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Where are all my mama’s at? Raise your hand if you’re feeling the exhaustion, overwhelm and joy that mom life brings, especially these days. Today I want to share with you a FREE Mom Life SVG file that is perfect to make a shirt for yourself, because you deserve it!
Y’all, this August has been a tough one for me. With 2 girls starting school, one virtual learning and the other homeschooled, it’s been all kinds of crazy in this house. I have some extra shirts and making myself a shirt for this season of life is just what I need right now.
Does this quote speak to you as much as it does to me? I hope I’m not the only one in this boat right now, though i’m pretty positive i’m not.
Okay, so let me walk you through making this shirt for yourself, in case this is your first time using your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine.
It’s really easy, and I promise to share some of my best shirt making tips with you.
P.S. You can use this design as you please. You don’t need to use it to make a shirt, if that’s not your thing. This design would look super cute on a mug, insulated tumbler and even on a clear acrylic keychain!
How To Make A Single Color Shirt With HTV / Iron On Vinyl
If you want to make a shirt using one color of vinyl, like I did in the photo above, here’s how you do it.
YOU’RE GOING TO NEED
– Your Cricut cutting machine. (I have the Cricut Maker and I absolutely love it!)
– 1 Sheet Of HTV / Iron On Vinyl in whatever color you want to use. (Note: They’re HTV and Iron On are the same thing. Also, I like to get my iron on vinyl at Expressions Vinyl.)
– A Blank T-Shirt (I LOVE these Bella Canvas t-shirts and I get mine at Michaels with a coupon usually.)
– The FREE Mom Life SVG File that you can download at the bottom of this post.
LET’S GET STARTED!
The first step is to download your free cut file and upload it to Cricut Design Space. I recommend that you download the SVG file specifically because that one is easiest to work with in Design Space.
Your next step will be to size your design according to the size of the shirt that you’ll be placing it on.
TIP #1 FOR MAKING SHIRTS WITH A CRICUT
What I like to do here is to take my cutting mat and placing it above the shirt i’m going to use to figure out how big my design should be.
If you notice, the mat has squares that match up with what you see in Design Space, so you can easily resize the design accordingly this way ;).
Once you’ve sized your design, you’re ready to send it to cut, but if you want to take this one step further and make this process easier, I have one more tip for you.
TIP #2 FOR MAKING SHIRTS WITH A CRICUT
What I like to do with single color designs like this one before I send it to cut is to weld it all together.
By welding the design before you cut it you will ensure that the alignment is perfect and all you need to do is weld it and center it on your shirt and you’re ready to finish your shirt with one press! Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Please know that this step is not necessary though, especially if you plan on using scraps or smaller pieces of iron on material for your project.
This step works great if you’re using a new 12×12 sheet of HTV because there’s enough room to fit the design all at once without the elements being spread out on the mat and then that leaves you with lining up the elements and pressing them one by one.
Okay, so now that you’re ready to cut this design, it’s time to hit the “Make It” button at the top right hand corner of the canvas. This will take you to a screen where you can see what the design will look like on your mat.
REMEMBER TO MIRROR YOUR IMAGE!!!
Because we are making a shirt and using iron on material to do so, we need to make sure that you hit that “mirror” button before you send your design to cut. If you don’t, your design will end up backwards on your shirt. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this step!
Okay, so now that you’ve cut out your image, it’s time to weed that baby. Make sure to only weed the negative parts of your design, leaving the design in tact to be transferred to the t-shirt.
To transfer the design to the t-shirt, we are going to need a heat source and the proper heat settings for the type of iron on material that you’re using.
For the heat settings, I recommend following the exact instructions provided by the manufacture of the material you are using. You can usually find the exact settings they suggest by doing a simple Google search or searching their website.
For the heat source I recommend that you use a heat press. If you’re looking for one, this is the one I have and I bought it on Amazon for less than $200 which is a total steal! I’ve had it for over 3 years and it’s never failed me.
If you don’t have a heat press though, perhaps you have a Cricut Easy Press and that will work too! Just jump onto the Cricut website and pull up the heat settings that the Easy Press requires for iron on material.
Let’s say that you don’t have a heat press or the Cricut Easy press, you can still make this project using your household iron. Just know that you may need to apply tons of pressure as well as press it in multiple presses because the iron won’t cover the entire design at once.
TIP #3 FOR MAKING SHIRTS WITH A CRICUT
This tip is for all my crafters who are using a household iron for iron on projects. I recommend that you use a specific “low heat” iron on material that’s made by one of my favorite vinyl shops called Happy Crafters.
The material is called “Happy Cut” and essentially this iron on vinyl applies more quickly with less heat required. Since most household irons won’t reach the temperatures needed for regular iron on, this is the perfect solution and ensures that your designs won’t start peeling after just one wash.
Okay, so now that we’ve gone through all that, you’re ready to press. But hey, you need to find a way to center your design right?
TIP #4 FOR MAKING SHIRTS WITH A CRICUT
In order to make sure that your design is centered on the shirt, I recommend that you fold the shirt in half, length-wise first and give it a quick press. This will give you the center of the shirt to use as a guide.
Next take your design and fold it in half as well. I suggest folding it just slightly so as not to crease it, just to give you a guide to line up with the shirt as well. I’ve been using this step for years and it’s always worked great for me!
TIP #5 FOR MAKING SHIRTS WITH A CRICUT
We’re so close to finishing up our shirt, so stay with me. My next tip for making shirts with your Cricut is to use your fingers to line up the design from the neck down.
I normally go 3-5 fingers down from the neckline, but feel free to experiment and try out different lengths yourself. You can even do this before pressing.
Simply place your design down and put the shirt up against yourself and see if it looks good. If it doesn’t, add or take away another finger from the top. (I hope this makes sense to you lol.)
NOW YOU’RE READY TO PRESS THE DESIGN, YOU’VE GOT THIS!
P.S. If you followed my tip and welded your design, you’ll only need to press once and viola you’ll be done. IF however you ended up with the design in multiple elements, then just start from the top and press each element separately till you finish.
In this example, first you’d press the “Embracing” element and then the “the” and then the “exhaustion” and so on. Yes, this takes longer, but it’s okay, just keep chugging along and you’ll be done before you know it.
Okay, but seriously now it’s time to press that design down! Do it and then turn the shirt inside out and give it another press to make sure that it’s nicely adhered. You can tell that you did a good job if you can see the fiber lines from the shirt through the vinyl. I hope this helps you out!
Woohoo, you did it. Now take your shirt and wear it proudly. Being a mom is such hard work, but it’s also full of joy filled moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I hope you love this mom life shirt design. If you do, leave me a comment!
AND JUST IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING …
FONTS I USED IN THIS DESIGN
– For the words “Embracing” and “Overwhelm” I used the font Labeck. It comes with the filled and hollow fonts included.
– And for the words “the” and “& Joy” I used a font called Summer Sunshine. This is a super fun monoline font!
BELLA CANVAS T-SHIRT BLANKS
– I like to get my shirts at Michaels because I can see all the colors available and there’s usually a coupon. I love shopping online and doing store pick up ;). (If you have a craft business and sell shirts, I suggest ordering online from Jiffy Shirts.)
I HAVE MORE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
– You can find loads of FREE SVG files here!
You can use this design for personal and commercial use. If you’d like to share it with your friends (I’d LOVE THIS!), I do ask that you just link them to this post and help support my website. Also, please don’t upload it to a print on demand (POD) website, or send it for mass production.
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Thank you so much for your support, and if you make anything with this design, tag me @PerfectStylishCuts, I love seeing your makes.
ALL ABOUT PATREON
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