I love using HTV on napkins. They can be fabric or paper napkins and the HTV holds up so well to all the rough wear and tear of meals. Make custom St Patricks Day napkins to make your tablescape pop.
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I learned a trick from my friend Charynn of Pineapple Paper Company. If you can’t find any napkins that match your decor, make them! These custom St Patricks Day napkins were a breeze to make using some Iron On Vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo.
Supplies for your custom St Patricks Day napkins –
If you want a more formal looking tablescape, use some HTV on plain fabric napkins and they can be used year after year. I love this kind of speckled holographic vinyl for these St Patricks Day napkins because it looks like a bunch of gold coins piled together. Use any HTV you have on hand or grab some of this cause it’s perfect!
I cut this on my new Silhouette Cameo and it was fun using one again after only having a Cricut for a few years. Truth be told, I still like the way my Cricut cuts better but it is nice to have both for comparisons for all of you.
Just cut out the shape and have it mirrored before you cut. I used the Heat Transfer Vinyl, Foil setting and took the blade up to a 4 to cut it smoothly. It was only one pass and weeding it was really easy.
Press using a steamless iron or a Cricut EasyPress. I use it on the lowest heat setting and press firmly for 10 seconds at a time. Turn it over and get a good press for about 5-10 seconds and then remove the carrier sheet.
That’s it. These St Patricks Day napkins are perfect for a lucky table setting and lucky friends and family.
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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.
My daughter, Leila, is obsessed with Unicorns. She’s as obsessed as an almost 9-year-old can be, to be honest. When I found theseUnicorn 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter is busy enough as it is but you’ve got to learn ways to help you combat sickness so you won’t add more stress to the holiday season. Here are some tips & tricks to help you stay healthy in the winter months and how to get your Vick’s Holiday Fix.
This conversation is sponsored by Vick’s available at Walmart. All opinions are my own and this post does contain affiliate links.
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you’ll know that my son Malakai was born 16 weeks early. That’s right on the cusp of survival. In fact, he only had a 10% chance of surviving. He was born at the end of September and so going into the winter months we had to be conscious of us staying healthy so he wouldn’t get sick.
Washing your hands in the NICU was just like a doctor scrubbing in for surgery. You’re given their anti-bacterial soap and a one-time use scrub brush. Wearing jewelry was not recommended and fake nails were also a no-no. Things like those can harbor germs and just add to an already complicated journey.
I decided then, and we still implement them today, that we needed to take precautionary steps to avoid illness and the spreading of germs in the winter months.
For two years he got a Synagis shot which geared up his immune system to fight off RSV. It worked but still when he would get a cold, it just takes him longer to fight it off. A cold for me lasts 7-10 days, he takes over two weeks to get over it.
Depending on what surface you’re going to put your first aid SVG file you’re going to want HTV for fabric and be sure to mirror the image before you cut, or you’ll want standard vinyl if you’re putting your first aid image on plastic or wood and you do not need to mirror your image.
Be sure to follow manufacturers instructions before you apply your vinyl to make sure you’re using it correctly.
Gather your Vicks Nyquil with VapoCOOL and your Vicks VaporRub and place it inside your DIY First-Aid Kit. Don’t forget your band-aids, gauze, and some Bacitracin so that you’re covered for any cuts.
Tips & Tricks for Staying Healthy in the Winter
Stay inside as much as possible –
I know this is hard with little ones but the more you stay inside, the less you are susceptible to catching germs. You can easily do this more nowadays with Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service.
Shopping online and choosing online grocery pick-up is so convenient. I just add items to my cart from grocery.walmart.com and choose when I can pick it up. Walmart will have everything ready to go for me and load it up in my car right in the parking lot.I haven’t been the same since I was introduced to Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service. Find ways to save on Vicks products at Walmart below.
Keep your medications organized –
When you are sick, the last thing you want to be doing is looking for the medication that you need. Organize your medications using some bins in a closet or under your sink in the bathroom. Use a label maker and mark each bin with what they contain. Be prepared before you get hit with the cold bug.
Use Vicks’ new VapoCOOL formula –
Grab some of your go-to Vicks products with the new VapoCOOL, available at Walmart, to get the relief of your illness with the rush of Vick’s vapors. Keep your symptoms at bay so that you can get all you need to get done this holiday season. My go-to is Vicks NyQuil with VapoCOOL so that I can get a good nights rest before the festivities start gearing up.
