Today I’ll be sharing how I made a custom onesie for my nephew Liam using my Cricut machine, heat transfer vinyl and my iron. It is so easy!
If you would like to follow along and create a onesie with me, I’ll have all the instructions and a video tutorial below. You can download the cut file I used here, or create your own custom design using the Cricut Design Space.
Remember, if you’d like to use my design as a starting point, you can always adjust the the colors and sizing once opened in Cricut Design Space.
CUTTING HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
One of the most important steps when creating a design using heat transfer vinyl is to mirror the image. Mirroring the image flips the design properly so that the adhesive side of the vinyl is placed down on the shirt for ironing, and your design is correctly facing up. Once your design is flipped, click continue.
You’ll need to weed your project after your deign is finished cutting. Weeding is just carefully removing all of the unwanted pieces, such as the negative areas in A’s, O’s, and lower-case e’s, from your project. Think of weeding your design much like weeding a garden!
I started out by removing the largest pieces surround the cut design. I gently pulled the corners and unwanted vinyl away from the mat, leaving the design attached to the clear plastic.
PLACEMENT OF HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
After weeding your design, it’s time to iron it onto your onesie.
Start by folding the onesie in half and lightly running the iron across the fold, creating a temporary seam. This creates a faint line down the middle of your onesie allowing you to easily center your design. Center design and place 1 inch below the neckline, ensuring the plastic side is facing up and the design is readable.
IRONING ON HEAT TRANSFER VINYL
Adjust your iron to the highest setting, typically linen, and start ironing the plastic backing. If using a Cricut Heat Press, following instructions provided with purchase.
Carefully pull back the plastic. If there are spots that haven’t attached to the onesie completely, just place the plastic back down and re-apply your iron for a few more seconds. To help reinforce the vinyl, I always flip the onesie over (with the vinyl print facing down) and iron the back for a few seconds.
Once the onesie is cool, it’s ready for your little one!