Welcome to day 14 of my 25 days of Craftmas series. Today, I’m showing you how to make this grunge look Christmas T-shirt. I love the look of grunge designs! It’s a great way to get the look of an old worn project, without having to distress anything. I spend a lot of time making the grunge designs as easy as possible to weed, so you get the grunge look without spending tons of time weeding.  Read on for the full tutorial.

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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 Grunge Farm Fresh Christmas Trees BA1831. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2021 Category-Day 14.


Open the design in your software program and resize it so it fits on your shirt.  I sized my design to 8.5″ wide.

Since we are using heat transfer vinyl, you’ll need to mirror the design before you send it to your machine to cut.

Be sure to place the heat transfer vinyl onto your cutting mat with the shiny side facing down. Then, cut out the design.

Just a little note, these grunge designs can take extra long to cut. So, be patient.

Weed away the excess vinyl from around the design. Start in the corner and use a weeding tool to separate the vinyl from the clear carrier sheet.

Keep pulling up on the vinyl until you’ve removed all the excess from around your design.

Use the weeding tool to help remove the excess vinyl from inside the letters and shapes.

I make these designs so that almost all the grungy pieces come up on the first big peel or with the insides of the letters. There are just a few spots that you might have to go back and weed, but the whole design took me about 5 minutes to weed.

Once you’ve removed all the excess vinyl, you can flip over your design to see what it will look like. Now, we are ready to apply the design to the 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.

Grab the design and fold it in half and make a crease down the middle of the clear carrier sheet. For this design, you can match up the lines at the bottom and then fold it in half.

Match up the crease on the carrier sheet with the crease on the shirt. Now your design should be centered. I like to position my designs 2-3 inches below the neckline of the shirt.

Apply heat and pressure to the design according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Once you’ve applied even pressure to the entire design, you can carefully remove the carrier sheet.  If the shirt is a little discolored after adding heat, it should go away within a few minutes.

And that’s it, now you have a super cool grunge t-shirt for Christmas!



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