A funny DIY Christmas shirt for swimmers was a must have this year. If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I have a bunch of really active kids. Both of them swim, one of them triathlons, the other is a super competitive swimmer… as in she went to regionals on the high school swim team as a seventh grader (such a proud momma!). She is all about everything swim.
So I got inspired by another Christmas swimming shirt online and decided to bit whip up couple of cute DIY Christmas shirts for swimmers in the family.
- There is a bit of layering that goes on in these T-shirts. It’s not difficult you’ll just need a little patience when you’re pressing them on the T-shirt.
- First, download the SVG file (it is zipped when you download; use your unzip utility to decompress) and upload it to your design space. If there are any artifacts that come through in the file be sure to remove them when you start.
- Resize the image to fit the size of your T-shirt. The child size medium we made was at 7.5 inches, and the women’s size small at 8.5 inches wide. Be sure to mirror all images before you hit "Make it!"
- After you cut and weed the various pieces of vinyl you’ll be ready to start ironing on. I personally really love using the Cricut EasyPress, because the temperature stays consistent, and there is a nice wide plate on the bottom.
- Put the red layer on first. If you have a V-neck shirt, place the image 2 to 3 finger lengths down from the bottom of the V. Center the hat slightly to the right of the center of the shirt. Not by much though!
- Whether you use the glitter or SportFlex vinyl, press on the vinyl based on Cricut's recommendations.
- Put the blue later on next. Take your time positioning the goggle lenses correctly within the goggles themselves. Add to the carrier sheet back from the red pieces, then press. Wait till the vinyl cools and peel off the carrier sheets.
- Place the white pieces on it last. Replace all the carrier sheets so the red and the blue vinyl is covered. Press the white into the shirt. Wait for it to cool a bit, then to remove the carrier sheets and your shirt is ready to H2O H2O H2O and impress any swim kid!
Here’s a rare siting–a.k.a. a photo of me–setting up the swim team party in my Swimming Santa shirt. And just so you know, Santa really does swim! Part of the swim team party was a swim-a-thon to raise money so we can get the kids the equipment they need to train. One of the coaches told them if they met their dollar goal, he’d swim in a Santa suit.
Swim he did! I’m putting this here for the enjoyment of all the swimmers that might have hit this page. And for the rest of you, it’s pretty funny, too!! Go, Santa, Go! ((Yes, he does lose his pants about halfway through, LOL.))