Want to learn all the tips and tricks to Cricut’s Iron On Vinyl? I’m here to show you some pointers on how to get the best looking project. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I am so excited to be teaching the reversed canvas class at the Cricut Make-A-Thon at the end of this month. It’s going to be filled with making great items and making great friends. For the reversed canvas class, we’re going to be using Cricut’s new Everyday Iron-On vinyl and I’ve been pleased with the results.
What’s the difference between Iron-On and HTV?
Absolutely nothing, they’re just called different names. Cricut uses the words Iron-On Vinyl so that people can easily differentiate between HTV and standard vinyl. Iron-On and HTV come in a variety of brands and styles so it’s important to choose a reputable seller.
Where can I buy reputable Iron-On Vinyl or HTV?
Most craft stores carry Cricut Iron-On Vinyl in store but their selection can vary. I love going online to Cricut.com and choose from a selection they have. They are phasing out their Iron-On Lite and transitioning to their Everyday Iron-On.
Expressions Vinyl is also a reputable seller that carries Siser and their own brand of HTV. I like their HTV and find it very similar to Cricut’s Iron-On Lite.
Happy Crafters is also one I like to use but I don’t order from them too often. I like them because I can buy shirts and HTV all in one place.
What is the difference between Cricut’s Iron-On Lite and Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On?
When I’ve used both, I notice that the weeding process is smoother on the new Cricut Everyday Iron-On. It seems to feel like it is a bit thicker so it doesn’t tear or stretch as easily.
Cricut’s Iron-On Lite leaves texture to know that you have a good stick. You can see the fibers of the material you’re pressing on through it. Since the Cricut Everyday Iron-On seems thicker, I haven’t been able to see the fibers like I have in the past.
Cricut Everyday Iron-On has the StrongBond guarantee and that right there has been a life changer. I’m able to do more active shirts because of the StrongBond grip and I feel more comfortable throwing it in the wash.
What temperature setting should I use with my Cricut Iron-On?
Cricut has a great guide to knowing what settings you should use. They have household iron settings and EasyPress settings. They also include a guide for if you have the EasyPress mat or you’re using a towel.
Siser is also a great resource. A lot of Iron-On or HTV have similar settings. The Cricut and Siser and the only guides I recommend using. Unless your HTV came with settings specifically for their HTV, use these other guides.
Do I need a heat press or the Cricut EasyPress?
The short answer is yes. If you’re going to make shirts that last, you’re going to want some kind of press. The EasyPress is perfect for someone starting out that does occasional shirts and doesn’t have space to house a large heat press.
If you’re going to be turning your craft into a business and have the room for a heat press, by all means, get one.
The EasyPress Mat is a perfect accessory for the EasyPress. Do not press on an ironing board or an uneven surface. I use my wood floor and the mat and it presses perfectly each time. If you use a surface that draws the heat out, your temperature on the EasyPress will drop. Your design will also lift because it didn’t get the same pressure on the entire design.
You can always use an iron, don’t feel like you can’t make something because you don’t have a press. Irons are just tricky because they don’t have even heating elements and you can easily burn your HTV.
How do I remove HTV or Iron-On from my materials?
If you’ve made a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove HTV but it is a painstaking process. Just place your heat directly onto your design and take some tweezers and pull it off. Go slow and you will be able to press another design.
Using the new Cricut Wisteria EasyPress is so easy to create reverse canvas projects. Not only is it beautiful, it’s a practical thing to have for every crafter of every skill level.This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Creating a reverse canvas is so easy and now that you have or are considering an EasyPress, it just makes it that much more achievable to get professional looks with little materials. I love it because it’s 9×9″ evenly heated and the Wisteria EasyPress is lightweight, portable and easy to store.
To begin, find yourself some awesome Iron-On Designs that are included in the Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. The Cricut Wisteria items are only available at JOANN stores and guys, it’s beautiful. You’ve got the metallic finish and it’s the perfect shade of purple to coincide with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.If you can remove the staples of the back of your canvas, use that. If they’re in there pretty deep, go ahead and cut around the back of the canvas. My canvas had a painted side to it and a more rustic side on the back with no paint. I decided I wanted a farmhouse reverse canvas so I used the back side.Preheat your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress to 340ºF. If you prefer Celcius, just hold the temperature button on the EasyPress and it will switch over, do the same thing to switch it back to Fahrenheit. Then set the timer for 30 seconds. If you do not have an EasyPress Mat, set the timer for 50 seconds.Set your removed canvas over the EasyPress Mat and then warm your surface for about 10 seconds. Lay your Cricut Iron-On Design over the top and then take your Wisteria EasyPress and hold it over the design for 30 seconds. Use medium pressure and allow the design to cool for around 1-2 minutes.Use a firm hold and pull up the transfer paper. It may take a bit of a tug when you first pull up on the paper. As long as it doesn’t lift up the actual design, you’re ok. If the design does lift, go ahead and press your design for 20 more seconds and allow it to cool all over again.
