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Are you a proud parent of a graduate and want to show off your pride wearing shirts to the graduation ceremony?
Today I’m going to share with you two FREE Proud Mom and Dad of a Graduate Svg Files that you can use to quickly whip up some shirts to wear to the graduation ceremony!
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Making shirts like these is actually really easy and I’m going to walk you through the steps from start to finish.
First thing’s first, you’ll need to gather your supplies.
For this project you will need two shirts, in whatever colors you’d like. You will also need iron-on vinyl in two different colors.
If for example, you have colored shirts as opposed to white, you can weld this entire design and cut it out in a single color of iron on.
Now that you have your shirts and your iron-on vinyl, also sometimes known as HTV or heat transfer vinyl, you will need to download the FREE Proud Mom of a Graduate and FREE Proud Dad of a Graduate SVG files from the bottom of this post.
You will also need a way to press the iron on to your shirts. You can use a heat press, the Cricut EasyPress, or just your household iron will do as well.
Okay, let’s get started!
LET’S MAKE A PROUD MOM / DAD OF A GRADUATE SHIRT WITH CRICUT
The first think you’ll need to do is to upload your designs into Cricut Design Space.
You can upload them both into a single Canvas project if you want to make both shirts at once, but you don’t have to if you feel this would be confusing for you.
The other initial step you’ll want to take is to figure out, based on the shirt sizes you’re using, what sizes your designs should be.
My favorite way of figuring this out is by spreading my shirt out on a table or bed and then placing my Cricut mat on top of it to figure out how many squares wide and tall I would like my design to be.
Once you have these measurements, you’ll want to adjust the height and width of your designs in Design Space.
Now you’re ready to send the design(s) to cut!
Because we’re working with iron on, make sure to hit the “mirror” button before sending the designs to your machine. Once they’ve cut out, weed them.
If you’re making both shirts at once, I would take the elements that I’ve cut and weeded and separate them by which shirt they will go on. This will make it so they don’t get mixed up on you.
And now we press the designs.
Because these designs have two colors of iron on, you’ll want to start by pressing the biggest pieces of the design first.
In this case that would mean pressing the elements that say “MOM” and “DAD” first on the shirts.
Once you have these pieces pressed and you’ve removed the carrier / transfer sheet, you’ll move on to the gold elements and then finish it off with the “of a” and the “graduation cap” elements.
That’s it, you’ve made the shirts!
TIPS FOR WORKING WITH IRON-ON VINYL
1. Always remember to “mirror” your design before sending it to cut. You can easily do this in Cricut Design Space by flipping a little button after you hit “Make It” on your project.
Doing this is very important because iron on materials have the carrier/transfer sheet on the non-sticky part and so you’ll be cutting the vinyl upside down essentially.
2. Be sure to look up the correct heat settings for the iron-on material. You’ll need these when you go to press the material. Remember that all iron-on materials are not made equal.
You can usually find these settings by visiting the vinyl manufacture’s website. I know Siser products even have an app that you can download to always have all the settings on hand. And of course Cricut has a Cricut Heat app now.
3. Find out if it’s a cool peel or a hot peel iron on material. This will matter after you’ve pressed the design down.
Sometimes some iron-on materials will require that you wait for the garments to cool before pulling off the carrier / transfer sheet and some will not.
4. To avoid peeling in the long term, make sure to wash garments inside out always and use a low heat tumble.
This in addition with applying the correct pressure when pressing your design is what matters most when it comes to avoiding peeling.
5. Put down one element at a time. Be patient with this part. The last thing you want to do is ruin your project by ironing on heat transfer vinyl on top of a piece of transfer paper from another element in your design.
I HAVE MORE GRADUATION FREEBIES FOR YOU!
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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DOWNLOAD THE PROUD MOM / DAD OF A GRADUATE SVG CUT FILES HERE