Cricut DIY - Disney Themed I Just Came for the Cookies Shirt using HTV/Iron-On

Today I made matching family shirts for our upcoming trip to Epcot and the delicious Cookies Stroll! These are a little more advanced to make so feel free to customize to meet your skills/needs.



Materials:

Tools:

Images:

Mickey Ornament - SVGart.org

I recommend you convert the png into an svg for better use in the Cricut Design Space. See my post for instructions on how to do that - Cricut - Beginner Tips - How to Convert an Image to use in Cricut Design Space

Steps:
  • First, I added the Tshirt template so I can center my project. This is optional. I made an Adult shirt first so the sizes might need to be adjusted to fit your shirt size.
  • Next, I created the words. Click the Text button. Select a font you want to use. Type in "I'm just here". Center the text box on the shirt front.
  • Click the Text button. Select the same font or a different font. For mine, I selected a different cursive font. Type in "for the". Center the text box under the first one.
  • Click the Text button again. Select the same or different font. I chose a big bubbly font so that it would match the ornaments better. Type in "COOKIES". Center the text box under the second one.
  • Right-click on the third/last text box and select UnGroup. Now we can remove the two O's. So you will be left with "C KIES" like this:
  • To make it easy to cut and iron-on, I selected all the letters and weld'ed them together by selecting the Weld tool in the lower right hand side of the screen. Now they are one unit. I also adjusted the size of the unit to be 9.032" wide x 4.966" high. You can adjust yours to whatever size you need.
  • Now we will add the ornaments which will become the O's in the word "COOKIES". Download the free svg ornaments from the link above. Upload the ornament image onto your canvas (for step-by-step instructions on uploading images, click here: Cricut - Beginner Tips - How to Upload Images into Cricut Design Space).
  • Right-click on the uploaded image and select UnGroup. Delete the other 3 Mickey Mouse images that we're not using.
  • Select the ornament and Copy and paste so that you have 2 ornaments.
  • I made mine 2 different colors - red and green. You can choose any colors you want. Click the color box in the Operations section at the top of the screen like this:
  • Now we need to shrink the ornaments down to fit inside the word. I made mine 1.581" wide and 1.369" high to match the letters.
  • The Gingerbread cookies are a little tricky. Upload the cookie onto your canvas (for step-by-step instructions on uploading images, click here: Cricut - Beginner Tips - How to Upload Images into Cricut Design Space).
  • Shrink the gingerbread to 2.153" wide x 3.014" high or to a size you desire. I wanted my cookies to fit very closely to the words.
  • Rotate the gingerbread until it fits where you like on the template. It will not cut at an angle (it cuts up and down without any rotation).
  • Copy and paste the gingerbread so that you now have 2 images. Click the Flip horizontal button for the new cookies. Place the second cookie into place on the template.
  • So your design should now contain: "I just came for the Cookies" letters that are welded together; 2 ornaments; 2 gingerbread cookies. Click the Make It button to start cutting!
  • The layout page will contain several steps/colors. Mine starts with the letters. Click the Mirror to turn it on (very important when ironing-on).
  • For each cut, you will need to change the material (unless you only plan to use one material) and be sure to select Mirror!
  • As my items were cutting, I pre-heated my iron/heat press. (For temperatures and times check the official guide - https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide. Since we'll be pressing several items, I plan to cut the required times in half. For example, Everyday Iron-On requires 30 seconds but I will only press for 15 seconds. Otherwise, your material will start to shrink/stretch.
  • Weed all your cut items.
  • Press the hot iron over the tshirt area you will be using to create a warm base. Center the letters first. Press the iron. Cool slightly before peeling off the plastic backing.
  • For the ornaments, be sure to cut the backing as close to the ornament as possible. If the backing overlaps your letters it will mess them up. I used a ruler to line the ornaments up with the bottom of the letters. Press those for half the time as well. Cool slightly then peel off backing.
  • Finally, I placed the gingerbread cookies, one on each side of the wording at the desired angle. Cut the backing very close the gingerbread so it doesn't touch the other letters and mess them up. Since these are glitter-based, the temperature and pressing time are higher. I press these for the full time to be sure they adhere well. Cool slightly and remove backing.
  • Now, cover the entire design with parchment paper and iron for full time (probably 30 seconds depending on your materials). Turn the shirt over and press for another 20-30 seconds to ensure the vinyl is set.
  • If you really want to challenge yourself, cut out little squiggles from white vinyl and press into the cuffs of the gingerbread men. It's quite difficult to get the vinyl to stick well as the cutout space is so narrow (I pressed the material before and after removing the backing to get a good grip).


