Making your own team team gear can not only save you a bunch of money, but also allow you to personalize it just how you want it.
I made some Penn State shirts for my kiddos and didn't spend more than $10 on either shirt.
I got the blank shirts at Old Navy for about $5 each. (Totally removed that little pocket on the white shirt with a seam ripper.)
The vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl. A 12x24" sheet of navy, gray, and white, plus a 12x20" of glitter white was plenty for this project and I had some left over.
The shirts didn't take me long to make either...maybe an hour total.
If you have a heat press let it warm up while you are working on your design. If you have an iron, you can wait a bit to turn it on. Measure your shirts to see how large the designs need to be then open up Silhouette Studio and get to work.
I used the font Collegiate Heavy Outline for all the lettering and numbers (A). The font has a bunch of layers and offsets to it which I didn't need. I typed out my numbers (Class of '30 and '33) and then released the compound paths and ungrouped so I could pull out the largest outline (B). The rest of the text was deleted. I then made an internal offset (C) and moved the offset away from the original design (D).
From here on out I filled in the layers so you could more easily see. The top layer is red and the bottom or outside layer is gray. When I'm layering HTV I like to actually have all of my layers touching the shirt instead of laying on top of each other. I think it reduces the bulk and you get a better stick. To do this I need to cut out the top red area from the bottom gray area....to move the top layer onto the bottom layer.
Select them both and from the MODIFY window click "Subtract All."
When you pull the layers apart, this is what you are left with.
This is all well, fine, and good, but there is no wiggle room and if your layers are off even the slightest big you'll be able to see the shirt peeking through. So what I like to do is create an offset around the top layer.
Select the top layer (red) > Offset.
Now you can delete the original top layer and use the new offset as your top layer. You can see here that the small gray area between is the only overlap of the two layers of vinyl.
The names were cut out of the same font but without all the layers. I released the compound path and just used a single layer without any offsets.
The PSU logo on my daughter's shirt was created using the trace tool. I duplicated the trace and then release the compound path to get the 'internal' areas so I could cut them on glitter white to have it peeking through the blue.
Once your design is all ready, you can get ready to cut.
Remember, when cutting HTV:
- Flip your designs
- Cut with the shiny side down
- Measure your surface area and resize the images (all at once)
After I cut and weeded all of my layers designs, it was time to apply. I used my heat press to put on the HTV. An iron works, too...just takes longer and you'll need to be sure to add a lot of pressure.
For heat press times and temps you'll need to look at the manufacturer's suggestions. Siser Easyweed calls for 305 degrees for 10-15 seconds. If you have two layers, like I do, put the first layer on for half the time, peel off the carrier sheet, add the second layer and press again for the remaining amount of time.
Once the entire design is applied, I always flip my shirts inside out and press again from the inside to draw in the HTV.
And here's a close up of the white glitter HTV on my daughter's shirt.
And here are a few more fun ways to make custom team shirts!
Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School. If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!