LEARN TO MAKE CUTE LUCKY CHARM T-SHIRTS THAT YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE USING YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE
This year, I wanted to make my daughter a cute yet simple St. Patrick’s Day shirt. I designed this shirt to be customizable as well. I include several parent and grandparent names or titles for you to choose!
My daughter loves glitter so I am using some glitter HTV for part of this design.
In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.
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The file will upload into Cricut Design Space grouped together. You will want to hit the UNGROUP button to separate the layers.
STEP 4 - CUSTOMIZE THE T-SHIRT
To customize the shirt with the another parent or grandparent's title, delete the "Daddy's" text layer.
Select the name you would like to have on the shirt and drag into place.
Highlight the remaining names and delete.
Now, select the three dark green layers in the layer panel. That would be the name, shamrock, and the word "Charm".
Attach the layers together by selecting attach in the bottom right-hand corner of the layers panel.
STEP 5 - MEASURE YOUR T-SHIRT BLANK AND SIZE ACCORDINGLY
Measure your t-shirt to determine the size of your image. Once you have your measurement, highlight your design.
Then, change the sizing in the toolbar.
Now, click the GREEN Make It Button.
STEP 6 - PREPARE YOUR MATS AND MAKE MATERIAL SELECTION
In the mat preview, make sure to MIRROR your design.
Click the CONTINUE button.
Choose your material. I am using Siser EasyWeed HTV so I am choosing Heat Transfer Vinyl (Non-Cricut).
STEP 7 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND MAKING THE IMAGE
When placing the HTV to your cutting mat, you will notice a shinier side of the vinyl. This is known as the carrier sheet. Make sure this side is facing DOWN. The side you will be cutting is slightly dull looking. This side needs to be facing UP.
Use a Cricut Brayer to help adhere the HTV to the mat.
Once you have placed your vinyl onto your mat, load the cutting mat into the machine by pressing the flashing ARROW button.
You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.
Once your Cricut is finished cutting the layer, the ARROW button will flash again. Press it to UNLOAD the mat.
Carefully remove the vinyl from the mat.
Repeat this step until both layers have been cut.
STEP 8 - WEED YOUR VINYL
I will say that most of the time, I do weed on the mat. This is helpful because the cutting mat can act as a third hand to keep the vinyl from curling when you are trying to weed.
STEP 9 - PREHEAT YOUR EASYPRESS 2
To preheat the EasyPress, press the power button. Then, press the thermometer button and adjust the temperature according to the Cricut EasyPress Heat Guide, found here, using the plus and minus buttons on the press.
Following the Heat Guide, change the time by pressing the clock butotn and adjusting the time using the plus and minus buttons.
STEP 10 - PREPARE YOUR T-SHIRT BLANK
While your EasyPress is coming up to temp, prep your shirt.
Preheat your shirt according to the Heat Guide.
Next, I like to fold the shirt in half.
Then lightly press the shirt using the EasyPress. This will help me line up the image to ensure I have it straight.
STEP 11 - APPLY DESIGN TO SHIRT
Place your design face down with the carrier sheet facing UP. I am beginning with the "LUCKY" layer.
Make sure to line up the center of your design with the line you creased down the center of the shirt.
STEP 12 - PRESS LAYER
Press your layer according to the Cricut Heat Guide for your materials.
STEP 13 - REMOVE CARRIER SHEET
Slowly lift press off your design making sure to lift straight up.
The Heat Guide says to remove the carrier sheet with a cool peel. This means to wait until the shirt is cool to the touch. Remove the carrier sheet by carefully pulling from one corner. Pay attention to any lifting of the vinyl. If this happens, replace the carrier sheet and press for a few more seconds.
STEP 14 - REPEAT FOR REMAINING LAYERS
Add your remaining layer, folliowing steps 11-13.
STEP 15 - FLIP YOUR SHIRT OVER AND PRESS
Once you have pressed your final layer and removed the carrier sheet, flip the shirt over immediately.
You will want to press the back for 15 seconds which is stated in the Cricut Heat Guide.
Flip your shirt over and wait for the carrier sheet to cool to the touch.
Once cool, peel the carrier sheets off the shirt.
Your shirt is done!
These shirts are so cute and so simple to make. I hope you like them!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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