shirt you want to make smaller. Remove the sleeves by cutting along the seam. Cut down the side seam of the shirt.

  • Open the sleeves into a flat piece of fabric by cutting along the sleeve’s seam.

5. Lay the shirt out flat. Place the shirt on a table and flatten it out.

  • Place the pattern shirt on top of the shirt you want to resize.
  • Line up the neck holes of the two shirts.
  • Pin the pattern shirt to the larger shirt to hold it in place.

6. Cut the shirt smaller. Cut ½ inch outside the edge of the pattern shirt. You will leave the extra half inch of fabric to create the new seam.

  • Cut the sleeve to match the size of the pattern sleeve. Leave a ½ inch extra when cutting the sleeve to size.
  • Cut along the bottom of the shirt to shorten the length of the shirt if desired to match your pattern shirt.

7. Pin the sleeve to the shirt. Take the flattened sleeves and attach them to the shirt using straight pins.

  • Pin the edge of the sleeve to the front of the shirt with the outer side of the fabric facing the front of the shirt.
  • Keep the sleeve flat to attach it to the shirt.

8. Sew the sleeve to the shirt. Use a serge or zig-zag stitch to connect the sleeve to the shirt. A straight stitch will not work on knit fabrics.

  • Use a thread that matches the color of the shirt.
  • Place the shirt and sleeve under the foot of your sewing machine and sew the fabric together.

9. Sew up the sides of the shirt. Fold the shirt to turn it inside out and sew up the side of the shirt. Start at the sleeve and sew all the way down the side of the shirt on both sides.

  • Use a sewing machine with thread that matches the color of the shirt to sew the side seams back together.
  • Keep the shirt inside out when sewing the seams to keep the seams on the inside when you wear the shirt.

10. Sew the bottom hem of the shirt. While the shirt is inside out, fold the bottom of the shirt over 1 inch. Fold the fabric so the outside is folded in to create a hem that goes inside the shirt when right side out.

  • Use a sewing machine to create the hem at the bottom of the shirt while the shirt is turned inside out.

11. Press the seams with an iron. Use an iron to flatten the fabric along each of the new seams you created.

12. Try on your new shirt. Your shirt should now match the fit of your pattern shirt. Save the pattern shirt to use to resize additional shirts.

Method 3. Changing the Fit of a Shirt

1. Tie the back of the shirt in a knot. Create a tighter fitting shirt by tying the back of the shirt into a knot.

  • Pull the fabric together behind your back.
  • Twist the bottom of the shirt.
  • Tie a knot at the bottom of the shirt.

2. Pin the shirt with safety pins. Pinch the fabric at the back of the shirt together. Use safety pins to connect the bunched fabric together along the back of the shirt.

  • Attach the safety pins to the inside of the shirt to hide them under the garment.
  • Wear a blazer or sweater over the pinned shirt to hide your quick fix.

3. Cut off the bottom of the shirt. Create a sporty half tee by cutting of the bottom half of the shirt. You can leave the hem unsewn or create a new hem after cutting off the bottom of the shirt.

  • Wear a tank top or t-shirt under your cut-off for a layered look or for modesty.

Tips

  • Wet clothes in cold water and stretch them to dry with weights attached to pull the fabric and reduce the amount of shrinkage
  • Double stitch the seams around the armpits because they often undergo more stress when shirts are put on or taken off.
  • Buy large shirts from thrift stores and make them smaller to fit you.

How to Make a Digital Image Optimal for Printing

Tired of printing blurry, grainy images? Make sure you’re doing all you can to print only the highest quality of images.

1. First open your image in the latest version of Photoshop. I’ll be using Adobe Photoshop CS6. heat transfer for t shirts

2. Now that you have your image open, select image>image size from the toolbar at the top.

3. This should bring up a window giving you the resolution and size of your image.

4. You can up to double, sometimes triple the dpi (dots per inch) of your image. I’m starting with a low-res jpeg, so my resolution is beginning at 72 dpi. Hopefully you are working with a raw file that your camera took at at least 140-240 dpi. YOU WILL WANT TO ENTER 300 DPI IN THIS BOX, any higher and the eye really can’t tell the difference between 400dpi and 600 dpi.

