Crazy Cat Lady Shirt Tutorial
So I’ve really gotten into cutting iron on vinyl and making shirts and tee shirts for myself and my family. It’s easy and the results look professional. Not kind of, maybe, could be considered professional-ish but full blown no handmade ugly here.
And since a while ago I decided I wanted a Crazy Cat Lady shirt I decided to knock up a Silhouette cut file and get after it. And, of course, I simply must share it here with you!
Now, my shirt says “crafty” instead of crazy. This was my dad’s idea and I decided to run with it! But both files are available for you to download and use.
Also if you have another use for the cat face shape, click the image below and when open in a new window right click and hit “save image as”.
For this project you will need:
- FREE Crafty or Crazy cut file
- Shirt, sweatshirt, tote bag or other fabric item
- Silhouette heat transfer
- Silhouette cutting machine
Place your vinyl shiny side down on your cutting mat and run through your machine. Weed the bits and pieces that you don’t want on the shirt away. For this it will be the bulk of the letters (but not the shapes inside of the A-s or R) and the background all around the outside edge of the cat’s face. Anything that is on here will iron down so be careful to remove everything that you don’t want permanently on your shirt.
The clear sheet is tacky and so it sticks fairly well. Use this to your advantage when placing prior to heat setting. I picked this shirt up and moved it around to be sure that it looked straight and well placed. In all honestly I moved it 3 or 4 times before I was happy with it but the sticky just kept sticking!
Place something thin on top of your work surface, like a single layer of terry cloth or a pillow case, and heat your iron to the hottest your fabric can take. I went with the cotton setting. Place a small piece of fabric between the iron and the plastic on top of the vinyl and allow the heat to set for a count of about 20. Pick up and move the iron, never sliding it around.
Start to peel away the top sheet slowly placing it back down and ironing any bits that haven’t taken to the fabric well.
Once the top sheet is completely off of the applique, take your fingers and carefully run around the shape to be sure everything is tacked down well. Hit anything with the heat of the iron with your cloth placed in between. Continue until everything seems good and secure.
Quick tip, allow to cool fully before moving. If the transfer bends before cool, you’ll experience wrinkles in the finished product and it’s not terribly attractive.
I’ve been told that some are having problems with the transfers not lasting through a bunch of washes. So far I’ve not experienced anything like that but my Mimmie taught me long ago that shirts with an applique like this (even store bought ones) need to be turned inside out prior to washing with COOL or COLD water. If your shirt seems like it is starting to crack or peel, it would be best to start hanging to air dry rather than placing in the machine.
I haven’t worn my crafty cat lady shirt yet but I think with this cold week ahead it will get some wear! Thinking about making another that says “this isn’t cat hair on my sweater, it’s love” or “an outfit is never complete without cat hair” but those may be even a bit too weird for me. What do you think? And have you started making these amazing iron transfer tees? I’m officially obsessed!