Custom T Shirts with Expressions Vinyl

When I first started blogging, this blog was actually centered around crafts and DIY projects. I was obsessed with the blog, Little Miss Momma, and her blog posts using a Silhouette machine. This amazing machine could cut vinyl and paper, it could sketch out designs, and pretty much anything else your crafting mind could come up with. I headed to Silhouette to pick up a Silhouette SD. They are now discontinued, but they now have newer machines.

I was crafting every day after I received my Silhouette machine. I was making vinyl signs for myself and friends. I was even selling some projects! But after we had decided to move back to Northern California, I said goodbye to all of my craft projects. I just didn’t have the room anymore to craft!

It wasn’t until I was back at the Elevate Conference this year, that I was gifted a pack of vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. After talking with my friend Tausha, I was inspired to start crafting again.

Custom T Shirt with Expressions Vinyl

The first shirt I made with my Silhouette Machine and Expressions Vinyl was inspired by Tausha. She had this amazing free design on her blog, so it made it easy for me to get started.

After loading the design on my Silhouette software, all I had to do was resize the design for my smaller SD machine. I inserted the white heat transfer vinyl and got to cutting.

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After the vinyl was cut, I had to weed off the excess vinyl and place it on my shirt.

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I made a rookie mistake and placed a towel on my kitchen table and then started ironing my vinyl. Well, it made a heat mark on my wood table! The next time I ironed, I placed a thicker towel on the floor, and no marks. Maybe I need to invest in an ironing board.

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I love it so much! Now Tausha and I have matching shirts. If you need the full tutorial on how Tausha and I make our shirts, head to her blog post here.

I was hooked on these custom shirts. So I headed to Target and searched their sale section for plain t-shirts. I picked up a minty green one for only $6!

With my white heat transfer vinyl, I made another shirt for my weekend on the coast. I will share more details on our trip to Hog Island Oyster later this week. 

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If you have a Silhouette machine, I highly recommend using Expressions Vinyl for your supplies. I have been using them for years and I have never found cheaper vinyl!

If you made one of these shirt designs from Tausha, I would love to see them. Make sure you tag us (@pinkonthecheek + @taushawierlo) on Instagram!

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13 Comments

  1. Suzzie wrote:

    hahaha. the dinosaur in front of cafe rio is pretty much the best thing ever!

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  2. Suzzie wrote:

    hahaha. the dinosaur in front of cafe rio is pretty much the best thing ever!

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  3. ashlea wrote:

    lookin good lady! I do love that dress! I cant wait to get my first fix (again) after this baby comes…well probably a little while after haha

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  4. ashlea wrote:

    lookin good lady! I do love that dress! I cant wait to get my first fix (again) after this baby comes…well probably a little while after haha

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  5. voted for you! best of luck lauren!

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  6. voted for you! best of luck lauren!

    Posted 8.15.13 Reply
  7. Mar wrote:

    I LOVE this! I’ve been making an ongoing list of funny baby onesie ideas. This machine would be perfect for making them!

    Posted 8.10.16 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      I would love to upgrade to one of the newer models. They can now cut larger formats!

      Posted 8.10.16 Reply
  8. Nancy wrote:

    Man these have come a LONG way since the days of old-school iron on transfers. I want to make a shirt that says MCDONALDS BIGGEST FAN. Seriously.

    Posted 8.11.16 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      OMG we should totally make you that shirt! What color would you want the shirt/vinyl?

      Posted 8.11.16 Reply
  9. Tausha wrote:

    OH my gosh! Thanks for sharing – I was wondering where new traffic was coming from. I love you best friend. You shirt looks awesome. Now we need to wear them together next time we hang out!

    Posted 8.23.16 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Goodness, you are way too kind to me. I can’t wait to make more shirts! I am scouring the sale racks at Target!!

      Posted 8.23.16 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Goodness, you are way too kind to me. I can’t wait to make more shirts! I am scouring the sale racks at Target!!

      Posted 8.23.16 Reply