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You Grow Girl: DIY a Sweet Toddler Tee with Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Main

Today's world can be a tough place for little girls. They are constantly bombarded with mixed messages about who and what they should or shouldn't be. So this project is all about showering our girls with positivity and reminding them they can be and do ANYTHING they want. 

This month's free hand-lettered cut file from Arlena over at Bossy Brushstrokes is the perfect way to give them that message and remind them that no matter what, we'll be right here cheering them on. Say it with us, friends: You Grow Girl!

You’ll need:

  • Toddler t-shirt (we used a basic Cat & Jack toddler tee from Target but you can easily do this on an adult size shirt by adjusting the size of the design. Let's be real, grown-up ladies need this reminder just as much as little ones!)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl in Fuschia
  • Weeding Tool
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • You Grow Girl Free SVG cut file (download here)

Step 1: Design

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Resize in Design Space

Upload the You Grow Girl SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt.  We sized our file to 4.5 inches wide to fit our 18-Month sized tee.

Step 2: Cutting 

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Cutting

Place the vinyl on your mat, with the carrier sheet facing down (that's the shiny side).

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV -Mirror design in Design Space

Remember, you always need to mirror your design when working with HTV! Press the GO button and start cutting.

Step 3: Weeding

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - weeding

Once your machine is done cutting, use your weeding tool to remove all of the excess HTV from your design. We like to pull away the larger outside portion of the design with our fingers and then go back in with our weeding tool to remove any remaining bits (like the insides of the letters).

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - weeding close up

Step 4: Press Your Design

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - prep shirt

Now it's time to apply your HTV.

Try this tip to help with alignment: Fold your shirt in half and press a center line down the middle of your shirt. 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.

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Positioning Trick

See, perfect alignment with zero guesswork!

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Place Design

Next, place your design 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).

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Press

Step 5: Enjoy!

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Peel 1

Carefully peel away your carrier sheet to reveal your finished tee. 

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Complete 1

Seriously, could this be any sweeter?! 

Craftey + BB You Grow Girl Tee with Color Chimp HTV - Complete Flay Lay

If you try this DIY 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 Luxe heat transfer vinyl.


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