Create a Custom Shirt Using Flocked HTV and a Hand-Lettered Cut File

Flock HTV Summer Lovin flocked MAIN

Summer might be winding down but we're doing our best to keep that summer lovin' alive with today's project. 

Arlena from Bossy Brushstrokes came through, yet again, with an amazing hand-lettered cut file for you guys this month and we're pairing it up with our brand new Color Chimp Flock HTV to create a cute summer shirt, perfect for those cooler nights to come. 

You’ll need:

  • Blank shirt (we found a tropical print long-sleeve at Old Navy but you can use any shirt you'd like!)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Color Chimp Flock Heat Transfer Vinyl in White
  • Weeding Tool
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • Summer Lovin' SVG file (download here)

We decided to do a little something different this week and put together a video tutorial to walk you through how to cut and weed your design.  

Step 1: Design

 Flock HTV Summer Lovin Design Space

Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt.  We sized our file to 7” wide.  

Step 2: Cutting

Flock HTV Summer Lovin cut file 

Apply your vinyl to your mat (shiny side down), mirror your design, and press the GO button on your machine to begin cutting. *TIP: Don't forget to always MIRROR your design when using heat transfer vinyl*

Step 3: Weeding

Flock HTV Summer Lovin weeding

Once your machine is done cutting, remove the heat transfer vinyl from your mat and cut away the area with your design. Use your weeding tool to weed away any remaining pieces.

Flock HTV Summer Lovin place

Step 4: Press Your Design

Flock HTV Summer Lovin press 1 Flock HTV Summer Lovin press2

Using your heat press or iron, preheat your shirt for a few seconds.  Then place your design on your shirt where ever you'd prefer 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!

Flock HTV Summer Lovin done Flock HTV Summer Lovin flocked

Carefully peel away your carrier sheet and that’s it – you’re done! Just look at that flocked goodness! 

Want to see us cutting and weeding this project in real time? You're in luck! Check out our video tutorial of this project (and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like this one!):

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 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 Flock heat transfer vinyl.



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