DIY Printed T-Shirts

Refashion Your Tees Using the Brother ScanNCut

If you’re looking for a fun way to refashion an old tee, or give a new tee some creative flair, the ScanNCut Vinyl transfers are a great way to go! If you find a simple tee pattern, like a tank top or a singlet, you can easily transform your old baggy shirts or use up your scrap fabric. You really don’t need a lot of material to create these shirts, which are the perfect addition to any wardrobe.


Pinterest Inspiration Board

There are many places you can find inspiration from, with endless possibilities of designs. If you’re unsure on where to start why not sign up to Pinterest and create your own DIY Printed Shirt Board.

Vector Designs for Easy Download

If you’re pretty savvy with either the PC or the ScanNCut machine you can browse through endless vector graphics sites like Vector Stock. There are millions of designs to browse through starting at as little as US $1. If you have a vector editing program such as Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator you edit the images first and then upload to the ScanNCut Canvas online software as an .SVG file. Otherwise, you can download the vector image, print out the supplied .JPG file and scan it straight into your ScanNCut machine.

Above are a few designs that we have created using Vector Stock image files as well as the ScanNCut Canvas text tool. If you have any extra fabric left over you can create a mash up top and just add a pocket!

Vector Downloads

These designs have been downloaded straight from and cost only US $1 each. It’s such an easy and affordable way to create unique and personalised shirts!

Free Downloads

We have created these fun, girly designs which you can download and plug directly into your ScanNCut machine.

Built-in ScanNCut Designs

Don’t forget there are up to 1,102 designs and 15 built-in fonts that are available to use in the ScanNCut machine (based on the CM900 model). This makes it even easier to browse, design and create your own t-shirt graphics!

Flex, Flock and Glitter Transfers

To create this project you can use the Flock Fabric Transfers, Flex Fabric Transfer or even the Glitter Fabric Transfers, which allow you to iron your design directly onto your shirt. Don’t forget to mirror your designs before cutting them out. You can do this on your ScanNCut machine or when you create the design in the ScanNCut Canvas online software.


Tips and Tricks for Vinyl Transfers

It’s important to make sure you’ve applied your vinyl properly so that it doesn’t come off in the wash. Pressure, time and temperature are vital in tacking the vinyl down onto your shirt.

Here are a few tips to get the perfect outcome:

  • Use a Teflon Applique Mat over your vinyl so that you’re not ironing directly onto the fabric. This ensures that there’s no discoloration of your material.
  • It’s important to move the iron slowly as you go, while pushing down hard onto your design. If you keep the iron in one place it may cause discoloration of your material or melt the vinyl media.
  • It takes 12-15 seconds to set the vinyl correctly so if you have a big design make sure that you iron each section for this duration.

How to check that the vinyl is tacked down correctly:

  • Using your fingernail try and lift the corners of the design. If it lifts re-iron until the design is firmly tacked down onto the fabric.
  • Look at the vinyl surface closely. You want to see the texture of the fabric embed into the vinyl media. This ensures that the vinyl has been moulded into the shirt and won’t come off in the wash.

Echidna ScanNCut Binder

The ScanNCut Binder will guide you through how to use the ScanNCut machine, the correct settings you need for cutting the media, how to use the different media options and much more! The ScanNCut Binder is exclusive to Echidna Sewing and comes with every ScanNCut machine purchased from Echidna Sewing. If you’ve purchased your ScanNCut machine elsewhere, the binder is able to be purchased individually and is the perfect companion for your cutting machine. ScannCut-Binder

Contents include:

  • 500 designs on USB
  • Vinyl media samples
  • Getting Started manual
  • Introduction
  • Getting to Know your ScanNCut
  • The Cutting Process
  • Rhinestone Embellishments
  • ScanNCut Canvas
  • Maintenance

ScanNCut Features

Below you will find the Brother ScanNCut Features video playlist, where you can learn all about the Brother ScanNCut and how easy it is to use.

This video is part of the Brother ScanNCut Features playlist. If you click on the top left corner navigation on the video player you can browse through the list of videos. Otherwise, you can also view the Youtube playlist.

ScanNCut Canvas

You can design and create your own ScanNCut files using the online ScanNCut Canvas software. It has a number of tools available including text, shapes, borders, a bezier tool and much more. Below is video playlist to help you learn how to use the ScanNCut Canvas online software.

This video is part of the Brother ScanNCut Canvas playlist. If you click on the top left corner navigation on the video player you can browse through the list of videos. Otherwise, you can also view the Youtube playlist.

2 thoughts on “DIY Printed T-Shirts

  1. Rachel says:

    I have always wanted to try making my own vinyl t-shirts to save some money. I love the designs, but I’m not a huge fan of how expensive they can be! Thanks for sharing the tips on applying vinyls, I’ll have to try this out.


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