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DIY Your Own Custom Stadium Seats!

Learn how to make your own custom stadium seats and how to apply HTV to polyester by following this tutorial!

Hi Friends!  Have you ever wondered if you could apply heat transfer vinyl to tough polyester?  Well, I wondered the same thing, so of course, I had to try it! 

We got these plain black stadium chairs from Costco last year and I knew I needed to decorate them somehow.  My daughter will be starting high school in the fall so I went ahead and got us started on Bulldog merchandise for cheap and these custom stadium seats turned out perfect!apply htv to polyester stadium seat costco

Materials Needed for Custom Stadium Seats:

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Personalizing a Costco Stadium Seat

This project is super easy to do if you have a Cricut or other cutting machine.  I absolutely love mine and do most of my projects with it.  You can check out my ultimate resource guide of Cricut ideas by clicking here!  

I designed my image in Cricut Design Space and cut it out on “iron-on vinyl” setting (glossy side of HTV goes down on mat).  Once it’s cut, weed out all the extra vinyl. If you’d like to watch my video tutorial on cutting and weeding vinyl click here!

To prepare the material, unscrew the polyester backing of the Costco stadium seat and slide it off (this takes a little muscle!)costco stadium seat

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For my heat-press, 285’F worked the best.  Preheat your heat-press until 285 is reached and press the backing in half so you get a line for the middle mark.stadium seats

(If you need step by step directions and video on this part, check out my tutorial here on how to use a heat press!)

I fold the vinyl in half to get a crease and then align the two together so I know it’s in the middle.

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I allowed one side that’s double folded to hang off so I could get a better press.  I turned the pressure up to as high as I could go and still get the press to lock down.  I pressed for 25 seconds, lifted up the handle, and then peeled off the backing. 

(Peel it slowly.  If it’s not sticking press again or turn your heat up a little bit.  I ended up pressing it again with the other side hanging off since it was the first and last letters that didn’t want to adhere.)

Then add the bottom layer of your image, put a Teflon sheet over it, and press again.folsom bulldogs stadium seat

Keep adding the layers one at a time, pressing, and then peel off the backing.

Once everything was on, I pressed it one more time with a teflon sheet over it.folsom bulldogs chair

Putting Back Together a Personalized Stadium Seat

My hubby then pulled the bars together on the chair while I slid the backing on (it’s definitely a two-person job!).  Attach the screws and you’re set to go with new custom stadium seats!personalized stadium seats

These custom stadium seats are super easy to carry and use during those long hours of sitting on bleachers at basketball, football, or baseball games!  They definitely save your back and also would make great gifts!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a creative day!

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Carita Montgomery

Friday 3rd of August 2018

i aplogize if this sent already, my phone shut off as I was submitting it last night. I am fairly new to the Cricut world. I am in the process of starting my own crafting business. One of the products that I would like to offer is personalized stadium seats. Can you tell me what the rule is on reselling them after I have peraonalized them? I found some on Amazon that I liked, but they had company logo on them. i don't want to violate any copyright or other "laws" by reselling this or any other product. Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Leap of Faith Crafting

Monday 6th of August 2018

Hi Carita, I'm sorry, I really don't know. Every state is different. You can google it or ask a lawyer. A lot of states will make you get a resale license and a business license but I'm not sure specifics on logos. I don't really sell things so I don't know all the laws around it. I'm pretty sure there are good articles on what you need to do to start a craft business online. Hope that helps! Good luck!


Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Hey! I’ve got a question regarding the Tumblers that you have painted and spray painted. I currently use Epoxy resin to seal all of my Tumblers, but i have a really bad allergy to it (currently have a swollen face and itching all over) and I NEED to find an alternative to epoxy. Or i will be forced to be done with this hobby :( I purchased Triple Thick Glaze, Im hoping That will be a close glass like Finish as the epoxy gives. But then i came across your blog with how to do your Tumblers. I see you just spray seal. How oh how have they held up for other people? I know they aren’t dishwasher friendly, but i want my Tumblers to be able to be hand washed without anything falling off. What do you think? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks! Robin

Leap of Faith Crafting

Friday 6th of April 2018

Hi Robin! Oh no, that's not good!! Have you tried different epoxy's? Actually the mod podge and triple thick have held up really well as top sealants. They are a bit more textured but everything seems to stay in place. The spray painted ones I made for my kiddos are still doing great! The one I spray painted with glitter was mine and I have a nasty habit of picking things so I've picked a lot of the glitter off. If I were to do it again, I'd add a layer of triple thick or mod podge on top so I couldn't pick so easily! The paint is still on it great, but now the glitter is only on the bottom half of the mug... nervous habit! Good luck! Hope you figure out what can work for you!! Take care! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to