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Clothing DIY - Cricut - Easter

Easy DIY Toddler Easter Shirt and 15+ More FREE SVG Files

March 5, 2019

Spring is not complete without a DIY Toddler Easter Shirt for the cute babes in your life. Check out the FREE Easter SVG file and grab 15 more from our monthly free SVG blog hop.Create your own Easter Chick Magnet Toddle shirt with this free Easter SVG file. Get 15 more free Easter SVG files available for personal use. #totallyfreeavg #eastersvg #toddlereastershirt #eastershirt #toddlershirt #freesvg

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These monthly free SVG files myself and other bloggers have offered have been a huge hit with all of our readers. We’ve created everything from Christmas mugs, Valentine t-shirts, and cute tote bags all with our free SVG files.

Supplies for your Toddler Easter Shirt

Get your FREE Chick Magnet SVG file here.

Create your own Easter Chick Magnet Toddle shirt with this free Easter SVG file. Get 15 more free Easter SVG files available for personal use. #totallyfreeavg #eastersvg #toddlereastershirt #eastershirt #toddlershirt #freesvg
Using HTV on a shirt is very easy. After you have uploaded your SVG file into Design Space or you’ve uploaded the SVG file into the Silhouette software, you want to mirror your image before you cut.

Lay your HTV on the mat shiny side down. This carrier sheet will hold your entire image together for you. After you’ve cut, remove any unwanted HTV from the carrier sheet.

Prepare your toddler t-shirt for the HTV by preheating your fabric. This will remove the moisture from your fabric and allow the HTV to stick better and not lift.

Using a folded towel on a sturdy surface is perfect for pressing the HTV to your shirt. Do not use an ironing board. It is too bendy in the middle (that’s a term) and it doesn’t allow even heat to be distributed.

Follow manufacturers instructions on the heat settings so that you can be sure to get the right seal of the HTV.Create your own Easter Chick Magnet Toddle shirt with this free Easter SVG file. Get 15 more free Easter SVG files available for personal use. #totallyfreeavg #eastersvg #toddlereastershirt #eastershirt #toddlershirt #freesvg

That’s it! Grab the 16 FREE SVG files below from each blogger. These are available for personal use only.

Create your own Easter Chick Magnet Toddle shirt with this free Easter SVG file. Get 15 more free Easter SVG files available for personal use. #totallyfreeavg #eastersvg #toddlereastershirt #eastershirt #toddlershirt #freesvg

Clothing DIY - Cricut

A Trendy Childs T-Shirt and a FREE Unicorn SVG File

February 18, 2019

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Making a Unicorn shirt is as easy as 1, 2, 3 using this FREE unicorn SVG file. You’re going to make a believer out of your child once they see what you’ve made! Enjoy your new Unicorn T-Shirt by eating some Limited Edition Unicorn Magic Snack Pack Pudding Cups available at Walmart.

Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirtMy daughter, Leila, is obsessed with Unicorns. She’s as obsessed as an almost 9-year-old can be, to be honest. When I found these Unicorn Magic Snack Pack Pudding Cups at Walmart, I knew we had to have it. I swooped them up because they’re only available for a limited time and so while I was at Walmart, I grabbed everything else to make her this custom Unicorn shirt using my electronic cutter. Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt

Supplies for your homemade Unicorn T-Shirt

Click here to get your free Unicorn SVG File.

How To Cut Your FREE Unicorn SVG File

You’re going to begin by uploading your Unicorn SVG into your electronic cutting machines software.

After you’ve uploaded your Unicorn SVG, you’re going to want to resize it to fit on your child’s shirt. Select cut and you’re going to want to make sure your image is mirrored so that it cuts correctly before applying your HTV to the shirt.

Since this image does not have any writing, it’s ok if you forget. If you did decide to put some text on it and you didn’t mirror it, the text will be pressed backward on your shirt.

Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt
How To Cut Holographic Vinyl

Holographic Vinyl is thicker than standard HTV so there are a few tricks to get it to cut cleanly. If you have a Cricut, cutting Holographic Iron-On is fairly easy. Cricut has a setting in Design Space where you will select the Holographic Iron-On and hit cut.

On a Silhouette, cutting Holographic HTV is a little bit trickier. Since Silhouette doesn’t make their own, there really isn’t a setting for it. I chose the Heat Transfer, Metallic setting and my pressure up to 4 and it cut really smoothly.

You do not want to cut completely through the carrier sheet when using your electronic cutter. The carrier sheet is there to protect your image from the heat and it also holds all the small areas in place while you’re pressing.

How to Weed Vinyl

Weeding is the easiest part of making your own shirts but it’s also the most time consuming depending on how many accent pieces you have. You want to keep whatever part of the image you want on your shirt on the carrier sheet. If you accidentally pull up a piece that should have stayed, just set it aside until you’re completely done weeding and then you can stick it back on the carrier sheet before you press your design.

Because the holographic is a material laid on top of the holographic material, they can split a bit while weeding. Just peel slowly and you shouldn’t have any problems. Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt

What Heat Settings Do I Use For Holographic HTV

To learn how to press vinyl using an iron, click here.

If you’re going to be using an EasyPress, the heat you want for holographic vinyl is 330F. Preheat your cotton t-shirt for 5 seconds, lay your image down and you’ll press for 30 seconds, flip your material and press again for 15 seconds. You will want to remove the carrier sheet while the vinyl is still warm.

If there are some pieces lifting, you can press for just a few seconds longer to get those spots to adhere. Click here for more EasyPress settings and materials to find out what setting you should be using.

**Usually the heat settings are the same on a heat press as the EasyPress but double check with the manufacturer. Siser is a great website to visit for all heat settings, click here to learn Heat Press settings.

With any shirt you’re making, you want to preheat the fabric because this removes any excess moisture in the fibers and helps the HTV adhere and stay adhered.

If you can’t decide if you are wanting to use an iron, EasyPress or a Heat Press, Hey Let’s Make Stuff has an awesome comparison for you.Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirtMake the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt

How To Care For Your Garment After Applying HTV

Allow your garment to cure for at least 24 hours before washing it. To wash your Unicorn T-Shirt, turn it inside out to wash and I like to hang dry my items to make sure the warmth of the dryer doesn’t cause the HTV to peel up.

That’s it! It’s so incredibly easy to make your own Unicorn T-Shirt using this free Unicorn SVG file. 

To find everything I used, head to your local Walmart and swoop up these items. Be sure to grab the Limited Edition Unicorn Magic Snack Pack Pudding Cups and don’t forget the free tattoos inside! Make the most out of your magical day by using the printable family fun games that can be found on the Snack Pack website.Make the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirtMake the coolest unicorn shirt using this free unicorn SVG file that can be cut on your Silhouette or Cricut machine. Use your Cricut EasyPress to adhere the holographic HTV and enjoy your unicorn Snack Packs as you rock your awesome unicorn shirt. #unicornsvg #unicornshirt #cricutmade #silhouettecameo #freesvgfile #unicorncraft #kidsshirt #diytshirt

Clothing DIY - Cricut

Baby Moccasin Pattern with Cricut Leather

February 11, 2019

Infant Leather Moccasins are all the rage. They’re incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. Learn how to cut Cricut leather with you Cricut Maker and make your own baby shoes today.

Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoesThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My two youngest children had these shoes and they were really expensive to wear. If they’re a toddler, you can definitely get your money out of them but as an infant, they’re more for looks. Use some Cricut Leather to create your own at a fraction of the cost and make those baby feet irresistible.

But your baby is going to be the most stylish baby in the block by using this leather moccasin pattern that comes with a Cricut Access membership.

Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoesSupplies for your Cricut Leather Baby Shoes

How to assemble your Leather Moccasins

For these infant leather moccasins, you’re going to want to use a soft leather. You’re going to cut your vegan leather and animal leather the same way. I like Cricut Leather because it is soft and perfect for those baby toes.

Step One – Lay your leather smooth side down on your Cricut mat. If you find that your leather is grainy or won’t stick to the mat well, lay some transfer tape on the fuzzy side and then apply that side down on your Cricut mat.

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Cricut’s Genuine Leather is leather that I have found I like. The back has had most of the fuzz removed but it is still soft. Cricuts Genuine Leather is .4mm thick so it can be cut using the Deep Cut Blade but I 100% recommend using the Cricut Maker with the Rotary Blade or the Knife Blade.

When you cut leather with the Cricut Rotary Blade, you get a cleaner cut. The rotary blade isn’t pulling the leather like the Deep Cut Blade would do and so you’re not going to go through materials quickly.

Step Two – Open the Design Space project using this link here or search for it in Design Space.

Move your small white rollers all the way to the right so it doesn’t make a mark on your leather.

Place your Cricut Rotary Blade into your Adaptive Tool System and load your mat with the attached leather. Because the Genuine Leather setting does not allow you to choose the Rotary Blade, you’re going to have to adjust some settings.

I chose to edit the material settings for canvas. I just adjusted the force setting to 400 so that it would cut cleanly through. I chose more pressure before I cut as well. This gives an extremely clean cut. If you’re using a desktop computer and you have the knife blade, use that. This is a way that you can kind of jimmy rig your mobile device to cut the leather just as good as the Cricut Knife Blade.

Remove your cut baby shoe pattern from the mat and set aside.

Step Three – Take the fringed back piece and the larger rectangle and sew them right side to the wrong side along the solid leather.

Flip the fringes piece over itself and then create a loop so that the elastic will fit through. Sew about 1/2” from the top of the fringe piece.Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoesLearn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoes

Step Four – Take the small fringe piece and the toe piece and sew it on top of each other. You’re going to want to have them laying right side up. Stitch right along the top as close as you can. Then about 1/4″ below that, stitch another straight line. Be sure to reinforce the edges of each stitch.Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoes

Step Five – Find the center of the sole of the shoe and the large fringe back piece. Follow along the curve and clip them together in place. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edges.

Sometimes trying to get the Cricut leather to curve can be difficult.  If you need to, just do the sides and then hand stitch the back curve, that works just as well.

Step Six – Take the sole of the shoe and the toe piece and place them right sides together. Start by using a binder clip and place it in the center holding those two pieces together. Then follow along the curve of the toe and begin by stitching the shoes together using a 1/4″ seam.Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoes

Step Seven – Turn the shoe right way out and then use a dowel or a bone folder to push the leather seams out to smooth out the shoe.

Take a small safety pin and thread the elastic through the shoe and pull them taught. Sew a zig-zag stitch across both ends together and then clip. Tug at the top of the shoe to try and shimmy the elastic so that the part where they connected is hidden.Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoes

I like using my Rotary Blade to cut the Cricut Leather. If you have the Knife Blade, this will work just as well and I select the garment leather setting. To learn how to cut your Cricut Leather with the Cricut Knife blade, click here.

Learn how to cut leather using your Cricut. Use your Cricut Maker to make these adorable leather baby shoes using a leather moccasin pattern available in Cricut Design Space. Learn how to make the baby shoes for a fraction of the cost. #cricutleather #cricut #cricutmade #leathermoccasin #babyshoepattern #moccasins #babyshoes

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Clothing DIY - St. Patrick's Day

Lucky Periodic Table St Patricks Day Shirt + FREE SVG Files

February 5, 2019

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today.Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

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I’ve been enjoying making these free SVG files for you each month and so now we continue the tradition by making St Patricks Day SVF files for you to use. Please remember that these are personal use only files.

