Here at the May “the Fourth be with You” Party Blog, we have spent all weekend making food and decorations for this year’s Big Party. Before that, we spent 6 months posting ideas from previous parties. On our blog, you’ll find lots of inter-galacticly fun ways of celebrating the 4th. We have more foods and craft ideas than you can shake Lightsaber at at…. (that last one was a typo, really, but I thought it was appropriate so I am keeping it in)
Happy “May the Fourth be with You” Everyone!
We made T-shirts for the Party this year. And we are thrilled to share the patterns with you, if you want to make your own. First up is the Stormtrooper. (Downloads for all the other designs will be shared in subsequent posts. Note that the AT-AT was downloaded for individual use at iconfinder.com, and you can get the file here)
Update: Here are our Star Wars character stencil/Silhouette Cameo patterns from the picture above:
Party Yoda Pattern
Party C-3PO Pattern
Party Darth Maul Pattern
Party AT-AT Pattern
Party Stormtrooper Pattern
Party R2-D2 Pattern
Party BB-8 Pattern
We also have a Christmas versions of these patterns:
Christmas Yoda Pattern
Christmas C-3PO Pattern
Christmas Darth Maul Pattern
Christmas AT-AT Pattern
Christmas R2-D2 Pattern
Christmas Stormtrooper Pattern
Of course, as always, we ask you not to make and sell these. A, because Lucas Film owns the rights to all characters, and B, because we (and in case of the AT-AT, Jory Raphael) made the designs and it would be unfair for you to make money off them.
(…and in case you wonder what this has to do with Gene Ha’s Kickstarter, this was the shirt I wore to his big Announcement at C2E2.)
- Black T-shirt
- Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine (or X-acto Knife if you are doing it by hand)
- Silhouette Cameo Smooth Heat Transfer (White, Lime Green, Blue & Yellow)
- M4P Stormtrooper Tshirt pattern
- Thin Cotton Fabric (such as sheet or pillowcase)
- X-acto Knife
- Down-load the pattern below.
- Load pdf file on computer, and reverse the image.
- Cut out on Cameo. (There are lots and lots of great You Tube tutorials on how to use your Cameo to cut out vinyl, so I will not get into how to use the machine here.) OR print out on printer, place on vinyl and cut through both paper and vinyl layers by hand (NOT the clear plastic layer).
- Weed the vinyl sheet (get rid of all the unwanted little pieces), I find an X-acto knife is best for this.
- Close cut the shapes, so there is just a little bit of the sticky clear plastic around each piece.
- Lay them out (sticky side down) on the T-shirt, cover with cotton fabric, and iron for about a minute (on cotton setting, with no steam).
- Carefully peel the clear plastic off.
- Let cool for a while.
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Love the tshirt designs! 😀
Thank you, I am glad you like them! Once things slow down a little after the Fourth, I am posting the patterns for the other 4 designs as well, so be sure to check back!
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Love! I am curious if the silhouette heat transfer material cracks if the shirt is washed or stretched at all?
Also, I just subscribed to your blog through Feedly and am begging for you to consider making the whole post available through RSS readers, or at the minimum include a photo in your excerpt. I don’t always have time to click through blogs that do just an excerpt and would hate to miss some of your fun ideas.
I have not washed the shirts yet, but once I do I will let you know how they hold up.
As far as the posts, I appreciate your comment. I would like to keep the posts as excerpts on the reader, but I am looking into a way of adding pictures. Thanks for the suggestion.
Update! We washed the shirts and they look great. I had planned on doing them all in cold, delicate, turned inside out (which is usually recommended for iron-ons), but my daughter accidentally threw hers in the hot, normal load (decal out), and it survived that just fine too! I did not run them in the dryer though.
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Wondering how big you made the design. Im a newbie and trying hard over here. one sight says 8.5×8.5 and other says 6. Im lost!! its for a xs child shirt. Please help
We made our M4P Stormtrooper for an adult, so it was about 5″ wide x 9.5″ tall (not including the text). We did an R2-D2 shirt (https://maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com/2016/03/11/diy-r2-d2-star-wars-party-shirt/) for our young son who was 3 at the time (though the shirt was a bit big on him) and that design was cut at 4.5″ wide x 7.25 tall. If it helps, when I design shirts, I usually use a max size of 8″ wide x 10″ tall as a guide for an adult shirt, and max 4″ wide x 8″ tall for kids. Of course there are lots of exceptions to those guides, but they are a good starting point. Good Luck! And I would love to hear how it works out!
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