Now that you have your design pressed, now it’s time to stain your frame if you’d like. Just brush the stain over the top, allow it to soak in for 30 seconds and then wipe. I just used a foam brush to paint it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. You can also use a lint-free towel to wipe it off too. Allow it to dry completely.Turn your frame upside down and then lay the image over the frame. Make sure to set the image to where you want it. Then you’re going to start stapling the back of the canvas to the back of the frame. Begin in the middle and pull as you go. Go back and forth, side to side pulling taught. Be sure to staple all around the edges and then trim the excess canvas.Display your awesome reverse canvas and relish in how easy it was to make!
This DIY Mermaid Shirt was so fun to make and is perfect for Leila and her cousins. See how easy it is to use the new Cricut Iron On Designs available now. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila and two of her cousins are obsessed with these t-shirts I made them coincide with a mermaid themed birthday party they’re going to be having later in May. Super cute and super easy and created in less than 2 minutes.
To use your EasyPress without the mat, preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer to hold for 50 seconds.
When using the EasyPress Mat and EasyPress together, preheat your EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer for 30 seconds.
Wait 24 hours before washing and wash inside-out.
Allow your EasyPress to heat up while you prepare the t-shirt. I grabbed each girl a hot pink shirt from Happy Crafters. They have really good prices and they’re better quality than the ones you can grab from your local craft store. For the Cricut Iron On Design, I chose this super cute mermaid. I made Leila and her two cousins matching ones for all under $20.Place the EasyPress on your blank shirt and preheat it for 10 seconds. Lay your design straight out of the package onto your desired spot of the shirt. Then place your EasyPress over the design and use medium pressure. Press for 50 seconds.The EasyPress fits over all their larger designs perfectly. There is no need to move it around, just press and you’re set.
After you’ve pressed your Cricut Iron On Design for 50 seconds, turn your shirt over, while the carrier sheet is still attached, and press the back of your shirt for an additional 10-15 seconds.Place your shirt to the side and allow it to cool 2-3 minutes before you pull the carrier sheet off of your Iron On Design.
When you begin to pull it, it takes a little bit of force to initially get the carrier sheet off. Your design has adhered so don’t worry. Begin with one corner and pull straight back. Voila! Your DIY mermaid shirt is complete and awesome!
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Have you seen the new Cricut Iron On Transfers? They’re the perfect addition to turn any old tote bag into a fashionable spring tote bag. See other great spring projects to make with you Cricut below.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
The new Cricut Iron On transfers is really simple to use and come in a variety of designs. I got the chance to see most of them at Cricut headquarters a few weeks ago and they’re amazing. I have seen them available at JOANN stores but I have yet to see them at Michaels but I’m sure they’ll be there soon if they’re not there now.To begin, set down your EasyPress mat onto a firm surface. Use a wooden table or even the floor. You want to avoid using ironing boards or other heat sucking materials (that’s a real term). You also want to avoid any surface that will bend when you apply pressure.Preheat your EasyPress to 340° F and then the timer for 50 seconds. Preheat your blank tote bag for 10-15 seconds.
Your designs will come ready to press. Just remove them from the package and lay it on to your preheated material. Place your EasyPress over the Iron On Design and then press the Go button. It will heat for 50 seconds and then remove it.Turn your piece over and press the back for an additional 10-15 seconds to secure the bond. With the Cricut Iron On Designs, you want to peel it off after it has cooled. Give it 2-3 minutes and then with a firm pull, pull off the carrier sheet.The peel feels a lot different than compared to traditional Iron On. You have to pull it harder and the design almost feels like it’s going to come off with it. Just start with a small corner and then test it. You can always lay the carrier sheet back down and press longer if you need to.There it is! My spring Craft & Create Cricut Challenge. Even though I didn’t use my actual cutting machine that Cricut offers, I do love their EasyPress just as much. The new mat has made pressing a lot more assuring and it’s given me great results. Check out the other projects below and be sure to visit them!
We now have the release for the new Cricut SportFlex™ Iron On and I’m going to show you how to use it. I love Cricut products and I love when they release something I can use for my kids. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila has just started doing tumbling and cheer and she loves it. We found these blank polyester shirt and matching pants on Amazon and created our images in Design Space.
Begin by going into Design Space and cutting your SportFlex™ Iron On. Using the Sportflex™ is just like using standard Iron On. You want to be sure to mirror your image and place the shiny side down on the mat. I noticed that when I used it, it wouldn’t stick very well to my other mats so I had to use the strong grip mat for the Cricut SportFlex Iron On.Use the SportFlex™ cut setting on your Cricut and begin cutting. Weed out the part of the image that you do not want on your shirt. The fine point blade should not cut completely through the Iron On. You need that carrier sheet for pressing. If it has cut completely through, your project is not ruined but it will take some time to piece it all together before you press. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 305ºF and preheat your fabric for 5 seconds on the EasyPress Mat. If you’re layering your Cricut SportFlex™ – press the first layer for 20 seconds, peel warm and lay your second layer and press for 25-30 seconds. Turn it around while the carrier sheet is still on and press for an additional 15 seconds. Again, peel off the carrier sheet while the Cricut SportFlex™ is still warm. If you’re doing one layer, just press for 25-30 seconds on the front and then flip your shirt over and press on the back for 15 seconds. Again, peel while the SportFlex™ is still warm. If you can’t tell, Leila loves her new gymnastics shirts that we made. She helped me every step of the way and it’s a simple project that all ages can do. The stretch of the SportFlex™ is like no other. It’s perfect for activewear and it has Cricut’s new StrongBond Guarantee.
