There are few things we love more than books in our house. To get my kids excited for the new school year, we went through and made a bunch of fun reading shirts using different techniques in Cricut Design Space. This was the first one I made using a quote from the PBS show Arthur. My daughter loves it and it was so easy! I made it using the slice tool in Design Space which I will walk you through.
Arthur Library Card Shirt
For this project you will need:
- a blank shirt
- Glitter Iron-on in blue
- a Cricut
- Cricut EasyPress or Iron
- Cricut Brightpad
To make life really easy, you can find my cut files here. Follow the instruction below for resizing or creating from scratch.
Open up and sign into Cricut Design Space. Your screen will look similar to the above. There will be a top banner, followed by a banner of your latest projects. You can see some of my most recent projects on the screen above. Below that will be the Make it Now projects. Hit the green plus sign next your projects to get started.
Using Cricut Images
Your new project will open up for you as a blank grid. Click on the images tab on the left-hand side of the screen to start this project. First search for books in the top right corner search bar. Select the book with the green background on the second row and insert it into your project.
Add text by hitting the text button in the far left menu. A text box will pop up and you can type what you want the project to say. For this project, you will type Having Fun Isn’t Hard in one text box and When You Have A Library Card in another.
Once you have inserted the text into your project you can resize it and move it around. Resize the image by clicking and dragging on the double arrow symbol that appears when you have the image selected. There is also size box at the top of the screen that lists how big the text or image is, you can adjust the width and height here if you don’t want to manually toggle the blue arrow key.
Resize your image until it is the size you want it to be on the shirt. For my 4-year-old, my book image is about 6 inches wide. Then resize the text so it fits over the top of the book image.
You will now use the slice tool to take cut the words out of the image. Select both the words and the image and select slice in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Pull the text off of your image and you still see the letters have now cut through the image. Grab the letters again and pull the second set off as well. Now your Cricut will cut the words out of the image.
When your project looks the way you want it, it the Make It button in the top right corner of the screen. Hit the mirror image button on the right-hand side, your project will flip on the screen and look backward.
Place the Iron on shiny side down onto your Cricut mat and then load your mat into your machine, spin the dial to iron-on and hit the flashing Cricut button.
Peel the heat transfer off of your mat and then weed (peel apart) the iron on until just your design remains on the sticky backing.
Heat your iron up to the hottest setting or you EasyPress to 305 degrees. Place the design sticky side down onto your shirt. Iron straight onto the plastic, making sure each element of the design gets 30 seconds of pressure and hit. Start pulling up the plastic backing and if any of the elements pull up at all, put the plastic back down and iron that area again. Peel the plastic off and your shirt is ready to wear!
Is there a book lover in your life that would love this shirt?
Terri Steffes says
I personally adore this shirt! Going to the library is so fun these days, with all the programming and author talks. I have a librarian friend who might love this!
Alli Smith says
My grandkids would love a shirt like this because going to the library is always such fun for them. Thankfully, they love to read and this shirt is adorable.
robin rue says
How cute is this? And thanks for the reminder about the library. We haven’t been to our in YEARS, but it’s time to go back!
It is always a big deal when the kids got their own library cards. My grandchildren are too young to have their own cards so making this t-shirt would be fun and something they would love to wear.
Amber Myers says
I just love this shirt And I so agree with it. I have a library card, and I use it often. Reading is one of my favorite things to do.
Arthur! Oh my goodness I loved that show growing up haha! I absolutely love that shirt with the quote and would have worn it proudly as a kid!
This is great. I’m not very crafty so I’d have to ask someone to make it for our girl, but i love it. I would have liked when I was a kid.
I have the very first Cricut and never updated! haha – It is amazing what the Cricut can now do!
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I have a friend that got a Cricut for Christmas and is madly in love with it. She also loves to read so this would be right up her alley.
I love this idea for a shirt. And I really need to get that device for ironing on the vinyl! This would be so fun for going back to school.
This shirt is too cute. It would be so much fun to make for my nephew.
Lisa Martin says
This is seriously my favorite Arthur show! I sing that song every time we go to the library. I think my kiddos may need a shirt now!
Carol Cassara says
I am loving the design and it also encourages the kids to read more! It’s definitely something that the kids will like plus it has glitter! Who wouldn’t want a shirt like that, right! So creative!
These shirt are cute. I would like to make one for my son. He is excited about reading and libary.
Angela Ricardo Bethea says
That sounds like a great product. If I had one I’d have tons of shirts like that one made.
Ruth I says
This is so cute and cool! I love the design and everything about it. I would love one for myself!