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How to Layer Iron-On Vinyl and Make a Baby Yoda Milestone Blanket




Learn how to layer iron-on vinyl to make a DIY milestone blanket for your baby! Get the free pattern and file at https://jennifermaker.com/diy-milestone-blanket-baby

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* 50 x 60 blanket of choice — I used this soft polyester fleece blanket: https://amzn.to/2Prap7y
* Cricut Iron-on Vinyl (use Everyday Iron-On Vinyl if your blanket is made of cotton, or SportFlex Iron-On Vinyl if your blanket is made from polyester — I experimented with both in this tutorial): https://amzn.to/2OZ89Wk
* Two yards of Siser Stripflock Heat Transfer Vinyl: https://amzn.to/2Yq4SlO
* Freezer paper (for the star alignment technique)
* Cricut Heat Resistant Tape (optional)
* Cricut EasyPress: https://amzn.to/2DWNnjO
* Teflon sheet or parchment paper
* Cricut EasyPress Mat: https://amzn.to/2OW5X1J
* Yardstick to align numbers (optional)
* Cricut Natural Wood Veneer (1 package) for the frames.
* Glue
* Acrylic Paint
* A way to cut the vinyl (I used the amazing Cricut — see http://shrsl.com/1dq4w )
* My free SVG cut file (available in my free resource library at https://jennifermaker.com/library )
* The Baby Yoda design on Cricut Design Space: http://shrsl.com/204gm

Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple milestone blanket, and all you need is a blanket and some iron-on vinyl. And since we’re working with iron-on vinyl, I’m also going to show you how to layer it so you can make cute decorations on your blanket. Like an adorable Baby Yoda, or a super cute giraffe, both of which were made with layered iron on vinyl. A lot of people tell me they’re confused about layering iron on vinyl, but it’s really pretty easy, and I’ll show you how.

For this tutorial, I’m using several different kinds of vinyl — for the numbers and letters, we’re using a soft flocked vinyl that feels a little like fabric. And for the layered iron-on decorations, I’m using regular Cricut everyday iron on, which is your basic iron-on vinyl that works on pretty much everything for the giraffe, and Cricut SportFlex iron on vinyl which is great for stretch fabrics like this fleece polyester blanket — I used this for the Baby Yoda. You can really layer almost any vinyl — the only things you can’t do is put other vinyl on top of glitter iron on, foil iron on, holographic iron on, patterned iron on, or printable iron on. If you want to use those, they should be your top layer only. And you can totally layer SportFlex iron on, which we’ll be doing today, but if you do this you should ONLY use SportFlex in your layers and no other iron on vinyl because SportFlex stretches and the others don’t.

There are a few important things to remember when layering iron on vinyl.

1. If you have more than two layers of iron on vinyl, you’ll want to reduce your press time by at least half, otherwise you risk overheating and overpressing the bottom layers.

2. You must always use a cover sheet of some kind when you iron on additional layers of iron on vinyl, such as a teflon sheet or a sheet of parchment paper (that’s what I use).

3. Whenever possible, trim your iron on vinyl layer’s carrier sheets so that you can do multiple colors at once — it cuts down on time and reduces the likelihood you’ll get little lines where your carrier sheets were.

4. If you’re having any issues getting your iron on layers lined up just right, you can use the star alignment tip, which just means you can add stars to each layer in the same spot and use them as a way to align your layers each time … but the stars don’t have to end up on your finished project, and I’ll show you how that works!

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Credits:
Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!

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