Today I'm bringing you the simplest ever of DIYs to help your achieve your looking-like-a-picnic-basket aesthetic goals this summer. Dorothy eat your heart out.
When I designed these little bees I KNEW I wanted to put them on something super summery, and then my gaze fell upon this red gingham smock of dreams and I knew it was british-countrysidey-picknicky-fate.
All you need is:
- a few of my British Bee Iron On Patches
- an iron (or straighteners if you're feeling brave - I wasn't)
- a teatowel or old (but clean) cloth
- something gingham (and preferably floaty and frilly and amazing)
- I had a little trouble adhering the bees at first because my dress was brand new - sometimes cottony fabrics have a weird coating on them, so I gave it a whirl in the washing machine and it worked perfectly.
- A relatively high temperature on your iron works well to melt the adhesive, but don't whack it up to cotton/linen temps, or you will literally melt your bee. Onto your Iron. (No, I didn't learn this from experience, what are you talking about??)
- Though using a cloth to cover the patch is best, I found that I had to go over them with the naked iron to make sure their little legs stuck properly. A risky move, but I didn't have any problems, so that's a tip to use at your discretion.
First- position your bees on the dress - I wanted them to look like they were bumbling all over the dress so I wasn't too regimented about where I placed them. (I can TOTALLY imagine these along the top frill of an off-the-shoulder top or the straps of a pinafore - dreamy sigh)
Second - place the cloth over each patch and iron onto the cloth to melt the iron-on backing and adhere it to the dress. It works better if you "hold" the iron on the patch for around 10 seconds - but please be careful you don't accidentally cook your new dress! Make sure you're certain about the placement because you can't really move them once you've ironed.
Third - Leave the bee to cool for a minute or so and check it's properly adhered - it can be helpful to press down on the patch to make sure it's properly stuck. It also might take a few extra going-overs on the little legs, as they are quite small and fiddly and need a bit extra attention!
Fourth - Repeat for each patch.
Fith - Go forth and live your picnic-blankety dreams!