How to create a graphic T-shirt with your Cricut, HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and an Easy Press.
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Today I am going to show you guys how to use Happy Crafters iron on vinyl or HTV with your Cricut to make a graphic t-shirt. Happy Crafters sells blank T-shirts and let me tell you they are soft! I am using the District Made perfect blend T-shirt in heathered teal.
Did you guys know that second Sunday of every month I join up with some of my favorite bloggers for a Craft & Create challenge with our Cricuts? Myself and Jeanie from Create and Babble have started Craft & Create a monthly Cricut Challenge. We are teaming up with 21 other bloggers this month to all craft with our Cricuts. Make sure to stay until the end to see 22 other graphic T-shirt project. Also make sure you enter our Happy Crafters giveaway at the end of this post! You could win an HTV beginners box.
What you’ll need to make your graphic T-shirt
Let’s start by opening our cut file here. Want to create your own design?! Go ahead but let me give you a tip. Use a T-shirt template!
How to create a T-shirt Template in Cricut
One of my favorite features on the Cricut are the templates. Any time I am designing a Tshirt I always select a Tshirt template this allows me to size my design and look at placement on a Tshirt digitally. So how do you create a T-shirt template in Cricut design space?
In Cricut design space click templates on the left hand side. Scroll down and select they type of t-shirt you have.
Once it’s loaded into your design space select the type of shirt and size of the shirt and you are ready to start designing.
Now I chose to use the phrase I don’t put up with craft because I thought it was cheeky and fun! Those are my favorite shirts a little more playful and make you think.
Above you can see the design I created for my t-shirt. Now since I want to cut these out of two different types of vinyl I did not attach them togehter with the attach tool.
Now with HTV projects you always want to remember to mirror your design before cutting. Set you dial to Vinyl and make sure to put the vinyl shiny side down. Place your design or words on the virtual mat to correspond with where your vinyl is on the mat.
Once your vinyl is cut remove the excess vinyl, this is called weeding. You want your lettering to stay on the shiny clear film.
Pre heat your t-shirts. What I love about Happy Crafters is that they have instructions for the vinyl on the product pages. For these vinyls you should pre heat your shirt for 4 seconds. Then I place the both pieces of vinyl on to the shirt to layout my design. I don’t use the easy press on both pieces at the same time. I laid the word craft first.
I set my easy press to 305 degrees and 10 seconds placed them on top of the clear film and pressed down firmly for 10 seconds.
Let the clear film cool a bit and peel it back repeat the process with the wording above.
And just like that you have a finished DIY Graphic T-shirt made with your Cricut and easy press.
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