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You only need two supplies to create your own monogrammed shirt. You'll need a t-shirt (if you use a new shirt, be sure to wash and dry it) and heat transfer material. The first step to creating the shirt is to create a monogram with your Silhouette program. It's really easy to do. You need to download a monogram font if you don't already have one. I used Monogram KK, which I downloaded for free from dafont.com. Then follow these steps.
- Open your Silhouette program and type your monogram. Remember that it goes in this order: first name initial, last name initial, middle name initial. If you type all this in the same text box and capitalize the middle initial, the font will automatically size the letters for you.
- Ungroup the letters and move them around and/or resize them until you like the way they look. Then weld them together.
- Offset the welded monogram. (Why? Because sometimes the little thin "squiggles" are hard for the machine to cut.) Delete the original monogram so that you're left with the offset one.
- Mirror the monogram so that it won't be backward when you iron it on your shirt.
After you've created the monogram, cut it from the heat transfer material (shiny side down) with your Silhouette. When cutting the Silhouette brand glitter heat transfer material, I used a speed of 5, thickness of 10, and my blade set at 4. (I was using a fairly new blade.) To make sure those settings are correct for your machine and material, always do a test cut.
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