How to Make a Custom Shirt with Your Cricut

I’ve got a super fun DIY for you today because you can make it whatever you wanted or dreamed! If you’re like me, you have a lot of inside jokes with family or friends and love custom shirts. I have spent SO much money on customizing shirts online. Since I’ve gotten a Cricut, each new t-shirt costs me the price of a plain t-shirt! I’m telling you, this is life changing. I am just popping over here to share my Cricut expertise but typically blog at Practical and Pretty! I’m so happy to be here today.

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Customizing your t-shirt requires two important steps. First, you have to decide what you want it to say! I suggest sticking with one color on your first try. Sayings, phrases or words are perfect for this. Second, you need to pick out what shirt you’d like your saying on. I made this specific shirt for my beautiful sister and she ran to Target and found a soft flowy shirt she loved. Make sure the shirt is ok to be ironed, because you will be using an iron on it! This shirt I picked was mostly Rayon. I’m not sure I’d suggest this material, especially on your first shirt. It was stretchy to the point that removing the sticky part from the ironed on vinyl was challenging. BUT, it will still work if you’re up for the challenge.

 

Here are a few of the things you’ll need:

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I’m going to walk you through how to create this shirt step by step here. If you’re more of a visual learner, watch the video first! I’ve also attached screen shots for you too so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.

Steps to Cut the Iron on Vinyl

  1. You’ll start with your image. You can create an image in Photoshop or put text right in Design Space. I wanted to upload an image so you could see what it’s like if you want to do a shape instead of just text!
  2. Open Cricut Design Space! Choose your canvas by clicking ‘Canvas’ on the left. This is a baseball tee type shirt so I selected that. Make sure to set the size of shirt under ‘Canvas’ on the right.
  3. Click ‘Upload and image’ on the left. Select your image by browsing your files and select what type of image it is. For this project, and most projects with iron on, you’ll select ‘Simple Cut’.
  4. Now you click the whitespace that you’d like cut out. Remember to get the insides of each letter. This is really fun for me for some reason. It takes me back to my Paint days when I used to use the Bucket tool. Remember that?
  5. This next step is important! (Most of them are important but this is pretty easy to miss.) Select ‘Cut Image’ NOT ‘Print then Cut Image’. You don’t want to print off your saying, you want it cut!
  6. Put this image on your canvas and size it to your liking.
  7. Place your iron on vinyl shiny side down on your mat and turn the dial to Iron-on
  8. Then click ‘Cut’!
  9. Ok, here’s another important and easy to miss step. Click ‘Mirror image for Iron-On’ before hitting ‘Go’!
  10. After the cut is done, remove the excess vinyl around the edges. Use your weeding tool to take out the little pieces in the letters.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Steps to Iron on the Vinyl

  1. Now you get to iron it on! Set your iron to ‘Cotton’ or the hottest setting it will go to. Make sure there is no steam.
  2. Start by getting the material warm. Put the iron on the shirt for about 15 seconds.
  3. Place your vinyl on where you’d like it. Put a press cloth, or plain cotton cloth, on top of the plastic. This is important so you don’t melt the plastic onto your shirt.
  4. Put the iron on top of the press cloth for about 30 seconds. Flip your shirt over, and do the same thing on the opposite side of the shirt.
  5. Now you will pull off the sticky part and separate it from the vinyl. Do this while it’s hot! It will be a lot easier. If a piece isn’t coming off, place the iron directly on the part you are trying to pull up and it should pull off.
  6. The plastic should be removed from the vinyl now! Put the press cloth back on and do another run with the iron so you know it’s on there really well.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

You’re done! It seems like a lot of steps, but I promise it’s so simple! I have already made so many custom t-shirts (almost 20!!) and I’ve had my Cricut for about a month. I hope you’ll share your fun t-shirt creation too!

If you’re interested in more posts about the Cricut go here to see my first impressions, here to see some custom snarky bookmarks I made with my family, and here to see how versatile the Cricut really is. (I cut leather!)

See you lovelies next month!Making a custom t-shirt with a Cricut is really simple! Step by step breakdown in this post!

Customizing your own t-shirt is really simple! See a step by step breakdown here.

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    Comments

    Sandra Jimenez

    How much roughly does it cost to make 1 tee-shirt on your own cricut machine?

      Jessica

      Well if you have the t shirt and the vinyl then it is free! Vinyl costs about $10 a roll, but you can make a lot more than one t-shirt with it. I can usually find cute plain t shirts on sale at Target/Walmart/Old Navy or Amazon for around $5, so it is definitely pretty cost effective and gets you exactly what you want!

    Ashton

    So I just received the Cricut Maker for Christmas. I am a beginner being that this is my first experience with a Cricut ever. I’m slowly acquiring all of the tools that I need and even some that at the moment I don’t need. My question is about iron on vinyl. I want to make custom shirts with my two dogs on them. Is there any printable iron on vinyl that you’d recommend? Does it even exist? Any tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated!

    Beth Prusse

    In your opinion, is a heat press necessary for making t-shirts? I have been wanting to make a t-shirt but am afraid of making one and the vinyl coming off because I didn’t use a heat press..

      Sarah @ Pretty Providence

      Definitely not! I always just use an iron. You just want to make sure you iron really well.. I press my iron down in a circlular motion for a few minutes and it works great.

        Beth Prusse

        Thank you so much!!

    Denise

    Can this machine be used for making several shirts of the same kind?

      Sarah + Jessica

      Yes! It’s easy to cut the same design multiple times.

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    Jordana Zachara

    The vinyl doesn’t come off when washed?

      Sarah + Jessica

      When you use heat transfer vinyl, it is recommended to turn the shirt inside out to wash it. In my experience the vinyl will stay on well for quite a while if you follow those directions and don’t wash it every day. :)

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      Sarah + Jessica

      Nope!! I’ve washed mine dozens of times! Crazy huh?!

    Sarah Noelle Hicks

    Which Cricut do you have? I love this idea and I’m looking into purchasing one!

      Sarah + Jessica

      I have the Cricut explore air! but they just came out with a new machine that is AMAZING too!

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        Natalia Califano

        I want to maybe start a little t-shirt business, you recommend this item? Does the transfer show outline edges ?

          Sarah @ Pretty Providence

          Hey Natalia! Nope, the transfer does not show any outline edges. It’s really clean! I have never done more than just making shirts here and there when I have the itch so I’m not sure! I do have a friend who has a vinyl business and uses this machine for that. I think it’s probably great for it!? Best of luck!!!