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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Stunning Iron-On T-Shirts with Your Cricut

If you’re looking to create your own custom t-shirts, then you’ve come to the right place! 

In this article, we’ll walk you through a beginner-friendly tutorial on how to use Cricut iron-on vinyl to make your own personalized t-shirts. 

Whether you have an EasyPress or a regular iron, we’ll show you the step-by-step process to achieve professional-looking results.

Getting Started

Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s talk about the materials you’ll need.

 Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get started:

  • Cricut iron-on vinyl in your desired color and finish (such as holographic, glitter, or mesh)
  • A t-shirt (preferably made of cotton)
  • Cricut EasyPress or a regular iron
  • Cricut EasyPress mat or a folded towel
  • Parchment paper or a Teflon sheet
  • Weeding tools (optional)
  • Cricut cutting machine (optional)

Step By Step Process

  1. Prepare your design: Start by cutting out your desired design using your Cricut cutting machine. Make sure to mirror your design before cutting it out.
  1. Preheat your material: Set your iron or EasyPress to the cotton setting and preheat your t-shirt for 10-15 seconds. It’s important to preheat and post-heat your material to ensure proper adhesion.
  1. Position your design: Place your weeded design, liner side up, onto the preheated material. Apply medium pressure with your iron or EasyPress for 25-30 seconds. Make sure to position your iron or EasyPress as close to the center of your design as possible for even heat distribution.
  1. Use parchment paper: If you’re using a regular iron, it’s a good idea to place a piece of parchment paper over your design to protect your iron. Apply medium pressure for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  1. Flip and repeat: Flip your t-shirt and apply medium pressure with your iron or EasyPress to the back of the fabric for another 25-30 seconds. Peel the liner warm, not hot, to reveal your design.

Applying the Design to the Back of the Shirt

Now that you’ve successfully applied your design to the front of your shirt, let’s move on to the back. 

This step can be a bit more challenging, but with the help of an EasyPress mat, it becomes much easier.

  1. Prepare your material: Preheat the back of your shirt for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Position your design: Place your design, liner side up, onto the back of your shirt. 
  3. Use the EasyPress mat or a folded towel to protect the front of your shirt. 
  4. Apply medium pressure for 25-30 seconds.
  5. Flip and repeat: Flip your shirt and insert the EasyPress mat inside. 
  6. Apply medium pressure with your iron or EasyPress for another 25-30 seconds.
  7. Peel the liner warm, not hot, to reveal your design.

Different Types of Cricut Iron-On Vinyl

Cricut offers a variety of iron-on vinyl options, each with its own unique finish. 

Here are some examples of the different types of iron-on vinyl you can use:

  • Holographic: This vinyl has a shiny, holographic finish that adds a fun and eye-catching element to your designs.
  • Glitter: Glitter vinyl adds a touch of sparkle and glam to your projects. It’s perfect for creating designs that stand out.
  • Mesh: Mesh vinyl is primarily used for jerseys and sports apparel, but it can also be used for other creative projects.
  • Foil: Foil vinyl has a metallic finish that adds a touch of elegance to your designs. It’s available in a variety of colors.
  • Flocked: Flocked vinyl has a soft, velvety texture that adds a unique and luxurious look to your designs.

Taking Care of Your Iron-On Vinyl Shirt

To ensure the longevity of your iron-on vinyl design, it’s important to follow these care instructions:

  • Wait at least 24 hours before washing your shirt after applying the vinyl.
  • When washing, turn your shirt inside out and wash it on a gentle cycle.
  • Avoid using bleach, as it can damage the vinyl.
  • Your iron-on vinyl design should last for at least 50 washes, according to Cricut.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re experiencing issues with your iron-on vinyl, here are some troubleshooting tips:

If the vinyl is not sticking properly, wait for it to cool down a bit before peeling off the liner. 

You can also apply more heat and pressure to ensure proper adhesion.

If you’re using the Cricut Everyday Iron On vinyl, you don’t necessarily need to see the texture of the shirt fibers through the vinyl. 

It’s more important to feel the texture of the vinyl and ensure it has melted into the fabric.

Combining and Layering Colors

Yes, you can combine and layer different colors of iron-on vinyl to create unique designs. 

However, it’s important to note that certain finishes, such as glitter, mesh, and flocked vinyl, may not adhere well to other layers. 

It’s best to avoid layering these types of vinyl.

Creating Durable Shirts with Infusible Inks

If you’re looking to create even more durable shirts, you can try using Cricut’s infusible inks. 

These inks are heat-activated and permanently bond with the fabric, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting designs.


Creating your own custom t-shirts with Cricut iron-on vinyl is a fun and rewarding project. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, you can achieve professional-looking results with the right tools and techniques.

 Remember to follow the care instructions to ensure the longevity of your designs.

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