Back to School SVG Cut Files

Whether you have a child entering Pre-K, Kindergarten or one that is rounding out their elementary career as a 5th grader, these Back to School SVG Cut Files are perfect. Grab your vinyl and your Silhouette Cameo and get crafting!

Collage of First Day of School Shirts

I know for some of you in the southern states, back to school is happening right now or you might already be into week 2 like my sister, Kate’s boys in TN.

BAck to school svg cut files for silhouette & cricut

Here in NY we don’t go back until after Labor Day so we are still in lazy mode at the Miller house. I actually feel like I’ve been in lazy mode this whole summer but a miracle happened today and I created an entire new set of First Day of School SVGs.

First Day of School Shirts for Pre-K and Elemtary School

I started The Girl Creative in 2009 and believe it or not, I don’t have much back to school content here. Back when I designed mostly printables, I shared these Free Printable First Day of School Signs.

teacher appreciation ideas and svgs

My friends and I got together last year and created some super fun SVGS for Teachers. You may have snagged them already but if not, you can still get them for free HERE.

Prior to that I created my own little bundle of Cut Files for Teachers that you can download HERE if you happened to have missed that post.

If you want to go WAY back, check out the Teacher Appreciation archives.

svg files for back to school

Back to School Shirts

For this collection of SVGs for back to school, I decided to focus on primary or elementary school. I have teenagers so I’m pretty confident I wouldn’t get away with making them first day of school shirts once they hit middle school.

This bundle includes the following SVGs:


Preschool Tshirt
Third Grade T-shirt

how to use an svg in silhouette studio

Preschool Tshirt

How to Make a Preschool Vibes Tshirt with Your Silhouette Cameo

Preschool Vibes SVG and how to use it to make your own t-shirt.


  • Blank T-shirt
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • SVG Cut File


  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Heat Press or Home Iron
  • Weeding Tools


  1. Step 1: After downloading your SVGs, open the design of your choice in your Silhouette Studio software. To open you need to go to File > Open > and select your design from the location you saved it to on your computer. NOTE: You will need Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or higher to use an SVG. If you are running the basic edition, please let me know and I will provide you with the proper file type.
  2. Step 2: Resize your SVG to the size that you need according to the size shirt you will be using.
  3. Step 3: Now you're ready to cut. Don't forget to mirror your image BEFORE you send to cut AND make sure you select the proper material (HTV) and adjust the cut settings (if you use the ratchet blade like me). Also, the shiny side of the heat transfer vinyl (the carrier sheet side) should be face down on your cutting mat.
  4. Step 4: Weeding. With your weeding tools (or you can use a stick pin if you don't have any weeding tools) start removing the excess htv from around your design. You want to do this nice and slow to make sure your vinyl doesn't tear. To make things easier, try leaving your design on your cutting mat. that works best for me. Once you have the area around your design weeded, work on the inner parts of the design (i.e. letters, shapes, etc.)
  5. Step 5: Applying Design to Shirt A rule of thumb when it comes to placing your design on the shirt is leaving about 3 inches from the top of your design to the neckline of your t-shirt. Once you have the design placed where you want it, it's time to press it.
  6. I don't have anything fancy equipment at home so my regular clothing iron is what I have to work with. I always read package instructions for how to press my design.


  • NOTE: If you don't put enough pressure while pressing then the design can peel. Think of it as leaning your whole body weight into the iron for the amount of time recommended on the packaging. You'll know if your design is on the shirt good if you can see the texture of the t-shirt material through the vinyl.
  • Some instructions want you to press right on top of the carrier sheet. Some tell you to put a cloth or parchment paper over the design and then press. So, read those instructions and make sure you put a lot of pressure into ironing the design on.
  • Collage of Back to School Shirt Designs

    where can i get the best craft blanks for vinyl projects?

    If I’m going to bust out my Silhouette Cameo you can bet I’m going to be using craft vinyl like Oracal 651 or my favorite HTV from Expressions Vinyl. Of course you can’t use either of those materials if you don’t have craft blanks. Lucky for you I created a list of craft blank resources.

    To download these Back to School SVGs simply complete the form below. Once you hit SUBSCRIBE your download will begin instantly. These designs are FREE for PERSONAL USE. Download includes the following files all zipped up in one download: SVG and transparent PNG. You will need to extract them before use.

    RELATED: If you’re a Cricut or Silhouette newbie no doubt you want to snag all of the FREE SVGS you can get your hands on. This awesome resource has it all: The Best Sites to Download FREE SVGs From.

    If you want to take thing slow and you’re a new CRICUT user, this resource is perfect for you: FREE Cricut SVG Files – Where to find them and how to use them. Plenty of sites to grab freebies from and awesome tutorials on how to use your machine.

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