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DIY Floral Printed Vinyl T-Shirt
My daughter and husband are headed to see Panic At The Disco tonight and I wanted her to have a t-shirt to wear to the concert. Yes, she will be buying one there as well. I’m not that cheap. LOL! So after making my husband run up to our local sporting goods store to grab a raglan t-shirt in her size, I pulled out my new Cricut Explore Air 2.
I’m using Cricut Printable Iron-On vinyl for this. This is an iron on vinyl that can be printed on with any inkjet printer or by using the print and cut feature on the Cricut. The first thing you’ll notice in the package is (4) sheets of printable iron-on, a sheet of transfer tape and a piece of parchment paper.
I’m making the letters and numbers using (2) sheets of the iron-on which are 8 1/2″ x 11″ in size. Before doing any cutting, I’m going to print out the pattern for the letters using my printer. I chose a royalty free floral pattern and used my photo printing software to print it to “full sheet/letter” size with photo quality settings. The sheets have two sides. The printable side is a white matte surface and the backing is the side printed with a grid.
DO NOT PRINT ON THE GRID SIDE OF THE IRON-ON and DO NOT MIRROR THE IMAGE.
Since this is printable iron-on, there is no need to flip or mirror the image like you would other heat transfer vinyls. You’re printing and cutting this vinyl face up as you will iron it.
*Each printer will have different settings and options for doing this, so please follow your printer’s steps to printing a full page photo with good quality.
Once both sheets were printed, I laid them flat to dry for 5-10 minutes while I created my design in the Cricut Design Space.
Open a new project and click the “add text” button to the left hand side. Then using the tools menu to the far right, click on the edit to change your font. I am using a college font for both the numbers and the name. I added both the name and the numbers, then using the mouse to move/resize the last name, I moved the name over the top of the numbers to make sure that the width of both matched. You’ll notice since these are two separate items, that the Cricut Design Space automatically creates each item into layers for you. You can see each layer in your design by clicking on the “Layers” option in the tools menu to the far right.
By clicking on the small “eye” to the right of each layer, you can hide all the layers you’re not ready to cut or work on right now. Since I’ve already checked my sizes with my t-shirt and by making sure they all would line up correctly, I’m ready to cut the first sheet.
Using the “Layout” tool, I’ve hidden all the layers but the numbers 87 so that I can cut those first. Using a standard stick mat, I’ve lined up the edges of my iron-on sheet width wise and hit the “Cricut” button in the Cricut Design Space to cut my first layer.
The first screen is the cut preview screen. This screen will help you make sure you have the correct size vinyl on the mat and that it is attached to the mat in the correct direction. Once you have double checked both of those things, hit ok.
The next screen is your cut/print options. Select your machine (I have my Cricut plugged in by also available with Bluetooth so both options are available) then on the Cricut itself, turn the dial to “Custom”. The custom option drop down menu is now available on your computer screen. Choose “iron-on Printable .33mm”. Now feed your mat with your iron-on attached until it stops against the rollers and hit the “feed/double arrow” button on the Cricut itself.
The Cricut button on the Cricut Explore Air 2 will now start blinking letting you know it’s ready. Press the Cricut button and your design will cut based on the settings you have provided. Once it is done press the “feed/double arrow” button on the Cricut to release the mat.
Now remove the first sheet of iron-on from the mat, put the next printed sheet on. Then go back to your computer and using the menu to the far right, click on the “layers” tool and then the “eye” to the right of the design to hide the layer you just cut. Then click on the “eye” next to the next layer to make it visible. For my design, I am hiding the numbers 87 and making the name URIE visible since that is the next layer to cut.
Now click on the green “Cricut” on the screen and repeat the steps above to cut the last sheet of iron-on. Once you have all your layers cut, it’s time to weed. Weeding is the process of removing the excess material around your design so that you are only transferring what you actually want to see on your shirt. Grab your hook tool and start with the small areas. On the 87 I started with removing the small outline.
Then remove the large areas around your design and any centers, be careful around the dots of letters and any punctuation you don’t want to lose.
Repeat the process on the other sheet.
Then flip your design over and carefully remove the paper backing.
Now you are ready to line it up on your t-shirt. Make sure you have pre-washed and ironed the area where the design will go. Lay your shirt on a solid surface that is safe for ironing. I’m using my drafting table and a regular household iron. You can also use a heat press specifically made for these projects.
I have not taken the next step on a heat press, but there are several options available for them on Amazon. For now, I’ll keep using my iron.
After lining the design up straight and center on the shirt, use the parchment paper provided in the package to cover your design with transfer tape still on.
With your iron set to wool and no steam, let it get up to temperature.
Once your iron is hot, make sure you have your design covered with parchment paper and press the iron firmly on the paper moving slowly across the design for 30 seconds. Be careful that if your design is larger than the parchment paper not to let the iron go off the parchment as it will melt the tape/vinyl that is uncovered.
Remove your iron and let the parchment paper, transfer tape and iron-on cool for a few minutes before gently lifting the paper and tape to check for adhesion.
If your design is trying to lift with the tape/paper, press with the iron again for another 30 seconds and allow it to cool before testing again. Once your design is finished, remove the parchment paper and transfer tape.
I think my little girl is ready for the concert tonight. I don’t know about her, but I love the way her shirt turned out!
Wash on gently cycle turned inside out and hang to dry.
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