If you’re interesting in making fun personalized shirts with your Cricut machine, no need to be intimidated of using Heat Transfer Vinyl in your projects. I’m still a Cricut Newbie and recently embellished a few creative t-shirts for my kids to wear on our trip to Disneyland!
Here are a few helpful tips on how to make shirts with Heat Transfer Vinyl using Cricut Design Space, which is the FREE online software used for designing and cutting your Cricut projects.
How to Use Heat Transfer Vinyl on T-Shirts
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1.) Insert Image to your project in Cricut Design Space and create desired size by dragging the blue arrow circle towards bottom right of image.
2.) Change Image from “Print” image to “Cut” image using the “Layer Attributes” box. Click the green “Go” circle on top right of screen.
3.) Load Heat Transfer Vinyl onto your Standard Grip Cricut Cutting Mat making sure the shiny side is down. (Tip: It’s harder to tell with glitter, so I like to visually check by peeling a very small corner with my nail to see exactly which part is the shiny clear liner vs. the actual dull looking color vinyl layer.
You want the machine to be cutting the vinyl layer so make sure it’s facing up, and shiny clear layer faces down. This is very important to avoid wasting a bunch of vinyl like I did! Yikes!
4.) Set dial on machine to “Iron-On” setting. This will make sure your Cricut completes a “Kiss Cut” by only cutting through the top vinyl layer.
5.) Back in Cricut Design Space click box to mirror image – this is a must with iron-on projects with text and most images. Press “GO” and follow promps on machine to LOAD mat and make final cut.
6.) Unload mat, and carefully cut around your image so you can save the uncut portion of vinyl for future projects. Use weeding tool to peel off excess vinyl and reveal your iron-on design. Tip: Hold next to a window or light so you can easily see the cut lines if needed.
7.) Heat an iron to hottest setting and pre-heat shirt with it before placing vinyl down on shirt, shiny side up and vinyl side touching shirt (make sure steam setting is OFF). Place a pillow case or thin cloth on top of design as a press cloth. Press iron down over cloth using medium pressure for about 30 seconds. Turn shirt over and press iron down for another 30 seconds.
8.) Let cool for a minute and remove clear film. If there is lifting place film back on and iron again for another 10 seconds. For best results, wash shirts inside out.
Where can I get fonts & images to use for personal use?
Cricut Design Space has access to some free fonts and also some available to purchase. The fonts on your computer load automatically in Design Space so if you’re like me and collect fonts all the time, it’s helpful to work with the ones I already like. Dafont.com is one resource I’ve used for free fonts.
Cricut Design Space also has access to some free images and some available for purchase. You can also upload .JPG images in Design Space and edit it into a .SVG “cut” file. Click HERE for specific instructions on how to do that. Once you upload an image to Design Space it will be saved in your account for future use. You can search online for free clip art to upload to Design Space and also join image sharing groups. Try joining the Facebook group “Cricut Newbies & Pros for Explore” to see what others are making and have access to a large list of files to use on projects.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.