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4th of July Firework Tank Top

Create a 4th of July tank top with vinyl and lyrics from Katy Perry's Firework!

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Ever since my daughter first heard Katy Perry's song, Firework, it has been one of her favorite songs and sings it non-stop. With the 4th of July on the way, I decided to combine her love of that song with red, white and blue vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and came up with this 4th of July Firework Tank Top!

I've teamed up with 14 other bloggers to create 15 awesome red, white and blue projects using vinyl. Check out these patriotic tutorials for 4th of July inspiration:

Without further ado, here's how to make a 4th of July Firework Tank Top:

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First, you need a blank shirt. You really can't beat $3 tanks at Walmart for projects like this! If you don't want to buy a new shirt, you can certainly use one you already have. Heat transfer vinyl is a great way to cover up stains!!

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I typed in "Baby you're a firework" in Cricut Design Space. To help me remember what color vinyl I wanted each line to be, I changed the colors of the words. When I cut the vinyl, I will be prompted to change the vinyl to the right colors.

When cutting iron-on vinyl with your Cricut Explore, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
  • Mirror your image before cutting. The vinyl will be placed with the clear carrier sheet/liner side down. So if you don't mirror your image before cutting, it will be backwards after it's cut.
  • HTV, or iron-on vinyl, can be cut using the Iron-On setting on the dial.

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For this tank, I used EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl in royal blue and red. Like the name implies, it really is easy to weed the vinyl. For smaller areas (like inside letters), I highly recommend using a weeder/hook tool. It is a lifesaver!

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Now that both layers have been weeded, they are ready to be ironed on. The "Firework" line is going to be the bottom layer, so it needs to be ironed on first. Center it on the shirt and press down. The carrier sheet is tacky, so your design will stay in place while you prepare to iron it on.
  1. Set your iron to the cotton/linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, the vinyl will stick to your press cloth or iron. No one has time for that!
  4. Carefully lay a scrap piece of fabric over the design, OR you can iron directly on the carrier sheet.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds. If you are ironing directly on the carrier sheet, iron for about 15 seconds.
  6. Flip the shirt over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool slightly and remove the liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

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Next, place the "Baby you're a" layer over the "Firework" layer. Follow the same steps for ironing  the previous layer, but this time you HAVE to use a piece of scrap fabric or something similar to protect the "Firework" layer. If the iron touches vinyl without a carrier sheet, it will just melt to your iron and ruin your project.

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Peel off the liner and your shirt is ready to wear! If you haven't worked with iron-on vinyl before, it's really simple to use and is a lot of fun to create custom projects. It also washes really well, which is important when it comes to kids clothes!

If you want some cute 4th of July accessories to go with your outfit, this Patriotic Bubblegum Jewelry is easy and fun to make!

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My daughter is so excited to wear her new 4th of July ensemble in just a few weeks! She loves how the shirt turned out, and I'm glad that she can wear it even after the holiday since she's always singing those lyrics anyway.

What 4th of July project would you make with vinyl?

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  1. How cute is this?! I will definitely be making one of these this year!

  2. I love the easy weed HTV!! Such a cute top! I love the way you layered the wording. :)


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