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Wrap-Around Shark Shirt

Spring has {almost} sprung, but instead of getting bit by the cleaning bug, I’ve become a willing victim of the crafting bug!  Not that it really takes much to bring out that side of me (ummm, Project Gallery, anyone?), but ever since it’s warmed up, I’ve felt super inspired.

I’ve also noticed that my son has outgrown most of his warm weather gear….hello toddler life.  So I decided to combine my desire to get my craft on and my son’s need of some new short sleeve duds into this very project: a cool wrap-around shark shirt!  Keep reading for all the fun details.

Oh, it’s also Silhouette Challenge time again!  Finally, right?  This quarter’s (yes, quarter’s) theme is Fabric & Apparel Crafts, and we’ve got 22 awesome projects being shared today.  Oh, did I mention that we’re also giving away a heat press?  Yes, we are!  Enter below for your chance to win!

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Wrap-Around Shark Shirt + Heat Press Giveaway!



My Mockup

At Target, I scored a plain gray t-shirt that amazingly didn’t have a pocket on the chest (why are colored pocketless tees so hard to find???).  So I brought it home, snapped a quick pic, and threw it in the wash, then got to work on my mockup.

The cool tribal shark design came from the Silhouette Design Store and it would work perfect for this project.

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Silhouette Cut Settings

Once my shark was scaled to the appropriate size, I finalized my cut settings for my Silhouette Cameo.

When playing with glitter HTV, I generally use the default cut settings for Heat Transfer Material: Flocked (but always do a test cut first!).  Also, don’t forget to mirror your design when working with HTV since you have to flip it over to apply it, unlike regular vinyl.

Here are the settings I used here:

  • Blade: 3
  • Speed: 5
  • Thickness: 33

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Cutting the Glitter HTV

I then browsed through my handy vinyl storage organizer and pulled out a sheet of white glitter HTV.  And if you’re anything like my husband, you’re probably thinking “Glitter??  For a BOY???  Pffffft.”

Yeah, yeah.  I get that it’s a little unusual.  But it’s my all-time favorite material to work with with my Silhouette Cameo.  Plus, everybody knows that real men (and little men) wear glitter.  And pink.  And whatever they want.

So I loaded my sheet of glitter HTV onto my cutting mat (shiny side down) and connected my Silhouette Cameo to my laptop.  Once my blade was adjusted, I let my machine work its magic!

And yes, my mat isn’t very sticky anymore so I used a few pieces of painter’s tape to hold it in place, and those paint sample jars helped to keep the mat from shifting as it got fed farther into the Silhouette.  Whatever works, folks! ;)

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Applying the Glitter HTV

Once my design was finished cutting, I trimmed it away from the rest of the sheet then weeded (or removed) the excess vinyl.

I preheated my iron to the Cotton setting and placed a flattened cardboard box down to protect my floor (I’m way too lazy to haul out our big, clunky ironing board, plus you can get better leverage on the floor).

Then I positioned the shark decal so it was flat on the front of the shirt, making sure all wrinkles were smoothed away.  I then gradually ironed it onto the shirt, working about 8-10 seconds in one spot then moving my iron right along.

Once the HTV was fully applied, I carefully peeled away the clear backing then trimmed it away, leaving it over the rest of the shark’s tail that still needed to be adhered.

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Next, I turned the shirt to the side so the rest of the area that needed to have the shark applied to it was nice and flat.  Then I repeated the steps and finished ironing the HTV into place.

Before applying the HTV, I was a little concerned that the seam might give me some issues.  However, the HTV actually stuck without any issues!

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The Completed Wrap-Around Shark Shirt!

And here it is!  I think it turned out super cool.  The glitter actually works really well with this design since it glistens like wet scales….even though sharks don’t really have scales.  Whatev.  This will be perfect for my little man, especially during Shark Week! ;)

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Wrap-Around Shark Shirt + Heat Press Giveaway! | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Silhouette Challenge!

It’s Silhouette Challenge time again, y’all!  It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, and 2016 is back with some changes: instead of having monthly Challenges, they’ll be quarterly now, BUT each one will have a super awesome giveaway!  Woot!

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As you can see, this quarter’s theme is Fabric & Apparel Crafts, and we’ve got a total of 22 awesome projects to share with you today!  Hop around and check them all out!

22 Silhouette Challenge Project Ideas Involving Fabric! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Art Party Smocks Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop DIY Lightning Bug Wall Art with Lights DIY Chevron Mickey Mouse Shirt with Glitter HTV DIY Nautical Pillow Cover + A GIVEAWAY! Recycling Tee Shirts - St. Patty's Day Style! Appliqued Initial Heart Pillow Wrap-Around Shark Shirt Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch 3 Creative Onesies for Baby Girl & Free Cut Files Pom Pom Tail Bunny Onesie Freezer Paper Stenciled Cushion with a Giveaway! Rawr! Dinosaur Birthday Shirt customize your Picnic Blanket It is Well With My Soul T-Shirt Design Monogrammed Envelope Pillows + Giveaway {The Silhouette Challenge} Toddler Trouble Shirt with free cut file DIY Ombré Tote Upcycled t-shirt cat... Meow! Little Helper Stenciled Kids Apron DIY Easter Egg Shirt - Silhouette Heat Transfer & Rhinestones DIY: Crazy Cat Lady Shirt + Free Cut File

1. Cutesy Crafts // 2. Mama Sonshine // 3. Morena’s Corner // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Coral + Mint Design Co. // 6. A Time For Seasons // 7. Architecture of a Mom // 8. Where The Smiles Have Been // 9. Haberdashery Fun // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Get Silvered // 13. Tori Grant Designs // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Create & Babble // 16. Curly Crafty Mom // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. The Small Stuff Counts // 19. The Experimental Home // 20. Creative Ramblings // 21. Adventures in All Things Food // 22. Minted Strawberry


Heat Press Giveaway!

And I’ve saved the best for last!   Pro World Inc is giving one lucky reader a heat press valued at $300!  Pretty sweet, huh?

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And since you’re probably a fan of giveaways of all types (because who isn’t?), head on over here to enter another giveaway I’m currently hosting….it’s also perfect for any Silhouette lover!

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If You Enjoyed This….

Make sure you check out my Project Gallery for lots of other Silhouette projects, including some of these fabric and apparel tutorials!

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DIY Tribal Summer Love Shirt with Glitter HTV | Where The Smiles Have Been

One Cool Kid T-shirt Tutorial and FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been for Melly Moments

DIY Farmers' Market Tote Bag: Eat Local! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Boom! Snap! Bang!: Fourth of July Firework T-shirt! | Where The Smiles Have Been


Thanks so much for stopping by!


AJ @ Aspen Jay

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

Hi Christine, Wow, your possibilities are endless with that silhouette machine! Love this little shark shirt and oh and your little man is a stud! :) Cheers, AJ

Cami @ The Crafting Nook

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

He looks cool with that shark t-shirt!!! Love that it goes around to the back!!!! Hugs

Carol W.

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Love the shirt. My 10 yr old son would love it - he is fascinated with sea life, especially sharks. Thank you for sharing this. Hugs ~ Carol W.

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I have never thought of trying a wrap around image on a shirt, what a great idea! I need to try this for one of my next projects, I am sort of a newbie!


Marni @ haberdasheryFun

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Love the T Shirt and think glitter is a great idea!! Marni @ Haberdashery Fun