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. (or get all 50 states as an SVG zip file here)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
And now let’s get down to how I made my state tees:
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.
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.
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.
When the paint is dry remove your freezer paper by gently peeling away.
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!
And here is the tee I made for a friend and Oklahoma State fan… boo! Just kidding :)
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!