Wash Your Hands –
This one is a no-brainer but we still need reminding when it comes to keeping our hands clean. Keep some mini hand sanitizer bottles in your purse or your desk so that you can kill germs at all times. This small bottle of sanitizer cost me less than $1 at my local Walmart. I grabbed a few to keep in the car and my bedside table.
Stay Warm –
I see a reflection of my mother in myself when I’m constantly telling the kids that they shouldn’t wear shorts when its 30ºF outside. Grab some cozy socks that are just for slipping on when getting into bed at night or a comfy pair of thermal pajamas. Winter gloves are also a must-have and also be sure to keep spare pairs in your car or your purse so you’re never without them.
The air is so dry in the winter and since I live in Utah, it’s dry all year-round. I like to use a humidifier in all of our rooms to keep from having our throats dry up and our grossness wet so that we can cough it up. I prefer the cool-mist humidifiers and we have them on almost all winter long.
I use the Vicks VapoRub in addition to the humidifier so that we can have some relief on our chests and I am able to get some good deep breaths in.
Ways to save on Vicks at Walmart:
$1 off any Vicks product at Walmart (except drops, Sinex, and ZzQuil) – BrandSAVER coupon from the 11/25 newspaper
$1 off Vicks Nyquil at Walmart – iBotta offer
$0.75 off Vicks VapoDrops at Walmart – iBotta Offer
Bonus $1.25 rebate when you use both iBotta offers
I love using the Ibotta app to get rebates on my shopping. Just scan in your receipt and see the savings start rolling in.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vicks. The opinions and text are all mine.
Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt.
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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.
We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court. No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.
But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!
Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.
Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.
After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.
Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.
What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?
It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.
A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.
What if I don’t want a workout shirt?
Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.
We all love Christmas but we love it more when our kids look the part. Create this children’s Christmas shirt using the FREE Christmas SVG file.
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Malakai has been all over the place lately. I often wonder how I ever did parenting with three kids, not in school and my house was clean. I blame the cleanliness on one thing – we have too much crap laying around here. While cleaning out drawers of old clothes I came upon this red baseball tee. I figured it was perfect to make Malakai a cute Christmas alphabet shirt with this free Christmas SVG file.
So now that Malakai is in preschool, he’s starting to learn his letters. I made these letters in the shape of a tree to bring in more excitement for Christmas.
This free Christmas SVG file doesn’t need to be used for a toddler shirt. Place it on a wood plank or even a shirt for you.
Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?
The best places I have found to get FREE Christmas SVG files is blogs. Use Google, use Pinterest, use Etsy as inspiration. Just search for free SVG files and the item you’re looking for and things will pop-up like crazy.
Grab these wooden leaves at your local Target and then use your Cricut Machine and EasyPress to customize it just in time for Thanksgiving. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love swinging into Target and checking out their Dollar Spot. Things are getting a little out of control with their “dollar” concept but sometimes they have awesome things for less than you’d expect to pay. That’s where I found this wooden leaf that was blank so I can use my Cricut machine to personalize it. Create this custom Fall wood sign today.
Easy peasy. Just cut your image using your Cricut machine and then weed the vinyl so that your image is on the carrier sheet. Warm up your EasyPress to 315ºF and preheat your wooden leaf for 5 seconds. Lay your image onto your wooden leaf cutout and press for an additional 40 seconds. Remove the carrier sheet and then add some ribbon or accents to the rope. I just have this sitting on a shelf but if you wanted to have it as a door hanger, just switch it upside down.
Can I use Foil Heat Transfer Vinyl or Iron-On Vinyl on wood?
No. There are some things that Cricut doesn’t recommend but you can usually do it but using foil iron-on vinyl on wood just won’t stay. The adhesive on the back of the foil HTV just doesn’t attach as well as the Everyday Iron-On does. It will lift where it doesn’t attach and stretch and tear. I included a picture for reference. It’s so easy to make this custom fall wood sign using your Cricut and the Cricut EasyPress. The small EasyPress 2 is really handy and I have found that I use that one 95% of the time. I do a lot of sewing and so using the small EasyPress 2 on seams is a time saver. Check out other Fall crafts that your Cricut can make below.