Cricut Fashion Show – Sweet Heart Shirt Makeover
I am so excited this week to be participating with a bunch of other fabulous bloggers in the Cricut Fashion Show! Cricut had the fun idea of sending bloggers just plain white shirts and iron on vinyl. I have to say thought that deep down inside I was nervous! I am not that great of a sewer but it is something I want to get better at.
I am very happy with how my project ended up. You see my daughter has this favorite pink polka dot shirt. It is getting too small for her and when she raises her arms you can see her tummy. I have tried to put the shirt in the thrift store bag but she always pulls it out. So I thought if I was going to try my hand at sewing this would be the perfect thing!
Here she is in her shirt – if she were to raise up her arms you would be able to see several inches of her stomach.
Sweet Heart Shirt Makeover
- Old shirt
- New White T-Shirt that fits
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing machine
- White Thread
- Straight pins
- Cricut Machine
- Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle or any other heart design
- Summer Celebrations: Summer Girl cartridge
- Pink Iron On Vinyl
- Black Iron On Vinyl
I started by cutting the bottom part of the shirt off – this was scary! I don’t know why, but it was! Adison was so worried I was going to ruin her precious shirt.
After the shirt was cut I took the bottom half and layed it over my white tshirt that I received from Cricut. This white shirt was an adult small size shirt. I knew I wanted the bottom hem of the shirt so I wouldn’t have to worry about hemming. I was trying to add length to the original shirt – so I positioned the original shirt several inches above the bottom of the white shirt.
Now it was time to cut – this was scary too guys! Why was cutting a shirt so scary to me? Maybe because a cut is just so permanent?
Now turn the top piece and bottom white T-shirt piece inside out and pin together. The bottom is obviously wider than the top so I made pleats, which I think added a fun cute look to the final shirt.
Now sew it together! My daughter didn’t even realize we had a sewing machine. I had her help me do this so she could hopefully learn a little about sewing. She had such fun! Once it is sewn together turn it right side out.
Now I wanted to start having some fun with the Cricut Iron On Vinyl that Cricut sent me. My first thought was to do pink polka dots all over the shirt – I think that would have been so cute – kind of like opposite of the top. But Adison begged me for a Pink heart. Adison won and we went with the heart and I think it turned out so cute!
So let’s talk about the iron on vinyl – I was nervous about using it at first but it worked so easily for me! The iron on sheets are made up of two parts – you have the iron on film (which is what is ironed onto your fabric) and the liner (which is like your transfer paper).
So first design your image – mine was a Heart and the word Sweet. The Heart is from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle – but there are so many cartridges with similar hearts. The word “Sweet” is from the Summer Celebrations: Summer Girl cartridge. If you are going to use a word like I did make sure you use the mirror image. At the top of the Cricut Craft room is a button that says flip – click it and it will flip your image into the mirror image – so easy!
Now that your image is ready it is time to cut! Put your iron on vinyl on your mat. You want to put the liner (shiny side) down on your mat. Set your settings to your vinyl settings (for me it is all 3’s) and cut. This will make it cut through the vinyl but not the liner. Now weed your iron on vinyl just like you would with regular vinyl.
Now it is time to iron on your pieces to your shirt. I have two pieces to mine – and I will iron on each of them separately. Set your iron to the highest setting like you would use for cotton. Make sure the steam is turned off. Iron over your fabric to heat it up for about 15 seconds. Then place your iron on vinyl (with liner still attached) onto the fabric. Cover up the iron on vinyl with another cloth – like a dish cloth and iron for about 30 seconds. Once this is done flip over your fabric and iron another 15-20 seconds.
Let your fabric/iron on vinyl cool. Once cooled you can remove the liner and the vinyl should stay in place. Repeat with any other iron on vinyl you will be adding.
Didn’t this turn out so cute?
The best part is that Adison just loves it! I am actually a little proud of myself for actually sewing something – it was an easy thing to sew, but when you aren’t sure what you are doing it can be a bit of a challenge.
Have you ever tried iron on vinyl?
Disclosure: I was given some iron on vinyl and white tshirts for the Cricut Fashion Show campaign – all opinions are 100% mine.