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How to deal with mounting debt

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How to deal with mounting debt

Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:05 AM

Printable Iron-On Transfers


Once upon a time Nick Jr introduced a Wubbzy craft called a No-Iron Gardening Apron. The design was simple enough and the instructions came with a printable sheet of iron-on transfers. I haven't been able to track down the new location of the craft but, thankfully, the iron-on transfer sheets are still available. The iron-on transfer paper can be found in stationery shops or bought online and can be used in most ink-jet printers.

Wubbzy iron-on transfers

There wasn't any Wubbzy clothing in the UK when the show first started over here, and my little girl just adored Wubbzy. I decided to use the transfers to decorate some of her other clothing. The first item to get a make-over was a pair of rather plain denim dungarees.

plain dungarees Wubbzy dungarees

Although I'd selected transfer paper designed for use on dark fabrics the transfer seemed a little thin and you could see the denim through the transfer. I'm sure it was something I did wrong, but I only had one pair of dungarees to practice on!

Wubbzy on denim

This got me thinking a little bit more. I had been intending to buy my Little'un some Peppa Pig knickers to try and get this potty deal finalised, but wouldn't Wow! Wow! knickers be even better !?!?!?

Wubbzy Knickers

The Second Page of the printable Tic-Tac-Toe game from Nick Jr, consists of a sheet of counters. 6 identical images of Wubbzy, Walden and Widget, just small enough for the front of knickers or vests. Just print out page two on iron-on transfer paper and cut around the images, not right up to the edges but leaving a very small (1 or 2 mm) white border. You then need to iron the transfers onto plain knickers - I bought a 10-pack in Debenhams for £4.

tic tac toe counters  

Of course, the iron-on transfers need not be limited to clothing. I printed three other pages from the Wow Wow Wubbzy Printables page from Nick Jr  and ironed them onto white felt. When they were cool I cut them out carefully and arranged them on a larger piece of felt in a contrasting colour, they don't stick as well as proper Fuzzy Felt would but there is enough traction for them to hold still whilst your youngster makes up their picture.

Wubby Felt Game

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:58 AM

Iron-on T-Shirt Transfer Instructions


It is very easy to add your own design to cloth using iron-on transfer paper. The last time I bought t-shirts and transfer paper it cost me £3 for a pack of 5 sheets in Asda, and 75p per t-shirt from their budget range. As I didn't want A4 designs I printed them two designs to a page using the windows print picture function. In total it cost only £1.05 for a totally customised toddler t-shirt - lots of possibilities there for cheap gifts & stocking fillers!

The instructions I am giving are for the ink-jet t-shirt transfer paper that I have used in the past (several different types, but the instructions were all the same!)

Firstly you will need to get your t-shirts ready (they must be cotton) and print off your transfers (don't forget to mirror your image). Nick Jr is a great place for kids charcter printables, I have a list of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Dora The Explorer links on this blog.

blank t-shirts   Printed tranfsers 

Carefully cut out the transfer leaving a small border around the edge of the image.


Then on your ironed t-shirt (or other flat cloth item) place the image upside down in the correct position.

Dora transfer ready to iron  

Use a hot iron (with no steam) and press the transfer into the t-shirt. Ensure you go around all the edges and corners thoroughly. This usually takes around 1 minute for an A5 size transfer (longer for larger images, less for small ones)


When the transfer paper and t-shirt are thoroughly cool, carefully peel off the backing paper from the transfer. The t-shirt must be cold to do this otherwise the transfer will lift off the t-shirt.

Dora t-shirt  

The transfers can be used on a variety of items as long as they can be ironed with a hot iron (i.e. cotton setting with no steam). So far we have decorated jeans, t-shirts, bags, underwear and made felt toys!

Wubbzy Dungarees   Wubbzy knickers  Wubbzy Felt 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:57 AM

Dora The Explorer Iron-On Transfers


The following list of links are designs which are suitable to use for iron-on transfer sheets. They are all hosted on the Nick Jr website.

Please check the instructions which come with your iron-on transfer paper as some images may need to be mirrored when printing.

Dora's Eco-Friendly Clean-Up Stickers - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle", "Turn Off The Lights", 2 pages worth featuring Dora & Boots

Dora's Flower Stickers - several small designs over 2 pages, mainly flowers and bees

"I'm the Big Sister" Iron-On Transfer Design - 1 large design Dora with the wording "I'm the Big Sister"

"I'm the Big Sister" Iron-On Transfer Design (reversed) - 1 large design Dora with the wording "I'm the Big Sister", this design is reversed already so it doesn't need to be mirrored

Crystal Kingdom Wall Stickers - 4 pages of large designs, perfect for the fronts of t-shirts

Dora's Valentine Heart Mobile Ornaments - 3 pages of designs, which if carefully cut out (ignoring the hanging loop) can be used for t-shirts / bags / jeans, etc.

Dora Snow Princess Puppets - 3 pages of medium size designs featuring Dora and friends

Dora Decorative Stickers - 1 page of small designs which could be used on underwear

Dora The Explorer Christmas Tree Printable Ornaments - 5 pages of Christmas themed designed, like the other ornament designs, ignore the hanging loop.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:56 AM