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I spent last week at girl’s camp – a camp for the young women in my church ages 12-18. I’ve been planning it with a couple of other leaders since last October, so it’s a nice sigh of relief that it’s finally over. I’ll be sharing tons of the ideas from camp over the next few weeks, but the first is this DIY anchor shirt that I made for our adult leaders with the words cutout from the embark in the service of God theme.
Our camp theme was HMS Marvelous Work and a Wonder to go along with the scripture Doctrine & Covenants 4:2 that talks about embarking in the service of God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. So to go with the HMS Marvelous Work & A Wonder, I designed this anchor shirt with the word strength (our theme the day we were wearing them) cut out of the middle. We ironed them on at an angle so the anchor was going off to the side, but you could also just do it straight down the middle. I created versions of the anchor with the word embark, heart, might, mind, and strength in case you’d prefer something else. And I created one with just a plain anchor if that’s more up your alley. You can download all of the free cut files below.
Here’s how I made them:
- Silhouette Cameo (or other electronic die cutting machine)
- These cut files
- Easyweed heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl – I purchased a roll of navy blue but you could use any color
- Light gray (or any color) cotton t-shirt
- Weeding tool (optional but recommended)
Download the Silhouette cut file and open in your Silhouette software. Everything is all setup for you, so you won’t need to change anything in the actual object before cutting. If you want to change the word or remove the word down the middle, just remember that when you’re cutting on heat transfer vinyl, you need to mirror any words horizontally before cutting.
Next, get your electronic cutter setup on the correct settings. I’ve been using these cutting guidelines from Expressions Vinyl for my cut settings and recommend you do the same at least to get started because the cut settings are really dependent per machine and material. Once you’re all set, load your vinyl shiny side down. I always use a mat just because I prefer the stability, but you can also just put the vinyl directly into the cutter without a mat. If you’re using a Silhouette and not using a mat, make sure to change your settings on the Silhouette screen to “load media.”
Send your file to the Silhouette and watch it cut out your anchor. One it’s done being cut, remove the vinyl from around the shape, using the weeding tool for the smaller pieces like the letters and circle cutout in the top of the anchor. You can also use only your fingers, but the weeding tool makes it much easier.
Turn your iron onto the cotton setting and once heated, iron the vinyl (sticky side down) directly onto your shirt. You can iron directly on top of the vinyl without a towel or anything if you make sure to move the iron around as you go. This video is a fantastic tutorial for ironing on the vinyl.
Allow the vinyl to cool and your shirt is ready to go!