How to Add Iron-On Vinyl to T-shirts

I love to make my children's clothes.  Probably because I love to sew.  But the hardest part is figuring out how to customize them.  They always want a design or photo.  That isn't always the easiest thing to do.  But with my new Cricut Maker and Easy Press.  It got a lot easier.

How to Add Iron-On Vinyl to T-shirts

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If you are familiar with these products, let me share.
The Cricut Maker is a cutting machine that cuts paper, vinyl, fabric.  You name it, it could probably cut it.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Easy Press is a heat press iron.  It has different heat settings that are used to adhere iron on, or heat transfer vinyl, to fabrics.

Cricut Easy Press

Both of these are great products.  I've been playing with them for a couple weeks.  I've really enjoyed them both and highly recommend them if you are in the market.

Do you have to have these to successfully create a custom design.  

No!  There are tons of ways to customize clothing.  However, today I want to share how I use Iron-On Vinyl to customize clothing.

Cricut Easy Press and tools

Materials Needed
Solid T-shirt  OR  If you don't have a t-shirt on hand but want to sew one up, check out our Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing and T-shirt.
Iron On Vinyl (HTV) from Cricut or you can also grab it from my favorite shop Expressions Vinyl
Cutting Mat - Cricut has several weights of mats, you'll want the blue or green for vinyl


Step 1
Open up Design Space.  Search for the SVG file you'd like to use.  Click on the file and then select customize.  This will allow you to change the size of the cut file.

cricut design space

Step 2
Measure your t-shirt and decide how large you will want your design.  You can change the width and height of the design up at the top of your design space screen.  You can also add or subtract to the design on this screen.  Once you are ready click "Make"
cricut design space

Step 3
Now is the important part.  Make sure you click the "Mirror" button.  This is only the case when using Iron-On Vinyl.  If you don't, your image will be cut the wrong direction.  This isn't a huge deal until you try cutting out words and realize that the name is cut out backwards.  You can't fix that.  So let's just remember to cut it mirror.  Select continue.
Cricut design space

Step 4
At the point, make sure you've connected your computer and your machine.  The computer and machine will sync up and then it will ask you to select a cut material.  You can select Iron on Vinyl, however, you can be more specific like Foil Iron On.  This does make a difference.


Cricut design space

Step 5
Place your Iron On Vinyl on your mat.  Make sure the clear sheet is facing down.  Which typically means that the "ugly" side is facing up.  The clear sheet is what will protect the vinyl from your Easy Press.  So make sure you cut it the correct direction.

HTV Vinyl and cutting mat

Step 6 
Place your mat in the Cricut Maker and follow the prompts on your screen to cut out the design.  while your waiting, preheat your Easy Press or iron.


Cricut Maker

Step 7
Remove your design from the mat.  Weed out your design.


Weeded vinyl arrows

Step 8
Grab that t-shirt and preheat where your design will go.  For about 10-15 seconds.


Easy Press


Step 9
Place your design on your t-shirt.  The nice thing about Iron On is that you can remove it and move it around until you are ready to press.  It won't catch and stick like regular vinyl.  

Once you have it where you want it, use the Easy Press or iron to press it.  Usually between 25-35 seconds, depending on the type of vinyl.  If your design is too large, you may have to move the Easy Press and press a second time to make sure everything was heated well.  

(Make sure to check your cheat sheet that comes with your Easy Press to know what temperature to press at .  Or you can check out this free one.)
Cricut Easy Press Tshirt with iron on vinyl

And you are done!!!  Doesn't it look great!  And not a soul would believe that you did it yourself.  That is the beauty of customizing handmade garments.  They look so polished and beautiful.  Your kids will love them and everyone will be asking for you to make them something.



Tshirt with arrows

But don't worry, you don't have to make anyone anything unless you want to.  
Tshirt with arrows


How to Add Iron-On Vinyl to T-shirts


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