I’ve received so many requests for details on the sprinkle dress I made Blakely for her sprinkles birthday party that I knew I needed to write a post telling you exactly how to make it! Don’t worry, it’s super easy. This is a quick tutorial because it’s that easy. You can recreate the sprinkle shape or have any shape you want cut out of the vinyl. You can even create monograms too! Or put a name across the back of a shirt like a sports jersey.. Endless possibilities! On to the DIY Sprinkle Dress…
First things first, I went on the hunt for a simple white dress. You could have used a colored dress too, it should just be a solid color with no patterns. I think white helped the sprinkles stand out. HERE is a link to a similar one I found! We actually have this one as well and I plan to monogram it with this same DIY method.
Here are a few more blank clothing options —
- This brand on Amazon has TONS of blanks in great basic colors (from baby to toddler).
- Blank Children’s T-Shirts
- Blank Children’s Sweatshirts
- Blank Children’s Hats
Of course, this DIY method will obviously work with adult sized clothing as well so you can search for that online as well! Craft stores often have a few “blank” clothing items as well (near fabric paint).
Next up is the Silhouette Cameo 3 (older versions of the Silhouette should work just fine for this DIY as well). I’ll give you a few tips for making this without a cutting machine at the end. For the best results, however, the Silhouette is a must! You can also find a really great “starter bundle” here that has a lot of the basic items along with the machine!
Next up is heat transfer vinyl. It’s heat transfer because you iron it on. It’s then safe to be machine washed (I still use delicate cycle to be safe). This is a bundle kit I recommend for “HTV” (heat transfer vinyl). It’s by Siser Easyweed. You can find HTV in a lot of different places (including Silhouette.com). If you decide to buy from Silhouette.com, use code PIZZAZZERIE from 6/1/2017 – 6/15/2017 for 30% off everything (except machines, blades, mats, tools, and software). So grab lots of HTV with that discount.
Once you have your Silhouette software (comes with the machine) opened up on your computer, you’ll simple open THIS CUTTING FILE in your software. You can save it to your desktop then open in your software. Here is a screenshot of what it will look like.
Now you’ll see I have the sprinkles towards the top of the 12″x12″ mat. You can then resize them to your heart’s desire. I made very large sprinkles (3 to 4 inches) out of vinyl to put on the windows and sides of my house for the party. This was a HUGE HIT! For the sprinkle dress, I made sprinkles the size that is already prepped in the file.
Place your Heat Transfer Vinyl on your cutting mat and cut out the number of sprinkles you want from each color. I then took scissors and cut around each sprinkle. I peeled off the extra outside (weeding) and placed the sprinkles where I wanted on the dress. Then I placed a piece of parchment paper down over the sprinkles and ironed on for about 15 seconds. I had my iron set to cotton. When I lifted everything up, the sprinkles were secure! If any were peeling slightly, I ironed on a few more seconds. Ta-da… done!
To create this without a cutting machine, it is a bit tricker but doable for simple shapes. You simply use a punch cutter or scissors to create your shapes. Then you weed and iron on as normal (described above). Sprinkles were easier to create with the Silhouette, and I love my Silhouette so it’s a winner for me!
This DIY is super simple and perfect for monograms, birthdays, etc. Make polka dots, stripes, or any pattern you want!