Like a lot of at-home crafters – my business started as a way to help finance some pretty expensive hobbies and habits! I love my Silhouette, printer and have vinyl in every style and colour of the rainbow – even rainbow print! I know there’s nothing like the feeling of pride from your first make – piecing elements of the design together, curating the colours, then standing back to admire it when it all pulls together. And running around the house hoping to find someone else to admire it!

I pretend after all this time that when an item is fresh off the heat press, I knew it was going to turn out exactly as it did. But honestly, it’s a bloody thrill every. single. time!

The first t-shirts I ever made were for my two boys ♡

I got my Cameo in 2014 a few years ago and first made some Christmas Eve plates for friends and and family using vinyl decals. I moved onto selling some vinyl decals but mainly customised HTV clothing and tote bags.

What I struggled to find, were easy to use and adaptable SVGs with Commercial License included. It was a big barrier to every new style I wanted to try, and I wanted to try them all! I needed off-the-shelf designs that were created to cut cleanly on a Cricut or Silhouette and designed to create a bold stand out tee.

I decided to create and then sell my own designs as digital downloads to complement my t-shirt business here – I truly believe that collaboration is the best thing we can do for the market. I can see the increase in demand for unique, personalised items from small businesses across the UK ♡

Owning a small HTV and vinyl business means I understand how every penny really counts when trying to make turn a profit. I want to make it easy to set up and start earning, and I believe a couple of pounds invested in a design that can be sold 100 times over with little effort is worth it!!

I love talking about what’s on trend, and sharing helpful tips and tricks for cutting machines through the blog and social media. Keep in touch on Facebook and Instagram using the tag @maggiedodesign

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