In the last few months, my world has been turned a little upside down! I gained a pretty useful skill this year: online distance teaching. As some of you may know, I am a teacher full-time and this year as been quite the interesting year (to say the least!). So naturally, like every teacher does, I figured I needed a t-shirt to commemorate the year that has been COVID-19!
Using various scraps of Vinyl that I had lying around, I fired up the Explore Air 2 and created this cute little tee to help me remember this wacky year!
If you are new to Cricut, you should know that there are so many “unofficial” resources that many crafters have created and once I found these, my world of creativity was blown wide open! There are Facebook groups, pages of Youtube videos, other awesome tutorials created by bloggers…the list goes on forever!
One of the best things that I have loved about the Cricut community, is the ability to trade and share designs! This is how you get inspired, and so I wanted to give a shout-out to a particular cool teacher named Mekayla Iva, who created this awesome design that I am sharing with you today! She truly rocks, and thanks to her, I have this unique tee forever!!
**NOTE: I DID MAKE THIS SHIRT BACK IN THE BEGINNING OF QUARANTINE…AND SADLY, I DIDN’T PHOTOGRAPH THE ENTIRE CREATIVE PROCESS…WHOOPS**
“QUARAN-TEE” Iron-On T-shirt
Here’s what you need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (Cricut.com / Amazon.ca) (or any other Cricut cutting machine)
- EasyPress 2 (Cricut.com / Amazon.ca)
- Cricut Iron-On Vinyl (black, navy blue)
- Cricut Iron-On Glitter Vinyl (gold)
- Standard-grip cutting mat
- Cricut Weeding Tool
- Blank Baseball Tee (similar on Amazon.ca) (or any 100% cotton/poly-blend tee)
I have accumulated quite the collection of fun and sassy “teacher tees” (as I like to call them). They are so much fun to dress up or wear casually in the classroom! So why not add one specific to distance teaching to the collection?
In this project, I decided to use muted colours and then really jazz it up with a lot of gold glitter vinyl. I don’t often use glitter vinyl as it is really thick material and is not as smooth as the everyday vinyl. With that being said, it looks so fabulous and for this particular project, I just could not resist!!
Step 1: CREATE YOUR “QUARAN-TEACHER” DESIGN.
Fortunately, this awesome design comes from a fellow teacher on a Cricut for Teachers Facebook group that I am apart of (highly recommend). However, here are the fonts I used below so you can also recreate:
- Extreme Fonts – Little League
- Babette Original Font
For the apple, I used the library in Design Space to find an apple that I liked and positioned everything using the tools to ensure that everything was aligned to the center.
STEP 2: LOAD YOUR MAT, AND CUT YOUR DESIGN OUT.
There is a slight difference between cutting Everyday Iron-On vinyl and Glitter Iron-On. I recommend using the Light Grip mat (blue) for Everyday Iron-On and the Standard Grip mat (green) for the glitter. Since Glitter Iron-On is thicker material, it needs a stronger grip surface to have a smoother cut.
I would also recommend when you change the pressure of your cut to “More” when you move through the steps to cut that portion of your design out. It ensures that you will cut all the way through!
STEP 3: PRESS YOUR DESIGN.
This is a standard step in any iron-on project, obviously. However, always pay attention to the Cricut Heating guide – especially when you are using different types of materials! Not every iron-on product requires the same amount of heat, pressure, cooling, etc.
Easy as 1, 2, 3! Voila, you have a fun “quaran-themed” teacher tee! There you go! A fun little project to capture a truly memorable year! There are so many funny shirts being made out there, and so if you are looking for a little inspiration, check out Pinterest and check out some of these cool designs out there! When you own a Cricut, there is no limit to how many amazing things you can create!!
Combing materials is always a fun way to make a shirt look super fabulous (and honestly, who doesn’t love a little sparkle?).
For more Cricut DIYS, check out the “DIY” category on my blog.