Football season is in full swing, and whether or not you are a huge football fan, chances are you may find yourself watching some games in the near future. If you are going to be watching the big game but are less than an avid football fan, you may want to make yourself this fun “here for the commercials” Super Bowl DIY t-shirt to show everyone at the party just where your priorities lie.
It’s so easy to make your own cute, custom tee with my free hand lettered cut file, an electronic cutting machine, and some heat transfer vinyl. One of my favorite things about making my own t-shirts is that I can pick whatever color and fit tee I want! I decided on a black tee with white vinyl, but feel free to use whatever colors you like.
Supplies needed to make your own Super Bowl DIY t-shirt:
- Blank T-Shirt
- Heat Transfer (Iron On) Material
- Electronic Cutting Machine such as a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore
- Weeding Tool
- Parchment Paper or Scrap Piece of Cotton
- My “Here for the Commercials” Design – download the SVG or PNG file (Free for Personal Use Only)
Step One. Cut the Design.
Start out by downloading the cut file from the supply list above and opening it in your cutting machine software. I am using a Silhouette Cameo, so I will provide instructions for working with that machine, but the basic steps will be the same with a Cricut machine.
Because we are cutting the design from heat transfer vinyl, you will need to mirror the design before cutting so it will read properly when ironed onto your shirt. In the Silhouette Studio software, select the design, then click Object > Mirror > Flip Horizontally to mirror the design.
Select “Heat Transfer Vinyl” from the materials settings under the “Send” tab. Load your vinyl into your machine (shiny side facing down) and send it to your machine to cut.
Step Two. Remove Excess Vinyl.
Use your weeding hook to remove the excess vinyl from around your design. You can also use tweezers or a straight pin to help you weed out the extra vinyl if you don’t have a weeding hook.
Don’t forget to get the little pieces from inside your letters!
Step Three. Iron on the Design.
Flip your design over so the shiny clear plastic is on top of the design and your words read correctly. Position your design on your t-shirt, and then cover with a piece of parchment paper or thin cotton fabric. With your iron set to the cotton setting and the steam turned off, apply heat and pressure to each part of the design for 10-15 seconds. Slowly peel off the clear plastic backing. If the vinyl is not fully adhered to the shirt and starts to come up with the plastic sheet, then apply more heat and pressure. When the vinyl has fully adhered to the shirt, you should be able to see some of the fabric’s weave or grain through the vinyl.
Flip the shirt over and iron on the backside for a few seconds to help get a great application.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.