Supplies for your homemade St Patricks Day Shirt

I love all these talented women and I’m so glad that we come together once a month to offer you guys these free SVG files. I’ve made cups, I’ve made t-shirts, I’ve made costumes, I’ve made a lot of things with SVG files and they’re really fun to experiment with.

Click here for the free Lucky St Patrick’s Day Shirt SVG file

How do I upload an SVG file to my computer?

Uploading the SVG file to your computer is really easy. You’re going to want to click on the link above and then you’ll save the SVG file to your computer. Pay attention to where that file has saved. I like to save mine always to my desktop so that I know where I can easily find them. I move them to other folders after I’ve uploaded it into my Cricut or Silhouette software.

If you use an Apple system, your file will automatically unzip when you double-click on the folder. If you have a PC, you’re going to want to find a program that helps you unzip the file. You cannot upload zip folders into the Silhouette or Cricut software.

If you have a Cricut, follow these easy steps that Hey, Let’s Make Stuff shows or if you have a Silhouette, Persia Lou has a great tutorial.

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using an Iron, click here.

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using the Cricut EasyPress, click here.

To learn how easy it is to apply HTV using a Heat Press, click here.

Making this easy DIY St Patricks Day Shirt is so easy and can be completed in minutes by using your Silhouette or Cricut machines. Grab the free St Patricks Day SVG files below to make your own today. #totallyfreeSVG #stpatricksdayshirt #stpatricksdaysvg #luckySVG #cricut #silhouette #heattransfervinyl

Birthday Parties - Crafting DIY - Cricut

DIY Space Party 3D Paper Spaceships

January 6, 2019

Create the coolest 3D Paper Spaceships for your next Outer Space Party. It’s the perfect addition to your tablescape and really easy to put together. And find out why I love my Xyron Creative Station.3d paper spaceships

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I have had the honor of being on Xyron’s Design Team the last 9 months and today is my last project of the year for them. I’m going to be having a space party next week and so I wanted to add some space decor to the table to coordinate everything. These 3D paper spaceships are perfect!

What is a Xyron Creative Station?

A Xyron Creative Station is a crafting adhesive that turns your paper into an automatic sticker. It comes in a 5″ size where you can use the 3″ and 5″ refills or a 9″ size which you can use the 5″ and 9″ refills. There are several kinds of cartridges you can find from permanent to removable adhesive or create some laminated magnets or just laminate without heat.

Xyron is one of my favorite companies to use when I have small pieces I need to adhere to something. Usually, I will cut an item that is really detailed and a liquid glue just can’t seem to work very well and often times it soaks the fine cardstock and then you lose the details in your project.

The Xyron Creative Station is perfect for small and large jobs. Below I used it for adhering the cardstock to my 3D paper spaceships but I’ve also used it to make some 3D scrapbook layouts, felt stickers, and some pretty intricate cards for Mothers Day.

This is by far the most versatile Xyron item but it well worth the investment. If you’re really just looking to make tiny pieces into stickers, the 1″ sticker maker is perfect for that. I found, though, that after I purchased my 1″, I moved to a 3″ and then to a 5″ and now I just use my 9″ Creative Station for everything.

Give your past crafts a look and see what Xyron product would be most beneficial to you.

How to make your 3D Paper Rockets

I used my Cricut Maker and created a file in Cricut Design Space. For these paper spaceships, I used my Cricut Knife Blade and some 2mm thick chipboard. Begin by opening the file and getting your paper set out.

I used this “Blast Off” line paper by My Minds Eye and it has the perfect holographic pattern and a minimalistic space theme. I’ve got the matching napkins and a little moon cake that I cannot wait to show you!  supplies to make a paper spaceship

Supplies for your 3D Paper Spaceships

So I began by cutting out my 3D spaceships with the chipboard. I created this file in Cricut Design Space and created a slit that was .1″ wide so that it was wide enough to have the chipboard snug with the scrapbook paper adhered.  cutting adhesive roll off Xyron creative stationAfter I cut matching pieces out of cardstock and my stars, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station.

