“Hanging with my Peeps” Vinyl Shirt Tutorial

I know it isn’t even St. Patrick’s Day yet but I am busting out an Easter project today because I am so darn excited about it!

I have been wanting to create something with t-shirt vinyl for some time now and just wasn’t quite sure what. 

I knew making something for the girls would be the easiest thing to do, I just had to figure out what I wanted to make. 
I was browsing online one evening and saw a shirt similar to this design and when I saw it, I just knew that is what I wanted to do! 
I love to order my vinyl, of any kind, from Expressions Vinyl and I knew they came out with all sorts of new heat transfer vinyls so I popped on over to their site and got to ordering. 
 Here is what I created for the girls to wear around Easter.

Isn’t it super cute?! I sure do love it!
Travis actually thought I bought the shirts instead of making them. I love that compliment!!!

Here is how I created them.

-T-shirt or onesie
-Heat Transfer Vinyl (I used Stripflock Vinyl and Easyweed Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)
Cutting Machine- I used my Silhouette Machine
-Ironing Board or hard surface

 I started by cutting out the bunnies.
I was making a shirt for both girls, so I cut two bunnies out of each color of vinyl.
Make sure you cut your image in REVERSE so when you iron it on your shirt, it will be the proper way. This is especially important for letters!

NOTE: When cutting on the heat transfer vinyl, there is a shiny side that is a protective layer over the vinyl and then the back of the vinyl. You will want to place the protective layer side face down onto your cutting mat with the back of the vinyl on top.

Here are all the bunnies cut out. I cut these out on the Stripflock Vinyl because it has a suede like texture to it.
I cut them completely out of the vinyl so I could place them where I wanted on the shirt but LEAVE the protective layer on the bunnies!

Here is a shot of when I was cutting out the phrase.
Here you can see that I flipped the image.
I typed it normally and then just flipped it once complete. Just right click the image and there is an option to flip the image.

I had to cut the phrase twice and one slightly smaller since Miss S’ shirt is smaller than Miss P’s shirt.

Once I cut out the phrase, I cut the extra vinyl away from them and then separated them. I cut this out using the Easyweed Vinyl.
Now peel the extra vinyl away from the protective layer. The protective layer will act just like transfer tape.

I also cut out blades of grass using the Stripflock Vinyl and peeled away the extra vinyl like the phrase above.

Time to apply it onto the shirts.
I began by ironing the shirts to make sure they were free of wrinkles.

Next, I did a dry fit on the shirt to make sure I liked the placement and that everything was straight.

I started with the blue bunny and made sure it was straight and ironed it down.
I held the iron on the bunny for about 10-15 secs. and then checked to make sure it was all ironed down.
If it is not ironed down, then just run your iron back over those areas.

Once I had the blue bunny placed, I moved to the left of it and placed the pink bunny.
After making sure it was straight, I ironed it down.

I then moved to the right of the blue bunny and ironed the purple bunny, then the yellow bunny.

Once all the bunnies are ironed down, let them cool completely. This is key! If you try to peel the protective layer off too soon, you will mess up the vinyl!

Once cooled, remove protective layer.

Here is an up close shot of the bunnies so you can see the texture of the vinyl.

It is now time to add the grass.
I played with the placement of the grass until I liked how it overlapped the bunnies then ironed it down.

It ironed so nicely over the bunnies and blends right in.

I then ironed on the “Hanging with my Peeps” phrase below the grass and it is complete!

Here is a shot of both the shirts.
I only placed 3 bunnies on Miss S’ shirt since hers is smaller.

Aren’t they adorable?!

I had Miss P try her shirt on and I must say, it is super cute!

And I think Miss P thinks her shirt is super cute as well!
Can’t wait for both girls to wear them closer to Easter!

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  • Our Pinteresting Family
    March 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    This is the cutest shirt ever! I love it!

