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How to Make a DIY Santa T-shirt {Free Santa SVG}

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Santa Claus is coming, and some of us might have some ‘splaining to do! I’ll show you how to make a DIY Santa t-shirt using my free Santa SVG file so you can tell Santa not to believe everything he hears…

Santa SVG file used on white and grey raglan t-shirt that reads "Dear Santa, Don't believe everything you hear!"

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I love the naughty and nice Christmas t-shirts I’ve seen around Pinterest, so I decided to put my own spin on things by designing my own Christmas cut file. It reads:

“Dear Santa,

Don’t believe everything you hear!”

In this video, I walk through all the steps to making this shirt, so you can follow along.

All fonts (including the Santa graphic!) came from my recent roundup of Christmas fonts.

Did you know you can download free fonts with graphics in place of letters? Oh, yes you can!

Santa Claus T-shirt Supplies

*Note: For Silhouette Cameo cutting machines, you’ll need the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or Business Edition to import SVG files. With the Cricut, you’ll want to import your files as a vector upload.

Santa SVG design in holographic heat transfer vinyl on grey and white raglan t-shirt with Santa hat and converse sneakers

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How to Make a DIY Santa Claus T-shirt

Step 1: Reverse image and cut.

In your Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space software, you’ll want to resize the Santa SVG file to your desired dimensions.

Reversed image of Santa SVG file in Silhouette Studio for Cameo cutting machine

When using heat transfer vinyl, make sure you reverse the image before cutting it, as shown above. Newer versions of software may prompt you to do this automatically.

(Am I the only one who forgets this half the time?)

With some types of vinyl, you may want to make two “passes” (i.e., cut the design twice). You’ll have an easier time weeding the vinyl in Step 2 if you do this.

Taping holographic vinyl onto cutting mat to cut Santa SVG file

Tip: If your vinyl curls at the edges and won’t adhere to the cutting mat try taping the edges to the mat before loading.

Step 2: Weed the design.

Once you have cut the design, remove any excess vinyl to reveal only the Santa SVG graphic on the carrier sheet. I find that using this tool really helps in this process.

Weeding heat transfer vinyl from cutting mat to reveal Santa SVG file for transferring to t-shirt

Step 3: Press the design.

Here’s a look at the finished design ready to press onto your t-shirt. Are you getting excited yet?

Santa SVG vinyl design on carrier sheet ready to transfer to t-shirt

I use a heat press to transfer my designs onto t-shirts, but you can also follow the vinyl manufacturer’s instructions to use a regular iron.

Final Look: Santa Claus T-Shirt

I’ve really enjoyed wearing my funny Santa Claus t-shirt this season, and I hope you enjoy wearing (or gifting) yours, too!

Crissy wearing Santa Claus t-shirt with free Santa SVG made with Silhouette Cameo

In the photo above, I’m wearing this shirt after laundering it a few times. It holds up to the washing machine really well!

Care Instructions for Santa Shirt

To properly care for your Christmas t-shirt, here’s what you need to know:

  • Wait 24 hours before washing your shirt.
  • Machine wash warm or cold with mild detergent.
  • For most heat transfer vinyl (HTV), you can dry the shirt on low heat. For holographic vinyl, hang the shirt to dry. When in doubt, let it air dry.
  • Do not bleach or dry clean.

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Santa SVG free to download to make your own DIY Santa Claus t-shirt

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How to Make a DIY Santa Claus T-shirt with Cricut/Cameo

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner/Easy

Make your own funny Santa Claus t-shirts, mugs or signs using this free Santa SVG cut file!

This file can be used with either Cricut or Cameo cutting machines.

You can easily resize this design to make any DIY gift you can imagine.

Materials

  • Heat transfer vinyl
  • Cotton raglan t-shirt
  • Cutting mat
  • Santa SVG cut file (see website for details)

Tools

  • Iron or heat press
  • Cameo or Cricut cutting machine

Instructions

  1. Download the free Santa SVG cut file at firstdayofhome.com.
  2. Resize the image, reverse it and cut using the appropriate cut settings.
  3. Weed (remove) the excess vinyl to leave only the remaining design on the clear plastic carrier sheet.
  4. Press the design onto your material using the manufacturer's recommended heat settings.

Notes

  • Wait 24 hours before washing your shirt.
  • Machine wash warm or cold with mild detergent.
  • For most heat transfer vinyl (HTV), you can dry the shirt on low heat. For holographic vinyl, hang the shirt to dry. When in doubt, let it air dry.
  • Do not bleach or dry clean.

Did you make this project?

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