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How to Make a Homemade Band T-Shirt

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How to make a homemade band t-shirt with Cricut. Create iron on song lyrics with a free cut file and iron-on transfer!

John Lennon Beatles Lyrics on a Dark Grey Tshirt as a Cricut craft project. The dark grey tshirt says, "You May Say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" and there are jeans and sneakers in the photo as well

My teenager daughter is at the age where I don’t think it’s possible for her to have enough band t-shirts. She loves them and she wants them all!

Unfortunately, my wallet disagrees with her! But since I love her taste in music, I didn’t want to flat out tell her no. There are a lot worse things teenage girls could be wearing then Beatles song lyrics t-shirts, right?!

So we turned to my trusty Cricut and pulled out some iron-on for this quick and easy project. It took us maybe 10 minutes total and it should be even faster for you, since I already have the design file sized and ready to go for you!

Supplies to Make DIY Band T-shirt

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 for this project, but you could easily use a Maker if that’s the machine you have. If you need an intro on how to use your Cricut, be sure to check out my Cricut 101 post.

My daughter is wearing an adult size medium t-shirt in the pictures. If you need to resize the words for a different size shirt, just click on “customize” and adjust the size there. If the size works for you, you can click “Make It” in Design Space and immediately begin cutting out your design.

How to make a band t shirt with Cricut vinyl. A dark grey tshirt with the lyrics You May Say I'm a Dreamer but I'm Not the Only One folded on a plank table with jeans in frame

How to Make a Homemade Band T-Shirt

Begin by opening up the song lyric file in Design Space. Click on “Make It” and then follow the steps to send it to your Cricut.

Make sure you have “mirror” turned on so your words will be facing the correct way in the final cut. Be sure your material dial on your Cricut is set to “iron-on vinyl”. Load your vinyl onto your mat and then load into your machine and begin cutting.

How to mirror images in Cricut Design Space. Screen shot of Cricut Design Space

After your design is finished  cutting, weed out all the excess vinyl around your letters. Then place on your shirt where you would like the design to be.

How to make a band tshirt with vinyl. A process shot showing the lyrics You May Say I'm a Dreamer but I'm Not the Only One made into a Cricut vinyl transfer with white text before being ironed onto a grey tshirt

I press my iron directly on the shiny film over the letters. If you have a Cricut Easy Press then I’m jealous of you, and you should just follow the directions that come with it.

I press the iron on for about 30 seconds and then test it. If the film peels right off and all edges of your letters are secured, then you’re good to go. If anything lifts up even a little bit at all, then press it down for longer until it releases easily.

How to make a band tshirt with vinyl. A process shot showing the lyrics You May Say I'm a Dreamer but I'm Not the Only One made into a Cricut vinyl transfer with white text before being ironed onto a grey tshirt

And that’s it! That’s how incredibly easy this project is! We just love how we can customize our shirts with our favorite song lyrics or quotes, and it’s not the same generic ones you’ll see everyone else wearing! Plus it’s so inexpensive to make your own shirts!

A girl wearing a dark great tshirt with the text "You May Say I'm a Dreamer but I'm Not the Only One"

In fact, I teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to share all the different ways you can make custom t-shirts with Cricut! Isn’t it crazy how many possibilities there are?? And you could easily do these designs on canvas bags, home decor and more!

Weekend Craft • Create and Babble • Happy Go Lucky • Refresh Restyle • Happily Ever After, etc • Cookies, Coffee and Crafts • The Kim Six Fix • See Lindsay • Dragonfly & Lily Pads • PS I Love you Crafts • Our Crafty Mom • Doodle Craft Blog • Real Girls Realm • Upright and Caffeinated •  That Sweet Tea Life • Smiling Colors • Tastefully Frugal • The Inspiration Vault • The How-To Home • Evey’s Creations

And don’t forget to pin this post so you know how to make a homemade band t-shirt for yourself!

John Lennon Beatles Lyrics on a Dark Grey Tshirt as a Cricut craft project. The dark grey tshirt says, "You May Say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" and there are jeans and sneakers in the photo as well
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Pam Larmore

Sunday 18th of March 2018

I totally know that song! Great lyrics for a T-shirt!

Michelle from Weekend Craft

Sunday 18th of March 2018

Love that you used song lyrics! You're such a cool mom for making this for your daughter.

Marie Dabbs

Friday 16th of March 2018

That heathered grey is the perfect color to make these concert Ts. I love the idea of using song lyrics, too. Like the others have said, I can easily think of at least 10 right off the bat I'd love to make. Such a great idea!

mary

Monday 12th of March 2018

What a great idea to use song lyrics! I love how it turned out!

Jeanie

Monday 12th of March 2018

My husband and grandson are HUGE Beatles fans. I am so making them shirts using your file - thank you!!! Pinning!

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