  • Julia from It's Always Ruetten
    March 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I don't know what's cuter – the shirt of Miss P! 🙂 I would pick up some glitter vinyl for sure!

  • Diane VintageZest
    March 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I would love to try making some matching T-shirts for our family because I'm cheesy like that! 🙂

  • Sugar3
    March 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    What a cute idea. Why haven't I ever thought of trying to make my own cute shirts like this? I like the flocked vinyl, but I'm pretty sure the glitter one would be what ends up in my cart!

  • Jessica
    March 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    iron on vinyl!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • GranChris
    March 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Absolutely adorable!

  • l8blmr
    March 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I would buy some adhesive vinyl to use with my Cameo.

  • Melissa
    March 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I would definitely buy the iron on vinyl. Never knew you could make something sooo cute out of it!!

  • Glenna Anderson
    March 5, 2014 at 2:10 am

    This is the cutest shirt I've ever seen!!! I have to copy this for my granddaughter. Can you tell me what font you used?

  • Benny Sequeira
    March 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I would buy some vinyl definitely to use with my Portrait.

  • Mindie Hilton
    March 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Adorable, the shirt, and your little one. My husband and I have a screen printing business, but I am anxious to play with vinyl.

  • Lindy
    March 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Oh my goodness….Allison you always have such adorable ideas! Miss P is so cute and I too think she loves her shirt!

    I would definitely buy tshirt vinyl!!!! Again, thanks for the great tutorial!

  • shall
    March 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Very cute! Looks wonderful!

  • Tina Robinson
    March 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    That child is adorable!!!!! I have not worked with vinyl yet and have a project I really want to do but that t-shirt vinyl looks awesome! decisions, decisions!!

  • Emily
    March 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    So adorable. And I LOVE to eat Peeps! 🙂

  • hannahb18
    March 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This is such an adorable idea! This is a wonderful tutorial!

  • Emily
    March 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    So cute! I'd buy a ton of vinyl to make shirts for my boys!

  • jlsst190
    March 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Such a cute shirt! I want to make it!! I would get some of the stripflock vinyl to try!

  • Liz
    March 7, 2014 at 12:30 am

    SUPER cute! love the shirt!

  • Mindy Jo
    March 7, 2014 at 1:22 am

    If I won, I might get stripflock vinyl. I really don't know what I'd do with it, but it would be fun to play with.

  • Jessica Wyatt
    March 7, 2014 at 2:07 am

    This shirt so sooo cute, great job! If I had a girl I would totally get flock HTV, but I really need some permanent vinyl!

  • Jessica Wyatt
    March 7, 2014 at 2:09 am

    This shirt is SOOO cute, great job! If I had a little girl I would totally get some flock HTV, but I really need some outdoor vinyl!

    March 7, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I would buy some htv..flock..love it

  • Eva Scott
    March 7, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I desperately need some vinyl!!

  • Deanna Robinson
    March 7, 2014 at 5:18 am

    So cute!!!! I need to make one of these ASAP!

  • Jona
    March 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

    If I won the gift card, I would buy vinyl to make this shirt! Super cute!!!

  • Eileen Wassman
    March 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

    These are adorable. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • We Are A Happy Family
    March 9, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Way cute!

  • Jenn Lifford
    March 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    So cute! And your daughter is stinkin' adorable!

  • Courtney @ Sweet C's Designs
    March 10, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I love this! And parker is so cute in it… I really want to make one!

  • Melissa K.
    March 10, 2014 at 4:34 am

    This is such a cute shirt! I may have to make shirts for my girls for Easter since you made it look easy. 🙂

  • Shane R.
    March 11, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Those are super cute shirts! Seeing projects like this one makes me wish I had a Silhouette Machine.

  • Katie from Sew Woodsy
    March 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

    OMG seriously this is the cutest shirt EVER!!!!!!!!

  • Alyssa
    March 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    This is so cute and so easy to make! Just letting you know that I am linking to this post today from www-simply-creative-living.com if you don't mind.