Origami Animal T-Shirts

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I love origami. And geometry. And I am loving thisAnthropologie purse with an origami inspired rhino cut into it. And that, my friends, is what inspired my latest project with my girls: Origami Animal T-shirts.

The twins have very different personalities and likes. Take their favorite animals, for example. One little girl has a major thing for elephants. The other one loves animals in general, but eventually we settled on a monkey for her animal.

Then came the process of creating images for my Silhouette Portrait to cut into heat transfer vinyl.

I found some images of origami animals. These aren't high contrast images, so the trace function in the Silhouette Design Studio would leave me a lot of work to do cleaning up the file. So instead, after I imported my images, I simply traced the shapes that make up each animal (they are very simple), leaving a gap between each piece so that each shape reads clearly, almost like a set of tangrams.

Then, all that was left was to cut my vinyl.

Keep in mind that your animals will end up reversed from how you design them.

Once I had the vinyl, I took my prewashed and pressed t-shirts and used an iron to transfer the design onto my shirt.

My little girls love their new shirts! Side note--how do you get 3-year-olds to show off their shirts? Tell them to hold their arms out to the side like airplanes (only way to get the shirts in the picture!)


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