Disclaimer: - The Mickey Mouse Ornament and Gingerbread are for personal use only and not for commercial/retail/resale use

Cricut - Beginner Tips - How to Convert an Image to use in Cricut Design Space

Howdy! When I am working on a new project, I often download (royalty-free) images off the internet to use. Sometimes these images do not upload well into Cricut Design Space. Or sometimes they are in a format that Cricut does not like. There are a lot of free conversion tools on the internet for us to use to convert. I'll be showing you step-by-step how to do this.

So for this example, I downloaded a gingerbread man off the internet in png format shown here. Feel free to download it for your own personal use. We'll be running this example from a laptop/desktop.

Image:


It looks fine on the internet. But when I go to Cricut Design Space and click upload, it is very ugly and will be difficult to use. This is why we need to convert it to svg through a free online tool.

So I went to https://convertio.co/png-svg/



Click the Choose Files button. Locate your file (here I selected gingerbreadman.png).



Click Convert button.



When it's done processing, a download button will appear. Click that. Save your new svg file.

Now when I go to upload the svg file in Cricut Design Space it looks usable.



Disclaimer: - The Gingerbread Man image is for personal use only and not for commercial/retail/resale use

Cricut - Beginner Tips - How to Upload Images into Cricut Design Space

Howdy! A couple of people reached out to me for step-by-step instructions on uploading images into Cricut Design space, so I hope you find these helpful! We'll be using this Mickey Mouse image as an example but you can use any image. We'll be running this example from a laptop/desktop.

Image:


Saving Image Steps:
  • Right-Click on the Mickey Mouse image here.
  • Select Save As or Same Image As
  • Select a location to save the image.
  • Be sure the image is in a format that Cricut can use - png, jpg, gif, svg, dxf, bmp.


Uploading Image Steps:
  • Open Cricut Design Space
  • Open an existing Project or Create a New Project.
  • Click the Upload button in the left menu bar. This will open the Upload Image page.


  • Click the Upload Image button. This will take you to a page where you can either drag and drop images into this page (from File Explorer, for example) or you can click the Browse button to search for your saved files.
  • Once you place your file here, click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.


  • Your image will be displayed on the left side. If you selected the wrong image, just click that "Replace Image" hyperlink underneath it.
  • I almost always select "Complex" on the right. Click Continue button at the bottom of the page.
  • Now you are on a screen that will help you remove the background. If you plan to cut your image out, you will need to remove the background. Whatever isn't removed will be included in your project. So in this example, I want to remove the white background. So I click on it.


  • Continue clicking on all the pieces you do not want included in your project. When you are done, click the "Apply and Continue" button at the bottom of the page.
  • Your file should appear at the bottom in the "Recent Uploads" section (these are sorted newest to oldest).
  • Click your new image and click the "Add to Canvas" button. Your image should now appear on the project screen.


Disclaimer: - The Mickey Mouse image is for personal use only and not for commercial/retail/resale use

Cricut DIY - Disney Themed Home for the Holidays Shirt using HTV/Iron-On

Howdy! I'm back after a long break playing with my new Cricut machine and designing lots of fun things. You don't need a cutting machine to create this design but they do make cutting out designs so much easier. I made a shirt with this design but you don't have to follow these steps exactly. Feel free to further customize. My instructions are for a small adult shirt. Feel free to adjust for other sizes.