5. Next, resize the image to the size that you will be printing it.iron on transfers for t shirts

6. Finally select Bicubic Smoother(Best For Enlargement) and click ‘ok’. Make sure to save your image as a .psd or .tiff so that you’re not compressing the file and degrading your image.

Tips

  • Calibrate your monitor screen. This will make sure that the color you see on screen, will be the color you see on paper. You can borrow a friend’s calibrator, or buy your own at $100-$200 dollars.

How to Decorate Your Room for Free

For most people, the bedroom is more than simply a place to sleep at night. Redecorating your bedroom can help create an environment that is relaxing, reflects your personality, and even provide a better night’s rest. Adding recycled pieces or simple DIY flourishes can help transform your room to fit your needs. You can also incorporate elements of Feng Sui to convert your room into a sanctuary.

Part 1. Planning and Reorganizing

1. Make a 2-dimensional floor plan of your room and furniture. Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions of your room (length and width). On a piece of graphing paper, draw a scale image of room where 3 grid squares = 4 inches or 1/3rd of a foot.

  • Include in your floor plan the location and size of doors, windows, closets, fireplaces, etc. NBA wall decals
  • Make scale drawings of furniture on a separate piece of paper. Measure the length and width of any large pieces of furniture (e.g. bed, dresser, couch).
  • Cut these out and rearrange them in your drawing to see how much space you have to work with.
  • Carry this plan and furniture cut-outs with you if go shopping or “dumpster diving”, so you know if you have enough space for something before bringing it home.

2. Make a list of design ideas.custom NHL decals stickers In a search engine such as Google or Bing, type in “easy bedroom decorating ideas” or “cheap bedroom diy”.

  • Before starting a project you find online, write-out the instructions and compile a list of materials, including tools.
  • Gather together any tools or materials you need before beginning your project.

3. Clean your room. Create more space and reorganize by getting rid of anything that is unnecessary or outdated. custom mlb stickers

  • Clean out and organize your closet, under your bed, and other places in your room where stuff has accumulated.
  • Donate any furniture, clothing, or electronics that are in good condition. A good rule of thumb is to donate or throw out anything you haven’t worn or used in the past year.

4. Rearrange or add furniture. Create more space in your bedroom by moving your bed against the wall or place a comfortable chair next to the window to make a comfy reading nook.

  • You want everything currently in your bedroom to fit comfortably before adding anything new, especially if you have a small bedroom.
  • Add a bed skirt so you can store things under your bed without them being seen.
  • Switch-out a bedside table with one that has drawers for storage or several shelves to hold books.

5. Maximize the storage potential of your bedroom. Create additional space by installing extra shelving in your closet or purchasing a combination of plastic and decorative storage bins.

  • Attach hooks or shoe bags to the back of doors.
  • Use the vertical space in your closet to install high shelves as a space to store out-of-season clothes and accessories.
  • Decide what you want to place in each storage bin and label it. Use these labels to avoid throwing anything in a bin that does not belong. This will help you stay organized.
  • Arrange storage bins on a shelf or the bottom shelf of a bookcase for easy access. If the bin is in a visible location, use a decorative canvas bin or wicker basket.

6. Rearrange your bedroom according to the principles of Feng Sui. Your bed should be raised off the floor and if possible, avoid placing it in an area that receives direct sunlight during the day.

  • Do not place mirrors opposite your bed.
  • Stimulate your other senses by adding lightly scented candles or spraying diluted essential oils. Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

7. Create a more relaxing space. Replace any light bulbs that emit a bluish light with soft white LED bulbs. Blue light stimulates brain activity and may make it more difficult to fall asleep.

