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DIY Monogrammed Sweatshirts

I’m the proud owner of a Cricut Maker!!! I’ve mentioned on here a few times that the company sent me one of the machines after seeing an Instagram Story I filmed at Maddie’s house. It’s been SO fun to play around with the Cricut and come up with new projects. Every time I figure something new out, I feel pretty victorious. And now that I’ve had it for a while, I’m able to spot new “Cricut Projects” everywhere I go. (I was in Target this past weekend and Taylor and I kept saying, “We could do this with the Cricut! Let’s do that with the Cricut!” etc. etc.)

After finding a monogrammed sweatshirt online for almost $150, we were inspired to create our own for much less for a girls’ craft night. We picked out matching navy crewneck sweatshirts from Target for $20 each. That night we each picked out what design we wanted. I did two pink hearts next to my monogram. Maddie did her monogram over a line of stars and Taylor did a fun peace sign under her initials.

Monogrammed Sweatshirts

Hearing from you guys responding to my Instagram Stories only got me more jazzed about having a Cricut. People have sent me photos of projects they’re working on, what they’re craft spaces (and sometimes even craft rooms) look like, and even projects they’d like to see me attempt.

Let me be the first to say: I am no expert crafter.

Even still it’s been a blast to play around and what I love about the crafting community is that there’s room for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have an entire room filled with your crafting materials or a small drawer. Everyone’s included and enthusiastic.

It also just feels good to make something physical. I spend so much time on the computer and creating virtual things that it’s nice to have something to hold or wear at the end of the day.

I put together a Youtube video to walk through the steps we followed to make the monogrammed sweatshirts. The ones we did is actually easier than the one in the video because we just used the design center. No need for Photoshop or an iPad. The font and shapes were pre-loaded and available.

Monogrammed Sweatshirt

 

What I used:

Pink sweatshirt (currently 40% off)

Cricut Maker (c/o)

Iron On Material

EasyPress + Mat

How I did it:

1. Design the monogram and motif:

You can do this directly in the Cricut design center, but I find it easiest to do in Photoshop. All of my text was done in Photoshop (I went with Times New Roman) and I drew the bow in Adobe Draw on my iPad with an iPad pencil. I Airdropped the bow PNG to my computer and played around with the design until I found something that I liked.

If you did the design in Photoshop, save the image as a PNG and then upload that file into the Cricut design center. Select “simple” and then “cut image.”

2. Cutting the monogram and/or design:

Resize the image to be the desired height and width for the final product. In this case, I wanted my monogram to be two inches wide. But you can do whatever size you want!

Put the iron on material shiny side down on a grippy mat, select “iron on” as the material (either on your machine or in the design center, depending on your machine), and load the mat when prompted. Click go to proceed with cutting.

Unload mat and remove iron on material. Trim excess material, then continue to peel the extra material off, leaving only the monogram and design on the clear backing.

3. Iron on the monogram:

Pre-heat your EasyPress (or iron). I did it at 310 degrees, but double check your fabric and iron on material’s recommended heat settings. Start by ironing the sweatshirt to ensure there are no wrinkles where the monogram will ultimately be placed.

Position the monogram where you want it. Using the EasyPress (or iron), press and hold over the design for about 30 seconds. Flip the sweatshirt over and press the back for an additional 10 seconds. Flip the sweatshirt back over and peel the protective sheet off the design. Voilà

What should I make next?!

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13 Comments

Caitlin

This makes me want to invest in a Cricut! That’s crazy how much money a monogrammed sweatshirt was-what a fun way to personalize something without the price. After using the Cricut-is there a specific model that works best??
Thanks!

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Em

I could not agree more that it feels so good to have something physical in your hands that you created! Recently I picked up crochet for the first time in over a decade and there is nothing better at the end of a frustrating day than to craft.

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Sonya

I agree with this! I learned to knit last year and started crocheting this year. I always try to have one project of each going on. I thought it was just me thinking it was soothing, but I recently read an article that it can help people with depression and anxiety.

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Victoria

OH MY GOODNESS! After seeing how much fun you have with it, I told my boyfriend I want one. He’s all for it! My sister in law has one and just made custom tanks for her and her sisters for the princess races in Disney! And my best friend did monogrammed umbrellas for her bridesmaids! Home decor would be a fun post, maybe some monogrammed pillows, kitchen towels or even a cute market tote!

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Haverley Cerotzke

Loved the video, Carly! I watched it yesterday right after it was uploaded and it was so happy to see you back on YouTube!

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Libby

My best friend/roommate in MN had a Circuit, and we had many a fun crafting weekend 🙂 Somethings we enjoyed were making pretty greeting cards, and sending them out to family and friends because who doesn’t love to get a letter in the mail! We also would make our own stickers with the machine. I can’t remember the precise steps, but I do recall it was kind of an involved process…Next you should do a cute baseball hat with a monogram!! Or make cute decals for the dog’s bowls!

xx Libby
https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com

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Gillian

These sweatshirts are too cute! I’ve loved watching your craft stories on Instagram. I recently made cupcake toppers with my Cricut and am currently learning how to cut leather with the Maker!

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