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Making Iron-on Shirts with a Cricut

Ok, this just might be my new obsession!

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I have to admit that I was always a bit intimidated by iron-ons. I never really ventured into them until recently, when a friend with a Cricut showed me how. Our friends are our best teachers! Since then I have made a ton of projects and have invested in an EasyPress 2 by Cricut. Rather than slaving over an iron, this machine evenly distributes heat at a precise temperature and it is much easier and faster to get your iron-on securely fastened into place!

To make the iron-on projects that I am going to showcase here, a regular iron and towel will do, but if you find that you are going to be making numerous projects (Hi, Moms!), it may be worth it to purchase an EasyPress, just because it is so user friendly and a time-saver. Not to mention the beautiful, accurate results that it is going to give you each time you iron-on a pattern.

I’d like to show you just a few beginner projects that I have done so far, and walk you through the steps of how to make your own. The process is very similar to a vinyl application.

Personalize those canvas tote bags with iron-on material! This bag was a teacher gift.
Another teacher gift with a fun, pattered iron-on
Matching shirts for my little bear and his friends!
Getting a jumpstart on Halloween crafting

What you need…

What to do…

  • Create your iron-on design in View our most popular products at Cricut.com“>EasyPress 2 is so simple to use. Cricut even has an online calculator where you can look to see the optimal temperature and time settings for your specific project based upon its material. Here is the link to that calculator. You will want to follow their recommendation for the best outcome.
  • If you are using an EasyPress machine, power it on, and push the temperature button. Set your optimal temperature based upon the heat guide online by using the + or – buttons, and adjust the time as necessary. Make sure your machine is on a flat, hard surface and not an ironing board. A countertop works great! Lay your heat protection mat on the counter next to your machine. I like this one from Nicapa. It protects your work surface from heat damage.
  • If you are using an iron, make sure you have a flat surface to work with (like a countertop) where you can apply a lot of pressure to your project.
You will want a heat mat to protect your work surface when using an EasyPress.
  • Apply your heat source to your garment by itself first, for about 15 seconds to warm it up. Cricut recommends this as well. It helps your iron-on design to stick better to your project.
  • If using an EasyPress, once the C button lights up green and beeps, you are ready to go. Simply lay your iron-on design on top of your item, then put the EasyPress on top. Push the C button. Use firm or light pressure, or no pressure, depending on what the Cricut heat guide recommends. When the timer has finished, flip the project over and leave the EasyPress on the back of the material for 15 seconds.
  • If using an iron, place the iron-on design on top of your garment, and place a soft towel on top of it. Then use your iron to begin heating the design, making sure that you are evenly spreading the heat throughout your design.
  • To check and see if your iron-on is complete, begin slowly peeling back a small corner of your iron-on project. If the text or images appear to be attached to the garment, keep peeling. If not, press the transfer paper back down, and continue heating for another 30 seconds, and repeat the peeling.

I am sooo excited to dream about other projects I am going to create with iron-on material. What have you made? Show us in the comments!

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