These layered vinyl Harry Potter T-Shirts are easy to make with your Silhouette Cameo and the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio Software!
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If there is one thing I will always regret it’s not making more Harry Potter t-shirts to wear to the midnight release of the books and movies.
Back then making t-shirts meant using puffy paints and mad drawing skills and hoping and praying that your shirt came out looking somewhat like you pictured in your head. Mine never did, I’m a terrible artist.
This is why I’m thankful for cutting machines. They make crafting easy and quick!
Which is awesome and also a bit dangerous.
My obsession with making t-shirts is
maybe a little unhealthy.
I love working with heat transfer vinyl (it’s so easy to weed!) and using my Cricut EasyPress makes cranking out shirts really fast.
It also helps because there’s no guessing as to how long you need to press your designs for. There’s an easy guide on their website that tells you exactly how long you should press your designs depending on what material you’re pressing them on to. It literally takes the guess-work out of it for you!
The only time you wouldn’t want to go by that guide is if you’re pressing multiple layers (like you would with the Ravenclaw shirt). For multiple layers you would press the first layer for 15-20 seconds and do each layer after that for only 5-10 seconds. But, we’ll talk more about why later….
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These Harry Potter T-Shirts are:
- fun, and
- incredibly nerdy!
Let’s make our own layered vinyl Harry Potter T-Shirts!
Are you doing a complicated layered design? Read more for tips on how to get it right (and not mess up like me)!
The Silhouette Designer Edition really helps in multi-layer designs because you can cut by color or layer. This made it really easy to cut my son’s Ravenclaw shirt because all I had to do was change out the vinyl on my cutting mat and hit cut.
For the Ravenclaw and Luna shirts, this was the first time I had ever done a layered shirt and while there are small imperfections it wasn’t too bad.
Always remember to GO SLOW when you’re cutting multi-layered designs.
And also, move your iron/EasyPress to the side away from your shirt when you’re not using it. I say this because when I made the Luna shirt and accidentally put the hot iron on the already pressed vinyl when doing my second layer. It warped the vinyl and my shirt was ruined. I was bummed.
Just a few quick tips when attempting a layered Harry Potter t-shirt:
- Sometimes your vinyl will shrink if you’re pressing multiple layers but there is a way around this. Press the first layer for 15-20 seconds and then do every other layer for 5-10 seconds. If you overpress the vinyl it will cause shrinkage and your layers will look warped. Doing short presses will help stop it.
- If you need to remove vinyl because you messed up, DO NOT USE GOO GONE. I’ve tried and it just makes a huge mess. I don’t even know where that tip came from to be honest. It’s awful. I’ve used this vinyl remover on my Toy Story Squad Goals Shirt and it works amazingly well! It’s a must-have in my craft room.
While I’m still bummed that my Luna shirt didn’t work out, layering vinyl ended up not being a scary thing to try. Once you get the hang of it it’s really easy and fun!
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