At the beginning of S’s First Grade year, we found out we were assigned to one of the best First Grade teachers in her school. I couldn’t have been more pleased as I learned that her teacher expected good behavior and placed high value on reading. She was the perfect teacher for S.
And then, we found out she was expecting her first baby and would be out on Maternity Leave toward the end of the school year. That was a bummer!
The teacher was going to be missing out on Teacher Appreciation week, so the room mom put together a special week in March to shower the teacher with our appreciation. But, it was a baby-themed week.
The second and third day of the week were going to be baby onesie and baby bib days, respectively.
Now, I’m not a big spender AND I’d just recently been practicing with my new Cricut and heat press. So, I decided I was going to make something for her. I needed the practice and I thought it would be nice to give her something custom.
I’m going to show you how I made this apple-themed baby onesie. But, if you’re not a crafter and would like to purchase one as a baby gift for a teacher, you can purchase one in my Etsy shop.
Our Custom Baby Gift for Teacher Going on Maternity Leave
Now, I kind of threw this together because I hadn’t been keeping up with my emails and only saw this on a Friday … just three days before the special week began. I had to run to my local Hobby Lobby to get supplies AND everything was a first run test. So, I’m really grateful this gift turned out well on the first try.
Supplies for the Apple Themed baby gift for teacher going on maternity leave:
Cutting Machine (I use a Cricut Maker)
Heat Press (I use this one)
How I Created It
I downloaded an adorable apple monogram SVG and placed it into the Cricut Design Space, using the baby bodysuit template (found under fashion). I had to choose the size of the bodysuit I bought, then got to work.
I first placed the chosen apple SVG on the template and made it fit the size of the bodysuit to my liking.
Then, I decided on a font and placed my text. I chose a font I’d downloaded with a commercial license, so that I could use it on projects to sell, too. My text said “teacher’s pet”. Finally, I sized the font to fit within the apple and attached the text together so that it would cut out as typed.
When sending your project through your cutter, make sure to select “mirror” so that the words will be facing correctly to heat press onto the bodysuit. This is standard for any materials you plan to transfer to an article of clothing.
For my particular apple, the stem was included in the red layer as well as having a separate layer for the brown (or the gold I used). Because glitter HTV shouldn’t be pressed on top of one another I, very cautiously, snipped the red stem off the apple. Then I butted the gold stem up to the red apple. Afterward, I laid the green leaf adjacent to the gold stem.
I also didn’t feel like pressing multiple layers, so I cut the heat transfer tape really close to the edges where other parts met so that I could press everything at one time.
For my machine, I find it best to use the heat setting at 320 and pressed for roughly 20 seconds.
My current vinyl calls for a cold peel, so I had to wait for it to cool. Be sure to check the instructions for your particular vinyl.
Afterward, I placed parchment paper directly onto the exposed HTV and pressed again at the same heat setting for another 20 seconds. This allowed me to begin seeing the fibers of the garment in the vinyl.
I’d love for you to comment and tell me what you thought of this custom baby gift for teacher going on maternity leave.