Making T Shirts
Making T Shirts with your Cricut Maker is an awesome way to express yourself. The best part is that they’re easy to craft!
Before anything else, you’ll need a design for your shirt. Cricut Design Space offers plenty of free templates that you can find.
Start with a Design
Design is an intentional plan to meet a particular purpose. Whether your aim is to make something better, more functional or visually pleasing, there is an effective design for it.
There are multiple ways to design with a Cricut machine. You can select from pre-designed templates or start from scratch by creating your own masterpiece.
No matter which option you select, it is critical to follow the instructions. closely in order to guarantee a high-quality end result. Failure to abide by these guidelines could result in damage to your project and require another round of revisions and testing.
To get started, open Cricut Design Space and create your project. You can select a template for your t shirt or start from scratch by designing an original design.
Making T Shirts With Your Cricut Maker – Cut the Design
Cricut Makers are cutting machines that let you craft projects like stickers, decals, cutouts and more with ease. But what sets the Cricut apart from other crafters is its capability to cut your own designs. Also by giving you total creative control over the outcome.
Print Then Cut is one of Cricut’s premier features, making it essential to learning how to use this function. Learning how to utilize this helpful feature will make a huge difference in the quality and speed of your finished products.
Once your design is printed from your home printer, load it onto the Cricut mat and click continue to cut. Make sure all material is being cut through before moving on to the next pass.
Once the gray material has been cut, you can apply your design to your project with weeded vinyl or heat transfer vinyl – also known as iron-on vinyl due to its heat-activated adhesion.
Weed the Design
Weeding your design is the process of taking off excess vinyl from cut vinyl pieces, such as inside letters. While this can be a tedious and time-consuming part of creating custom apparel, there are some easy tricks to make the job simpler!
Cricut takes care of most the hard work for you, but you still need to be cautious not to tear or sta yourself while weeding. That’s where these tips and tricks come in handy!
Washi tape, a low tack option, can be effective for removing stubborn bits of vinyl. Try dabbing the tape onto hard to reach places and then gently moving it upwards and downwards against the area you wish to remove.
Another helpful tip is to use an old tissue box as a container for holding your weeded pieces as you go. This keeps them organized and prevents them from flying all over your workspace!
Making T Shirts With Your Cricut Maker – Apply the Design
Your Cricut Maker can help you design fun T-shirts using iron-on vinyl. Choose from an array of colors and materials to make a shirt that’s uniquely yours!
The initial step in designing a design is creating one. You can use templates from Cricut Design Space or start from scratch with an empty canvas.
Once your design is finalized, it’s time to cut it out. Open your Cricut design in Design Space and click “Make it.”
This will bring up the Prepare Screen. On this screen, ensure all colors of your design have been divided between two mats and that mirroring is enabled for both layers.
When ready to cut, place your design on the cutting mat with its shiny liner side down (sticky side up). Press firmly for 30 seconds with firm pressure.