Learn how to make a shirt for your favorite reader with heat transfer vinyl, a heat press, and Cricut! An Easy DIY Craft Tutorial Idea. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are my own because I love giving you helpful tutorials!
My oldest daughter is a HUGE reader. She easily goes through several books a week and can even be reading multiple books at once! I’m not sure how she does it.
Recently I was asked by Cricut to do a review of a competitor Heat Press and I already had this project in mind so I knew it would be perfect!
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- I Just Want to Read – Cricut Design Space
- Cricut Maker
- Light Grip Mat
- Navy Iron-on
- Comfy T-Shirt
- Heat Press
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How to Make a Reader Shirt – I Just Want to Read Books
The file to make this shirt is completely ready to go! Simply click here and you will be taken to Cricut Design Space. I have the file sized with a width of 10.5 inches. If this size works for you then you can click on Make It. If you need to adjust the sizing, click on customize.
Place the iron-on shiny side down on the light-grip mat, and make sure you click on Mirror Image before you begin the cut. Follow the prompts in Cricut Design Space to cut the image out.
I cut this out on a Cricut Maker but all Cricut machines cut iron-on vinyl so it will work with any machine.
Once the image is cut, weed the excess iron-on vinyl from the backing sheet. The BrightPad is super helpful during this step because it shines light through the lines so you can easily see the areas you need to weed. Don’t forget to remove the center of the letters!
Center the cut-out on the front of your shirt. If you would like, you can use a ruler or t-square to get it perfectly center. I go easy, and just eye-ball it. If your shirt has a v-neck you can use the v as a center point at that helps center the design.
I am using an industrial heat press to apply the iron-on. I set the temperature to 315 and 30 seconds.
Center the t-shirt and image on the bottom heating plate of the heat press. Clamp the top down and begin the timer.
After the timer beeps, release the clamp and lift the top.
Shake the shirt lightly to cool the shirt so you can touch it. It gets really hot!!
Slowly peel back the iron-on backing. If the iron-on doesn’t stick you can reapply the backing and put it through the heat press again.
And that is all there is to it! Easy peasy! Now my daughter has a new reader shirt!
When I showed it to her she was so excited and said: “I have a new favorite shirt!”
Are you a reader too? What is your favorite book series? Share and leave a comment below!
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