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The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

Typography is HOT. That’s why I’m super excited to be a part of Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts’ The Fashionable Type blog series!

First, let me tell y’all. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and buy something, I make a small commission on that sale. But I bought all my own supplies/equipment, and my words are true! Keepin’ it realz, yo!

I had a lot of fun creating this outfit for Harper (and taking photos, obviously!) I bought a Cricut Explore a few weeks ago, and unfortunately, it has been sitting on my sewing table unused the entire time. It was a total spur-of-the-moment purchase, and I know I’m going to do some AWESOME stuff with it, but I just haven’t had the time…

Until this!

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

The top was sewn using a prototype pattern for my soon-to-be-released knitwear pattern blocks (this was version 2 – I am on version 4 now!) from an upcycled, plain gray, thrift store tee. The skirt was created using adorable fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and no pattern – just a couple rectangles and some basic measurements and VOILA!

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

First, I downloaded a bunch of free fonts from Using Illustrator, I created an alphabet with said random fonts. I exported it as a .jpg, and then I measured the pattern block to see how large my graphic should be. Next, I pulled the .jpg into the Cricut Explore Design Space, sized it appropriately and loaded the machine with white iron-on vinyl.

Here’s the .jpg I created in case you want to use it in YOUR Cricut Explore:

alphabet for Cricut Explore

A few seconds later, we were IN BUSINESS. The Cricut Explore started doing it’s thing just brilliantly, and a couple minutes later, I had a sweet iron-on. After pulling off the excess vinyl and using my handy Cricut Weeder to get into the small spots, I heated up my iron and started applying the iron-on to my fabric.

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

Once the iron-on was sufficiently bonded (lots and lots and lots of hot ironing!), I proceeded to cut out my pattern and sew the top. I was worried it would be hard to sew through the vinyl, but nope…easy peasy.

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

I am not kidding when I tell you Harper wore this shirt for two days straight. Actually, maybe I should be embarrassed to tell you that. Oh well – I just love it when she actually WANTS to wear something I designed and created! Coincidentally, the “H” ended up right under her neck…which is cute since she likes to point out that “H starts with Harper” (as she puts it).

She spent a good 5 minutes explaining to her teachers at preschool on Friday that I made her shirt…and then she pointed out all the letters she knows that what “they all start with.”

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

Of course, there were Oreos involved in this photoshoot. I’m learning that props and treats really help when it comes to almost-three-year-olds. (And why doesn’t Oreos have an affiliate program? I would order those online, wouldn’t you? In bulk?)

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

Harper’s happy; I’m happy. And I love my new Cricut Explore. I already bought some pink iron-on vinyl and am anxious to come up with another project!

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet Tee

What do you think? Do you love the typography trend as much as we do?!

The Fashionable Type: Alphabet TeeYou can check out the rest of the awesome typographic projects by clicking the button below!

The Fashionable Type ButtonOh, and look! There’s a sweet linky party for you to check out and get inspired (or add your own typography-inspired project)!

  • Sophie Crespy

    wow! love this!!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you!!

  • Annika

    What a great tee! I had to laugh when I read that “H starts with Harper” – that’s exactly how my daughter puts it, too…

    • Lauren Dahl

      I don’t know where they get this stuff! ;)

  • Charity

    That is great! I love the combination of all the different fonts. I don’t have a Cricut Explore, but I do have a Silhouette Cameo that I bought with a gift card and have barely used… I need some iron-on vinyl! I wouldn’t have thought of using the vinyl before sewing the tee up… I like it!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Charity! Yeah, I am having a lot of fun with mine!

  • abby @ thingsforboys

    This looks great! Must add it to the list of reasons to get a cricut!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Ha! As if you need more reasons? ;)

  • Linda Lehn

    That is really cute, and your daughter is adorable. I love the “H starts with Harper”. Too cute!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Linda!

  • Stacey

    Yay, Lauren, I’m so glad you joined in on this series. This shirt is so very cool. I can see why she wanted to wear it for a few days straight. I feel the same way when I wear something for the first time. And I’m SO, SO excited about your pattern blocks.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks for having me, Stacey! It was so much fun!

  • Olga Becker

    Super cool! Love the alphabet

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Olga! I am way behind on my comments!! xoxo

  • Lisa @ PiePie Designs

    Cute shirt! I’d love to have you link this post up with Tuesday Sews over at PiePie Designs:

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks for the invite, Lisa!! I am barely keeping my head above water at the moment, so I haven’t been keeping up with linky parties. :)