    • Look through your house for lamps that have LED soft white bulbs and swap them with bulbs from your bedroom. Most interior lamps use 40- or 60-watt bulbs, but check first before exchanging a light bulb from another lamp.
    • Incorporate warm, bright colors as accessories (lamps, vases, pillows, etc.), but do not make them the dominate color in your bedroom.
    Part 2. Decorating with Re-purposed or Recycled Items

    1. Find free things. Find a freecycle network within your area or ask friends and relatives for old unwanted items.

    • Look for furniture made from real wood that can be refinished.
    • Unless it is in good condition, avoid second-hand plywood, particle board, or laminate furniture. While these surfaces can be cleaned and repainted, refinishing techniques such as sanding or sawing can release airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde.

    2. Go to garage sales. Check your local newspaper or Craigslist for garage sales in or near your neighborhood.

    • You are more likely to find things for free if you go later in the day, preferably after 12:00 p.m.

    3. Ask for old swatch books at the wallpaper store. Use recycled wallpaper to decoupage old lamps, vases, or furniture for free.

    • You can also use wallpaper to line shelves or the bottoms of drawers.

    4. Move furniture and art from other places in the house for a fun change. For example, move a bookshelf from the living room to your bedroom.

    • Look for design inspiration in your own house. Use a painting, decorative pillow, piece of clothing, or floor rug as the basis for a new design theme or color palette in your room.
    • Ask permission from housemates before moving anything.
    Part 3. Making Your Own Bedroom Accessories

    1. Make your own throw pillows. Throw pillows make a great accent piece and can add color. However, store bought pillows are often expensive. While having sewing skills or access to a sewing machine are helpful, they are not necessary.

    • Make a ‘no sew pillow’ by using two pieces of felt that are the same.[14] Place the felt pieces together and use scissors to cut 2 inch wide by 5 inch long strips along the edges. Leave a square at each corner. Tie the strips together around an insert pillow or cotton batting.
    • Use two t-shirts that hold sentimental value, but don’t fit anymore to make a pillow. Cut-out a square or rectangular piece (depending on what shape and size you want your pillow) from each shirt. Place the two pieces together and sew together three of the four sides. Stuff with cotton batting or even other t-shirts before sewing the final edge.
    • You can also stuff a pillow with fabric scraps or use an old pillow as an insert pillow.

    2. Make your own curtains. Drape fabric over the top and down the side of a curtain rod and then slide a valance or swag over the rod.

    • If you live in an area with a lot of light-pollution from streetlights, signs, car headlights, etc., you might want to use darker fabric to block outside light. Too much light exposure at dusk or at night can disrupt your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, known as its circadian rhythm. Make your own curtain rings. Attach your curtains to the rod by tying hooks with fabric, rope, or ribbon. You can also dress-up cheap curtain wrings by wrapping them in different colored fabric.
    • Use a bed sheet to make a curtain ruffle that can be sewed onto the top or bottom of your curtains.
    • Use inexpensive small hooks, pegs or doorknobs to “hang” or tie curtains off to the side.

    3. Make your own flower arrangement. Search garage sales, flea markets, and second-hand shops for silk flowers, or cut and dry real flowers.

    • Make an arrangement of dried grasses and wildflowers found along the roadside.Cut the flower and at least 8 inches of stem when they are in peak-bloom. Remove any leaves along the stem. Tie the flowers together with a piece of twine and hang them upside down in a dark, cool, dry place until completely dry, about 2-3 weeks.
  • 4. Make a jewelry tree for your dresser. Arrange several dry branches in a vase. Fill the vase with pebbles for stability. Decorate the tree by draping earrings, necklaces and bracelets over the branches.

5. Hang some of your drawings, paintings or old calendar pictures on the walls. They don’t necessarily need a frame. Attach them to the wall with a couple of common pins or mount them with poster board or foam board.

6. Experiment with DIY design ideas. Make a decorative mat or bureau scarf.

  • Stylize a plain lampshade by wrapping it in metallic ribbon, wrap it in gauzy fabric, or cover it in old maps or pages from your favorite book.
  • Make a mobile of odds and ends to hang from the ceiling. Attach old keys or origami birds with string to a metal coat hanger. This adds a fun, whimsical atmosphere to the room.

