Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes: DIY A Sweatshirt Using Color Chimp Glitter HTV + a FREE Cut File!

Main imageThe beginning of a new year is the perfect time to include a little extra motivation in your life and we've got the just project to help you do it!

This month's free hand-lettered cut file from Arlena over at Bossy Brushstrokes could not be more perfect to help you start the new year off on the right foot! For this project, we're pairing this cut file up with our Color Chimp Glitter HTV to create a cozy - and motivational - sweatshirt that will remind you that, actually, you can do ANYTHING. 

You’ll need:

Check out our full video tutorial of this project below (and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like this one!) or keep scrolling to find all the written step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: DesignCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - In DSUpload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt.  We sized our file to 6” tall. 

Step 2: Cutting Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - Vinyl On MatCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - MirrorApply the vinyl to your mat, with the shiny side facing down. Don't forget to mirror your design! Press the GO button on your machine to begin cutting.

Step 3: WeedingCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - WeedingOnce your machine is done cutting, use your weeding tool to remove all excess HTV from your design. We like to leave our HTV on our mat while weeding because it provides a nice, sticky surface to help catch our weeding scraps and makes clean up a bit easier. Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - Weeded

Step 4: Press Your Design

To help more easily align your design, fold your shirt in half and press a center line down the middle of your shirt. This will give you a visual marker to help you line up your design when you place it on your shirt. Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - PreheatNext, place your design on the shirt where ever you'd like it and press with medium pressure for 15 seconds at 320 degrees (Note: be sure to follow the pressing instructions for the brand and type of heat transfer vinyl you are using).Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - PlaceCraftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - Press

Step 5: Enjoy!Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - PeelCarefully peel away your carrier sheet and that’s it – you’re done! Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - CompleteSeriously, just look at this sparkly goodness! Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Jan 19 - CloseupAs 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 and be sure to follow her on Instagram.

Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Glitter heat transfer vinyl.

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