I’m super excited about this post today! My whole family is going to Disney World for the first time in about 6 weeks… Woo Hoo! We are very excited about visiting Disney, Universal Studios, Kennedy and Discovery Cove. We are getting geared up and of course making t-shirts for everyone was on my list. I went back and forth on what kind of shirts I wanted for everyone and finally decided to give everyone their own unique shirt… I know a lot of work… but they came out really cute so I thought I’d share my DIY Disney shirts tutorial so you can make your own too!
Last time we went to Disney Land I had made basic mouse ear shirts for the 7 of us…
Since I’ve learned a few things since then I decided to go a little bigger! I asked everyone what their favorite Disney character was and went to work on designing the shirts in Cricut Design Space. I wanted the names to be in the middle of the images so I had to split all the layers of the image. I made my first video since it was really hard to explain with screen shots! I used two different ways to design these images so I have two video tutorials for you! Check out both of them to see which way you prefer! Check out my Cricut Design Space video tutorial my clicking here on how to cut images in half! Check out how to slice out sections in multiple layer images by clicking here.
Materials for DIY Disney Shirts
- Shirts! – It was really hard to find 11 shirts in all the different sizes I needed in the same color. I didn’t want the scratchy cotton ones since it will be hot and sticky when we are in Florida. I ended up getting these Hanes XTemp Shirts found here at Walmart.com.
- Cricut Explore or other vinyl cutting machine
- Heat Transfer Vinyl – my favorite is Siser EasyWeed Iron On. Colors you need depend on which character you are doing!
- Heat Press – this is the one I have and love! Or you can use an iron but the shirts usually don’t last as long.
Let’s get started… Remember to watch my videos by clicking here and here if you need help designing in Cricut Design Space. I also created another video for creating the images in Inkscape (a free download program) and then transferring them to CDS for editing. Click here for this video. This is how I made Mary Poppins, Chessire Cat, Pumba, and Animal shirts. I’m definitely no expert at Inkscape but I know enough to make a few basic svgs.
Layering vinyl is pretty straight forward. Start out by pressing your plain shirt to get out extra moisture. Then to get the center, I fold my shirt in half and press again to get the middle line. I also fold my vinyl in half (sticky sides away from each other) to get a crease and then match up the lines.
Then align your next layers being careful not to overlap any backing plastic with the vinyl or you’ll end up with the vinyl melted on to that. Trim the pieces so there isn’t much around the vinyl and do layers as needed. The one thing is the vinyl will shrink a little with each press so they might not line up perfectly. You don’t need to do the first few layers for the full time since it will be pressed again. Just enough so you can peel the backing off. Around 10 seconds is usually good enough. Sometimes I will stretch the shirt just a little to get it lined up better. Put a teflon sheet over the whole thing and press again. For Mickey, I was able to press the cream face, red clothes, and yellow shoes all at one time.