Tips

  • Turn on your favorite music and renew your spirit along with your room. Music can change a room’s atmosphere completely without any need for redecoration.
  • Planning is the most important first step for any redecorating or DIY project.
  • Select a theme or color scheme and stick to it. This will help you stick to your budget by preventing you from buying anything that does not ‘go’.
  • Spray paint any mismatched furniture to match your room’s décor.
  • Turn a wall into a chalkboard by painting it with chalkboard paint, or designate one wall as an art wall and paint what ever you want.
  • Minimize damage to walls when hanging pictures or posters by using blue sticky tack or reusable adhesive hooks. You can also buy an inexpensive picture or mirror hanging kit from a hardware store.
  • Turn a twin bed into a daybed by pushing it against the wall and placing pillows along the back edge.
  • Keep your room feeling fresh by washing bed sheets and pillow cases at least once a week.
  • Make a wall collage using photos, posters and anything cute.

Warnings

  • Be careful moving furniture. Ask for help if you think you may need it. Strained backs or broken toes are never fun.
  • Always let someone else use a nail and hammer if you’re inexperienced. Throbbing thumbs or cracked walls certainly don’t add much to a room.
  • Refrain from using power tools unless you have received proper training or obtain guidance from someone who is experience. Always wear a face mask when stripping old paint or sanding furniture.

How to Print Photos on Glass

If you are a photographer or artist, the idea of printing photographs on glass has probably crossed your mind. Artists have been printing photographs on surfaces other than paper since the beginning of photography. While printing photographs on glass is not a particularly difficult task for experienced photographers, it takes time and experimenting to get professional results. There are many ways to print photos on glass, but the absolute best is to use the classic direct liquid emulsion process. Knowledge of darkroom techniques is required for this tutorial.custom mlb stickers

Things You’ll Need
  • Film camera

  • Complete darkroom

  • Glass

  • Matte medium

  • Liquid emulsion

  • Tape

  • Capture the image you want to print to glass using any film camera. Black and white photography works best for printing to glass, especially when you are a beginner.custom NHL decals stickers

  • Select a small section of glass you wish to print to. Cover the edges of the glass with tape to avoid cutting yourself during the process. Thoroughly clean the glass. Any minute amount of dirt or debris on the glass will cause problems with the outcome.

  • Apply a very thin layer of matte medium to the surface of the glass. The purpose of this step is to add slight texture to the glass in order for the emulsion to adhere to the surface. From this point forward, do not touch the surface of the glass with your fingers or other objects. Allow approximately 30 minutes for the matte medium to dry.

  • Prepare the darkroom for processing like you would with a normal print. Turn your safelight on. From this point forward, you cannot allow direct light to shine on the glass. Bring the glass and film into the darkroom.

  • Apply a generous amount of the liquid emulsion to the surface of the glass. Allow approximately 15 minutes for it to completely dry.

  • Expose an image onto the glass in the same way you would expose a photograph onto paper. Exposure time may take more time than a usual print. For this step, you may have to experiment on several pieces of glass to get your desired effect.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • Processing photographs onto glass is not an exact science and may take many tries to achieve the desired effect. Experiment with all steps until you reach your goal.

How to Make a Sleeveless T Shirt from an Unused T Shirt

When summer comes, there’s nothing quite as comfortable as a sleeveless T-shirt. Of course, you can run to the store and plunk down a pocketful of cash, but why pay money for a sleeveless T-shirt when you you can make your regular T-shirt sleeveless just a few minutes? Here is how to do it.

1. Find the right T-shirt. Pull out your favorite T-shirts, and decide which of them you might want to turn sleeveless. Try them on, and see which looks the best on you.iron on transfers for t shirts

2. Test the look. Roll up the sleeves as high as you can, or tuck them into the shirt around the seam to see if it looks good as a sleeveless T-shirt.

3. Decide how you’re going to cut it. There are two ways to go: leave the seam between the sleeve and the shirt in place, or cut it out.

