DIY “Sassy Lass” T-Shirt Using Glitter Vinyl (With Free Cut File)
If you read my Lucky Shamrock soap post, you know that St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal around here. When I realized that I hadn’t used my Cricut machine to fancy up a t-shirt recently, I knew I had to remedy that.
Now, I don’t know if I’d been drinking too much green beer (kidding!) but I ordered the wrong t-shirt color. I wanted to make today’s project with a white t-shirt but the luck of the Irish wasn’t with me because I ordered black. So, we’re working with what we’ve got.
Note: The white t-shirt in the photo above is due to the magic of Photoshop.
Since I’ve been called sassy a few times in my life, I decided to create a design that ties that in. Using Photoshop, I picked a font I liked and paired it with a shamrock. The word lass (which originates in the Nordic region) rhymes perfectly and hey, I am a girl so I added that as well.
Now that my big long design explanation is done, here’s a list of the materials you’ll need to make a Sassy Lass t-shirt:
- Cricut craft cutting machine (or similar)
- Cricut Iron-On Glitter (green)
- weeding tool
- Sassy Lass SVG free cut file (found below)
- cotton t-shirt pre-washed (no fabric softener)
One very important note, make sure you pre-wash your t-shirt and make sure you don’t use fabric softener. Why do you ask? Because it can interfere with the adhesion of the vinyl.
I measured the front of my shirt and determined that I wanted my design approximately 10 inches long and about 3 inches high. This size allowed me to center it on the t-shirt the way that I wanted.
After you’ve uploaded the design to your machine’s software, you can change the size in order to fit your needs. Just remember to mirror the image.
Now, let’s start the shenanigans!
Turn your iron on to the cotton setting (no steam).
Place the glitter vinyl onto your machine’s mat, glitter side down and cut.
Once the cuts are complete you can use your scissors and cut the vinyl down to a smaller size. Just don’t cut too close to the design’s edge.
Next, we’re going to slowly peel and remove all of the negative space vinyl. Negative space vinyl is the vinyl around the design that you don’t need.
Once you’ve removed the negative space vinyl, you’ll need to pull out the weeding tool and remove those pesky portions remaining in the letters.
For me, this is the hard part. The painstaking part. I always feel like I’m going to ruin the vinyl so I move a little slower through this step.
Once the weeding is done, place the design on your t-shirt. You can use a tape measure to center the design but I find that eyeballing it works best for me.
If you printed correctly, sassy lass should now be staring back at you. 😉
Before you reach for that iron, make sure the t-shirt is smoothed out beneath the design or you’ll run into issues. It’s important to note that you’re not going to iron the design back and forth like you normally would, Instead, you’re going to apply pressure. with the iron, directly over the design.
Note: I apply the iron pressure in sections. Each section gets about 5-10 seconds of heat.
Once you’ve applied heat to the entire design, wait about 30 seconds and then slowly lift the plastic liner. If you applied enough heat and pressure, the design should now be on your t-shirt. If you find that a section didn’t stick, go over it again with the hot iron.
After the t-shirt has cooled down (usually within 5-10 minutes), I turn it inside out and toss it in the dryer for about five minutes. I’ve found that this helps set the design and lessens the chance of peeling or fading during washing.
You and I are now ready for St. Patrick’s Day but since I’m kinda sassy, I might wear this throughout the year, just because. 😉
Yep, that’s me!
Wasn’t this project fun? I love transforming everyday items into something special. Even if it is a black t-shirt and not a white one.
Darn green beer.
If you like it, put a pin on it.
And don’t forget to turn the iron off!