How to make trendy t-shirts using iron-on vinyl and Cricut. Wear your favorite movie quotes or design from scratch. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea.
The products used were given by Cricut, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Have you noticed that T-shirts can be so creative, hilarious, and even sometimes even true?
I love the t-shirt trend that is going on right now and there are so many great ones out there. I was tickled pink when Cricut asked me to participate in a T-shirt Design Contest. That meant I got to do a couple of my very favorite things, create a tutorial for you, make something super cute, and then I get to wear it!
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Supplies Used to Make Trendy T-Shirts with Cricut
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I actually designed a total of 7 trendy t-shirts but narrowed it down because some were better than others. I then put a shout on social media and asked for votes on which one was their favorite.
Number one is very niche and because of my occupation, it was one of my favorites but didn't get any votes. Two and three were super close with only one vote apart. The sad thing for me is number 4 got ZERO points! OK, seriously people?! This is hilarious but only if you know the whole movie quote. Maybe that's why it's not funny. It's okay, I'm still standing by the fact that I'm hilarious.
I took the trendy t-shirt design with the most votes and used that to create the tutorial today.
How to Design Trendy T-Shirts with Cricut
I designed my trendy t-shirts in Cricut Design Space using the Trendy T-Shirt Cartridge and Boys Will Be Boys Font. Don't worry, you don't actually need the physical cartridge to get the file. There is a cartridge section when searching in Cricut Design Space, and you can find it there.
When the design is perfect and the right size, send it to the Cricut to cut, make sure to mirror your design for iron-on. Also, make sure the dial is set to cut iron-on.
After the iron-on is cut, weed or remove the negative iron-on so only the pieces that will be ironed onto the t-shirt are left on the backing sheet.
Make sure to remove all of the lines, holes, and spaces in the letters.
Set the EasyPress and press to preheat the t-shirt fabric where you will be applying the stencil. Place the design, with the backing sheet up, onto the t-shirt.
I like to have an extra layer of cloth between the t-shirt and the EasyPress to protect my t-shirt, but this will increase the ironing time a bit. Press each section of the design for 20-30 seconds with medium pressure. Then flip the t-shirt over and press again for 20-30 seconds over each section.
If there is a stubborn spot that just won't adhere, press again and run it over the stubborn spot careful to not melt the carrier sheet.
Let the iron-on and t-shirt sit until cool to the touch, and slowly peel up on the carrier sheet. The iron-on should stay on the t-shirt, leaving the carrier sheet. If you come to a part that isn't sticking to the fabric put the carrier sheet back down and go over again with the tip of the iron until it releases.
Ta-Daaaa! Isn't it so cute? Here is the kicker, this is a movie quote too! Can you tell me what movie it's from?
While I didn't make ALL of the designs I created, I did make a total of three. I love them all!
Which one of the designs would you wear on a t-shirt? Do you get the movie quote jokes?
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