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Make a Back-To-School Shirt Using Color Chimp Essentials Heat Transfer Vinyl

Craftey and Project Silhouette Color Chimp HTV Back To School Shirt Main

Hey everyone! Aubrey here from @projectsilhouette! Summer is nearing its end (say what?!) and the stores are brimming with pencils, backpacks, and binders. Sending my kids back to school is definitely bittersweet. I'm excited for them to make new friends, learn new concepts, and gain more confidence in their learning; however, I always get nervous about them feeling left out, having to eat lunch by themselves, or other kids being mean. Those are real worries! So I decided to talk to my kids about the quote from Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." If you want to have friends, be a friend. If you want people to be kind, be kind to them. So for this back-to-school t-shirt I decided to remind my kids to "Be the change." Here's how to make your own!

Supplies:

STEP ONE: Create your design in software

Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and use the text tool to type your phrase.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl in Design Software

I like to add some fill color to my font so I can get a better idea of what it will look like. Then pick a font you like. I chose a fun block font that looked like it was stamped.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Fill Font

Now I want to move each letter around to customize my design. Right-click each word and select ungroup. This will separate each letter into individual pieces instead of one word.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Ungroup

Now I can manipulate each separate letter and turn them into more of a playful design. After I have each letter where I want it, it's time to group everything back together. Select all the letters, right click and choose group.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Group Letters

Now we've got our design made and can be resized to fit your shirt.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Resize

STEP TWO: Cut out design with Heat Transfer Vinyl

Before cutting, we need to mirror our image. Select your design, right-click and choose flip horizontally. Since we cut on the back side of HTV, we need to mirror our design.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Flip design

 Now we are officially ready to cut!

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Ready to cut

Go to your cut settings and select Heat Transfer, Smooth for the material. Adjust your blade accordingly.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Cut Settings

Load your HTV into your machine, with shiny side down. Then let your machine get to work!

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Cut

STEP THREE: Weed designs

After your machine finishes cutting your whole design, peel off the vinyl that is not part of the design. If it was a good, clean cut then weeding should go smoothly!

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Weed

Next, use a weeding hook or a pair of crafting tweezers and weed out the little insides of each letter. 

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Weeding Tweezers

Continue until the whole design has been weeded. 

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl finished weeding

STEP FOUR: Iron HTV onto shirt

 

Heat up your iron. If using a heat press, follow the manufacturer's guidelines for temperature settings. Iron out the wrinkles in your shirt to create a smooth surface.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Iron Shirt

Next, place your weeded design onto your shirt, right side up. You can play around with placement until heat is added.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Place Design

Now place a teflon sheet or thin cloth over your shirt and iron each section with good pressure for at least 15-20 seconds. Lift up and repeat until the whole design has been done.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Iron Design

Wait for the vinyl to cool at least 20 seconds and carefully peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl design starts to peel up, place the carrier sheet back down and add some more heat and pressure.

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Peel Carrier Sheet

Now our shirt is finished and ready to be worn with pride! It's a great reminder for all of us to be what we want to see in the world!

Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Finished Shirt Craftey and Project Silhouette Back to School Shirt Iron On Heat Transfer Vinyl Finished 2

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