No one knows exactly when or where crochet began - though there are plenty of theories! One thing is for sure: Irish crochet saved many lives in the mid-1800s - possibly including a few of my own ancestors.
Additionally, St. Patrick's Day has become quite an event for our family the last couple of years, so I wanted to make a festive t-shirt that honored that crochet history just a little bit - and so I designed the Shamrock Crochet T-Shirt using the Cricut Maker and Happy Crafters Iron-On Vinyl!
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To start out with, I used Stitchworks Crochet Chart's online program to create a crochet symbol chart for a shamrock - this is how that looked:
Then, I uploaded the image to Cricut Design Space, where I was able to clean it up and save it as a cut file - which you can now use too! CLICK HERE to open the large JPEG file in a new tab, which you can save and upload to Cricut Design Space. If that doesn't work, please email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to email you the SVG and JPG file directly.
Finally, I used the new Cricut Templates that are built into Design Space to help me decide what size to make the iron-on. So handy!
Ready to cut! I met the Happy Crafters folks at the Creativation conference earlier this year, and they were super nice - and their Happy Crafters Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl is so pretty! And I was also super excited to see that they sell blank apparel and bags for ironing onto too! Happy Crafters was kind enough to send me some of their 12" x 20" Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in gold and green and one of their blank V-neck t-shirts!
Before cutting iron-on vinyl, it's always important to mirror the image! Well, it's super important when there are letters - with this one it's a little more subtle if you do forget. But still, a good tip.
It took a few minutes to cut, and next time I think I would set the pressure on the Cricut Maker higher, as this vinyl seems a little thicker. But it did the job even on the Default setting, thankfully.
Finally, I fired up the Cricut EasyPress to 320 degrees and set it for a 15-second countdown. It was hot by the time I had my pressing cloth down! After preheating the shirt, I centered the design and pressed it on.
I made sure to hit each of the petals of the shamrock as well as the stem with its own press since the design was bigger than 9" across. After letting it cool for a few minutes, I peeled off the plastic...
And now I'm ready for the St. Patrick's Day festivities!
You can make your own DIY Shamrock Crochet T-Shirt - or project bag, or tote, or whatever you want! Most of the supplies I've used are linked throughout the post, and here they are again for your shopping convenience:
Happy crafting, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!