How to make easy shirts for the solar eclipse with a Cricut machine. Get the free “My first solar eclipse” file!
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38 weeks 5 days pregnant… 3 days until my scheduled c section… and I’m making solar eclipse shirts with my Cricut Air 2. Priorities y’all. My kids are going to be so happy to see their new shirts.
So yeah, the eclipse. I’m pretty excited about the eclipse on Monday, although we may be at the hospital still. I can’t recall how many days they keep you after a c-section and I know some of that depends on how well you’re recovering. And probably a bit depends on whether the doctor wants to come do the discharge on a Sunday. But we got our certified glasses through my husband’s work for a donation of $1 each which was awesome… the ones online have really jumped in price. And I figure we can look out the window at the hospital if we’re still stuck there.
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- Shirt in the size of your choice: I had a couple of larger blank shirts that I used.
- Cricut Air 2
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV): I used glitter heat transfer vinyl in blue and yellow, per my kids’ request. Apparently blue was cooler than black.
- Piece of scrap fabric or you can use a teflon sheet like I did
- For Personal Use Only: “My First Solar Eclipse” Design from DIYDanielle.com (please see bottom of post for most info)
Place your HTV on your 12×24 mat, sparkly side down, and load into your Cricut Air 2. Make sure to mirror your images in Design Space. I rearranged everything to fit better on my sheet so as to waste less HTV. I LOVE saving every little piece.
Once you’ve got it all situated, you can go ahead and print. Again, make sure your sparkly side is down, you’ve mirrored the image, and that you have your settings on iron on vinyl. I setup the design to print in yellow and blue. First set was on yellow. Second set on blue.
Once you’ve got both cut, you can weed everything. This means you pull away all the scraps that aren’t part of your design.
Because I did three shirts worth of designs, I also cut each part of the design out for each shirt. Ie. I had three yellow sun pieces, three yellow word pieces, three blue moon pieces. I made sure to match them with their appropriate shirt, seeing I had to resize for each shirt.
When everything was ready to be applied, I ironed my shirt well, warming up the surface of the shirt and to smooth out any wrinkles. I placed my moon face down, my teflon sheet over it, then used my iron to press down firmly on the design. I use a HARD surface to iron on which helps the design “stick.” I usually press down for a few seconds, then check to see if the plastic comes up easily. If it does, the design is on. If not, I iron for a few more seconds. Once the design is on, I remove my plastic sheet from the design, then place the teflon sheet back down on the design. I iron again for a few seconds, pressing down firmly again.
And then I added my wording on top of the moon. Ditto.
And that’s all there is to it! Let everything cool off. Don’t burn yourself or your house down during the process. I tripped our electricity (sigh) so I may need to waddle down to fix that eventually.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.