I am completely in love with this Bat Halloween shirt. I wanted to create something for Brighton this Halloween since he’s outgrown his other Halloween shirts in both size and maybe a bit in age too and this design I found in Cricut Design Space is absolutely perfect. It’s cool, it’s kinda creepy (both make him happy), and it is totally Halloween (makes me happy)!
Before I dive into how I made this Bat Halloween shirt I need to backtrack just a little bit. If you follow us housewives on social media you may recall that we were invited to attend an event here in Salt Lake that was hosted by Cricut, the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon. The event itself was amazing but what was more amazing was that at the event they announced two brand new products (to go along with the BrightPad, another new product that they had just announced) the EasyPress and the new machine the Cricut Maker. At the event the educated us all about these three products and gave us the opportunity to get our hands on them and really see what they could do. Since then I have been all about all 3 items and I’m not alone, my whole family is in love with these products and everything we can quickly and easily create with them.
Which brings us to today, a Friday of no school that was sure to be filled with lots of photos being taken and a mom who needs the children to coordinate when opportunities like this arise. Bright is 11 and in the 6th grade which means he has moved from playing with friends to hanging out with friends, from being totally fine wearing all the cute outfits mom picks out to having a bit more of an opinion about what he wants to wear. Because I am that mom we walk this line very carefully. I know I can get him to wear pretty much whatever I want as long as I present it in a way that makes it also something he wants…if I want him to wear a Halloween shirt when his younger siblings are dressed in their Halloween attire I’d better be careful with what I present to him, it had better not be cutesy, it needs to be cool! Earlier this week I found the perfect cool shirt (we’re all about our baseball shirts around here) at Hobby Lobby and then thanks to Design Space I found the perfect cool image to put on the shirt.
Are you ready to create your own Bat Halloween shirt? Let’s start with the supply list:
(this shirt is an adult x-small from Hobby Lobby)
(I used black)
(I used the Maker, you could also create this with an Explore family machine)
Cut File in Cricut Design Space
(downloaded to your computer, tablet, or smart phone)
Cricut Weeding Tool
DIY Bat Halloween Shirt Instructions:
Step 1: find your image.
This image is found in Cricut Design Space, it is a Make it Now project which means you pretty much have to do nothing to create the project.
To find the file when you’re in Design Space scroll down on that home screen and under “What’s New for Cricut Access” click view all. This file is free if you’re a Cricut Access member, if you aren’t you can purchase the file individually.
Once you click view all you’re looking for the file titled One-Cut Halloween Gallery Art. For me it was the 2nd image, in the future you may need to use the search tool and look for it that way (it is linked directly above also).
Once you click on the file you’ll want to select customize at the bottom. We’re not just selecting make it because this project actually includes 3 different cut files, the bat, a pumpkin, and a tombstone. Also, you may need to resize the image depending on the size of the shirt you’re putting it on.
To make sure you’re only cutting the image you want on the right side layers bar you can click the eyeball and hide both the pumpkin and tombstone. For Brighton’s shirt I resized the image to be 9″ wide then clicked make it.
The next screen will vary depending on if you’re using the Maker machine or an Explore machine. The new Maker doesn’t have the smart dial that the Explore family of machines has. Instead if you’re using the Maker you will choose your material from the Design Space program itself. Regardless of which machine you’re using you want to make sure you have 1. mirrored your image and 2. that you have selected iron-on as the material you’re cutting.
I am using the Maker machine for this project. I have been blown away by the Maker, I have owned the Explore, Explore Air, and Explore Air 2 (along with the earlier machine the Expression) and the ease of using the Maker is second to none. Add how easy (fool proof if you’ve ever used a cutting machine before) it is to use with the new features (HELLO ROTARY BLADE and adaptive tool system) and you’ve literally got a dream cutting machine right in your home. We can’t wait to show you some of the amazing things this machine can do, the number one is the fact that it can now cut unbacked (unbonded) fabric!! The project opportunities were pretty much endless before, now there is nothing this machine can’t do!
Once you have selected your material, Design Space will then prompt you to load your mat (remember to place your iron-on shiny side down). Once the mat is loaded you will push the “C” button and let the machine do all the hard work. Unlike the Explore machines the Maker has a new adaptive tool system. This still allows us the use of the fine point blade and deep cut blade like we use in the Explore machines but it also allows us to use the new rotary blade (which I cannot wait to show you in my next post) and coming soon the knife blade. That’s why the housing for the blades looks a little different than it does in the Explore machines. For this project, since I’m cutting iron-on, I used the fine point blade.
Once the machine is finished cutting it will prompt you to unload the mat. After you have unloaded the mat peel off your iron-on and trim off the excess (I like to keep the whole piece of iron-on (or vinyl) on the mat while it’s cutting to save as much as I can when it comes to trimming after the cut is made).
I thought I had a photo of the iron-on before I weeded it but it’s been lost in the abyss of my phone apparently. So you just get to see it all weeded. I used the BrightPad and weeding tool to do the weeding and it was awesome. I love that it helps show all the cut lines so you can really see if you’ve missed weeding a piece.
Let’s just take a minute and check out how intricate these cuts are! When I look at the little tiny pieces of the candy, that teeny tiny circle right above the vampire lips, and the small spikes/legs whatever they are on the worm I am so impressed that the cuts are so sharp and clean.
The next step is actually applying our image to the shirt. Step 1 of this step is to have a nice solid surface, a towel on that solid surface, and your EasyPress preheated (this takes just seconds). There are many reasons I recommend Cricut iron-on, 1. I’ve had amazing success with it even with just using my iron. 2. There are a ton of colors of Cricut iron-on which I love, and 3. When using the Cricut EasyPress and Cricut iron-on the EasyPress instruction booklet gives you the exact temperature and time required to get a perfect result. For a cotton shirt with regular iron-on my settings are temperature: 305 time: 30 seconds.
The EasyPress surface is 9″x 9″ so my image is just small enough to fit (if your image is larger than 9×9 you would just do one section and then lift and do another section following the recommendations for your fabric/iron-on).
I did a quick preheat of my fabric (that is on top of the towel on top of the solid surface) and then centered my image on the shirt and then pressed the image on.
(side note – the BrightPad is currently my favorite babysitter. Little Miss Lila gets so excited every time she sees it that she’ll sit for crazy long amounts of time tracing anything she can get her hands on…today she was kept busy tracing coloring book pages while I finished my project WIN/WIN!!!)
After pressing the front I flipped the shirt over and pressed it from the back as well. This helps ensure a strong bond between the fabric and iron-on. Once that was done I peeled off the protective plastic and perfection! (seriously check out how thin those spider legs are and how tiny the rats teeth are…it really is perfection!)
So there you have it a perfectly cool Bat Halloween shirt that makes both 11 year old boys and their moms happy! There obviously needs to be more projects just like this in the world.
You should make sure and comment and let Bright know just how cool he (and his shirt) are, he would love it!
And, if you’re looking for another cool Halloween shirt design I created this creepy spider shirt a few (four…has it really been four??) years ago using my Expression machine, Cricut iron-on, and an iron. Bright and Morgan had these shirts for a few years and they’re still my favorite. Sadly Bright outgrew his but luckily Morgan is right there happily wearing it this year too!
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