Updated: Mar 25
This has been my biggest shirt project yet. Jungle theme shirts I'm making for a parade.
For this project I gathered my supplies:
Lots of heat transfer vinyl... Blue (approximately 12" wide x 14" length per shirt)
10 Lime Green Gildan T-shirts - these are 100% cotton
Heat Press - I used the Cricut Easy Press 2
Pressing Mat - I used the Cricut Pressing Mat
Cutting Machine (I used the Cricut Maker)
Open Cricut Design Space or other design editor for your cutting machine. Upload your design or create from scratch.
Prepare your cutting mat with your vinyl, remembering to put the shiny side down. Mirror your image before cutting it.
Load the cutting mat and cut the image with your cutting machine.
Using your weeding tool, carefully remove the background of the image.
***Tip: For keeping those tiny vinyl pieces out of your way while weeding... use a lint roller to stick your vinyl remnants to. ***
Once your image is completely weeded you can carefully remove the vinyl from the cutting mat. ***Tip: When removing vinyl from cutting mats, peel the mat away from the vinyl not the vinyl away from the mat.***
Warm up your press and get your pressing mat ready.
Place your shirt on your heat press, pressing pad. Pre-press your shirt to remove any moisture from the material. I pre-pressed 5 seconds at 315*F
***Tip: Use a clean lint roller sheet across your shirt before pressing to remove any kind of loose fibers that may limit the bond between vinyl and material.***
Then, place your HTV image on your shirt. When you get it placed, press at 315*F for 30 seconds using firm pressure, or as instructions say on the vinyl packaging you are using. I used Cricut vinyl.
Once the vinyl is cool enough to touch it, remove the transfer sheet. Ta-da!
Just repeat this process for each shirt you're pressing.
After this project I am seriously considering upgrading my heat press. This would increase my production speed in doing several items in a days time. Stay tuned in for my next crazy project.