LETS MAKE THIS CLEAR
The Vinyl Mom Shirt
I decided that my messy pony tail, no make up, disheveled house, I’m about to lose my sh*t, way of life needed a custom uniform. What better way to promote your chaotic life then clearly stating the reason why right on your shirt? BOY MAMA, am I right?! If the little two foot ball of energy on my hip wasn’t clear enough. I’ve noticed a rise in quotes and sayings displayed on t-shirts, not sure if it’s because of my new found mom title, or if I just haven’t been paying attention to fashion lately. They are literally everywhere, every store, on every person, so, I jumped on the bandwagon. I whipped up this bad mammer jammer with some appropriate blue glitter HTV and matte black HTV. I’m now on the road to having plenty of vinyl quotes on my shirts.
Every time I play around with vinyl I pray to the vinyl gods. I don’t always have the best of luck, for whatever reason. Today was a good day. Like a good crafter, I took a couple necessary precautional steps to ensure I was going to get the best cuts since I knew I was working with limited supplies of vinyl. I checked a couple sites to see what the best settings were, especially for the glitter HTV, that stuff can get pretty tricky. I also make sure I did a few test cuts before diving in too deep and really screwing up my chances of finishing this project. That has been my one saving grace with my projects lately, always do test cuts! I can not stress that enough. It will save you loads of supply and your sanity, or what is left of it.
Silhouette Heat Transfer Material (your choice of colors)
Step One: Create your Design
1. Open Silhouette Design Studio and create a new project
2. Design your text using the text of your choice
I used Antipasto in Extra Light for “Boy” and Bromello for “Mama.” Make sure you measure and decide what size you want your design to be before cutting.
3. Size your text to the appropriate size for your shirt
4. Remember to Flip Horizontally your entire design
4. Send to Silhouette to cut each piece
Make sure the glossy side of your HTV is facing down when you load it into your machine
Step Two: Weed your Design
1. Weed your design so that only your text is on the clear backing
2. Trim clear backing if needed
Since I used two different colors, I had to trim extra clear backing off so that I could align the text close enough to my liking.
Step Three: Iron Design on T-Shirt
- Place vinyl strips face down on t-shirt so that your text appears right side up
- Place a towel over your design
- Hold the iron over your design for 45-60 seconds with the heat no higher than 300 degrees (about Cotten setting)
- Lift the corner of your design up to see if it is adhering to your shirt. If it isn’t, hold the iron over your design again until it sticks
- Once vinyl is completely adhering, lift the clear backing off of design
Place Over Head and Wear
You are now officially apart of the mom’s club, an elite group of ladies who rock at taking care of their little monsters!