Different Types of Iron-on from Cricut

What to Know About Different Types of Cricut Iron-on Materials

(AKA Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV)

September 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Being new to iron-on, I found myself at first a bit overwhelmed with all the different types of iron-on materials to choose from. While it was exciting to jump into trying everything from Glitter Iron-on™ to SportFlex Iron-on™, it took me a while to understand how each differs and what are some of the tips and tricks to know for each type. So, I decided to write this blog to help out fellow newbies discover what makes each unique and great in their own way. Check it out and leave a note in the comment section if it was helpful or have questions we can answer in a future blog.

Here are the six different types of iron-on I will cover:

Everyday Iron-on™- Versatile, durable and easy to use.

This is my go-to iron-on material.  I definitely recommend newbies like myself to start here. With over 28 different colors plus a large selection of samplers (rolls of three 12” x 24” sheets that come in different colors), there are a lot of options to choose from. Once you have done a few basic iron-on projects, take a look at all the different colors and try layering.

Everyday Iron-on is the one type of HTV that can be used as a base layer and then layer on top of it any other type of heat transfer material. Along with being versatile, it is also durable (if used as directed, will survive 50 plus washes), and it is really easy to weed (weeding is the process of removing negative iron-on film, leaving only the desired cut image on the liner).

TIP: Use warm peel technique when using Everyday Iron-on. What is warm peel? This refers to the process of peeling the plastic backing off the iron-on AFTER you have applied it to your material. Warm peel means you can pull off backing right away (while still warm from EasyPress or home iron).  Take a look at the FAQ page for additional application and care instructions.

I selected a few projects in Design Space using Everyday Iron-on for you to check out:

SportFlex Iron-on™ - If it stretches, use SportFlex.

SportFlex Iron-on has been on my craft table and under my EasyPress a lot over the past few weeks. I have been making custom jerseys for myself and a few friends from college for the upcoming college football season and the polyester jerseys I bought definitely have a bit of stretch to them. This is the one iron-on material that is dependent on the type of fabric you are heat-pressing it to.

There is nothing tricky or challenging about applying SportFlex, just know that you can’t layer using it. Not a big deal, just be mindful when considering your designs. Like Everyday Iron-0n, it can be washed many, many times (it too comes with Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee).

TIP: Use warm peel technique with SportFlex Iron-on. Learn more about SportFlex Iron-on cutting, application and care instructions here.

Check out a few projects in Design Space that use SportFlex Iron-on:

Patterned Iron-on™ - Creative possibilities galore

Ok, this is where iron-on gets really interesting from an artistic perspective. I have been focused so far on iron-on performance for the most part. With Patterned Iron-on it is more a story around having options to select on-trend patterns that speak to your own design sensibilities. They come in a variety of different samplers (three, 12” x 17” sheets) offering up three corresponding design patterns.

Recently, I attempted a reverse canvas project using Cricut Nature Walk Sampler. I cut out my design using my Cricut Maker and I am now ready to apply it to a piece of canvas before remounting it to a wood frame. It looks really cool so far and I can’t wait for this weekend to finish the project. I was inspired by this Facebook Live video Jenn did recently showing how to make reverse canvas projects.

And, be sure to check out the Cricut Patterned Iron-on samplers from Anna Griffin and Natalie Malan.

TIP: Do not use Patterned Iron-on as a base layer. It can be added on top of other iron-on materials, including itself. To learn more, check out our FAQ page.

TIP #2: Use cold peel technique when using Patterned Iron-on. Cold peel refers to the process of peeling the plastic backing off the iron-on AFTER you have applied it to your material. Typically, need to wait until the Iron-on is cold to peel it off (wait about 2-3 minutes).

Check out a few projects that use Patterned Iron-on:

Glitter Iron-on™ - Bring the bling!

With over 30 different Glitter colors and a variety of samplers, you can create projects with a little bit of glamour and others with a splash of sass. I have been adding little details to my designs using Glitter Iron-on—just a little bit goes a long way to embellish designs.

I am thinking about bringing some bling to my Halloween costume using orange and black Glitter Iron-on. Let me know in the comment section below what colors you like and are considering for future projects. Fun fact: Glitter Iron-on is so popular, Cricut sells it in bulk.

TIP: Use warm peel technique with Glitter Iron-on.

TIP #2: Do not layer any iron-on material over Glitter Iron-on. The material may seem to iron-on fine, but when washed, the material on top of the glitter layer will begin to peel away. However, Glitter Iron-on may be layered on top of Everyday Iron-on. Take a look at the FAQ page for application and care instructions.

A few projects to see in Design Space that use Glitter Iron-on:

Holographic Iron-on™ - Sparkles and shines.

Similar to Glitter, you are certain to catch people’s attention with Holographic Iron-on. Applying a nice blue or green color really works well on water-themed designs (try out a mermaid design on a t-shirt). Also, consider using for groovy party attire or home decor in the future.