  • Leaving the seam intact will keep your finished T-shirt from unravelling and looking shabby. It will also make a smaller armhole. For a baggy T-shirt, this is a good approach. heat transfer for t shirts
  • Cutting out the seam with the sleeve is a more casual look, and because the hole is larger, a little more comfortable as well.
  • If the armhole is going to be too deep, modify your cut. Instead of following the seam all the way around the sleeve, when you are about 2/3s down the sleeve, angle out into the bottom of the sleeve. When you reach the bottom seam of the sleeve, reverse the angle and cut back in towards the shirt seam, leaving a triangle of shirtsleeve at the bottom of the hole. Trim that to fit.

4. Lay the T-shirt out on a clean, flat surface. If you’re cutting out the seam with the sleeve, mark where you are going to cut with chalk. If you’re going to keep the seam, poke your scissors into the sleeve about 1/8 inch (3mm) from the seam.

5. Carefully cut around the sleeve. If you’re keeping the seam, keep the cut close to it, about 1/8 inch (3mm) all the way around. Be careful not to cut too close to the seam, or it may unravel after a couple washings.

  • If you are cutting out the seam, follow your chalk lines, and cut as smoothly as you can to avoid a jagged look.
  • Repeat on the other sleeve.
  • Keep the sleeves for future projects.

6. When you’re done, you can hem the edges if you’d like, or simply leave them cut. They will curl and soften with use, and help you keep your cool all summer long!

7. Finished.

Tips

  • Keep a clean hem by stretching the sleeve from the body of the T-shirt, and using a hobby knife, cut the threads on the hem. The sleeve will be able to pull right off after cutting the threads a few times in different spots along the seam line.
  • Cutting sleeves in half rather than all the way off will cause the cloth to curl over outwards. This may or may not be a desirable look.
  • For a neater look, hem the sleeves—either with a sewing machine or by hand—to keep your new sleeveless T-shirt from unravelling.
  • Use the leftover sleeves for future projects. They can be used as headbands, mini handbags, cut into squares and used for quilts, or as remnants for many other projects.
  • If the shirt is baggy, mark with chalk where the cut will look best. With baggy shirts, it is usually an inch away from the seam, towards the collar. That cloth usually curls inwards.

Warnings

  • Cutting the seam off of the shirt causes armholes to be larger and also leaves the armholes more likely to rip.

Things You’ll Need

  • Scissors.

  • T-shirt.

  • Tailor’s chalk.

  • Sewing kit or sewing machine.

How to Start a Printing Business

According to the U .S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most printing business enterprises employ fewer than 10 people. As more printing business owners utilize digital printing equipment, fewer skilled technicians will be needed to operate this machinery. Modern digital printing equipment is smaller and more affordable than ever before and practically anyone with capital can purchase and operate digital printing equipment, even from a home office.

Part 1. Finding a Printing Niche.custom NHL lettering

1. Find a niche within the printing industry. The most successful printing entrepreneurs start a printing business by finding a niche in a specialized area, such as digital printing. Instead of trying to be all things to all people, success is more attainable by targeting a need and fulfilling it.

  • One of the best examples of this strategy can be seen by the success of franchise sign printing businesses, which target budget-minded business owners who only need occasional signs and banners, which can be spotty (inconsistent demand) or loaded with competition. They do not attempt to offer anything but quick-turnaround signs and leave brochures and envelope printing to traditional offset printing businesses.

2. Familiarize yourself with the business standards. Realize that the niche for color printing and the better quality grade of printing may be in a certain number of dots per inch (DPI), which can be very demanding and tricky to match. iron on transfers for t shirts

3. Be careful with your words. Remember, as a business owner, you will be responsible for the timely completion of jobs to your customer’s satisfaction. Caution: Any verbal or written agreement like You [the printer] know what looks right, so you can okay the proofs for color and quality is loaded with the danger of customer rejecting the finished product. For example, they may require:

