Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just around the corner and we have a super easy, super cute DIY Baby Groot t-shirt for you to celebrate the newest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! You need a Guardians of the Galaxy shirt! If you've never made your own shirt using iron-on vinyl, you might be wondering, “Will it be easy for me to learn the Cricut Design Space software to create my own custom projects?” I have the answer: It will!
I've made several t-shirts now using the Cricut Design Space software, and it was quite easy to learn. The steps are quite easy and the tools are fairly self-explanatory, even if you have no “design” software experience. There are oodles of tutorials online, too! I've made a few t-shirts for events like this Hamilton-inspired shirt and this Little Mermaid-inspired shirt.
For my recent trip to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket, I wanted to make a Baby Groot shirt.
I started by creating a new project in the Cricut Design Space. I drew a vector file of Baby Groot and added reversed text for my image to create a “knock out” on the shirt. I uploaded that file as my own .svg file. And off I went. Here are the steps below.
DIY Baby Groot Shirt
- Create new file in Cricut Design Space.
- Upload custom Baby Groot .svg file, which you can download here for personal use only.
- Place Cricut Glitter Iron On onto Cricut Cutting Mat and load mat in Cricut Explore Air.
- Send file to print (make sure you select Mirror Image for iron on).
- Follow on screen directions to finish.
- Once image is cut to vinyl, remove mat.
- Make sure you follow full application instructions. Make sure to pre-heat, heat, and post-heat your images for the recommended amount of time to help the iron-on material set into the fibers shirt you are adhering the iron-on to.
- Be sure you are applying iron-on material to a clean shirt.
- Remove negative Cricut Iron-on film, leaving only the desired cut image on the liner (this process is known as weeding). Using the weeder (found in the Cricut Tool Kit can make this process faster and less tedious).
- Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting (generally the highest temperature setting). Make sure the steam setting is OFF for steam irons.
- Use the iron to preheat the area of the material in which you will be applying your cut image for 10–15 seconds. Always use a press cloth (or a clean cotton cloth, such as a dishtowel) over the top of your material when applying heat. This will protect your base material from the heat of the iron.
- Place the weeded image, liner side up, onto the preheated material. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25–30 seconds.
- Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25–30 seconds.
- Let cool 1–2 minutes. Remove lining.
Do not layer iron-on material over glitter iron-on. However, glitter iron-on may be layered on top of iron-on lite.
For best results, test a piece of Cricut Iron-on in an inconspicuous part of the item prior to application.
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