This 100 Days Smarter is perfect for your LEGO-loving little one’s school celebration of 100 Days of School! Grab the FREE cute file!
Our 100th Day of School is approaching! My sons’ school loves to celebrate and this year, instead of dressing like they are 100 years old as we’ve done in the past, they want the kids to wear 100 Days of School shirts! My boys LOVE LEGOS (that is SUCH an understatement!) so I knew we needed to incorporate them into our shirt theme. I came up with this fun LEGO heat transfer pattern that uses, you guessed it, 100 LEGOS to spell out!
I’m sharing the free cut file with you guys today and all the deets on how to thriftily use all this different colored heat transfer vinyl (affiliate link) to create a unified pattern.
This is a great scrap-busting project so gather any primary-colored heat transfer vinyl (affiliate link) that you have been stashing.
NOTE: Remember to always flip images horizontally for heat transfer projects!
The easiest way to keep track of the colors you want to use on the pattern is to print out the design and color in the bricks. I had 6 HTV colors on hand to use, but you can use and many or few colors as you like.
You will need to alter the image slightly in order print, and I have some step by step directions for you.
1) The first thing to do is resize the paper size to 8 1/2 x 11 to fit your printer paper size. Rotate the image to fit on the paper, resize if necessary. You can always resize again when you’re actually ready to cut the images.
2) Open the Line Color Window in the toolbar and change the line color to black (this step is totally optional, but I usually do this because 1) black is easier to see on paper and 2) you have more black toner in your printer than any other color)
Now you can easily print the image and color in the bricks so you can keep up with the color pattern.
There are a couple of options to cut this design. The first one will use a lot more HTV, but will be quicker. The second uses MUCH less HTV (scrap-buster!) but takes a little longer. The end result for both will be an impossibly cute LEGO shirt!
OPTION 1: Use the printed pattern as a guide and delete all bricks except of one color (example: if you’re cutting red HTV, delete all bricks that will be any other color other than red). Leave the red bricks in place, flip image horizontally, and cut the bricks out. Click UNDO (or Ctrl Z) until you return to the original image then delete all bricks but those of the second color you are cutting. Repeat this process until all the bricks are cut. Then you simply need to lay down the vinyl, one color at a time, and iron it onto the shirt. The bricks will all align perfectly.
OPTION 2: Follow the first step from above. Pick the color you want to start with, delete all other bricks of another color, flip horizontally, and cut. For ALL OTHER BRICK COLORS, select just those bricks and line them up tightly in the top left corner of the cutting mat in the program. Instead of taking up so much square space leaving the bricks in the original design, you can cut them all in a very small area making this great for using up scrap HTV.
In option 2, when cutting the other brick colors other than the original first where they are left in the original design, you want to cut all the way through the HTV (plastic, too) rather than just the HTV itself. To do this, set the CUT THICKNESS to 25.
As you can see in the photo above, I used OPTION 2 for my design. I cut the yellow HTV (shown white above because it’s the back side) first in the original pattern and removed the excess vinyl. I cut all other bricks on scrap HTV and deepend the cut thickness to 25 so that each brick was an individual piece. I added the other color bricks to the original design in yellow by following the printed guide and simply lining up the “bricks” and laying them face down (plastic side down) on the sticky-backed plastic of the original design.