  • Product match, excellent quality – very precise color, hue, and tone for high end products.
  • Color match, excellent quality – usually precise Process Matching System (PMS Colors) by screen values (tones created by dot sizes) of the 4 process colors (cyan, magenta, process yellow, and black).
  • Or just pleasing color, of medium quality – which is not so precisely matched.custom NHL decals stickers Caution: that means pleasing to the customer, not to you.
  • Commercial quality printing is probably a cut above desktop publishing, done in your-office (above typical office printer, copier, or duplicator quality). It requires sharp line art and text – fineness of line work does not vary from page to page, screen color or halftone detail is consistent.
  • Any choice of printing process (or brand of paper) shown on a quote to your customer is for them to choose. No, you can not substitute a more profitable method or material. Unless they agree in writing to a change, they can demand that it be redone at your expense — if you did not follow written specifications precisely.custom mlb stickers
Part 2. Determining What Equipment You’ll Need

1. Research the competition and their equipment. Once you find out who your target market is, research the printing businesses who are currently attempting to fulfill the needs of this audience. Visit these printing businesses’ websites and learn all you can about them to find out what services they are lacking. Draft plans to start your printing business by researching ways you can offer those badly-needed services and improve upon the printing business as a whole within your specific niche.

2. Research available printing equipment from manufacturers. Once you determine what your competitors are using in their printing businesses, start looking to purchase your own printing equipment. You’ll need to find the highest quality, yet still affordable, equipment for your niche. The wrong equipment can make or break your business.

  • At the very least, you’ll need a desktop computer, some design software, and a high-quality digital printer that is able to handle jobs up to 11in x 17in.

3. Research and obtain any necessary approval or documentation. This includes any licenses, certifications, permits such as a state sales tax permit (in the USA, under the United States Constitution guarantee of “freedom of the press” — printers, printing companies, writers, editors and publishers can not be required to be licensed to be able to perform such work or services). You will need fire department certificates, fire extinguishers and other safety equipment, safety procedures, safety rated chemicals, zoning, building use and occupancy permits and other items required for your specific operating location. Even if you start a home-based printing business, you will likely need some kind of permit or license from your particular national, state and local governments. Call or meet with your local economic development agency to find out where to go next.

  • You should familiarize yourself with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements, including their and other agencies such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) “postings” (required posters about safety and employment opportunity, etc.).
  • Record keeping, tax withholding, reporting, and paying taxes and social security quarterly for employees (including part-time) are necessary.
    • If you only use independent, outside printing contractors to do occasional printing that you cannot do personally, then you could be a “printing broker” (non-affiliated, wholesaler) and not have employees.

4. Secure funding. Starting a new printing business will take several thousand dollars in capital. If you cannot finance this equipment on your own, contact your chamber of commerce to learn who can help you apply for a small business loan.

  • After you become established and have enough credit and show volume and potential, you might be able to lease equipment, which can bring flexibility, but leases may have penalties and balloon notes, etc. to return or to keep the item, respectively.
Part 3. Offering Profitable Services

1. Choose a business location. To start a profitable printing business, you’ll need to choose a location that works for you. Look for a place that is within your budget and that is easily accessible so customers will be able to find you with ease. You don’t want anything to deter you from getting clients, and choosing a good location is a big part of that.

  • You can look at locations online via realtor websites or hire a realtor to help you find the perfect location for your new printing business.

2. Turn printed items into products by creating a menu of what you offer. When it comes to printing, most business owners don’t know exactly what they need. A food manufacturer might think they need a traditional vinyl banner for an event but they don’t understand the pitfalls of using it in various scenarios. What they really need is a portable tabletop sign that can be utilized at events, sales meetings, and other public awareness activities. The more your customers understand what a product can do, the happier they will be with the finished product.

3. Offer value-added services. These are items that enhance your finished pieces within your niche, such as brochure holders. Printed brochures need something that can display them properly. If you are able to sell brochure holders along with your print job, your customer just might thank you for saving them the effort of looking for a display by purchasing one.

4. Promote your new print shop. Once you start a digital printing business, you need to get the word out to bring in sales. Join your local chamber of commerce, sponsor community events, and advertise in the local newspaper. Don’t forget to promote yourself online by building an effective website, participating in industry forum discussions, and taking steps to distinguish yourself from local and worldwide competition.

