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DIY Swimsuit with Color Chimp Stretch HTV + A Free Hand-Lettered Cut File

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit MAIN

Summer is HERE, friends and we could not be more excited! We've been on a major summer-inspired crafting kick these last few weeks so when we saw this month's free hand-lettered cut file from Arlena over at Bossy Brushstrokes we knew exactly what we wanted to do with it!

We've been wanting to use our Color Chimp Stretch HTV on a swimsuit for a while now and Arlena's gorgeous sea-themed cut file couldn't have been more perfect for this project. Follow along below to find out how you can make some fun custom swimwear for yourself. 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - supplies

You’ll need:

Step 1: Design

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Upload to DesignSpace

Upload the Let the Sea Set You Free SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your bathing suit.  We sized our file to 6.5 inches wide.

Step 2: Cutting 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Load Mat

Place the vinyl on your mat, with the shiny side facing down. The shiny side is your carrier sheet and it is what you'll use to transfer your final design to your suit (think of it as transfer tape for HTV).

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Design Space Remember to Mirror

Don't forget to mirror your design! Press the GO button and start cutting.

Step 3: Weeding

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Weeding 1

Once your machine is done cutting, use your weeding tool to remove all of the excess HTV from your design. 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Weeding 2

Your finished design should look like this:

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Weeding Complete

Step 4: Press Your Design

Now it's time to apply your HTV. We like to fold our carrier sheet in half to help find the center of our design. This is really helpful when you're placing your design, making it much easier to center on your garment. 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - PLACE

Next, place your design on the swimsuit 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 Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - Ready to Press

IMPORTANT: Working with swimwear can be tricky because it is fairly easy to overheat and melt the fabric. To avoid this we recommend covering the entire portion that will be in contact with your heat source with either a teflon sheet or thin cotton towel to give a little extra protection. 

CStep 5: Enjoy!

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit - PEEL Carefully peel away your carrier sheet and you're ready to hit the beach! Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Color Chimp Luxe HTV on a Swimsuit COMPLETE

We love to see what you create so be sure to share a picture in the comments below or use the hashtag #GetCraftey on social media so we can 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.

Ready to make this project for yourself? Head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Stretch heat transfer vinyl and join our Craftey Community site to get access to lots more free cut files just like this one!


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