My 11-year-old got a Cricut Maker for Christmas, and we have been spending the last two months making ALL the things. I mean, all of them.
So I decided I needed a Mardi Gras shirt. Not just any shirt would do, I looked and looked, and nothing seemed to fit. So I made my own.
This will be my silent protest for Mardi Gras day since Pensacola celebrates Mardi Gras, but the actual day is just another Tuesday here. Talk about Culture SHOCK coming from New Orleans, where Mardi Gras is EVERYTHING. After three years, I'm still not used to that, AT ALL.
And since I am learning how to play with my new toy and using my Photoshop skills, I made an SVG for those of you that don't live in New Orleans but still celebrate Mardi Gras to download. After all, It's Just Another Tuesday!
What You Need To Make This Shirt
So you're going to need the following materials to get started!
- Cricut Machine – I use a Cricut Maker, but you can use whatever Cricut Machine you have.
- Cricut Easy Press – technically you can use an iron, but I find a heat press makes things easier.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl – I prefer Cricut Iron-On and Siser HTV. For this project, I used purple glitter, gold glitter, and green holographic iron-on.
- A Machine Mat – I used the blue one.
- Tools for weeding out your vinyl.
- A T-Shirt
- A towel or an Easy Press Mat – I currently use a towel folded in 4s but will be getting a mat soon.
- Parchment Paper
How to Create Your Tshirt
Once you have downloaded the SVG file and unzipped you, you'll need to upload it into Cricut Design Space.
Once it's uploaded, you need to ungroup the whole SVG so that you can regroup it to cut properly.
After you ungroup it, you'll need to go in and group all the like things together but attaching and welding them. So Another, It's Just, Tuesday and each little fleur de les. Once it's all attached, you can resize it to whatever size you would like. Since my Easy Press is only a 9×9, I tend to keep things that size to make it easier to put on a shirt.
Then click make it and adjust as you like on your mats. Remember to mirror your images if you are putting this on a shirt and cut out your vinyl.
Once everything is cut out, you can weed your vinyl and get it ready to go on the shirt. Just remember the Tuesday is layered on top of the work. Another (you can see the cutouts in the word to show you where to place the word Tuesday). Since they are layered started with Another and then worked my way up and down from there.
I cover my design and shirt with parchment paper and press each layer. Once everything is done, I cover the design with parchment paper and press it on the shirt's front and back again.
My heat press setting was 350 for 30 seconds, which seems to work for me.
Happy Mardi Gras and have fun creating your shirt!
This SVG is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you wish to use this SVG for commercial use, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. Thanks.