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Tips and Tricks for using Cricut Iron On Vinyl

July 12, 2018

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.

Have you been wondering how to use the Cricut Iron-On Vinyl? I'm sharing my tips and tricks to easier use the material. #cricutmade #cricut 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.

Have you been wondering how to use the Cricut Iron-On Vinyl? I'm sharing my tips and tricks to easier use the material. #cricutmade #cricutWhat 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.

Have you been wondering how to use the Cricut Iron-On Vinyl? I'm sharing my tips and tricks to easier use the material. #cricutmade #cricutHow 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.

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DIY Military Countdown with Cricut

July 10, 2018

You all know how much I love my Cricut, but I love my brother more. Create this DIY Military Countdown to count the days you have until you get to see your deployed family member. Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

My brother was deployed this past May. While I miss my brother, I’m sure his wife and kids miss him more. I made this DIY military countdown for them to write in how many days he has left in his deployment. Make your own using your Cricut machine or any cutting machine.

Follow all the bloggers along as we create with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and then at the end of this post, see how you can win your very own EasyPress and EasyPress Mat!

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To start, open the Cricut Design Space file. The font I used is Acier BAT and it’s available through TypeKit. If you don’t have an Adobe account, go ahead and use a font you love. Select Make It and then be sure to mirror your image for Iron-On. Cut and weed your Iron-On and set it aside.Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryI bought this box sign from a local shop called The Wood Connection. It was around $10 and worth every penny. I stained the outer frame with some Early American wood stain and then painted the interior with chalkboard paint.

When your frame has dried, go ahead and lay your Iron-On Vinyl on the chalkboard and press. The chalkboard paint melted when I placed the iron on top of the deisign so I just used the tip of the iron and pressed. It took arounf 5 minutes to get a good adherance to the board. Take off your carrier sheet and you’re done! Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #militaryThis project is something I love and I can’t wait to see my nieces face when I give it to her. This military countdown is going to be something special for the next year. Make your own military countdown for deployed family members. It's the perfect military craft to make with your Cricut. #cricut #cricutmade #military

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DIY Mermaid Shirt with Cricut Iron-On Designs

April 23, 2018

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. Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPressThis 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.Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPress

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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.Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPress Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPressPlace 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.Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPressThe 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.Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPress Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPressPlace 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!Make this DIY Mermaid shirt using Cricut's new Iron On Designs. Use a household iron or EasyPress to adhere. The easiest way to do Iron On. #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutEasyPress

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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DIY Spring Tote Bag with Cricut

April 8, 2018

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.

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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!

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Easy to create spring projects made with your Cricut machine. #Cricut #SpringDIY #CricutMade

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How to use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On for Gymnastic Shirts

March 28, 2018

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.
Use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsThis 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.

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Use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsBegin 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 new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsUse 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. Use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsPreheat 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. Use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsIf 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. Use the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On to create these DIY Gymnastic Shirts. #CricutMade #SportFlex #Cricut #DIYShirt #GymnasticsIf 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.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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DIY Pajama Shirt using Heat Vinyl Transfer and your Cricut

March 11, 2018

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.Create this DIY Pajama Shirt using your Cricut and heat transfer vinyl from Happy Crafters

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.

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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. Create this DIY Pajama Shirt using your Cricut and heat transfer vinyl from Happy CraftersWeed 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.Create this DIY Pajama Shirt using your Cricut and heat transfer vinyl from Happy CraftersPress 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.Create this DIY Pajama Shirt using your Cricut and heat transfer vinyl from Happy CraftersNow 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. Create this DIY Pajama Shirt using your Cricut and heat transfer vinyl from Happy CraftersYou’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!

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Year of the Dog Pennant – Perfect for the Chinese New Year 2018

February 9, 2018

I love celebrating all cultures with my children. What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year other than a Year of the Dog Pennant and .svg file.Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

My niece and nephews are in a Chinese language immersion program at their local schools. My kids take the French program at ours. I think that bringing in new cultures to our own is so important. Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.
I love celebrating the Chinese New Year because its a start to new and a way to honor the old traditions. Some of my favorite Chinese New Year traditions are gifting money in red envelopes, wearing your traditional Chinese clothing and honoring your ancestors. Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.For this Year of the Dog pennant, I cut it on my Cricut Maker and ironed it on with my EasyPress or you can use your standard home iron. To use your iron, use these tips here.

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Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.Cut your file and be sure that your image is selected to mirrored. You’ll want to place your iron-on vinyl shiny side down on your mat. Select the iron-on setting and cut. With iron-on vinyl, you do not want to cut through the carrier sheet. You’ll pull off the negative areas, leaving your image on the carrier sheet.Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.Set your EasyPress to 305° and allow it to warm up. Warm your surface for about 10 seconds and place your image onto your pennant. Press for 30 seconds on the front, turn it over and press for an additional 15 seconds. Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.When using your EasyPress, you want to press on a firm surface. I use a wooden surface with a towel folded on top. You want the towel so that you have a bit of give and the crevices of your material will be warmed and glued. If you find your EasyPress losing temperature while your pressing, it is because the surface underneath is pulling the heat. Pressing pillows are great for this purpose too.Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.Thread your dowel through the cut holes and then tie ribbon on the ends to hang your Year of the Dog pennant.

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Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog DIY Pennant. Such an easy craft to ring in the Chinese New Year.

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Dollar Spot Valentine Place Mats Customized with Cricut

February 5, 2018

These Valentine Place Mats are so darling and then customize it with your Cricut and EasyPress. Perfect for your Valentines dinner. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love using my EasyPress to customize items you normally wouldn’t. I grabbed these heart shaped place mats from the Target Dollar Spot and used these cute sayings to customize them.

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Go ahead and open the public Design Space file. You can now open shared canvases on your mobile app. That is huge news for me and anyone else who cuts using the Bluetooth capability on your Explore or Maker.Once your canvas is open, send it to your machine. Be sure to mirror your image! The Explore models have the smart dial and you can easily choose Iron-On vinyl.When you have a Cricut Maker, everything is chosen just like it’s a custom material. You have a list of items to chose from. There is either Iron-On Vinyl or HTV. Some people have chosen HTV and it cuts through the carrier sheet. Choose the Iron-On setting and you’ll have a perfect cut every time.Weed out the negative space of your Iron-On Vinyl and preheat your EasyPress to the correct setting. If using Iron-On Lite, choose 305 degrees.Plave a folded towel on a firm surface and place your Valentine place mats on the towel. Pre-heat the place mats for around 10 secondsand then plave your image where you want it. Press for 25-30 seconds, turn the placemat over and press again for the same amount of time.Peel off the carrier sheet and you’re ready. TO care for your items, wait at least 24 hours to wash. These placemats can’t be turned inside out but if you have clothes, be sure to turn them inside out when washing them.