I must admit, Valentine’s Day makes me a bit giddy! When I see a heart-shaped cake pan or little cherub with a bow and arrow, I can’t resist! To celebrate this year’s most romantic holiday, I’ve designed a Valentine’s patterned HTV shirt with Cameo and included a FREE SVG file you can download.
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DIY Valentine’s Shirt: Supplies
To create your very own DIY Valentine’s love shirt, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Plain cotton/cotton-blend t-shirt
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut cutting machine
- Buffalo plaid pattern heat transfer vinyl
- Heat transfer tape
- Silhouette cutting mat (preferred)
- Heat press or iron with ironing board
This buffalo plaid print worked very well with both my Cameo machine and my t-shirt heat press machine.
SVG Cut Files with Heart and Love Design
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Instructions for Cutting Valentine’s Heart Design
This download works with both Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition and above). Since I own a handy Cameo, I’ll walk you through those steps in this tutorial.
1. Prepare the file for cutting
Open the Valentine’s heart file and resize the image as desired.
2. Cut the heat-transfer vinyl (HTV)
If using the buffalo plaid patterned HTV or a similar patterned design, follow the manufacturer’s recommended cut settings. Typically, you will cut with the pattern facing up and a mat underneath.
If your blade does not adjust automatically, use the settings below. I always recommend performing a test cut before diving in with the full design.
These settings should work well with light to medium weight materials including patterned vinyl.
Cameo Cut Settings: Blade = 3, Speed = 8, Force = 3
Have you ever finished cutting your vinyl for a t-shirt only to realize you were supposed to mirror the image (raises hand)? Well, luckily you don’t have to reverse the image with patterned vinyl like this one. Hooray!
3. Weed the pattern
Tip: Cut around the heart design with scissors before weeding, so you can salvage any remaining vinyl for a future project.
Using a weeding tool, remove the excess vinyl around the heart as well as the word “love” in the middle.
I can’t explain why I love this part so much. Maybe it’s therapeutic, or maybe it’s just exciting to see your final design start to emerge.
4. Transfer design to tape
With most patterned vinyl, you need to transfer the design using transfer paper or adhesive tape before adhering it to the shirt.
5. Press the Valentine’s heart design onto the shirt.
I use this heat press (which I LOVE) for my iron-on vinyl adventures. However, you can definitely use a regular iron. I suggest testing a vinyl sample on an old tee before diving in.
- Heat press directions (buffalo plaid HTV): Heat the press to 295° F/146° C. Press the shirt without the pattern for 5 seconds to iron out wrinkles. Then, place your design on the shirt and press on medium pressure for 15-20 seconds.
- Ironing directions: Turn off the steam setting and press 15-20 seconds in sections, one time only.
In either case, peel off the cover tape right away (while hot).
Washing and Care Instructions for DIY Valentine’s Day shirt
First, you should wear your shirt as much as possible leading up to Valentine’s Day! 😉 Second, you should follow these instructions to properly care for your Valentine’s shirt.
- Wait 24 hours before washing the Valentine’s heart shirt.
- Machine wash warm or cold with mild detergent.
- Dry on normal setting.
- No bleaching or dry cleaning!