So here’s a story about one of my best friends, Jenn. She is that wildly inappropriate friend that I’m sure you all have – you know, the one who says the things you would only dare think – and some things you wouldn’t even dare think. She is the loud one of our group, and a true east coaster through and through.
However… she’s a hermit. Okay, maybe not a total hermit, but pretty much once the sun sets, so does she. We often text or call her to do something or get together and her response is always the same.
“Sorry. Bra’s off. Not happening.”
What an old lady, right?
So when my friend Mel and I (yes, the same Mel of that delicious raspberry cream cheese pie) found out Jenn was moving, we had to create something to signify our love/hate relationship with Jenn’s inability to socialize because she refuses to get properly dressed again. We saw this little quote somewhere and thought it was perfectly fitting for her, and had to put it on a tshirt for her.
This project is so easy. Literally – easy! You only need two supplies – a plain t-shirt and some iron on.
Now this project could run you any number of costs, depending mainly on where you buy your tshirt. There’s the dollar store, JoAnn’s (they were $2.50 the last time I checked!), Wal-Mart, or even Old Navy. If you spend around $3.00 on a shirt, you could easily make this project for under $5.00, but even if you go high end and buy a shirt from Old Navy, you’re still looking at less than $10 total.
For the iron on vinyl, you also have a few options. I used the Cricut rolls pictured above because I already had them. Using what you have is always cheaper than buying something else. However, if you plan to make more than one shirt, or you need iron on for another project, buying a roll may be your most cost efficient solution. You can also buy it by the sheets at Expressions Vinyl. A 12×12 sheet will run you about $3.50, and you only use half a sheet per shirt. If you want to do two colors like I did, you will only need 1/4 of a sheet of each color.
I created the text in a photo editor (GIMP) because it allowed me to use the same font but change the width and thickness by resizing the layers. I then saved it as an image, and uploaded it to my design space.
It will open really small, so just stretch it out – I made it about 6″x9″.
If you are doing all of the text in one color, all you do now is cut it out (make sure you mirror the text and place your iron on face down on your mat!). If you would like to do two colors, as I did, here’s a tip on how to do it quickly: Click on the contour button, and click everything you DON’T want to cut on this run. Those lines will turn a lighter blue, and when you click off of them, those lines will disappear from your cut area. So in the picture below, I had told my machine NOT to cut pants, and that’s why it is a different color. Continue for the first half, and then hit cut. After the first part cuts, return and put that part back in (click contour, and click each letter in the first half so it turns dark blue again). Then, turn the bottom half “off” by repeating the same process.
Ironing on is simple – just use a dry iron, place where you want it, cover with a thin piece of fabric, and press down gently on the iron for 5-10 seconds in each spot until it is fully adhered to the shirt.
We gave the shirt to Jenn at her going away party last night, and she laughed really hard and said “That is sooo me!” I’m glad we know her so well… but sad we will miss such a great friend!