If your little one loves bugs, they’re going to be obsessed with this insect shirt! Our design features five cute insects along with a numbered list to help your kiddo identify each one. And it says “Natural History of Insects” at the top. All you have to do is download our design, gather the tools and materials listed below, and follow our four simple instructions.
For those of you crafting this insect shirt as a gift, we think it would be fun to add a bug catcher net and a magnifying glass. Then wrap it all up with our little critters wrapping paper!
BEElieve in Your DIY Skills
Iron-on designs are an easy way to add little DIY touches into your daily life. Over the summer, we discovered 651 Vinyl’s heat transfer selection and have been loving the Siser EasyWeed brand. It is SO easy to work with. It cuts and weeds like butter! Plus the colors are really vibrant and look great layered.
We used five different colors of heat transfer vinyl for our insect shirt. But you can always make it more your own by choosing your own colors. Or you can involve your kiddo in the crafting process and have them choose their favorite colors.
For those of you using the Siser EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl, this insect shirt will be a super quick craft with our SVG file and your cutting machine. We have also included a printable PDF template if you want to cut these patterns by hand instead. It’ll take more time but it’s doable!
When you’re done crafting, let us know how your insect shirt looks and if your little one is happy with it! You can also always post pictures of your DIY projects and tag #MadeWithLia so we can spot them on Instagram. Enjoy! ~ Lia and team
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- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut EasyPress or Iron
- Press Cloth
- White Cotton T-Shirt
- Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl – Green, Yellow, Red, Charcoal, and Silver
- Printable T-Shirt Transfers (if you’re not using a cutting machine)
How to Make Your Own Insect Shirt
- Use SVG file to cut designs on a cutting machine. Set your EasyPress temperature to 300º.
- Weed each insect and all text from vinyl; then cut around plastic film and place each piece individually on clean t-shirt to match design. Use the PDF of the design as a guide.
- Lay a press cloth over the vinyl; then use an EasyPress (or iron) to set design into the shirt.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, simply print the mirrored PDF design on printable t-shirt transfer paper; then iron on following the instructions on the packaging.
For more heat transfer vinyl projects like this one, check out our dinosaur shirts and our tanks with motivational sayings. You can also browse more crafts for kids here.
If you want more craft ideas and DIY inspiration, come find us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Or browse our video tutorials on paper flowers, home décor, and more.
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