   


Materials:

Tools:

Font:
Waltograph - Dafont - Waltograph

Images:



Directions: First, we will create the "HOME" text. I am using the Cricut Designer application. If you don't have that, feel free to use Microsoft Word or whatever application you choose. Once the application opens, choose new project.


Click the "Text" button on the very left of the screen. I chose the font named "Century" and set it to font-size of 135.83 (which makes the letter 3.528" high). You can adjust the size as desired. Type the letter "h".


Hit the enter key and type "me". The letter "o" in the word "HOME" will be replaced by the castle image.


Optional step: The default font settings create an annoying space between the letters. So to get the rows closer together, I right-clicked on the text box and selected "UnGroup". Then I moved the bottom text up a little bit. Select both text boxes and right-click. Select "Group" to regroup the letters back together.


Now we'll add the Castle image. Right-click the Castle image above and save to your computer. In the Cricut application, click the "Upload" button on the very left of the page.


Click "Upload Image" button.

 

You can drag the saved Castle image to this page or you can click the "Browse" button to search your computer for the file.


Once you open the image, it shows up on the Upload Image page. Click the image to insert it on the project page. (Yes - lots of steps!)


Shrink the image to 3.339" wide by 4.456" high then move it next to the "h" as shown in the image here. You can adjust the sizing as needed. Since I planned the castle to be red-checked, I set the color to red to keep it separate from the "home" letters.

 

Repeat the upload process and select the Mickey Mouse head. Once the image is loaded onto the project page, shrink the image to 1.507" wide by 1.28" high. Click the rotate button and move it slightly to an angle. I wanted Mickey to be the same material/color as the Castle, so I set both to the same color. You can choose different materials/colors as desired. This step is optional; you can leave off the mickey head or you can customize it as desired.


Now we'll add the "For the Holidays". Click the Text button on the left side of the screen. Select "Waltograph" font. This font must be downloaded and installed (you can google "installing fonts" to learn how to do this). Set the font-size to 83.71 (or adjust as needed). Type in "For The Holidays". Center the text box under the "me" letters.


Turn on your Cricut cutting machine. For me, the letters/words cut first, so load the material for that first (I used black everyday iron-on HTV). Be sure to load it correctly (shiny side down). In the Cricut designer, click "Make It" button. Click the Mirror button so the cut will be made reversed (and then when you iron on to the shirt, it's correct). Click "Continue". Select the Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) material that you're using for the letters (I selected Everyday Iron-On). Click the Cricut button the machine to start.

Once the cut is completed, unload the black material and load the red-checked material. Be sure to load it correctly (shiny side down). In the Cricut Designer application, select the next cut (the Castle and Mickey). Click the Mirror button. Select the Heat Transfer Vinyl material that you're using for the images (I selected Everyday Iron-On). Click the Cricut button the machine to start.

Turn on the iron you will be using to start heating it up. For a guide to know how hot and how long to iron: Cricut Heat Guide

Fold the shirt in half and press the iron to create a nice center crease. We will place the images around the crease. Lay the shirt open on the ironing boad/pad or towel.

Remove the material from the cutting machine. Cut as close to the images/letters as possible.

Lay the "H" to the left of the crease, about 2-3 inches down from the collar. Place the castle on the right of the crease. See image for placement. I usually place a piece of parchment paper on top to avoid any damage with the iron. Press the iron over the HTV for the suggested time. Flip the shirt over and press iron for a few seconds.

Let the HTV cool slightly. Start to peel off the plastic. If the HTV doesn't easily peel off, press the iron down again for a few seconds. Be careful not to over-iron or the material starts to stretch.

Peel off the plastic and enjoy your new shirt!

Disclaimer: - The Mickey Mouse and Castle images are for personal use only and not for commercial/retail/resale use