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DIY Shirts for Any Occasion

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Posted on March 14, 2023 by Creative Fabrica Freebies

Learn how to make custom shirts with designs from Creative Fabrica and add some personality to any occasion!

Create This Project With Designs From Creative Fabrica

Crafting Month Free Bundle: Awesome Sublimation Bundle

You can use the Beach Sublimation Bundle to recreate this project, or any other other designs, depending on the occasion! 

Other supplies:

  • Sublimation Printer (a converted Epson Eco-Tank 2720 was used for this project)
  • Shirt (Cricut raglan shirts were used for this project)
  • Heat-resistant tape
  • Butcher or parchment paper
  • Cardstock
  • Lint roller
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 (or another press machine)
  • Sublimation paper (A-Sub was used for this project)
  • T-shirt guide (optional)

How to create this project

  1. Prepare all your supplies needed to create this project and prepare your workspace.
  2. Download the free  Awesome Sublimation Bundle and select any design of your choice. 
  3. Upload your chosen design to Cricut Design Space (or the die-cutting machine software of your choice) 
  4. Edit the design and add any other elements you want on your shirt.
  5. That’s all there is to it! Now all that’s left is to flatten the design, resize it, then print!
  6. When printing a sublimation design for shirts, remember to mirror your design, especially when there is text on it. Click “Continue”, then “Send to Printer”. 
  7. Make sure you choose the correct printer settings for your type of sublimation printer. 
  8. Once it’s printed, allow the ink to fully dry, then use your paper trimmer or scissors to remove the black border. For this project, you are only using Design Space to create and print your graphic, so you will not need to cut the design out with the machine. 
  9. To begin the preparation for pressing your graphic onto the shirts, first, get out your lint roller and use it to remove any particles/oils that could interfere with the transfer.
  10. Heat your EasyPress 2 to 400 degrees for 40 seconds and pre-press your shirt to remove any excess moisture. Center the printout, as evenly as you can, roughly 3-4 inches down from the neckline. 
  11. Using small pieces of heat-resistant tape, tape the paper to the shirt to make sure that the printout doesn’t move. Just be careful not to cover any of the ink with the tape as this could interfere with the transfer.
  12. Place a piece of cardstock inside the shirt, then cover the design with two layers of parchment or butcher paper to protect your EasyPress from any ink blowout. You are now ready to press! 
  13. When the EasyPress signals that the timer is finished, wait a few minutes until it is cool enough to touch and then remove all papers, tape, and cardstock.
  14. Voila! Now just repeat the same process for as many shirts as you are making!

This tutorial was created and written by Creative Fabrica The Artistry writer WendyB Crafter.

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Rhonda Rhodes

March 15, 2023

thanks for all you do in the crafting community

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Linnea from Creative Fabrica

March 20, 2023

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Thank you Rhonda for your sweet comment! Hope you will try out this project!

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