Crafty Shirt Design
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Crafty Shirt Design

If you are DIY obsessed like I am, this crafty shirt design is made just for you! Remember the song—If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! It’s a play on words, and I bet the song is stuck in your head now. LOL! This shirt is a perfect gift and a total conversation starter! I wear mine and people always comment on it! Here are simple instructions on how you can make one for yourself!

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Locate Your Design

  1. Type out your text using both the LW Fancy Font (Design ID#86685) and the Bestlight Script Font (Design ID#264616) in your library and double-click to open the design in Silhouette Studio®.
  2. Adjust the size of the design by selecting it entirely and dragging the outer corner to make it larger or smaller. According to the size of your shirt, you’ll want to adjust your shape to complement its size.
  3. I used the LW Fancy Font at 95 pt size and put the “crafty” on an angle. Remember to open the Modify panel, select the word “crafty,” and click weld so that your font becomes one graphic.
  4. Now that your design is ready to go, you are all set to cut your design.

Step Two: Cut and Assemble

  1. Whenever you are cutting heat transfer, you want to make sure that you cut it correctly. Remember to mirror your image before you cut it! Thankfully I have the latest version of Silhouette Studio® and the CAMEO 3, and the software asks me BEFORE it sends the cut to the machine if I want to mirror the image. This is PRICELESS.
  2. Load your heat transfer into your machine or place it on a cutting mat. Then in the Send panel of Silhouette Studio®, make sure to select the correct material (smooth heat transfer, in this case). It will then tell you what to adjust your blade to. If you’ve got an AutoBlade, then you don’t need to adjust your blade.
  3. Once your design is loaded, send it to cut.
  4. After your design is cut, weed the excess material away to leave only the phrase. Make sure you also remove the centers of the letters.
  5. Iron on your design with a cloth pressed between the design and the iron. Use a low-heat setting on your iron or a heat press. I find that if you wait about 60 seconds for the design to cool prior to peeling the plastic sheet off, you will have an easy time removing it from the shirt. If the design has not adhered fully, just repeat the ironing process until it is completely ironed on.

I have to say something about the metallic heat transfer material may be the EASIEST heat transfer material I have ever used. It went on so quickly and transferred perfectly!

I hope you all LOVE this new crafty shirt design and make these shirts too! You can use any color combination but I loved how the black shirt and the gold metallic heat transfer really pop together! Until next time friends!

Jessica Belvedere – Live Like a Mother

Jessica Belvedere

Jessica Belvedere is the owner and creative behind Live Like A Mother. She has an extensive background in graphic design and changing diapers. The LLAM blog is where she gives her insight on how to be a chic mom in the middle of the mess, interior design tips, cooking for kids and throwing the perfect (yet realistic) party. She is passionate about creating a place for moms to visit, vent, get design freebies, and shop for fun gifts for themselves or to share with other moms who they adore! When she isn’t doodling on her ipad pro or creating for LLAM, you will find her cooking or having a tea party with her two sassy daughters. When the kids are asleep she enjoys spinning a vinyl with her handsome hubby and she savors a glass lemon zinger tea (her favorite) with her gal pals for a GNO. Most importantly she believes it's vital to Live Like a Mother.

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4 comments

  1. Hello! What precautions should I have when washing my blouse?

    1. Hi Sharon! First, let your material sit without washing for at least 24 hours after you adhere the heat transfer to it. Do not dry clean it. Wash and dry the item inside out. Use cold or warm water temperature settings to wash it (Not hot!). Dry on low tumble or hang dry. Good luck!

    2. I waited to wash it..but I didn’t do the inside out trick and I dried it regularly and it was just the way it was when I made it! PERFECT!!! 🙂

      1. That works too! 🙂

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