As a mother of 5 I am always tired! Honestly I rarely get a full night of sleep even when I get to bed at a good time. I’m sure you know an early bird or a night owl, or are one yourself. I have never felt like I fit into either of these categories. In the morning I would rather stay in bed and, honestly can’t wait to crawl back in bed when the day is over. When I found this saying I knew I need it! So I grabbed my Cricut and some heat transfer vinyl and created my own DIY shirt.
Any other perpetually exhausted pigeons out there? Being a mom/adult/functioning person can be really hard, might as well meet that struggle with a bit of humor.
I would be happy to plaster this everywhere, but a shirt is a good start…. and maybe a mug.
Materials needed for todays DIY Heat Transfer Vinyl shirt are;
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (or other electronic cutting machine)
- Heat Transfer Vinyl ~ I used Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl in the color Plum, you can use your favorite color but I do recommend Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl in my experience it is the most user friendly.
- Ironing board
- Shirt ~ I am using a blank V-neck shirt I bought at Michaels.
- Image in Design Space
After cutting the saying with the Cricut Explore Air 2, weed out all unwanted pieces of vinyl.
Iron the front of your shirt to make sure all the wrinkles are out. Then I like to fold my shirt in half to create a slight crease down the middle, don’t iron this just a finger crease will do. This makes it easy to find the middle of the shirt and place the vinyl.
Place your vinyl in the middle of the shirt. Remember the clear backing stays with the vinyl to keep it in place. Cover the vinyl and backing with a piece of fabric. You can use a pillow case, sheet, or my personal favorite a flower sack tea towel. Place the iron over the vinyl and press down hard for 10-15 seconds. Then move your iron over a different part of the vinyl and press for another 10-15 seconds. It is as much the heat of the iron as the pressure that will adhere the vinyl to the fabric.
Try to pull up the clear backing slowly making sure the vinyl is staying on the fabric. If it looks like the vinyl isn’t staying down on the shirt cover it with the towel again and iron it again.
For a quick demo on heat transfer vinyl you can watch this facebook live video. P.S. this is my first facebook live, it isn’t perfect but it was fun making it. 🙂
I wanted to take a minute to address a question I get often about the Cricut machines. I am going to be answering more of these questions over the next several months.
People ask, often, about the price of a Cricut machine.
“Is it really worth that much money?”
I totally understand this question, and the need for a budget, while wanting to make sure that the money you are spending is going toward something worthwhile. Here are a few things to keep in mind for getting the most out of your Cricut investment.
- Watch the sales. Stores like Hobby Lobby or Micheals have sales on Cricuts a couple times a year. Also Cricut.com will have Black Friday sales, I have even seen Cricut’s on Black Friday sales at Walmart.
- Keep watching the sales. It’s not just the machines that go on sale, accessories and cutting matrials will go on sale too. I very rarely pay full price for vinyl or paper, I always look for the sales. Keep in mind the 40% weekly coupon at Hobby Lobby or Micheals will not apply to Cricut items. You do need to wait for a specific sale on the Cricut items themselves.
- Do you spend money on custom items? If you are buying custom items you are spending more money than you would if you made it yourself.
- Make your own cards. I like to make extra birthday cards and keep them for a birthday’s so I don’t have to buy cards.
- Make your own décor. Pintrest is full of décor that is totally DIY doable. You can create a pallet sign or the frame with your name on it with a Cricut. A cricut isn’t just for cards and paper, you can create so much.
- School Projects. Helping my kids with a school project isn’t as painful as it once was. From writing to cutting out images their projects look amazing without the hours of blood, sweat and tears.
- Non-monetary rewards. I love working with my Cricut! I get a lot of enjoyment creating things and using the things I create. While this is something that can’t be measured in dollar signs it is a huge benefit of having a Cricut machine.
So, is a Cricut machine worth the money? The short answer is ABSOLUTLY! I have had my Cricut Express Air for less than a year, and have already more than paid for it in the money and time I have saved.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.