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If you’re anything like me this time of year, this FREE Thankful, Blessed And Kind Of A Mess SVG file is coming at a great time for you!
This design is perfect to help you make a Thanksgiving shirt with your Cricut that you can wear the entire month of November. Plus it’s super easy to make; let me show you how.
WANT TO SAVE THIS FREE THANKFUL, BLESSED AND KIND OF A MESS SVG FILE FOR LATER? SAVE IT TO YOUR FAVORITE BOARD ON PINTEREST.
So today’s freebie will actually be two different freebies. I am sharing with you the multi-color design that you see in the first photo above, and I am also sharing a “distressed” one.
If you actually weld the first multi-color design, you could actually make this 3 freebies. You’d have the multi-colored one, a solid one and then the distressed one.
So feel free to make this shirt in which ever look you like.
Here’s What You Need To Make This Thankful, Blessed And Kind Of A Mess Shirt
1. A Blank Shirt. You can use a white one if you’d like it to look exactly as above, or you can choose a colored shirt of your choice.
2. 3 Sheets of Iron-On Vinyl in Orange, Brown and Gold. Iron On Vinyl is also known as HTV or Heat Transfer Vinyl. If you’d like to weld this to be a single color design, you’ll just need one sheet of iron-on for this shirt.
3. A Heat Source to press this design. A Heat Press, the Cricut Easy Press, or just your household iron will do as well.
4. Your Cricut cutting machine with Design Space readily available.
5. This FREE Thankful, Blessed and Kind Of A Mess SVG File which you can download at the bottom of this post.
Let’s Make A Thanksgiving Shirt!
Before we get started with cutting this design out and making the shirt, you will need to find out what size your design should be. We need the height and width measurements in inches.
To do this you can use a measuring tape, or your even just your Cricut cutting mat to figure this out.
Let’s get started!
Go ahead and upload the FREE Thankful, Blessed And Kind Of A Mess Svg File to Design Space.
Then you will need to size them according to the measurements you’d like it to be when all is said and done.
IF you want to cut this as a single line design, at this point you will want to select the entire design and click the “Weld” button to make this cut all at once, in one single color.
This is perfect if you’re working with a colored shirt, then you could cut out the entire design in white iron-on for example.
Let’s cut it now.
Since you’re working with iron-on material you will need to make sure to hit the “mirror it” button which is available to you after you hit “Make It” in Design Space.
Now we can select our iron-on material from the list and send it to cut.
Once it’s finished, you can weed it out by pulling off all the negative material from the iron on sheet and disposing of it.
And now we can press it and finish up our shirt!
Using your heat source, you’ll want to give the shirt a good press to remove any wrinkles and moisture that may be on it.
Then, if you have a multi color layered design as my photo above, you’ll want to start by first pressing the “Thankful” element first, and then the “Blessed &”, followed by the “Kind Of A Mess” part.
Make sure to always press with the “carrier sheet” face up. If you mirrored your design, you’ll be able to see it the right way it’s suppose to be.
IF you decided to cut this out all in one color, you can press it all at once.
WANT TO SAVE THIS FREE DISTRESSED THANKFUL, BLESSED AND KIND OF A MESS SVG FILE FOR LATER? SAVE IT TO YOUR FAVORITE BOARD ON PINTEREST.
How To Make Distressed Looking Shirts
I’m not sure how it happened, but distressed textures have become all the rage in the design world. People love the way shirts look when they’re finished.
If you’re wondering how I created this distressed SVG file, it’s actually pretty simple. I just used my Distress / Grunge Textures Kit that you can purchase on DesignBundles.net and then I just “Slice” the pattern away from my design.
I know this sounds a little bit complicated, but I promise you it’s not, you can do this!
Here’s A Tip: If you’ve never used a distressed design before. Try to not use glitter or other premium types of iron-on vinyl.
The reason that Siser Easyweed brand works better is that the vinyl by nature weeds easy and because it’s so thin, you won’t have any trouble pulling out the tiny specs of vinyl. Trust me on this!
Tips To Help You Make Better Shirts With Your Cricut
1. Make Sure Your Design Is Centered On Your Shirt. To do this is very simple. Just fold your shirt half way, lengthwise and give it a good press. This will give you a line that you can center your design on.
As a good rule of thumb, leave about 3-4 fingers worth of room from the collar down to make sure your design is displayed at about the right place vertically on the shirt.
2. Flip Your Shirt And Press It From The Inside To Make The Iron-On Last Longer. They say that you should always see the fabric lines when you press iron-on vinyl. This would mean that your iron-on really stuck onto the shirt and it will last a long time without pealing up.
To do this, you can flip your shirt inside out and give it a final press from the back for a few seconds at the same temperature.
3. Use Stretch Iron-On Vinyl When Possible. This is not a tip that a lot of people know about, but it’s SO GOOD! If you’re never worked with stretch iron-on, you’re missing out.
This is my favorite kind of vinyl I like to use when I know that women will be wearing the shirts I make because it allows for the vinyl to stretch in the chest area without distorting it. I hope you know what I mean, but I believe if you’ve made shirts in the past, this tip will make total sense.
There usually isn’t a noticeable price difference in regular iron-on vinyl and stretch, so that’s a huge plus.
I Made A Thankful Shirt For Myself. Here It Is!
I went with the solid design, and I welded it to make a single color design to put on this shirt. I also went with the stretch iron-on vinyl which I absolutely love!
All About The Heat Press I Use When I Make Shirts
I always get asked what heat press I use when I make shirts, and the truth is that I have 2 presses.
I have the Cricut EasyPress and this Power Press Clamshell Heat Press (I bought it on Amazon).
They both serve their own purpose, but if you asked me which one you should get I would suggest that you get the Cricut EasyPress if you’re mostly a hobby crafter; meaning you mostly make shirts for yourself.
But if you plan on making shirts in bulk or perhaps starting your own little craft business, then I would suggest that you get an industrial quality heat press like my Power Press. The price difference and quality of the press really is just much better with a clamshell press.
You can use these designs for personal and commercial use. If you’d like to share them 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.
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