Hi Friends! Summer is here and 4th of July is just around the corner. I love making patriotic shirts for my family since you can really wear them all year-long. I’m making new Proud to Be an American shirts this year and wanted to share them with you along with a free SVG cut file!
Materials Needed for DIY Proud to Be an American Shirts
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- T-shirts – Next Level is a super comfy brand found here or you can find plain shirts at Walmart or Target
- Cricut or other cutting machine
- Heat Transfer vinyl – Siser Easyweed is my favorite. You can find at Expression Vinyl here or on Amazon here.
- Heat Press (this is the one I use) or iron
- Teflon sheet
Download the file (scroll down to get!) and upload to Cricut Design Space. Cut out heat transfer vinyl on a mat with a Cricut. (If you don’t know what a Cricut is and want to learn all the wonderful things it can do click here!!!) Weed out extra vinyl. For full tutorial on this part click here.
Preheat your heat press. I heat mine to 305F. Press or iron your t-shirt to get the moisture out. I like to fold my shirt in half and press it again to get a crease down the middle. Then I fold my bottom vinyl layer in half and match that crease up to the shirt crease to ensure that it is in the middle and straight.
Once the bottom layer is lined up where you want it, press it for about 5-8 seconds (Follow the directions on the iron on vinyl package for using an iron)
When you apply layers of HTV (heat transfer vinyl) the layers will shrink a little bit from the heat. I try to press just as much is needed to transfer the vinyl for the bottom layers (that’s why it’s only 5-8 seconds). Peel off plastic backing.
You don’t want to overlap the plastic backing, so I started laying my other layers that weren’t right next to each other. I did the blue and bottom red line first. Put a teflon sheet over everything and press again for just a few seconds (5-8 or so).
Peel off the backing again and add two more lines. You’ll notice that the letters are not lining up perfect because of the shrinkage. Simply cut the plastic backing in between a few of the letters and place them down so they are centered. Make sure to put teflon sheet over all vinyl before you press it. Also make sure to remove all plastic backings in between pressings.
The last layer you do (probably the middle one) will be the most off since everything has shrunk. You may need to cut in between every piece and lay them on one at a time.
Once you have everything on, I like to press the whole thing one more time for 20 seconds with a teflon sheet. This will ensure it’s really on the shirt and melts any lines that were created by the plastic backing. Now you are all set with your proud to be an American shirts for 4th of July!
If you want more patriotic cut files plus a step by step tutorial on how to make a file in CDS click here!!
If you’d like a few more patriotic SVG files click here!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a creative day! Let me know if you have any questions.
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