ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to create your own T-shirt with your Cricut Machine

Updated on April 25, 2017
adams07 profile image

Samantha is a mom of 4 who loves crafting, DIY home improvements, and interior design.

Why you should make your own

As a sports mom I have about 10 parent shirts with various team names on them and at $20 a piece it's quite the expensive collection. I decided while sitting at baseball practice in the 30 degree weather that it was pointless to have a parent shirt when I'm bundled in a hoodie and nobody can see my team spirit. It was at that moment that I decided to use my cricut to create my own personalized hoodie. I had bought a neon pink hoodie for $6 on Black Friday at Walmart and I was determined to put it to good use. Follow me while I take you step-by-step in creating your own masterpiece.

Items you will need

1. A t-shirt, hoodie, tank top, tote bag, etc. (whatever you would like to create)

2. Heat transfer vinyl (in the color of your choice. I went with black glitter.)

3. Iron

4. Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine

5. Either the Sure Cuts A Lot Software or a Cartridge with your desired image.

Step 1

Open your software and choose your design. I chose a Baseball Mom design that way I'm not team specific and can wear it for years. I made mine take up my entire mat (6x12). Make sure to flip your image so that is a mirror image. You'll also want to chose the "Weld" option anytime you have a large design with overlapping pieces or cursive; this makes it one large item instead of having breaks in random places.


Baseball Mom Iron-On
Baseball Mom Iron-On

Step 2

Cut your heat transfer vinyl to size (6x12). Place the vinyl face down on the mat. (Your clear plastic layover should be face down.) Adjust your machines depth and pressure settings. (I set both at 3). Load paper. Cut.

Step 3

Once you have cut your image out you will need to remove all the pieces that will not be ironed on.

Set your Iron to Cotton. Iron the area for 5-10 seconds before you place the image on.

Place the image onto your shirt. Leave the clear film on wile ironing. Use another shirt between your iron and image to keep from melting the plastic film. Iron entire image for 30 seconds. You should be able to remove the clear film cleanly. Run the iron over it for several more seconds.

Your shirt should be complete.

Finished Product

Click thumbnail to view full-size
FrontBack
Front
Front
Back
Back

Ideas.

I also decided to put my sons baseball # on the back because mine was baseball related.

This can also be used for:

Monogramming a tote bag.

Personalizing your children's t-shirts or book bags.

Personalize your camping chairs so nobody takes home the wrong one (I've learned this from experience.)

Monogram a scarf.

Make t-shirts for family vacations so you can easily find everyone in the same color (example: Disney)

Make t-shirts for Family Reunions.


Poll

After reading this do you feel comfortable making your own t-shirt?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)