Design a stunning Apron using Iron-on-Ink Sublimation
Learn how to customize an Apron with Iron-on-Ink & Vinyl
This DIY grilling apron is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Made with Artesprix Sublimation Markers, heat transfer vinyl and lots of love, he’ll think of you every time he wears it.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and finding the right gift for dad isn’t always easy. He probably doesn’t need another #1 Dad coffee mug and gift cards can be impersonal. However, for dads that love grilling out, it might not be so hard after all.
Cooking out gets messy and dad needs a Grilling Apron to keep all that BBQ sauce off his shirt. It’s probably not something he’d get for himself though, which is why this Grilling Apron makes the perfect Father’s Day gift. Plus, when you make it yourself, it shows how much you really care.
It’s a win/win. You’ll have fun getting a little crafty and dad will get a gift he loves. All you need are the right materials!
What Are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
If you’ve never designed with Artesprix Sublimation Markers, you’re going to love just how much you can do with them! With these markers, you can transfer drawings from regular paper to a variety of surfaces like key chains, fabrics, bags and more. You’ll just want to double check that if you’re transferring a design directly to fabric, it should be polyester (though there are ways around that)
You’ll just need a few materials to get started…
- Sublimation Markers
- Grilling Apron
- Easy Subli Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Siser Mask
- Plain Copy Paper
- Heat Tape
- Protective Paper
Step by Step Instructions:
Before you start, you’ll need to pick out a design and there are lots of fun options to choose from in the Silhouette Design Store. It took me awhile to narrow down my favorites but this was the winner.
The color of your design doesn’t matter because you’ll be able to redesign it with any colors you’d like using your Artesprix markers.
Once you’ve chosen your design, it’s time to cut your vinyl. I’m using Easy Subli heat transfer vinyl for this project.
You don’t need to mirror your image before sending it to your Cameo.
Weed your vinyl by pulling the extra vinyl away from your design, using the hook tool if necessary.
If you created a different design that can be peeled in one piece, you can skip this next step. You’ll be able to peel your vinyl and place it directly on the apron.
However, if your design has multiple pieces, you’ll need a mask to transfer the design to the apron. When using Easy Subli vinyl, be sure you’re using a Siser mask because the vinyl won’t stick to most other types of masks.
Lay your design on a hard surface, with the vinyl side up. Place the Siser mask over the top and use your scraper to apply pressure. Be sure to press firmly so that the pieces will stick.
Now slowly peel back the mask and your vinyl will peel along with it. Set aside.
Now it’s time to sketch the outline. You’ll need the Silhouette pen adapter so that you can use your Artesprix markers with your Cameo.
I like to use the black fine tip point when I’m making an outline that I plan to color. Remove the cap from the marker and place it in the gray adapter. Slide the adapter into the pen holder and remove the small white cap.
Remove the cutting tool and insert the pen. This time you WILL want to mirror your image before you start sketching.
This next part is my favorite because this is where we can really get creative. Since this is a Grilling Apron, I chose warm colors. The Artisprix 10 pack had all the colors that I needed but there are marker sets to choose from if you want to change it up.
The color may look a little dull at first but wait until you see what happens when we add a little heat!
Once you’ve finished coloring, set your heat press to 310° (or if using an iron, set it to the hottest temperature). When the heat press is hot enough, create a “sublimation sandwich” by placing one sheet of Artesprix protective paper on bottom and another sheet of protective paper on top.
Heat for 15 seconds then remove the apron from the heat press. Peel the mask while it’s still warm. Now you’re ready to add the color to your Grilling Apron.
Increase the temperature of the heat press to 400°. You may want to take your colored design and crop it a bit. I’ve found that this makes it easier to align with the vinyl. Don’t cut too close to the design though because you’ll need enough room for the tape. If you place tape over any of the colored areas, the heat won’t go through.
Turn the design over so that the colored side matches up with the letters. Once the designs are aligned, tape with heat tape. I like to use a lot of tape to be sure the image stays firmly in place.
Make another sublimation sandwich (you can reuse the same protective paper you used before). Place one sheet under the apron and another on top, then place in the heat press.
Be sure the temperature has reached 400° and heat for 60 seconds. Give the apron a few seconds to cool and peel back the paper. Remember how I told you the colors would really pop? This is when you really get to see the magic of the sublimation markers!
You have completed the DIY Grilling Apron. Wait until dad sees this awesome Father’s Day gift. It’s so much better than a new tie, right?
Dad will feel like he’s the king of the grill when he wears his new apron.
The beauty of this project is that you can follow this tutorial to create more than just an apron. This process also works great for designing tote bags, t-shirts and even a pet bandanna for your dog.
All you have to do is open a box of Artesprix markers and let your creativity shine!
What kind of gifts would you make with Artesprix Sublimation Markers? If you’re looking for another gift idea check out these beautiful Iron-on-Ink Custom Coasters.