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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cricut Fashion Show: Refashioned T-Shirt Dress

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

Cricut came up with an ingenius idea: to put on a fashion show with bloggers using a simple white t-shirt and a bit of Cricut Iron-On! I couldn't resist being a part of it. I love to refashion t-shirts into something amazing (like my Refashioned Ruffle Skirt)! It's also a lot of fun to see what other bloggers come up with.

Toddler Dress from Adult T-Shirt with Cricut Iron-On

So, with white t-shirt and Cricut Iron-On, I made an adorable sleeveless dress that will be perfect for summer!

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

White X-Large t-shirt
Cricut Iron-On (pink, yellow, silver, and gold)
Pattern and tutorial from {LBG Studio}
2 buttons
Sewing supplies/sewing machine

The dress tutorial was easy to follow, and I will be making more of these dresses in the future! Instead of adding buttonholes in the top section, I just sewed it closed and added the pink buttons (that were a perfect match to the pink iron-on).

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

After the dress was done, I used the cut-off sleeves to make two pockets on the dress. All I did was cut a 4-5 inch square, lining up the hemmed edge of the sleeve as one side of the square. I cut through both layers so I had 4 squares for two pockets.

With the right sides together, I sewed the squares leaving an inch or two gap to flip (I would recommend this being on the bottom). Make sure to clip the corners to get them nice and pointed! Fold in the gapped section and iron the pocket. Repeat for the second pocket.

Arrange the pockets on the dress and pin in place. The hemmed part from the shirt sleeve looks best at the top (as seen in the image above) to give it a finished look. Sew around the sides and bottom of each pocket, making sure to close up the gapped section. Once they are sewn on, the sewing part of your dress is done!

Cricut Iron-On

The iron-on sheets are made up of two parts: the iron-on film, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application. Like any iron-on product, make sure you mirror your image, otherwise it will be backwards when you iron it on! The design I used is the same either way, so I didn't worry about mirroring.

To cut the iron-on, place the sheet liner side down on the cutting mat. Cut the sheet with a kiss cut (where you only cut through the iron-on, but leaves the liner intact). Every Cricut machine has a different setting, so make sure to check your cut guide. I cut at 3 blade depth, 2 pressure at medium speed. The design cut beautifully.

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

I used the cupcake design from the Sweet Treats Cartridge. After measuring the pockets, I sized the cupcake pieces in the Cricut Craft Room, and cut the pieces out of the different colors of iron-on. Keep in mind that you can't layer on top of the glitter iron-on.

I ironed on the middle cupcake piece first (yellow & pink), then removed the liner. Then, I arranged the cupcake wrappers and hearts and ironed them on. You can kind of see the pink showing through the silver glitter wrapper, but it's not too bad.

If you've never worked with Cricut Iron-On, here are some basic instructions:
  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, it will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
    *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.
  7. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the iron-on up.

Toddler Dress from Adult T-Shirt with Cricut Iron-On

I am so happy with how the dress turned out, and what the Cricut Iron-On adds to it!! My daughter loves the dress and I'm hoping it warms up soon so she can wear it more often. 

Refashioned T-Shirt Dress with Cricut Iron-On

Want some iron-on for yourself? You can still get $15 off the Iron-on Bundle, or if you don’t have a Cricut yet, you can purchase the Iron-On Machine Bundle that includes the Cricut Expression, a Tool Kit, and three 12"x19” sheets in White, Teal and Glitter Silver for $199.99 (regularly $319.95).

What would you make with Cricut Iron-On?

I was given the supplies from Cricut as part of this Fashion Show campaign. All opinions and images are my own.

Would you like to comment?

  1. That is adorable! Turned out super cute. I like the colors of vinyl that you got.

  2. Lindsay, I'm loving your iron-on vinyl projects! I love cupcakes and glitter too! Looks like Zoey might actually get to wear her dress this weekend{finally}. :)

  3. I just love this, so adorable. I want one in my size.

  4. Lindsay, this dress is sssssoooo cute! Almost as cute as your model! :D

  5. SOOO adorable! Love what you did...can't believe that used to be a plain old white tshirt!

  6. How ADORABLE! Both the little one and the dress. I'm going to have to get me some iron on vinyl! I haven't been brave enough to use it yet....

  7. so cute! i love this dress diy idea.....come check out my most recent DIY for my baby girl:

  8. great post and great dress

    what kind of cutter is that?


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