It’s the middle of basketball season around here. It’s January, and for middle school basketball, we have about 8 more weeks of games. (Then AAU season starts, but that is another kettle of fish entirely.) The Big One plays a lot of basketball between lessons, games, and practice, we are often running from gym to gym. I’ve picked up a fair amount of spirit wear as a sports mom, including several basketball mom shirts, but the reality is that I can always use a few more. I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air to create my very own Basketball Mom shirt. I’m going to share the shirt with you today, along with a quick tutorial to show you how to turn font and images into a single Welded image. By doing this, your designs become even easier to position on fabric, and you don’t have unexpected cut lines.
All you need to make this shirt is Iron-On Vinyl, and a shirt. I used a V-neck shirt that I picked up at Michael’s on sale for $3.33, and Cricut Gold Iron-On Vinyl.
To make this design in Cricut Design Space, you’ll need to have Cricut Access, but the images I used are included with your monthly/yearly access. I am sharing the final project image for you to use, but you do need to have to either purchase the images or have Cricut Access to use it.
In the image below, you can see how I created the Basketball Mom shirt design within Cricut Design Space. I first started with the text. Because this is a shirt for a sport, I decided to find a letterman style design, which is actually a font called Varsity Letter-Narrow, and is a part of Cricut Access, or you can purchase the cartridge.
I wrote Basketball, and positioned it, and then I wrote in a separate text box the word “Mom.” This is because I wanted to make the word “Mom,” larger and be more emphasized. Also, by writing them in separate text boxes, I have more control over the line spacing.
Finally, I selected a basketball image of my own liking. If you search for basketball in design space, you’ll find quite a few. I liked this particular image because it was more graphic. I placed it where I wanted it to go with relationship to the text. If you look at the image above, you’ll notice how there are 3 separate “mats” or groups. That means that the Cricut Explore will cut each word and the image without regards to their relationship amongst the 3 groups.
By selecting all 3 groups, and then going to Edit, and selecting “Weld,” Design Space will turn all 3 groups into a single connected image. That means that the places where the basketball and words touch will become connected.
It will come out of the machine looking like this.
You’ll notice that the basketball image is connected to both words, which creates a more seamless look once you’ve ironed it in place.
Now I’ve got one more option to wear to one of the many basketball events that I attend each week to watch this kid do his thing.
I’m such a proud Basketball Mom! Tell me what your shirt would say!