Welcome to Day 11 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today I’m showing you how to make your own custom Christmas t-shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).  I love using HTV.  It’s easy to cut, easy to peel, and it makes the finished project look so professional! Read on for the full tutorial.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called Gnome for the Holidays. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 11.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

Open the design in your software program.  Size the design to fit on your t-shirt.  I sized mine to 9″ wide and left the height proportional.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Since we are using Heat Transfer Vinyl, you will need to mirror the design before cutting it. You’ll also want to put the clear shiny carrier sheet on your mat.

Once everything is cut, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to remove the pieces inside of the letters.

STEP 3: APPLY HEAT TRANSFER VINYL TO T-SHIRT

Start by folding the t-shirt in half and pressing with an iron or heat press to form a crease down the middle.

Unfold the shirt and place the white htv on it.  Then, add the others layers.  They don’t have to be matched up perfectly, you just want to get an idea of what the finished design will look like.

Now, fold the design in half and make a crease down the middle of the clear carrier sheet.

Unfold the vinyl and match up the crease on the carrier sheet with the crease on the shirt.  Now your design should be centered.  Remove all the layers of htv except the white layer.

Use your iron or easy press and press the white vinyl for 3-5 seconds.

Then, pull off the clear carrier sheet.

Next, add the layer of buffalo check htv.

Place a teflon sheet over the top and press for 3-5 seconds.

Repeat the above steps with the nose and shoes.  This time, you’ll want to press the design for about 15 second.

And that’s how easy it is to make your own Christmas t-shirt!

 

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