How do I make a piece of paper float on a craft?

Begin with the stars. Cut a piece of twine or fishing wire about 3.5″ long. Lay your string on the back of the star and adhere the other side over it. You’ll have two halves put together with a string in the middle. This will help create a floating look on your 3D paper spaceships.  placing invisible thread on yardstick adhering cardstock to Cricut chipboard hook 3d paper model togetherPlace the star in the middle of your chipboard spaceship piece and then lay the cardstock over the chipboard. This will secure the star so that it is actually “floating” on your paper spaceships. Place the other cardstock over the coordinating pieces of chipboard and then place the two slits together so it is standing straight.

3d chipboard paper spaceships

Clothing DIY - Cricut - Valentine's Day

Custom T-Shirt for Valentines Day – FREE Heart Throb SVG

January 4, 2019

Make a Custom T-Shirt for Valentines Day with this super cute free Valentine SVG file. Make it for a toddler or that natural heartthrob in your life. Use your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother Scan ‘N Cut to create this easy Valentine T-Shirt.

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I love making seasonal SVG files and for the past few months I made a Baby, It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside mug and my New Year, Same Mess t-shirt. I wanted to create a boy version of what I’m planning on showing you on Tuesday (it’s super cute). Create this easy custom t-shirt in no time.

How do I make a custom t-shirt?

To make your own custom t-shirt you’re going to need a few essentials. You’re going to need an electronic cutting machine and some Heat Transfer Vinyl (also known as Iron On or HTV). You will also need a weeding tool, heat press, Cricut EasyPress or an Iron.

To learn how to apply HTV in layers and with an Iron, click here.

You want something that has zero steam. You can use your iron but be sure that the temperature is correct and the steam function is off. Read your manufacturers instructions on what temperature to use and if your HTV is cold or hot peel.

When cutting your image from a Cricut or Silhouette, you need to be sure that the mirror function is on. You want to cut it in mirror mode and then you will weed or peel off what you do not want on your t-shirt. You do not want your image to cut completely through the carrier sheet.

Your entire image will be on the carrier sheet. Obviously, each color is different here so I had three images on three separate carrier sheets. I started with the Heart saying and then pressed for around 20 seconds, then the black for 20 and then the grey for 30 seconds, turned the shirt over and pressed for another 15 seconds.

When using multiple colors of HTV, you want to be sure that whatever you pressed before is covered before you press the next image. Just use the carrier sheet that you peeled off first and lay it over the red after you have laid the black image down.

Just to be clear, start with your red and press 20 seconds, peel off the carrier sheet from the red image and then lay your black image down. Place the carrier sheet from the red back over the areas that would be exposed when you’re pressing the black image. Do the same for the grey heart to ensure that the black and red are covered again.

Supplies needed to make your own custom t-shirt

heart throb valentine t-shirt

Christmas - Cricut - Home DIY

The Cutest Homemade Christmas Farmhouse Pillow and FREE SVG File

December 19, 2018

Having a farmhouse Christmas is something new in decorations that I am trying this year. Learn how easy it is to make your very own farmhouse pillow for Christmas and grab the free SVG file to make it on your Cricut, Silhouette or Brother.

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I’ve changed up my Christmas decor to be more farmhouse by adding more felt banners, white snowflakes and just a more homey look all around. I love this Merry Everything pillow and I’m also contemplating if I should leave it up year round so I can say goodbye to the Debbie Downers.

Supplies for your Christmas Farmhouse Pillow

Upload your image into your design software. Cricut Design Space is extremely new user-friendly. Silhouette America’s software is a lot like Adobe Illustrator. Now that I’m becoming more familiar in Adobe Illustrator, it’s making me more confident in using Silhouette’s software.