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I found some laminated vinyl at my locals Michaels near their small section of fabric. It came in a roll that is 12″x47″ and is perfect for laying it on my cutting mat. You can absolutely cut non-laminated burlap but I like this because it won’t fray after I cut it.Cut your pennant shapes out of the vinyl using the rotary blade and your pink fabric mat. I have used my other mats with my rotary blade and I haven’t had any issues. It may dull the rotary blade a little faster but I try to save the fabric mat for items that won’t leave a lot of fuzz behind.Next cut out your bunnies. You can use different colors of Iron-On Vinyl or just one color. Another fun material would be felt. Just back it with some Heat n’ Bond and use your rotary blade to cut it out as well. Since this design is essential the same, I didn’t worry about mirroring my image. If you do letters or words, be sure to mirror your image. But you do need to make sure that you place the Iron-On right side down on your mat.Use your EasyPress or your Iron to secure the image onto the burlap. Use it on the foil setting at 385°F for 25-30 seconds. Be sure to warm your burlap before to wick out any moisture that may be there. Moisture and applying vinyl do not go hand-in-hand.Now just weave your banner through some ribbon and hang. I like to add junque bows in between my letters so that they don’t bunch together and I can control the spacing.
I love this burlap Easter banner and it’s going to go up every year!
Go Away! Not really but that’s what I want to tell people when I’m trying to sleep. Create this DIY Sleep Mask using your Cricut Maker and grab the free cut file to use with any cutting machine.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. I’m joining in with a few other bloggers to share different ways to take care of yourself and to show you other self-care items you can make with your Cricut.Jessica with The Do It Better Yourself Club has released a fun woman’s pajama pattern and to celebrate she’s put together a free ebook with all of our projects. Check it out here.
Begin by uploading the Go Away! png into Design Space. You can use this method here. Cut your interfacing to size so that it will fit your pink fabric mat. When cutting fabric, you want to have it right side down. Use your rotary blade to cut both the interfacing and the cotton material.Now cut your Go Away! image using a coordinating color of Iron-On Vinyl. When cutting the vinyl, be sure to mirror your image and to use the fine tip blade. Apply your image to your sleep mask before you being to sew it. Use an iron using these settings or use your EasyPress at 305°F and press for 25-30 seconds. Warm up your surface first for 10 seconds, press and then turn it over and press again for 10 seconds then peel.Take your cotton front and place the elastic band so that the ends are meeting with the ends of the mask. Now lay your other cotton piece, right sides facing together, and then lay your felt interfacing on top. Sew a 1/4″ seam 3/4 around your DIY sleep mask. Turn it so that the cotton pieces are facing out and your elastic band is secured. Press the mask so that it lays flat and tuck in your fabric edges that weren’t secured originally.Top stitch over the sleep mask completely and you’re set to have the best night sleep of your life!For me, sleep is always hard, because with Fibromyalgia, your brain never shuts off. My mind is always going and I seriously have the weirdest dreams. Using a sleep mask (and some Tylenol PM) is really the only way that I know how to get a good night sleep. Everything is dark and I have zero distractions. It’s pretty easy now but it has taken a long time to get to this point.
What better way to fall asleep than in your own DIY Pajama Shirt? Create this with your Cricut and some Happy Crafters Heat Transfer Vinyl. Enter the giveaway below!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Happy Crafters for sponsoring this post.
There are several companies that offer printed heat transfer vinyl but the selection that Happy Crafters offers is amazing. The shirt that they sent us is amazingly soft and I’m going to be ordering all my shirts from here now on.
Begin by cutting your heat transfer vinyl for your DIY Pajama Shirt. Always remember when you’re cutting heat transfer vinyl to reverse the image. You want to place the shiny side down on your mat when cutting. The blade should only go through the vinyl, leaving the carrier sheet intact. Weed your image and leave the part of the image that you want on your apparel on the carrier sheet. You’ll remove the negative areas. When using the Cricut EasyPress, place a towel on the surface below your apparel. Set your EasyPress to 305°. If you’re using an iron, use this method here.Press the solid color first and press for 15 seconds. Remove the carrier sheet. Now lay the patterned heat transfer vinyl down and use the carrier sheet from the solid and place over the top. This will make sure that your solid color doesn’t burn or melt. Press for 25-30 seconds.Now turn your DIY pajama shirt inside out and press from the back for an additional 10-15 seconds. This will make sure that your edges are sealed and you won’t have any lifting. You’re all done! This DIY pajama shirt is perfect for lazy days and nighttime. Now check out other bloggers projects and enter the giveaway below!