I am spending the weekend at Haven Blog Conference! Haven is for those who are passionate about blogging, DIY projects, and creating beauty in the home. I wanted a custom t shirt to wear around the people who would really get it – Haven Mavens are MY kinda people. I got a whole roll of heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl when I was creating my knock off Kate Spade placemats and had plenty left over for this project. I created the design in the Silhouette Studio and the design is available below as a free download! I had so much fun making this custom DIY Crafty T Shirts and hope our fellow DIY lovers will enjoy them as well!
Cut your phrase out of the Heat Transfer Vinyl. Be sure to cut with the shiny side down. If you are using your own design, be sure you mirror your text! You can use this file for Silhouette or this for the Cricut.
To cut, I had to put my blade on 10 and still had a bit of trouble with the Silhouette. I went through several test cuts before I got it to work. I had to select FLOCKED Heat Transfer Vinyl for it to cut. (I honestly had no idea what that means but it worked!)
Once the design is cut, carefully weed the vinyl (remove any of the excess vinyl) and you’ll be left with your backwards text on a clear sheet.
Position the text on the tshirt and apply.
Put the scrap fabric over the design and use the hot iron to press down firmly. Try to limit the movement of the iron but be careful not to leave more than 20-30 seconds. You may singe the scrap fabric a bit but your design should be fine.
Before pulling up the clear sheet, test the corner and make sure the words stay down. If they don’t, re-apply heat and pressure until it’s properly adhered.
Click the link below to get the Crafty AF Cricut file!