It’s finally October, which means pumpkins, witches, goblins, and of course the plethora of CANDY! Going trick-or-treating is an activity that many children look forward to with great anticipation. However, if your little one deals with food allergies, then the Halloween festivities may be approached by both the kids and the parents with hesitancy. Thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project® there is so much more awareness regarding food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project® promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Instead of handing out treats this year, give something new a try and hand out little toys for those tiny fingers instead of sweets! Here’s how to make a fun garden flag using heat transfer vinyl to place for your front lawn to let parents and children know that you have non-food treats available!
STEP ONE: Import Your Design (download your free file at the end of this post!)
Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and import your SVG file.
Because this design has two colors, we need to separate the two parts. Right click the image and select ungroup.
Now that they are ungrouped we can cut them separately.
Note: If you don’t want to layer your vinyl on the flag and would like to use the knockout technique, check out this post for a tutorial.
STEP TWO: Cut Your Design
Next, right-click both colors again and select flip horizontally. Because we cut on the back side of heat transfer material, we need to mirror our design.
Now both parts of our design are mirrored and ready to cut.
Go to your cut settings window and select the material. I chose Heat Transfer, Smooth. Be sure to adjust your blade accordingly if you aren’t using the auto blade function on the Silhouette Cameo 3.
Place your heat transfer vinyl onto your cutting mat, shiny side down. We used our signature teal which is included in the ImPRESSED Vinyl assorted color bundle— it’s simply perfect for this project!
Load your cutting mat into the machine and let it get to work! Repeat for both colors.
STEP THREE: Weed Your Designs
Once both colors of the design have been cut, it’s time to weed. Start at one corner and peel away the vinyl that is not part of the design.
Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers and peel out the little insides of the letters.
Continue until all parts of the design have been weeded.
STEP FOUR: Press Yourdesignn Onto Your Burlap Flag
After the design has been weeded, it’s time to add some heat! Warm up your iron to cotton settings, with no steam. Begin by ironing out any wrinkles in your garden flag.
Next, center your first layer onto the flag. I love how beautiful the teal color is!
Place the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds on each area.
Allow at least 1 minute to cool, then peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl starts to peel up as well, place the carrier sheet and Teflon sheet back down and add some more heat and pressure.
Now place the black text onto the pumpkin and center it.
Use the Teflon sheet once more and press. Allow to cool and then peel off the carrier sheet. You’ll notice some areas of the vinyl will appear a little bumpy. No need to fear, that is just the burlap’s woven pattern showing through. That means we had a good adhesion!
Now our flag is complete! I love the traditional black and orange colors of Halloween, but there’s something extra that pops with this gorgeous teal color!
Mount your flag onto a stand and let all the trick-or-treaters know that your house provides allergy-free goodies!
Happy Crafting & Happy Halloween!
Download Your free SVG file to make your own Allergy-Friendly Halloween Flag.
Simply click the image below. (Free for personal use only.)
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