TIP: Use warm peel technique with Holographic Iron-on.

TIP #2: Do not use as the base when layering. Can be layered on top of Everyday Iron-on. For more cutting and application instructions, check out FAQ page

Check out projects that use Holographic Iron-on:

Foil Iron-on™ - Add some shine.

Last but not least, Foil Iron-on is one of our most popular materials because it is perfect for decorating for celebrations and festivities. And, once you see how well it works with parties, incorporating it into projects that add class to your own home décor is inevitable. Its reflective surface is also perfect for embellishing apparel and accessories like the pencil pouch project I highlight below.

TIP: Use cold peel technique with Foil Iron-on.

TIP #2: Do not use as the base when layering. Can be layered on top of Everyday Iron-on. For more cutting, application and care instructions, check out Foil Iron-on FAQs

Check out a few projects in Design Space that use Foil Iron-on:

One more option for beginners

There is one more “type” of iron-on that I am not covering in this blog that I would be remiss not to mention. That is Cricut Iron-on Designs™. These are perfect for those looking for professional-looking apparel, home decor, tote bags and more but do not want cut or customize their designs.

These ready-to-make iron-on designs are great options and definitely worth checking out (and, be sure to check back as we are bringing out new designs on a regular basis).

I hope this information helps you understand a little better all the different options Cricut has to offer when it comes to iron-on materials. The breadth and quality of the assortment is amazing and I encourage you to try different types of materials, use different techniques and share your amazing projects with the Cricut Community!

As always, if you have additional questions about iron-on, please visit our FAQ Page or reach out to Cricut Member Care at cricut.com/contact-us.

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Make this sassy baby onesie in under 30 minutes

Make This Sassy Iron-on Onesie in Under 30 Minutes

March 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog with all of you today. It’s one of my favorite places to hang out! You can find so much fun inspiration for your Cricut machine here. I just love it!

I was here not too long ago sharing projects you can do in 30 minutes or less using my favorite material, vinyl! Annnnnd today I am back sharing an easy 30-minute project using another one of my favorites - Cricut® Iron-on. Let’s get started!

1: Measure Your Design Area

Measure your design area

The first thing I always do before starting a project like this is to measure the spot I’ll need my iron-on design to go. This will help determine how big to cut out my design. For this cute onesie, the area I had to work with was 4 inches by 4 inches. Now it’s time to get to work!

2: Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Next, you’ll open up Design Space.

TIP: Be sure to join Cricut Access to get the best deals on shapes & designs to use in your Cricut projects. With Cricut Access this cute Little Miss Sassy Pants image is totally free to use. (To access my design file you can click here.)

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Size the design as needed and then you’ll click make it.

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Important: Since this is an iron-on project, be sure to mirror your image. This is really important! So, don’t forget!

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Click continue. Be sure to select Glitter Iron-on as your material.

3: Cut Out Your Design

Cut Out Your Design

Next, you will load your cutting mat. TIP: Be sure to put the shiny side down & the matte side up when working with iron-on.

Cricut Maker cutting

Load your mat into your machine. Click the go button and let your Cricut do its thing!

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4: Weed Your Design

Weed design

This is probably the hardest part! Glitter Iron-on is notorious for being hard to weed. (Weeding is removing the excess iron-on from your design.) Thank goodness for the Cricut BrightPad! It makes weeding the Glitter Iron-on so much easier! You can actually see the cut lines. Yay!

First you’ll remove the iron-on that is outside of your design. TIP: Use a piece of washi tape to hold your iron-on in place as you weed.

Weed design

Then I used a weeding tool to remove all the tiny pieces from within my design.

Weed design

This is how it looked when I was finished!

5: Apply Iron-on

Apply your iron-on

Heat up your EasyPress & use it to press your design onto your onesie. Lay your design right where you want it first.

Apply iron-on

Then place your EasyPress right on top. Gently push down for 30 seconds.

Apply iron-on

TIP: I usually flip my onesie over & press the back of the design as well.

Apply iron-on

Next carefully remove the backing paper, leaving your design behind.

Apply iron-on

Isn’t that adorable? Annnnnd so easy to make in 30 minutes or less!

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Enjoy These Other Easy Iron-on Projects From Some of My Favorite Cricut Bloggers

Enjoy these other easy iron-on projects from some of my favorite Cricut bloggers.

Hello Canvas Banner @ Love the Day

Teacher Tote @ Inspiration Made Simple

Craft Room Labels @ Laura’s Little Party

Spring Wreath @ Sew What Alicia

Felt Wall Banner @ Happy Go Lucky

DIY Cheer Bows @ Ginger Snap Crafts (me!)

Bridal Survival Kit @ See Vanessa Craft

Heart Canvas Decor @ 30 Minute Crafts

Let me know what you would like to make with iron-on in the comments below. I’d love to hear!