I wanted to make some special gifts for my children and grandchildren that were personalized for Valentine’s Day. So I really gave it some thought on what I wanted to make them and how I wanted to personalize them. I found some great deals on these adorable Teddy Bears and Dogs at Walmart for only $2.99 each but I wanted to have each of the children’s names on them. So when they are together there is no fighting over this one is MINE! I made 6 of these adorable stuffed animals, two dogs in different colors, two Bears in different colors, and then two apes in different colors. The Apes came from Dollar Tree, and they were the ones my son’s wanted.
I only needed a few things to personalize these adorable little critters. I purchased Heat Transfer Vinyl in Red at my local JoAnn Fabrics for $7.99 and of course my stuffed animals for $1 to $2.99. I also purchased a small pair of sewing scissors at Dollar General for $2 and a letter Stencil’s (for tracing the letters needed) for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby. You will also need a ruler and a sharpened pencil.
Once you have your materials that are needed for this project, your ready to begin. You will need good lightening when your working on your lettering for the stuffed animals. So be sure that your in a well lighted room or working on them with the sunlight to make it easier as your working with a stencil will small letters. The stencil letters are between a 1/2″ to an 1″ tall that you will be cutting out. So you will want to be sure that you are cutting the lines correctly. Small Animals (7 inches) will hold 5 letters, Medium sized animals (12 inch) will hold 6-7 letters, and so on.
Step 1: Place your Heat Transfer Vinyl on a table or hard surface. Place the stencil down on the Vinyl with the first letter you would like to trace, trace your first letter. You will want to leave a space between letters. Continue to trace more letters till you have the whole name done.
Step 2: You will now want to cut out each letter into a small box with your little scissors so you will not waste your vinyl. Then cut along the outer edge of your letter. The letter will have the lines where they should be separated in the center of the letters for letters like A, B, D, P, R, and so on. Do not separate the letters keep them together as one letter.
Step 3: Now once you have cut out the outer edge of your letter. You will now cut out the center of your letters such as the A, B, D, O and so on. You will want to fold the letter in half but do not crease the letter just loosely hold it. Take your small scissors and cut a slit into the vinyl. Then again follow the lines that you traced to finish cutting out your letters.
Step 4: Continue to cut out all your letters and then get out your clothing Iron.
Step 5: If your animal has longer fur on it. You will want to trim the long fur where you want to place the lettering. So if your placing it on the stomach you will trim the fur down there only and only where your going to place the letters not the whole stomach. So it will just be a strip in the middle of the animal, you can use your ruler to measure your letters and then measure the stomach to that size and trim.
Step 6: Now that you have your letters, your stuffed animal, and your clothing iron your ready to start personalizing your animal. You will now use your ruler to place the letters onto your animal. You will want to make sure they are in a perfect line and centered.
Step 7: You will want to set your iron on Cotton and do not use steam. You will place your letters on all at once or one at a time. If it’s your first animal, I do suggest one letter at a time. It helps to avoid the letters shifting. You will place your iron on the letter or letters for 20 to 25 seconds. If you do the letters all at one time, you will put the iron on them for 25 seconds or 25 seconds per letter.
Step 8: Once your letters have been secured and you have gone over it a couple of times with the iron to make sure all the letters are secure. (You can place the iron on a couple of times for 25 seconds each). You will want to fluff the fur up again around the lettering. It will cover any little errors as well.
Your personalized stuffed animal is now complete and ready for it’s new owner. They will love their name on their new friend. There will be no fighting over it as their name is right on it so it’s perfect for siblings as well. Be creative and have fun while your creating these adorable little critters.