January is the perfect time to craft yourself a little something extra cozy. Bonus points if it's motivational too! That's why when we saw this month's beautiful hand-lettered design from Arlena over at Bossy Brushstrokes, we knew just what to do with it: DIY the cutest, coziest pajamas ever!
Ready for more good news? We're teaming up with Arlena all year long to bring you a brand new, exclusive hand-lettered cut file every. single. month. So be sure to check back right here every month to craft along with us and snag the latest free cut file!
Ready to DIY your new favorite jammies? Let's get started!
- Blank Shirt
- Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker)
- Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl in Berry
- Craftey Weeding Tool Set
- Heat Press or Iron
- The Best Is Yet To Come Free SVG cut file (download here)
Step 1: Design
Upload the "The Best Is Yet To Come" SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt. We sized our file to 7.5 inches wide to fit our shirt.
Step 2: Cutting
Place the vinyl on your mat, with the carrier sheet facing down (that's the shiny side).
Remember, you always need to mirror your design when working with HTV! Press the GO button and start cutting.
Step 3: Weeding
Once your machine is done cutting, use your weeding tool to remove all of the excess HTV from your design. We like to use our weeding tools to remove the smaller pieces (like the insides of the letters) first and then go back in and pull away the larger outside portion of the design with our fingers.
When you're done, your weeded design should look like this:
Step 4: Press Your Design
Now it's time to apply your HTV.
Pro Tip: Want to make sure you've got your design perfectly centered? Simply fold your shirt in half and press a center line down the middle. This will give you a nice crisp line that you can use to help you line up your design when you place it on your shirt.
Next, fold your weeded design in half and press a crease into the top and bottom of the carrier sheet with your fingers. You will then be able to line up those center creases with the center crease you pressed into your shirt.
Ta-Da! Perfect alignment every single time!
Next, place your design on the shirt and press with medium pressure for 5 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!
Carefully peel away your carrier sheet to reveal your finished pajama top.
That's it, you're finished! Time to throw on your new jammies and cozy up on the couch with your Netflix watch list.\
As always, if you give this DIY a try 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.
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!