Clothing Projects

Sunshine t-shirts

This is a favourite song of mine and I’ve passed it on to my daughter. I’ve been looking at “Mommy and Me’ outfits but they’re all about Queens/Princesses or “this kid tires me out” and I thought I could find something better. I went looking around on Pinterest and found this. It was exactly what I was looking for. Shipping across the border can be very expensive and after the Elmo shirt I thought this would be easy enough to try.

I used the yellow shirt that I recreated from a store-bought youth tee. Michaels didn’t have a yellow shirt in my daughter’s size so I made one myself. My shirt is a plain gray cotton v-neck shirt.

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I used the vinyl sheets I bought on Amazon for my Elmo shirt project.

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I picked out some fonts I liked on Cricut Design Space and found a sun shape on the program for the top. Then I set the Cricut to work!

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Set up the gray piece to cut while you work on the yellow chunk. I cut out the small square piece so I could use the rest of the yellow for something else later. Can’t have waste! Weed all of the negative space. The weeding tool is amazing for teeny font pieces.

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Now to weed all the inner-font pieces.

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Poke and lift. Try not to poke stuff not meant to be poked.

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All done the weeding process. I highly recommend doing this at a table rather than bent over on the floor.

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The gray sheet is all cut. Hard to see unless you catch a glare at the right angle.

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Cut out just the part where your picture is.

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Start weeding the negative space.

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Almost done. Just the inner-font pieces.

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I laid them on top of the shirts to see how they looked. I probably could have made mine larger. My daughter’s shirt is a better size.

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Starting with my shirt, I spread it onto the ironing board so it was only the front being ironed. I eye-balled the placement, laid a towel over the vinyl and ironed away. I pressed fairly hard while I tried to concentrate the heat on the plastic square.

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You can see the parts that haven’t adhered to the shirt yet.

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Just checking to make sure I iron the right section.

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Took a couple go-rounds.

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The sun still needs some heat. It hasn’t quite separated from the plastic yet.

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I tested the corner to see if it was ready. Looks good!

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Tada!

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I turned the shirt over and ironed the back.

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My shirt is done!

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I laid the gray piece down to see where it should be placed.

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Cover it up with the tea towel to iron.

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Not even close. This shirt took a long time to adhere. Maybe because the font is so skinny or maybe the vinyl wasn’t as nice. Who knows.

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I took the tea towel off and just ironed on the plastic. My arm started to hurt!

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Still not sticking.

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Eventually it stuck and it turned out great! They look great on the table. Can’t wait to try them on!

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