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 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.
Supplies for your homemade Unicorn T-Shirt
- Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Silhouette Cameo
- Cricut EasyPress, Heat Press, or Iron
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Weeding Tool
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.
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.
What Heat Settings Do I Use For Holographic HTV
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
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.
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.
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