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I have to confess that the thought of working with vinyl intimidated me and I avoided it for a long time. Silly, right? Fear of the unknown, I guess. But yesterday I finally tried it, and oh how easy it is to make cuteness like this DIY Tuxedo Shirt! Even if you think you aren’t crafty in the slightest, just know that you can do this too with the right tools. Promise!
Now I can see why everyone digs working with vinyl, and my mind is spinning with ideas for projects! Especially more fun shirts like these. But first, let me show you how to make this tuxedo shirt.
Our Cricut team chose an Art Deco theme for our category this month. As I brainstormed ideas, Great Gatsby and the image of dapper men in tuxedos came to mind. I couldn’t shake it or the thought of my handsome little guy in a tuxedo. I knew he would rock it at any kind of celebration (birthdays, parties, New Year’s) and even at pre-K. Everyone needs a party outfit. Am I right?
You could even make this in an adult size for you. Wouldn’t it be cute paired with a tulle skirt for a night out?
This project took me only about 20 minutes from start to finish. So fast and easy!
You need just a few supplies
- Heat transfer vinyl in the color of your choice (I used Old Gold)
- A t-shirt, washed and defuzzed
- Cricut Explore
- Cricut Tools Basic Set (optional)
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Log into Cricut Design Space and click on “Create New Project”. Upload the design of your choice. I went with the dapper tuxedo graphic I made and which you can download here. Not into DIY graphics? Cricut has you covered with loads of designs and fonts to choose from.
Step 2: Choose your upload method (based on your file type). Once your image is uploaded, click on the image and the “Insert Image” button.
Step 3: Next you need to set your canvas. Click on the “Set Canvas” button from the menu on the left, and a bunch of options will appear in a popup. I’m doing a T-shirt, so I scrolled down and selected “T-shirts” and then “Done”.
Step 4: Now you need to adjust your canvas’ properties: category, sleeve length, style and size. Then click on “Update Canvas” when your selections are chosen. A t-shirt outline will appear on your canvas. It’s kind of hard to see in this graphic, but it is much darker on screen and helps you position and size your image. So awesome, right?
Step 5: Now resize your graphic. I knew I wanted my tuxedo graphic to be 11″ high so it takes up a good portion of the child-sized shirt. But, definitely measure your shirt first. Measure twice, cut once, right? So I pulled on the corner until it was right around 11″. Looking good already!
Step 6: Now for the fun part! Hit that green Cricut “Go” button and Cricut Design Space will pull up a mat preview for you so you can see where and how it will cut. We’re just making one of these babies, so no need to adjust the quantity. Hit “Go”.
Step 7: Place your heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat. You want to put the shiny side of the vinyl down on your mat. (See the shiny and matte sides for comparison below.) Then load your mat into your machine. The prompts on Cricut Design Space tell you which buttons to push (but hint … it’s the arrows).
Step 8: Set your dial to “Vinyl” and then hit that Cricut logo “Go” button to start cutting.
Step 9: Once you have your design cut, peel off the pieces that are NOT a part of your design. Keep peeling until you have everything removed except what you want to transfer. This is where those Cricut Tools like the weeder come in handy so you can remove all of the teeny pieces without damaging your vinyl.
Step 10: Then gently peel the plastic transfer layer off of your mat, and you’re left with something like this.
Step 11: Now, get your iron out and turn it to the cotton setting. Position your transfer on your shirt, shiny side up. I’m lining mine up so the bow tie is just below the collar of the shirt. Lay a piece of parchment paper over it and iron for 60 seconds or so each pass.
Step 12: Let it cool for a few minutes and then gently peel off your shiny layer. Check to make sure the vinyl adhered properly. If you need to touch up any areas, run the iron over it again.
That’s it! Seriously, it’s so easy and fun. And, my little man loves his sparkly shirt. With two older sisters, he appreciates glitter.
For more Cricut inspiration, make sure that you are signed up to receive Cricut’s emails, which are a daily source of inspiration for me! And follow the Cricut Design Space Star board on Pinterest to see more from this round’s designers.
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And, as if Cricut wasn’t already awesome enough, there is a new contest that YOU can enter too: the Cricut – I Made It! Contest … Because It’s Time to Make It Big!
It’s time your creativity pays off! Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!
To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team. Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City and home to the best skiing in the world. (I’ve been there and it. is. amazing!)
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com, and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cha-ching! Cricut will even help with your publicity.
Cricut is upping the fame game even more… Cricut has partnered with the The Design Network – a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.
Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique. Who will pick the ultimate winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.
To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).
You have until September 30th to enter. What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to Cricut.com to enter today.