Making a personalized Black History Month t-shirt is simple with your Cricut and some Infusible Ink. Have you tried Infusible Ink yet?
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Being mixed and raising children with blended races, Black History Month has always been important. I like to share literature and have meaningful conversations with my girls, especially since there isn’t much being taught at school. As they get older, they have more questions.
It’s always been a struggle to find a t-shirt that was perfect for me in stores, so I figured I would make my own with my Cricut. Design Space has some great options if you search “Black History Month”, you will find dozens of designs with more being added!
I loved the one that had a quote about strong women, yet thought it would be a better touch to add the Triangle Brights Infusible Ink sheet that would be perfect. Finding a design you like is easily customizable if you’re using Design Space…I truly love altering designs to fit my needs.
Cricut now offers a few options for their Infusible t-shirt blanks: white or gray v-neck, crew neck or onesie. I’ve tried both women’s v-neck here are my notes:
- The gray v-neck is a “women’s fitted”, which means it’s narrower and has a rounded hem. I highly recommend going up one or two sizes if you don’t want it super form fitting. Since it’s polyester and spandex, it stretches, but is also very fitted.
- The white v-neck is more of a straight fit. Still women’s, but not as fitted. I wear my normal t-shirt size in this.
I haven’t tried Infusible ink on a non-Cricut shirt yet. From a little research, you need a t-shirt that’s not 100% cotton. I will be testing this soon to let you know what works…and what doesn’t!
What do you need for this easy Black History Month t-shirt?
- Cricut Air Explore 2 or Cricut Maker
- EasyPress 2 or household iron
- Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer sheets: black and triangle brights
- Blank t-shirt. Used: gray v-neck
- Strong Women template
Note: Since we are removing the black box around the word “colors”, after you print it, just discard the rectangle box. To ensure the word prints as one, change to ONE color and weld together. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
For Infusible Ink, I’ve found that 400º for 29 seconds with the EasyPress 2 works perfectly. Make sure you use the heat transfer paper! If the black doesn’t seem dark enough, go over the text one more time.
My girls fell in love with this shirt and I am planning on making them some custom shirts this weekend. I have found it’s really hard to find items geared towards mixed race people. Since we identify with two (or more!) cultures, I want them to have a meaningful shirt that represents them.
Lately, we’ve been watching Mixed-ish on ABC and it’s really helping my kids see how my husband and I grew up. I’m essentially Rainbow, growing up in the 80s/90s with confusion about my identity. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve finally become comfortable with my mixed-ness. I don’t have to check ONE box, I can check as many as I need to find out how I identify!
How to you celebrate Black History Month? I would love to hear how you make it meaningful for your children!
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