Tips

  • Plan to outsource complimentary services you cannot do in-house. If you can print business cards but lack a good paper cutter, establish relationships with a local print shop who has one. Instead of competing with one another for business, learn how to work together to partner on jobs and create more prosperity for both printing businesses.

How to Cut a T Shirt

Regular T-shirts can be boring and unflattering, especially if they are oversized. Luckily, there are lots of ways to revamp your old tees to create an edgier, more feminine look. Read on to learn how!NFL logo iron on transfers

Method 1. Racerback Tank

1. Lay your T-shirt down flat on a table. Use a scissor to cut around the hem of the collar, creating a scooped boat neck.

2. Cut off the sleeves. Cut just inside the seams of each sleeve and save one of the sleeves to use later.

3. Shape the back. Cut the back of the shirt so that it has a lower scoop than the front. Cut in two slightly curved lines that meet in the center to form an upside-down triangle.

4. Pull the cut edges taut, so they curl over.

5. Cut the hem off of one of the extra sleeves. Make an additional cut in the hem so that you have one long strip of fabric rather than a ring.

6. Create the racerback. Laying the shirt face down, tie the back straps together with the piece of fabric you have cut. Do a double knot and then cut off the ends.

7. Finished! Enjoy your new racerback.

Method 2. Off-the-Shoulder Tee

1. Start off with a slightly oversized T-shirt. Fold it in half vertically with the front of the shirt facing outward, making sure that the sleeves are evenly aligned. Use a pen to mark the point on the collar where the shirt is folded.

2. Measure your neckline. Holding a tape measure at the base of your neck, measure from that point to a couple of inches below your shoulder on the opposite side. iron on transfers for t shirts

  • Round down by 1 or 2 centimeters, and then divide that number in half.

3. Lay the T-shirt flat on your working surface. Measure from the shoulder of your shirt (about 2 inches away from the collar) to the front center of the shirt. Mark the point where your measurement (divided by two) aligns with the original marking you made in the center of the collar. Mark just above the tape measure at that point and at the starting point (0).

4. Cut the top layer of the shirt first. Making sure you are only cutting the top layer, make a circular cut from the shoulder to the center of the shirt where you made your mark. Now, make a horizontal cut at the starting point to release the collar and create a flap.

5. Fold the collar flap over to the other side. Use it as a template to continue cutting the other side of the T-shirt. Again, make sure you are only cutting the top layer of the T-shirt.

6. Cut the back of the shirt. For the back of the shirt, only cut along the hem of the collar. Making a scooped cut in the back of the shirt will make the hole too large and the shirt will hang too low off of your shoulder.

7. Remove the hems. Cut the hems off of each sleeve and the bottom of the T-shirt.

8. Pull the cut edges taut, so they curl over.

9. Finished! Enjoy your new off shoulder T!

Tips

  • If possible, practice by first cutting a T-shirt that you wouldn’t mind discarding of.
  • Make the neckline of the tank top as high or as low as you want. You might want to try the T-shirt on first and make marks to determine where to cut.

Things You’ll Need

  • Scissors

  • Tape measure

  • Pen

How to Decorate With Balloons

Balloons are a budget-conscious and colorful means for decorating any event. The only limit is your creative energy and knot-tying strength! We’ll start with what balloons to choose and then bombard you with tons of interesting, out-of-the-box balloon decorating ideas. See Step 1 below to get started.iron on transfers for t shirts

Part 1. Covering the Basics

1. Think of the color scheme. Balloons come in a wide array of colors. Do you want to go for the entire rainbow, a two-toned color scheme, or maybe an ombre effect? Do you want to simulate the bubbles of champagne? The hues of a fire? How many colors will you need?

2. Decide whether to use Mylar or latex balloons. Mylar is better for outside events — it’s the kind that’s crinkly to the touch (and often comes in different shapes and with designs and sayings); latex balloons pop more easily, especially outside and with children on the scene. However, latex balloons are a lot more versatile and easier to work with.

