diy star wars inspired bb-8 t-Shirt


DIY Star Wars Inspired BB-8 T-Shirt + free SVG cutting file

When I asked my youngest son what he wanted on his blank t-shirt I was not at all surprised when I hear – Star Wars!!! He is hooked on Star Wars at the moment so I sort of knew this was coming.

Star Wars Join the Resitance ShirtSince my favorite color is orange and all of us have a soft spot for the newest android in the Star Wars family, BB-8 was chosen.

I had also seen a cool shirt with ‘Join the Resistance’ on it and I knew I wanted to include that too.  That’s when I had the idea for the small image on the back of the shirt.

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The BB-8  t-shirt has lots of little parts and does take some knowing your way around a personal cutter.  So here is what you are going to need:

creating the elements

creating a cutting file

You do need to be pretty skilled at using a graphic design program, like Adobe Illustrator, to make this from scratch.  I took elements from the original Star Wars logo, the Join the Resistance Logo and a BB-8 graphic to come up with my design.

If you want to let me do all the work and you are a newsletter subscriber I have the cutting file all ready to go.  (your welcome!)

Bonus - cutting files for subscribers

Star Wars Inspired BB-8 T-Shirt SVG FreebieI have created and included the svg cutting files for both the Star Wars elements.  A page just for my newsletter subscribers.  This way you can change them up any way you would like.  Have fun.

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NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS CLICK HERE to access the Magical Tutorials Page to download the cutting files.

cutting out all the parts

Once you have downloaded the svg cutting file, load it into your personal cutter software and re-size to the dimensions you want.  Then cut away.

determining the size of HTV needed

determining the size of HTV needed

Hint: When you cut out heat transfer vinyl (HTV) remember to always cut in mirror mode.  You will be flipping the cut onto t-shirt and you don’t want to waste HTV by cutting it right side up.
cut as a mirror image

cut as a mirror image

Hint: Good news.  Working with glitter heat transfer vinyl is no different than working with regular heat transfer vinyl.

getting ready for assembly

Once you have all the parts cut out start to weed.  As you know I love this part… so sit back and enjoy that zen feeling of just pulling away all the extra bits of vinyl.

weeding the vinyl

weeding the vinyl

Hint: Go ahead and cut apart all the different elements so they can easily be layered once you begin using heat.
cut apart all the elements

cut apart all the elements

final assembly

Finally you are ready to put the t-shirt together.  If you don’t have a heat press, do not worry. A home iron works just fine.

Hint: If using a iron to apply the HTV do a test first.  You want your iron dry and hot (I found cotton setting was my sweet spot) but at the same time too hot will damage the vinyl.  Also you will need to apply A LOT of pressure.  I would place the shirt on a tile floor and then apply my full body weight as pressure.  Took about 30 seconds per area doing it this way.

For this image you are going to have to apply in layers.  Place the bottom layer of heat treansfer vinyl (HTV) on top of the shirt.  Place the teflon sheet or parchment paper on top as protection and heat press away.  The heat press set at 310 degrees should take 12 seconds to complete.

Remove transfer tape (the plastic coating on top of the vinyl) and lay down second layer of heat treansfer vinyl (HTV) and repeat applying hear.  If you can add multiple items on at one time go ahead and do that.

Repeat this step until all layers have been applied.  Flip shirt over and repeat.

applying the vinyl in layers

applying the vinyl in layers

applying the vinyl in layers

applying the vinyl in layers

the finished t-shirt (and newest member of the rebel alliance)

Once the t-shirt has cooled you are all ready to go.

My son was over the moon (or the Death Star) with his new shirt.  He actually liked the back of it more than the front.

Star Wars inspired BB-8 t-shirt

Star Wars inspired BB-8 t-shirt



DIY Star Wars Inspired BB-8 T-Shirt + free SVG cutting file

By |2017-10-16T11:54:03+00:00August 16th, 2016|

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Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.


  1. Jolene Pierce January 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I subscribed to your newsletter but I can’t get the SVG file. Help? Wanted to make this for a star wars birthday party!

  2. Amy February 4, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Same…I got the password for subscribers but it doesn’t seem to work. Thanks!

  3. Jenna February 6, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I never got a password for the file.

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