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Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

fpv
cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




How to Make Iron-on Letters

You say you need a yellow G for your Speed Racer costume but you couldn’t sew a stitch if your life depended on it? Rest easy, you can make jiffy iron-on letters using some felt and your hot-glue gun.

iron on lettering

There is probably a pre-glued interfacing material made just for this purpose, but I didn’t know about it or have any, so I used paper and hot glue which worked great and was easy enough.

Design the Letter

Draw or print you letter (or other shape for that matter) onto a thin sheet of paper and cut it out with scissors.

Glue the First Side

Lay the shape right-reading on a piece of waxed paper and apply glue to the front side. Use the hot glue gun with light trigger pressure so that barely any glue comes out. Think of it as a pen and “draw” a thin film of hot glue over the entire face of the shape. Pay special attention to the edges.

Don’t use too much glue, or it might seep through the felt when you apply the final mounting heat.

iron on lettering

Place the letter on your felt with the glue side facing the material and apply enough heat with an iron to melt the glue to the felt.

iron on lettering

Glue the Other Side

Flip the felt over and apply glue to the other side of the paper.

iron on lettering

Cut

Trim the felt to the shape of the paper, and you’ve got yourself an iron-on.

iron on lettering

6 Responses to “How to Make Iron-on Letters”


  1. AJ Says:

    You might check out a product called “stitch witchery”. You can get it at any fabric store (or Wally World)… Comes in a roll (like tape).

    It would have saved you a bit of time. Also great for a quick fix when the thread pulls out of your pants cuff, or you need to fix a hem…

  2. garrett Says:

    Have you tested it? How is it holding up?

  3. garrett Says:

    Have you tested it? How is it holding up? The fate of my favorite jeans may depend on it…

  4. Steve Says:

    Garrett,

    If you are talking about the iron-on felt lettering, I am guessing that this would *not* be a good patch/repair method if that is what you are asking.

  5. garrett Says:

    I am interested in the felt letters mostly.

    My comment was sort of a joke. I am a bit annoyed with my beloved iron-on jean patches from the grocery store. They are not holding up as well as I remember they should.

    I am curious as to how your felt letters are holding up. I imagine they aren’t machine washable – but could they last on a jacket (say for an ironic bicycle gang)?

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