So, for an early Christmas present last year, I asked for a Cricut Maker. I wanted this Maker for one main purpose..... to make Cheer Mom t-shirts! :) I have since found its a tool for our business that I can't live without! If you've read almost any of our other blog posts, I use the Cricut to make stencils for images, decals, or monograms in almost every project! Today's post is a quick demo of the Cricut and heat transfer vinyl to make our own custom t-shirt! And, just a quick shout out to my favorite tv show and book series right now, Outlander. My t-shirt is the clan motto, Je Suis Prest (I am ready!) I am ready to make this shirt!
Things we used on this project:
You'll create your custom image using Cricut Design Space. Here, I've just added a simple text box and changed the font to match the old Scottish text look.
Next step is to click the Make It button in the top right corner. This will take you to a window to Prepare your mats. Each image color is placed on a separate mat. Here, I've only used one color, black text, so I have one mat shown. For t-shirt designs the image must be mirrored and can be selected here. Click Continue in the bottom right.
Here you will select your material, we will be using an iron on vinyl and have selected that option. You will be prompted to set your material (shiny side down for heat transfer vinyl). Place your material on your mat and set the mat into the guides on the machine. Once set, press the flashing up and down arrow to auto load your mat. Once loaded, click the flashing "C" button to cut your project.
Once the image has been cut, you'll "weed" the project and remove any vinyl that is not part of the image to be ironed on to the t-shirt.
Next, center the image onto your material, I cover mine with a piece of parchment paper and iron on for approximately 20 seconds. It varies based on your iron, it will be somewhere between 10 - 40 seconds. Once the image has been transferred to the material, the clear plastic backing can be removed while still hot.
Voila! Now YOU are "ready" to make your own custom t-shirt!
Kim & Garrett
We love to make It Ourselves.