I haven’t really loved St. Patrick’s Day since about Kindergarten. That was the year a boy in my class pinched me so hard that it left a welt! I was wearing green! I guess it was more of a sage. But still… Today I am going to show you a DIY shamrock St. Patrick’s Day shirt that you can make, and bring out every year. I wish I would have had one when when I was five, and could have avoided that traumatic experience!
You can download the free cut file to make a DIY shamrock shirt for everyone in the family! Let’s promote a pinch-free St. Pat’s Day!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY shamrock shirt:
- Black T-Shirt
- White Heat Transfer Vinyl, 11.8×36 inches (this will be enough for 3-4 tee shirts)
- Glitter Grass Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Dritz Tapered Awl (Optional. I like to use a similar tool to “weed” my vinyl)
- Easy Press Machine or Iron
- Electronic Cutting Machine with Cutting Mat
- FREE DIGITAL CUTTING FILE
When you open the file, you will have three images.
The images are already sized to fit nicely on adult shirts from small to XL.
On the left side, I gave you an image of the final product. This file could also be cut by itself, if you wanted to use it as a paper image.
On your main screen will be the letters. There is a space left in the center intentionally, so your green DIY shamrock will fit perfectly.
Cut the image from iron-on vinyl following the manufacturers directions that come with the vinyl, and the correct settings on your cutting machine.
Then move the letter image off of your cutting screen and cut the shamrock (right hand side) out of green glitter iron-on vinyl.
I was really impressed with this Siser vinyl. It cut clean (even the glitter vinyl!), with sharp edges, and really ironed on well.
Trim your white vinyl to the bottom of the cut letters.
Then “weed” (remove the excess vinyl) around the outside edges of the cut letters using an awl.
A little advice on the tee shirts that you choose. Make sure that they are pre-shrunk.
Some tee shirts come pre-shrunk, like this one. If yours isn’t, wash and dry it before you add your vinyl. If your shirt shrinks after the vinyl is ironed on, it can distort your image.
Place the vinyl letters on your tee shirt where you like it, and iron it down! I used an Easy Press Machine to set my vinyl, but you can also use a regular iron. Make sure to follow the settings suggested on the vinyl.
Let your vinyl cool completely. Then start peeling up the vinyl backing. Start at a corner, and make sure the vinyl is adhered well.
If it looks like the vinyl is pulling up a little, go over it again with your iron.
Peel the backing off when the vinyl is good and stuck!
Once the letters are done, you can add the green glitter DIY shamrock.
The placement should be perfect.
Heat set the shamrock, and peel off the backing.
Now you are ready to wear your tee!
Feel free to mix up the colors if you would like. Black letters on a white tee would look great.
Just don’t switch out the GREEN, or you will suffer the same fate as Kindergarten me.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).