You want to be sure to mirror your image before you cut. You’re going to not want to cut completely through the carrier sheet of your Iron On because it will hold your image together and have protection between your Iron On and the heating vessel.
If you’re going to adhere your HTV with an Iron, use these instructions here. If you’re going to use a Cricut EasyPress, use these settings available here.

Pay attention to the material you are pressing on. It always depends what material you’re pressing your image on and what type of Iron On Vinyl you’re using. A lot of the shinier, metallic HTV requires a cold peel method which some people say to wait 30 minutes to be safe. This will prevent your HTV from wrinkling.

For the most part, most HTV is warm peel so after you’ve pressed your image, remove the carrier sheet right after. Be careful not to burn yourself. It’s helpful to have a pair of tweezers on hand when you’re going to be using this method

How do I keep my Iron On Vinyl from lifting after washing them?

After you’ve pressed your image, be sure to wash your items inside out and on a gentle cycle to prevent the HTV from lifting. Hang dry your Christmas farmhouse pillow to make it last longer. Care is just as important as the application so follow all of the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Christmas - Cricut - Home DIY

Easiest Way to Make Your Own Custom Doormat and a FREE Happy Holidays SVG File

December 18, 2018

Have you wanted to learn how to make your own custom doormat? Use these tips and tricks to learn the easiest way to get crisp lines on your doormat and while you’re at it, download the FREE Happy Holidays SVG file to cut with your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother ScanNCut.

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There are a few things to know before you make your custom doormat and I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks to achieve crisp lines, reduce bleeding from your paints and how to save you time.

Supplies for your DIY custom doormat

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A few weeks ago I made this Hocus Pocus Spell Book Doormat and I learned a lot of things you shouldn’t do while making a personalized doormat.

Don’t use stencil vinyl. It will not stick to the fibers in these types of doormats. You want to use something that you’ll be able to get a good adhesion while also allowing crisp lines when you’re painting your doormat.

What should I use when painting a doormat?

You want to use some freezer paper. I linked to my favorite above and it fits perfectly in a Cricut or Silhouette. This Happy Holidays SVG file can be uploaded to any electronic cutting software. I don’t know much about the Brother ScanNCut but I do know that you will have to have the designer edition of Silhouettes software which is an extra expense.

To upload a photo or SVG file into Cricut Design Space is free. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. I like uploading SVG files better than PNG or JPEG files because everything is done for me and I don’t need to do any additional edits. To see how to upload an image into Design Space, click here.

How do I make stencils with freezer paper?

You can use an x-acto knife when cutting freezer paper or an electronic cutter. To make a stencil with your freezer paper, lay your printed image on a cutting mat and then lay the freezer paper shiny-side down on top. Cut your freezer paper over the image and you’ve made a stencil.

To cut freezer paper with your Cricut or Silhouette, lay your freezer paper shiny-side facing down on the cutting mat. Cut it as you would regular vinyl and then weed the image while it is still on the mat.

How do I iron freezer paper?

Lay your image on your surface shiny-side down and use the cotton setting on your iron with no steam. You want to press well so that you have no lifting on any of your pieces so that the ink doesn’t bleed through.

Any middle areas of letters just place them where they should go and press again with your iron.

Use some appropriate ink and use a foam stippling brush to put your ink on the areas. If you’re using fabric ink or regular acrylic craft ink, pay attention to the instructions on how to use them.

To stencil, you want to have a plate of your ink and then an open area so that you can blot off the excess ink. When stenciling, the less the better. You’d want to have to paint more than getting a blob of paint and risk bleeding.

How long should I wait before removing freezer paper?

Allow your ink to dry completely before peeling your freezer paper off your custom doormat. I like to wait at least fifteen minutes if I’m using acrylic paint. If you use fabric paint, wait 30 minutes and then set it again with the iron.

The same technique can be used on t-shirts but you will need to use fabric paint for that.

That’s it! That is how easy it is to make your own custom doormat. It’s inexpensive and you can make it match any holiday.