Let’s talk about how this WDW 50th Anniversary Tee came together…
When you’re headed to Florida to celebrate WDW’s 50th Anniversary for your 5 year Wedding Anniversary, you need a fun new t-shirt to celebrate! …It’s become part of our tradition after all.
When I began the process of picking out the design, I thought everything would run fairly smooth like usual. However, I’m not going to lie, this t-shirt was a bugger to make! I experienced a couple of different mishaps, but since the shirt is actually finished I can laugh about it now.
First off, when I set out to weed this shirt I didn’t realize how intricate some of the detailing was. I’d say it probably took me 2 hours to weed this thing – Oy. I took a break about half way through because my eyes were going buggy. I decided not to leave it unattended on my desk, however, because I didn’t want JuJu to walk by and get it all hairy. So I grabbed what I thought was a transfer sheet to cover it up. When I came back later I discover that I must not have grabbed transfer paper because it had stuck to the transfer and I had to spend about 30 minutes scratching it off. What a mess!
The next thing that happened was that my Cricut Easy Press tripped a fuse as it was heating up. Down went all the things in my room – the heat press, the tv, my computer, and all of the lights. Thankfully my studio was the only room on that particular breaker and I was able to easily restore it… but I definitely unplugged a few things before turning my easy press back on.
Once those things were taken care of I proceeded to press the shirt. For the most part it turned out pretty well. I did have to take a pair of tweezers and weed out any of the excess paper leftover from my first mishap… but that ended up being super easy – thank goodness!
In the end, I decided that it will be a LONG TIME before I ever attempt to make this shirt again. I had thought about making matchy-matchy ones for Rafe and I but forget about it! I’ll find a different design to work with. I will say, though, that Close To My Heart’s Heat Transfer Vinyl is a DREAM to work with. Weeds easy, transfers smoothly and the overall look is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to dream up my next project!
WDW’s 50th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT RECIPE:
Provided right is a visual link of the Close To My Heart Black Heat Transfer Vinyl I used. When you click on the link, a new browser window will open up. This makes it easier to shop my Close To My Heart Website for the items you need.
I also used…
- My Cricut Easy Press – 12″ x 10″ size
- Weeding Tool
- T-shirt, any color
- An incredible .SVG File that I purchased from JennyLynnWestSVG
Have questions about the ingredients listed above? Please be sure to Contact Me so I can help.
Want to see a quick video on the pressing process? Check out my Leggings, Leaves & Lattes video! I even set it up so that the page will open in another browser window so that you don’t lose your place with this project.
Now let’s get creating!
- Open up Design Space and click to start a new project.
- Next, click on Templates and search for ‘Tee’. Choose ‘Classic T-shirts’ for your template. You will also want to choose the Type and Size of the t-shirt you will be using.
- To upload the .SVG file click upload on the left side menu.
- Click ‘Upload Image’ and choose the .SVG file you want to use for this project.
- Next, choose your uploaded image from the Recent Uploads that are showing at the bottom of your screen and click ‘Add to Canvas’.
- Position the cut file where you want it on the t-shirt, adjusting the size as needed.
NOTE: For this particular file I also grouped all the images together so that they would all remain in-tact.
- Click ‘Make it’ and then click ‘Mirror’. This will ensure that the text is readable. Click Continue.
- Set your base material to Everyday Iron On, or to the type of heat transfer vinyl you are using. Begin cutting your pieces.
- Weed your vinyl pieces and place them on the t-shirt where you want them.
- If using CTMH Heat Transfer Vinyl you will want to set your Easy Press to 305 degrees and press for 15 seconds.
If using a different company’s Vinyl, check out this Cricut Heat Guide before proceeding. Then, use a Heat Press to press the vinyl pieces to the t-shirt as directed.
- Peel when the project has cooled slightly. Wash inside out before wearing.
And there you have it. Another beautiful project with the Cricut Easy Press.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project. If you have any questions about this project or my instructions please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what I’m here for.