With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, this DIY sweatshirt is the perfect addition to your cool-weather wardrobe. Add this month's free, hand-lettered cut file from the lovely Bossy Brushstrokes and we bet you'll be wearing this baby all season long.
So grab a cup of coffee and cozy up for this fun tutorial!
- Blank shirt (we're using quarter-zip pullover from Old Navy but you can use any blank you'd like!)
- Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker)
- Color Chimp Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl (we used Grey for this project)
- Weeding Tool
- Heat Press or Iron
- Kindness & Caffeine SVG cut file (download here)
Step 1: Design
Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt. Since we used a quarter-zip sweatshirt, we sized our design to 4" wide.
Step 2: Cutting
Apply the vinyl to your mat, with the carrier sheet facing down. TIP: If you're having a hard time telling which side is the carrier sheet, use your finger to gently peel back a tiny corner of the material to see which side is the material and which side is the plastic carrier sheet.
Don't forget to mirror your design! Press the GO button on your machine to begin cutting.
Step 3: Weeding
Once your machine is done cutting, it's time to weed your design! Because of its fuzzy texture, our flocked HTV is super easy to weed. We like to use our fingers to pull away the larger sections of excess material and then go back through with our weeding tool to remove the smaller, more intricate parts of the design.
Step 4: Press Your Design
Place your design in the desired location on the shirt 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).
Step 5: Enjoy!
Gently peel away your carrier sheet and that’s it – you’re done!
IMPORTANT: Our Color Chimp Flock HTV should be peeled cool. After you've pressed your design, wait for it to cool a bit before you peel away your carrier sheet.
How fun is this fuzzy texture?!
Now pull on your new sweatshirt, grab your coffee mug and find a way to spread a little extra kindness today!
As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, or over on social media using the hashtag #GetCraftey! 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.
And if you're looking for more project ideas, inspiration or free cut files head over to the Craftey Community site and join in on the fun!