September 12, 2016  

DIY Grateful Shirt Perfect For Thanksgiving {Silhouette HTV Project}


I have pumpkin spice, bonfires, colorful leaves, apple cider, scarves and everything fall on the brain. Fall is most definitely my favorite time of the year, how about you?

As a kick-off to lots of fall projects coming to the blog soon, I’m sharing this maroon ‘grateful’ shirt made with a Silhouette (my favorite crafting tool!). I think this shirt is perfect for all of the crisp fall days ahead of us, and could be worn for a casual day at the pumpkin farm or Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s house.

I whipped up this shirt as a quick project for the Fall Edition of the Silhouette Challenge, a quarterly challenge where my Silhouette-loving friends all create new projects following the theme. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more project inspiration!

Learn how to customize a shirt with a Silhouette machine. Download the free "grateful" lettering to create your own, perfect for fall weather or Thanksgiving dinner.

Make Your Own Custom Shirt With A Silhouette

Supply List

Here are the supplies needed to make this project. For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links for supplies I personally use and recommend. See my disclosure policy here.

Learn how to customize a shirt with a Silhouette machine. Download the free "grateful" lettering to create your own, perfect for fall weather or Thanksgiving dinner.

Heat Transfer Material (HTV) projects were really intimidating to me, but I’ve since learned how simple they can be! I did my first one back this spring when I made ombre tote bags with lettering on them. I followed the exact same steps as I wrote in that post, so instead of repeating myself here, I’m going to send you over there for the step-by-step tutorial. Just scroll past the dye tutorial until you get to the section on applying the HTV material.

Learn how to customize a shirt with a Silhouette machine. Download the free "grateful" lettering to create your own, perfect for fall weather or Thanksgiving dinner.

This shirt paired with flannel and a scarf has me itching for the weather to cool down a bit more here in Iowa. I hate to wish summer away, but you just can’t beat a sunny fall day when you can cozy up in a sweater and scarf. I have more fall projects coming to the blog over the next few weeks – until then, keep scrolling for more inspiration!

Learn how to customize a shirt with a Silhouette machine. Download the free "grateful" lettering to create your own, perfect for fall weather or Thanksgiving dinner.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

DIY Grateful Shirt Perfect For ThanksgivingDIY Back to School Sign & Amazon Gift Card GiveawayStenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow"Happy Fall Y'all" Watercolor Art: Cameo 3 TutorialCutest Pumpkin In The Patch OnesiesConquering my FearsHow to Build and Paint a Wood SignReversible Fall Block {tutorial} + Fall Blog Hop & GiveawaySpooktacular Monogram Onesie for Baby's First Halloween + GIVEAWAY!Double Sided Fall and Christmas Pillow TutorialPumpkin Pillow CoversMake Fun Canvas Pencil CasesSilhouette Fall Challenge: Fall Planter Box w/ Vinyl Pumpkins"Happy Fall Y'all" Cotton Wreath

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Thanks for stopping by today! Check out the related posts below to see more of my Silhouette projects – it really is my favorite crafting tool!

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Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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  1. Love it! My Silhouette machine just arrived (using my gift card card – THANK YOU!) and I’m testing out all the terrific features. I want to make matching shirts for all my grandkids – better get busy!

    1. You’re going to love your new Silhouette! I’m so excited for you and all of your future crafting awesomeness! Matching shirts is a fabulous project idea. Have fun!

  2. I love this shirt! Might have to make one for myself for the upcoming season. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. So simple – I love it! I’ve never been a big fan of fancy DIY shirts with kitchy phrases and things…I like them on other people but they’re just not anything I would wear myself. But this is perfect! I love the color and the sentiment and the simplicity. Sometimes less is more. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Fall is also my favorite time of year! HTV is so fun to work with using a Silhouette, and your shirt turned out great! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. What a great idea for a shirt! I have done a couple of heat transfer project with my Silhouette and I remember the first time I was so nervous! It is SO easy, though. I love the idea of making a tee for time of year…

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    1. Hey Carrie, thanks for stopping by! Heat transfer projects are so much easier than they look, aren’t they? Can’t wait to see what you whip up for the holidays!

  6. I love how your tee turned out! I’ve never made any clothing with my Silhouette and I have no idea why – it’s so simple!

    1. Hi Emily, you should totally give HTV a try with your Silhouette! I put it off for quite a while, but it honestly is about the easiest type of Silhouette project I’ve made yet. The only thing to really remember is to mirror your design before you cut it. Can’t wait to see what you create next!

  7. I love this! I think it turned out super cute. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to make shirts for special holidays? So excited to be part of the SIL Challenge with you this time. Your project is adorable!

    1. It’s so true, isn’t it? Cute shirts for the holidays are way easier than I ever thought they’d be. When I got my Silhouette, I had no idea I’d be able to make cute things like this! Glad we got to do the challenge together this round!

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