Quick! Name your 3 favorite crafting tools! Mine are Distress Ink, stamps, and my Silhouette Cameo. I realize that the ink and stamps are categories of tools, but so what? I was in the mood to dust off my Silhouette Cameo and finally make the shirts I had promised my kids I would make for them. Plus I had a new pack of heat transfer vinyl (htv) I had ordered from The Vinyl Spectrum waiting—no, begging—to be used! There might have been a birthday present that needed to happen as well.

At least for me, once I get started on certain types of projects, I tend to stick with them until I run out of interest or materials. I ended up making 6 shirts this time around, and my brain is still thinking about ideas. All these years of owning a Cameo, and I still haven’t made a shirt for me! That needs to be fixed!


Shirt 1

I found and then traced this image from Google. I wanted it to have a grungy look, so following the instructions from the Make Any Font or Shape Distressed post on Silhouette School by Becky Dykes, and I downloaded, traced, and applied a grungy overlay to the design.  It wasn’t difficult! The graphic file comes from freepik.com and was…free. Once it was cut and ready to be weeded, I didn’t worry about removing every single little piece. I wanted to be able to weed out what I thought looked good and just leave the other pieces in place. The cut lines melt together when heated.

This is the first time I have found myself wanting, needing, the larger 12”x24” Silhouette cutting mat. This design was 15” long. I cut it in two pieces and ironed them together, but if you know what you are looking for, it’s not hard to see. Ugh.

Note: One of the reasons I wanted the grungy look (besides it looking cool) was to keep it from being stiff. This was just the regular Siser Easyweed and large pieces can be less flexible than desired. So this would break up the design and keep it comfortable to wear. (There are softer, more flexible htv out there, but I only had red in the Easyweed. I was making-do.)

Shirt 2

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had a brand new shirt, and she wanted this new shirt to have a fun animal on it. You see she loved everything with 4 legs and fur. She encouraged her mother to open up the Silhouette Library and look for bunnies, since it felt like Spring and Easter outside. Twenty minutes later a Hip-Hop bunny shirt was born!

Then her mother burned her shirt—just a tiny bit–and so a butterfly was added to creatively cover up that boo-boo. “Hip Hop” in a fun font was added, and that little girl put on the shirt and refused to remove it for two days. True story.

Mumbo Jumbo font #77799, Rabbit Silhouette Set ID# 76327, Summer Shapes (butterfly) #63592

Hip Hop
3 shirts cut with silhouette cameo

Shirts 3, 4, 5

While Silhouette Library was open, and afore-mentioned daughter was still interested, I showed her the cool tribal animals that Studio Ilustrado has made for Silhouette (just search “tribal” in the library!).  We started with these 3 designs for other naked shirts in her drawer.

Tribal Butterfly #146594, Tribal Sea Turtle #142526, Tribal Cat #142481

Shirt 6

Last up is a fun shirt for my almost-grown-up son. Something to celebrate one of his favorite activities! (He found and requested this design!)

Fonts used are Ariel Rounded MT Bold and Bauhaus 93, neither come from Silhouette.

club bed

I don’t currently own a heat press machine (wish list!), so I used my regular iron. This video was very helpful…and it is made by Siser!

That’s it for today my crafty friends! Thanks for checking in!



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