Step One: Design
What Make a Good Shirt Design?
Think of something that is bold and graphic. For example:
Detailed photos and images do NOT create designs suitable for the vinyl cutter. If you are unsure about your design idea, bring in example images and we will consult with you during your appointment.
During your appointment, we will help you convert your design to a cut file using CorelDraw.
Step Two: Cut
Pick out what color heat transfer vinyl you need for your design. Typically, we have white, black, purple, gold as well as limited amounts of seasonal colors in stock. If you want a specific color, you are welcome to purchase your own HTV. We recommend purchasing Siser brand HTV, available at Michael's.
Next, we will help you load the vinyl into the vinyl cutter and soon you will have your design!
Step Three: Weed
Once you have your design, you will need to peel off everything that is NOT going on your shirt. This means taking off the background and any only little details (i.e. middles of letters).
You should be left with a sticky clear sheet that has your design, something that looks like this:
Step Four: Press
Once your design is weeded, you are ready to press. Place the design sticky-side down on your shirt and go over it with an iron. Make sure to get all the edges! Test to see if your design has stuck by peeling off the clear plastic. If it is coming up, put the plastic back down and press it some more.
Once your design is pressed, peel off the plastic and you are done! If your design starts coming off later, you can always use parchment paper and iron it back on at home.
Did you make a cool shirt?
Text us a picture at 540-738-0577 or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It might end up on our social media!