Star Wars Day

“May the 4th Be With You”

Yesterday I woke up and was determined to be productive – tackling projects with deadlines, putting together some patterns, sewing up the projects I’ve already cut. Somehow, from time time that I woke up and and 10:00 am, I was already off track. Why? Because I have crafting ADHD.

The other day, while I was at the store, I decided that I would pick up some Star Wars themed (knit) fabric and whip up something for Star Wars Day (May 4th)…. which lead me to looking for related images that I could put on shirts…. which lead me to buying a Cricut (digital) cartridge and shopping for vinyl and skipping sewing all together. But look at these cool shirts!

With that said, I learned a lot with these shirts. My first attempt was Luke. I applied too much heat to the vinyl layers and managed to shrink it enough that the black doesn’t line up (I think it’s stylized enough that it isn’t too obvious, but still that white line at the top will forever bother me).  At that point, I decided that subsequent shirts should be the color of the desired background so that I would limit shrinkage with my next attempt being the Trooper shirt. This attempt went much better, but I discovered that the stretch heat transfer vinyl requires a bit more press time for it to release so I still had more shrinkage than what I would have liked. This attempt turned out so much better though with only a bit of white peeking out under the shoulder area. My last attempt was Leia, but this time I discovered there was an alternate cutting pattern that probably would work better for vinyl (It would also conserve the amount used too). Between the new cutting lines and extremely short press time for the layers, this version went together without a hitch.

I learned a lot working on these, but today I have to be productive… unless I get distracted.

2 thoughts on “Star Wars Day

    1. stacy Post author

      I have the Cricut Easy Press. It’s pressing field is smaller than a “real” heat press, but it seems to work just as well. Everything that I’ve made so far with it has washed up well and it takes up a lot less space.

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