  • In the next section (where we discuss ideas), we’ll be talking about latex balloons mainly. Mylar works…but not nearly as well.

3. Think of quantity and size of the location. The bigger the place or the more scarcely decorated it is, the more balloons you’ll need. Latex balloons will be much cheaper, and they’ll cost you mere pennies if you blow them up yourself. Do you want a few for a nice touch or do you want your guests swimming in them? And as always, get a few more than you think you need to be safe!

4. Decide between helium or non-helium balloons. You can totally decorate your space with non-helium balloons, no problem. It’s fast, cheap, and super easy. But to open up the plethora of balloon options available, you’ll need helium balloons. Or a mixture of both!

  • You can get your balloons blown up at party stores or you can buy an at-home helium kit. If you have tons of balloons, you may want to opt for the latter.
Part 2. Getting Creative.iron the transfers

1. Think of different ways to hang them. Regardless of whether or not you have access to helium, you don’t have to relegate your balloons to floating on the ceiling or bouncing around the floor. There’s a number of ways you can get your balloons to float outside the box:

  • With helium balloons:
    • Tie strings on the end and attach to golf tees in your garden
    • Tie strings on the end and tape to various heights on the floor, forming a wall
  • With non-helium balloons:
    • Pin to the wall in different sizes, like bubbles
    • Put a marble or penny in the balloons, tie on strings, and hang them upside down from the ceiling

2. Form them into shapes. You probably want a whole bunch of balloons, so why not combine their decorative powers and form them into big, impressive shapes? Here are some ideas:

  • Form a balloon arch. With helium balloons and string, they do most of the work themselves.
  • Form flowers. Four balloons of one color make the petals; a balloon of a different color in the middle forms the eye.
  • Form streamers. Take a needle and thread a string through rows of balloons, forming your not-so-average streamer.

3. Decorate them! Heck, this could be part of your party it’s so fun. With a few artsy mediums, you can turn your balloons into veritable canvas for your next masterpiece.

  • Two words: glue and glitter. If you have a bowl of glue, you can dip your balloon in glitter, forming a two-tone effect
  • Permanent markers. Your friends’ faces, anyone?
  • Paint, felt, and anything else you can whip up from your art drawer.

4. Fill them with things other than air. Because that’s totally 2013. And we’re not talking water balloon fights, though that’s cool, too.

  • Well, fill them with water, but then freeze them. They’ll keep your party drinks cold and be totally decorative and fun.
  • Fill them with LED lights or glow sticks. If you have a night party, these are an amazing way to get people excited.
    • If the LED lights are tea lights, you may need to cut off the base of the balloon. They’ll look kind of blobby, but they’ll still be awesome light-up blobs.
  • Fill them with beans for homemade bean bags!

5. Use them with a purpose. Balloons are decorative, sure, but they can also be useful. When people ask why your house is littered with balloons, it’ll be because you needed them. Here’s a couple reasons why:

  • Use them as place tags! Fill them up with helium, tie and tag on the end of a string, and tie the string to your chairs. Then people can take them home after, too!
  • Using streamers or thick tape, tape them against a shut door. When the special guest of honor opens the door, balloon avalanche!
  • Make crafts with them! Time to get your paper mache on or make a mold that can be turned into a vase or a mini lamp shade.

Tips

  • Use a permanent marker for drawing on faces.
  • It’s a good idea to stock up on balloon weights.
  • If the order is really big, see if you can order in advance instead of ordering the morning of your event.
  • If you can’t find plain Mylar balloons for your event, try to find ones that blend in the theme, like flowers.
  • If possible, watch the person who blows up your balloons; if you think there is a possible hole or if the balloon has too much air, you’re probably right; ask if he/she can blow up another one for you.

Warnings

  • Balloons are a menace for wildlife. Don’t release them into the air, ever. If there is any chance of this happening, don’t use them outdoors at all.
  • Latex balloons (especially when placed outside) have a high chance of popping.