Get your team or family in the Christmas spirit with matching Santa hats! Using one piece of vinyl cut on your Cricut or Silhouette, you can screen print dozens of felt Santa hats in no time.
Start by cutting your team name or personalization using Cricut Design Space or whatever program you use. Choose to “mirror” the design and cut it on Oracal 651 vinyl. Then, apply the vinyl to your screen printing frame using transfer tape.
I used my screen printing press and a DIY pallet (more on the pallet here), but you can do this same project with just a Speedball screen printing frame. The press allowed me to easily line up the frame with the design each time. You can eye ball this if you are not using a press.
SUPPLIES USED IN THIS TUTORIAL
- Oracal 651 Vinyl – any color
- Speedball Screen Printing Frame 16×20 (I used the 16×20 size but you could use the 10×14 size too)
- Speedball Fabric Ink
- Painter’s Tape
- Transfer Tape
- Felt Santa Hats (I found these at Walmart for under $1 each)
- Cricut Maker
- Screen Printing Press (optional, but a great tool to have if you love screen printing. I modified mine in this tutorial for the smaller pallet size.)
- Heat Press, Easy Press 2 or household iron (Learn how to heat set your finished shirt)
If you are looking for my favorite craft supplies to add to your wish list this year, you might like my Cricut Gift Guide for Crafters.
Heat Set Speedball Fabric Ink
After your ink has dried completely, you will want to heat set the fabric ink. I allowed the ink to dry for 3 days before heat setting. I noticed that it took a little longer for the ink to dry on felt compared to t-shirts. Heat set with a press, iron, or Easy Press 2 set on 320 degrees for 40 seconds.