State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

I was going to start off this post by telling you all about my tee shirt collection, but what went from me making a single Silhouette cut file for Oklahoma to make some super cute team colored tees turned into me feeling badly and making 49 other cut files so as not to leave anyone not in Oklahoma out. What can I say, I can be incredibly guilt driven…

Yes, I spent an entire day making cut files for all 50 states that you can download and use to your heart’s content. But a word of warning, if you’re from one of those itty bitty states up in New England (or any state, really) and you see there’s a problem with your state, give me a shout so that I can fix it up. Some states were such a bear to draw  and I hate the idea of you having a wonky, messed up state!

Just click on the name of  the state to visit the download page for your free Silhouette cut files.

And now let’s get down to how I made my state tees:

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

In Silhouette Studio, take your Silhouette State Cut File and size it appropriately for your shirt. Add in any words or shapes that you’d like to incorporate. I used a heart one one and the word “state” for an Oklahoma State University themed tee shirt.

Attach your freezer paper shiny side down to the cutting mat. Use the cut settings for regular paper.

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

Gently weed your pieces (the paper is kind of gentle) and place shiny side down on your tee. Use your hot iron to set the freezer paper down.

If applying letters as I did, you can use an air soluble marker and a ruler to help place your letters accurately.

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

Using an up and down motion, daub paint onto the tee shirt. An up and down motion will produce less bleeding than brushing the paint on will.

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

When the paint is dry remove your freezer paper by gently peeling away.

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

And here a tee I made myself that shows off my love for my state in the crimson and cream of my favorite team, OU!

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

And here is the tee I made for a friend and Oklahoma State fan… boo! Just kidding :)

State Tees Tutorial + Free Silhouette State Cut Files (all 50!)

I got one shirt on sale for $2.50 and the other for $3.50 so these were some pretty cheap shirts. My freezer paper is pretty darn old and I couldn’t get it to stick as well as I’d like so there is some bleeding that happened. At least I think it happened because the paper is so old. If you have any thoughts on this, let me know in the comments, please!

So grab your free Silhouette state cut files and get to making some cute and cheap tees!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow! What a nice idea! Designs are really cute! Let me know if you plan making one for Belgium…hahaha…to bad I don’t have a Silhouette :(. Have a nice WE!

  2. Abbie says

    How sweet are you to make all these free downloads?! I grew up in KS a half mile from OK, but am now a Missourian and am super excited for the options here. Thanks so much! You’re awesome!

    • says

      Oh, we’re really close together, then! You’re quite welcome about the files…now you have the hard task of selecting your “favorite” state :)

  3. Nicole says

    Wow…this is awesome! State shirts and frames have been a to-do on my list for a while now! And I’m with Bridgett…Go Vols!

  4. Missy says

    I have learned so much about freezer paper stencils by trial and error from painting various sayings and monograms on canvas to sell at a craft show. I iron the freezer paper onto the fabric and paint it immediately or it tends to bubble up a bit and cause the paint to bleed under the stencil. Another thing I discovered is that the stencil brush technique (dabbing the paint on) doesn’t work quite as well as just using an artist brush and painting it on. I found a tip somewhere (probably on Pinterest) that suggested flipping the design on the Silhouette software and cutting the freezer paper with the shiny side up. It seems to cut much better that way. I have also used these techniques for painting some t-shirts. Hope these tips are helpful! Thanks so much for the state cut files!!

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