My best friend Jackie is getting married in a month and we spent weekend before last celebrating her last days as an unmarried woman in Atlantic City. I wanted to get tanks made for the ladies, but I didn’t want to pay the ridiculous fees for getting them custom-made. Plus, come on folks, you and I both know those people on Etsy are just buying tanks from Old Navy and doing this at home. I mean, that’s what I did! They ended up super cute and were a great addition to our outfit (we wore tutus…yep, tutus!).
Anyhoo, I knew I could make these on my own and so, I DID! Here’s how you can make your own as well for under $12/person.
Gather your things!
I designed my Avery iron-on transfers in Photoshop, but you can use the Word template they provide OR their online design tool. Then I printed them out on my regular ink-jet printer. Here’s my PDF template if you want to use it: Team Bride or The Bride (remember, it needs to be backwards to be transferred appropriately).
Make sure you measure the tank both in both length and width to line up your 4×6 transfer appropriately. I did mine about 3 inches down from the bottom of the “scoop” on the neck, so it was right at my chest (3 inches is where the top of the transfer sat). From there, I just centered the transfer, depending on the width of the tank. That being said, I would suggest you do 2 inches down, instead of 3. After wearing them in Atlantic City, my boobs sort of got in the way and the “BRIDE” part ended up under my boobs so you really couldn’t read it. I should have gone up an inch. Lessons learned, right?
This is your final step and THE MOST CRUCIAL step. Make sure there are no wrinkles in the shirt, meaning no ripples of fabric under the transfer or anything that would cause a bubble. AND You can’t leave the iron on the transfer too long because then it will start to burn. But if you take it off too early, the transfer won’t take and it will end up all crappy looking (my husband called it “vintage”) and you’ll have to go and buy another tank top at 10pm and you’ll be really unhappy with yourself. Yea, I might be speaking from personal experience here.
Be sure that you are also transferring the heat evenly on the transfer. Make it a point to hit the corners and if you are using heavy-face text like I did, spend a little extra time getting that hot enough to transfer all of the ink onto the shirt. The instructions state about 40 seconds, but I always went a little overboard and did 50. Hey, I only had one little incident so I think I did well! When you’re ready to peel off the transfer, peel from the corners. That seemed to work the best for me.
After they dried I couldn’t stand how “plain” they were so I decided to hot glue some homemade bows to them. I had purchased two different types of ribbons for the bachelorette party anyway so I decided to use those. We had an even number of girls attending 6, so 3 received one kind of bow (shown) the others received the second. I tied them up and hot glued them to the collar/armpit/strap of the tank.
Now, keep in mind this is for a light-colored tank (hot pink for the girls, white for the bride). If you do dark-colored tanks (black, purple, navy) you’ll need to purchase the dark fabric transfer and be sure to use white or a light color for your font.
So that’s it folks! Super easy right? It honestly didn’t take me all that long, about 1 hour total to do the iron-ons perfectly (like I would do it any other way) and another hour to make the bows and hot glue them onto the tanks. It was an easy nighttime craft for me.
Let me know if you try it out or if you have any questions!!
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