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Custom 18" Doll Tees with Heat Transfer Vinyl (Free Cut File and GIVEAWAY)

I'm away on vacation so I'm thrilled to be having Jamie from Punch Place Plus in to teach today's lesson.  This is a great one - especially if you have little girls in your life.  I'll let Jamie take it from here...

Have you noticed the great fashion htv on the market today - My Vinyl Direct has a huge selection of pattern vinyl? I am in love with several of the patterns. I like to start small when trying new techniques or materials. Therefore, the combination of the htv on an 18” doll tee shirt seemed like a natural place to begin. Please join me, your substitute Jamie, for today’s class!

I have an 11 year old who loves to dress her American Girl Doll. She was more than happy to help me choose the shirt color, the fashion htv, and a design.

Together we decided on the hot pink houndstooth that we felt would pop on a black doll tee.

Next, we discussed the design. Her suggestions were #socute, hearts, and a butterfly. Now it was time to create then, audition the designs.

I typed in #socute and sized it. To be able to demo the designs, I decided to cut the reverse out of black construction paper, so I added a cut box around each design. Here are the three designs in their boxes ready to be cut.

The FREE studio cut file is available with this lesson...but please these are for the personal use only.

I used black construction paper on my well-worn mat, which was not exceptionally sticky. A friend had shared her horror story of placing construction paper on a new mat. She had to scrape it off and re-glue her mat! So remember to test your mat prior to using construction paper.

Unfortunately for me, I did not notice the paper overlapped the right edge of the mat. This resulted in a bit of my friend’s problem, as the Silhouette roller pressed the paper onto the mat. It was small area so cleaning was less drastic than a whole sheet sticking.

I peeled off the squares; now let the tryouts begin! I called my daughter in and we discussed the designs.

We both felt the #socute would be better suited to a glitter or solid htv.

I preferred the hearts but the butterfly won hers. So butterfly it was!

I read the manufacturer’s directions and found I had to fiddle with my settings to get a good cut.

I would recommend using the test cut feature before diving right in and cutting the design.

(Melissa here...chiming in on Jamie's GENIUS idea ^^^ to cut a vinyl decal for her machine to remind herself to mirror HTV! OMG you have no idea how many times I forget!) 

After cutting, I opened the tee shirt and centered the design by dropping the design down 1” from the neckline. Then centered it between the side seams.

After getting it in the right position, I applied the htv according to the manufacturer’s directions. This fashion htv was a hot peel, but I have used others that were cold peel.

Knowing which type has been the difference between success or failure on a few other tees I worked on.

And wait there's can win 5 doll tees from Punch Place Plus just by entering our latest giveaway!

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NOTE: If you entered using the previous giveaway entry form, your entries have been transferred to the new widget.  I apologize but we are having technical problems with the entry form. 

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