Today I’m sharing a quick and easy tutorial for a DIY heat-transfer vinyl sweatshirt.
Many years ago I went to college in Idaho. I was young, freshly graduated from high school and just ready to be on my own. I didn’t fully take into consideration the weather when I applied for schools. So you can imagine my shock when my first winter in Idaho arrived. I had never been so cold in my life. The snow came early, in October, and then it never left. There was constantly snow on the ground, the temperatures were consistently below zero and my butt became well acquainted with the ground as I learned how to walk uphill to my classes on sheets of ice. Winters in Idaho seemed to last twice as long as in most states and having my nose hairs freeze on the way to class became the new normal. Yes, that’s a thing.
Those years in Idaho were great. I met my husband there, made life long friends and gained an education that continues to bless my life. However, those miserable winters are forever ingrained in my mind and I thank God that I now live in a state where the winters are mild and the snow storms are infrequent and short-lived. When we get a snow day here in Arkansas, it’s a magical day off of school, during which the entire town shuts down and even my husband stays home from work. We drink endless cups of hot cocoa, go sledding, build snowmen and then snuggle up together and watch movies. It’s amazing.
That being said, I was cracking up all morning while I made this sweatshirt. I’m rarely “freaking cold” here in Arkansas, but I remember the feeling all too well. Now without further adieu, here is a tutorial for a DIY “I am Freaking Cold” sweatshirt.
Step 1: Download your choice of design from the silhouette files above and open the file in Silhouette Studio.
I picked the “I AM FREAKING COLD” design.
Arrange the image on the page and then “mirror” the image so it appears backwards. When cutting heat transfer vinyl, make sure you always “mirror” the image.
Step 3: Load your heat-transfer vinyl with the clear shiny side facing down onto your cutting mat and load it into your silhouette machine. (I read that you can cut heat-transfer without a cutting mat, but I have never done this.)
Then send the image to your silhouette and let that amazing machine work its magic.
Step 5: Unload the mat and peel off the vinyl. Then peel the excess vinyl from the clear shiny backing. Leave the actual image stuck to the clear sheet. With the clear shiny backing facing up, position the design onto your sweatshirt. The design should no longer appear reversed.
Step 7: Place a cloth over the design and apply firm pressure with a heated iron for 45-60 seconds. Repeat until the entire design has been pressed. (Make sure the steam settings are turned off your iron)