3 Simple DIY Fancy Dress Costumes

Any excuse to dress up, am I right?

Whether it’s for freshers week at university, Halloween or just a bit of fun, I’ve created three simple costumes: teletubby, army camo and a classic lifeguard t-shirt using Happy Fabric iron-on vinyl. 

3 simple fancy dress costumes

Costume 1: Teletubby.

You will need: 

T-shirt (in red, green, purple or yellow) 

Iron or heat press

Greaseproof paper 

A4 sheet of HappyFashion Spectrum* vinyl 


Optional: headband and pipecleaners (in same colour as shirt) 

Step one: Pre-press the t-shirt by running the iron over (or using heat press) to remove all creases.

prepressing teletubby t-shirt with iron

Step two: Place vinyl sheet onto t-shirt (shiny side facing up) and cover with greaseproof paper. 

placing happyfashion spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt
placing greaseproof paper on teletubby t-shirt

Step three: Press down with iron (or heat press) for ten seconds. 

ironing spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt

Step four: Wait to cool, then remove plastic carrier from vinyl. 

peeling off carrier from happyfashion spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt

Optional: 

Wrap the pipe cleaners around the headband and twist to create aerial shape according to which teletubby you are making. 

wrapping pipe cleaners for teletubby costume
diy teletubby costume t-shirt

*Please note Spectrum has a repeating pattern, some sheets may have a small line, this is not a defect.


Costume 2: Army camo 

You will need:

you will need to make your own army como costume

Green t-shirt

2- 4 A4 sheets of HappyFlex vinyl 

(I used Olive Green, Green, Brown and Cream

Greaseproof paper

Scissors

Iron or heat press 

Step one: (Optional) Cut t-shirt into a cropped version 

cutting army camo t-shirt to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step two: Draw cloud-like shapes onto the back (matte side) of the coloured vinyl sheets and then cut out.

cutting olive green happyflex vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step three: Prepress the t-shirt using an iron on the two-dot setting or a heat press

prepressing t-shirt to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step 4: Arrange a selection of vinyl shapes onto the t-shirt (do not layer them yet!) and cover with greaseproof paper. 

placing happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt
placing greaseproof paper to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step 5: Press for 10 seconds, then wait until the vinyl is cooled. Peel off the plastic carrier from the vinyl. 

peeling carrier on happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step 6: Place on the next layer of shapes, overlapping the first layer in areas. 

placing happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

Step 7: Add greaseproof paper, press again for 10 seconds, and repeat cooling and peeling process. Keep repetition of the layering and pressing process until the desired effect is achieved. 

Tip: take care to layer slowly, and always peel off all carriers before overlapping. 

diy camo army t-shirt using heat transfer iron on vinyl

Costume three: Lifeguard

You will need:

you will need to make diy lifeguard t-shirt costume

Yellow T-shirt 

A4 sheet of HappyFlex Red 

Scissors, pen and stencil (optional: use of cutting machine or draw freehand) 

Iron or heat press

Step one: Use a stencil to write ‘LIFEGUARD’ onto the back of the vinyl sheet. You could also use a cutting machine or draw them freehand- just remember to flip the writing so the lettering is the right way around when you turn the vinyl shiny side up. 

drawing letters on back of happyflex red heat transfer iron on vinyl to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

Step two: Cut the lettering out. 

cutting out letters on back of happyflex red heat transfer iron on vinyl to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

Step three: Pre press the t-shirt with an iron (on the two dot setting)  or using a heat press. 

pre-pressing t-shirt to make diy lifeguard costume

Step four: Place the lettering onto the t-shirt and then cover with greaseproof paper. 

placing letters of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt
placing greaseproof paper on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

Step five: Press for ten seconds using an iron or heat press. This can be done in sections, going over edges to ensure all of the lettering receives enough heat. 

pressing letters of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

Step six: Let cool slightly and then peel off the plastic carrier from each letter. 

peeling off carrier of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

Step seven (optional): Use the remaining vinyl to personalise the back of the t-shirt! 

 happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt
 happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

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