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Calling All Coffee Lovers: DIY The Perfect Coffee Date Shirt with Iron-On Vinyl

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes You Had Me At Coffee Main

Busy morning, late nights, long days - whatever you've got going on - we can all agree, sometimes you just need a little caffeination! If you're a coffee lover, you're definitely going to love today's project! 

We're using this month's gorgeous hand-lettered SVG cut file from Bossy Brushstrokes and our Color Chimp Luxe heat transfer vinyl to create a cute shirt you'll want to wear on all your coffee dates! 

You’ll need:

  • Blank shirt (we grabbed a style with a pocket but you can easily use any shirt you'd like)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl in White
  • Weeding Tool
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • You had me at coffee SVG file (download here)

Step 1: Design

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Design Space 1 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Design Space 2

Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt.  We sized our file to 2.5” tall x 3.165" wide to fit our pocket. After you resize, you'll want to select all of the layers in your layers panel and Weld.   

Step 2: Cutting

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Ready to cut 

Apply your vinyl to your mat, being sure to place the shiny side towards your mat. Mirror your design so that it is cut in reverse and then let your machine get to cutting! *HINT: Don't forget to mirror your vinyl when working with HTV*

Step 3: Weeding

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Ready to Weed  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Weeded Design

After your machine has finished cutting the design, remove the HTV from your mat. I like to cut away any excess material around my design so I can reuse it on another project (yes, I'm a scrap hoarder!). Then use your weeding tool to remove all the negative pieces.

Step 4: Press Your Design

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Ready To Press Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Pressed

Preheat your shirt for a few seconds with your iron or heat press.  Then place your design on your shirt and press. Our shirt is a cotton, poly blend so we pressed with medium pressure for 4 seconds at 300 degrees. You always want to be sure to follow the pressing instructions for the brand and type of heat transfer vinyl you are using because it can vary from brand to brand and with different fabrics.

Step 5: Peel away your carrier sheet and enjoy!

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Close Up

One of the great things about our Color Chimp Luxe line is that you can peel it warm or cold - so no waiting around for your shirt to cool before you get to peel your carrier sheet off!

And that's it - you've now got the perfect shirt to wear on all your coffee dates! 

As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at BossyBrushstrokes.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram.


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