Last weekend, I was getting ready to go to a Halloween party when I realized I had nothing to wear! I don’t have any cute halloween clothes- how is that possible? I love themed and festive things. So at the last minute I wanted to make something fun and I came up with this adorable shirt! In total the project took me less than 30 minutes and then I was off to the party, appropriately festive. And the shirt was a hit!
I did this project using my Cricut Explore Air, which is quickly becoming my favorite craft tool. I used it to make my adorable studio sign for my office that I absolutely love. And now this shirt is so amazingly easy to make with such great results. What’s not to love?
I was a bit nervous to try using iron-on vinyl, but it went really well. For my first time using iron-on vinyl I think I did a pretty good job! I used this tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings to figure out what to do.
Alright- who’s ready to craft? I’ll walk you step by step how to make this shirt, and you can even download the design I used for free to make your own boo shirt!
tools and supplies:
- Cricut Explore Air
- Iron on Vinyl (You can also get awesome vinyl here)
- Cricut tools (optional)
step one: download file
This step is pretty self explanatory! Just click the image above to download the file you need to make this shirt. My favorite part is the little ghost.
The image is backwards- but don’t worry, that’s on purpose. When you cut iron-on vinyl you cut it backwards because the underside ends up becoming the front of the design.
step two: import image to cricut design studio
Launch your cricut design studio and start a new project. You’ll want to upload the image, and you can do this by clicking the upload image tab on the left. Them press the “upload image” button.
The upload will ask you what type of image it is, and you should select simple image. Next you will click through the select and erase and press next. Because the file is in .png format, the image is already transparent and you wont need to remove the background.
The images below show you what this process looks like:
step three: insert image to cricut design studio
Now that you’ve uploaded your image, you’ll want to insert it into your design studio so you can make the cut!
Click on the image you uploaded, and click insert images. You’ll want to resize the image to your desired size. I made mine 11″ by 7.48″, because I wanted a large design. You can size it to fit your shirt.
Step four: prepare your mat
Now that your design is ready, you’ll want to prepare your mat. You’ll want to place your vinyl front side down. The back side will look much duller and you should be able to tell the difference, as you can see in the photo below.
Make sure you have enough vinyl for the size you selected in the previous step.
Once your mat is prepared, you can load it into the Cricut machine. Make sure to set your dial to “iron on vinyl.”
step five: cut and peel
Now you’re ready to cut! If you press the green circle that says “go” in Cricut design studio, it will show you a preview of your design. Approve the preview and then press the flashing “go” on the machine once you are ready to cut.
When the cut is finished, you can peel away the excess vinyl to leave your design behind.
step six: weed
When you peeled away the vinyl, the smaller pieces on the inside of letters and the ghost eyes did not come up. It’s time to “weed” those out. You can use the cricut weeder to do this- or possibly a toothpick. Just push along the edge and the vinyl should pop up.
step seven: iron on
Once you’ve got the design how you want it, you’re ready to iron it on! You will leave the plastic on the front of the vinyl to iron over.
Place your design right side up on the shirt where you want it to be located. You’ll want to use a setting for cotton on your iron without water.
I put some cardboard between the top and the bottom to keep the shirt stiff and easy to iron. Then iron away for several minutes until you are confident the vinyl has attached to the shirt. And now you’re done! Just peel away the plastic and you’re ready to go!
Woohoo- you’re done!
I love this shirt because it’s cute and festive. I can’t get over how cute the ghost exclamation point is. I’m so glad I added it- it’s the small details that really make a big difference in the final design.
And who doesn’t love a little sparkle?
I honestly can’t believe how easy it was to make this shirt. I feel like I should customize all the shirts I own now… but I won’t go that crazy.
But at least now I know I can make something pretty quickly at the last minute!
And the important part is, Biscuit approves. He even got his hair all over it. Why do I ever wear black clothes?
But who could say no to that adorable face?
All in all, one of my favorite cricut projects to date. I feel like I’m getting the hang of it now so you can expect more fun cricut tutorials from me! I might even have a little holiday idea up my sleeve… I can’t wait to share it.
But for now, I’m loving my boo shirt!
What do you think? Are you ready to make your shirt?