Cricut EasyPress™ 2 or Heat Press–Which is right for you?

Cricut EasyPress™ 2 or Heat Press–Which Is Right for You?

November 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We often get the question: “I am trying to decide what to buy, a Cricut EasyPress 2 or a traditional heat press. What is the difference?” Read on … or if you want to skip to the punchline, we have an easy comparison chart at the end.

Making flawless iron-on projects requires first and foremost your creativity! That’s a given, but in terms of tools, top on the list is a machine that applies even heat across the design. Next is a hard and stable surface, and finally, some pressure. The myth of super-pressure arises because for optimal outcome you need a flat, stable surface, and not all projects are completely flat. T-shirts have seams, make-up bags have zippers, baby bibs have piping, and on and on. Typical heat press machines have no way to work around these features. In order to work correctly, they use high amounts of pressure to push the feature into padding which helps to create a flatter pressing surface. More on this below.

Let’s start with similarities.

How are EasyPress 2 and a typical Heat Press similar?

If you love working with iron-on (also known as Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV), or if your next must-have for your craft room is some kind of press, both EasyPress 2 and heat presses deliver professional results. Here’s how:

  • Both heat up to at least 400-degrees Fahrenheit, making it possible to work on a wide range of iron-on applications
  • Both have edge-to-edge even heating across their respective heat plates
  • Both are steam free (there are no holes in the heat plate; crucial for iron-on success)
  • Both have exact temperature controls and timers, so you know how long to press

That’s where the similarities end.

Let’s start with size, weight and portability differences.

  • Questions to ask: Is my craft table stable and large enough for a heat press? Will I be able to lift a heat press if necessary? Do I want a portable machine I can take from room-to-room or to a friend’s house:  think crafternoons, baby or wedding showers, birthday parties?
  • EasyPress 2: Fits easily in most craft rooms and spaces, can be stored on a shelf or in a cabinet, and comes with a convenient canvas travel tote. EasyPress 2 12” x 10” (our largest) weighs-in at only 8.6lbs. And, despite being really light, you do not need to press hard to get flawless iron-on. You only need the pressure of one or sometimes both hands, depending on your project, for optimal results. (See here for an overview on how to determine the right pressure for your projects and here for all weights and dimensions of all three sizes of EasyPress 2.)
  • Heat Press: Most heat presses weigh 45 lbs – or more – and take up considerable space on your craft table. A heat press is typically a permanent fixture; once it is placed in your workspace, you will likely not want to move it again.

Next, size of the heat plates

  • Questions to ask: The key questions is, “what size will work best for my typical projects?” Do you make small things for baby, t-shirts for tweens, teens or teams, or larger tote bags, towels or blankets? Ideally, the heat plate dimensions should be large enough to cover the area of your iron-on project, without seams, zippers or trim interfering in a successful outcome.
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes so that you can select the right size for your projects. For example, the 6” x 7” EasyPress 2 is perfect for a small surface when making it flat is challenging, like on baby t-shirts or bodysuits. Seams create an uneven surface and can disrupt the successful application of iron-on – bummer. To learn more about the advantages of each size, see our blog: Which one is right for you?
  • Heat Press: Most heat press plates are 15” x 15” or larger (mostly for commercial purposes). The large surface area provides coverage for most iron-on projects that you can fit between the plates. They use a lot of pressure to compensate for squishing seams, collars or anything else that could get in the way of transferring your design onto a completely flat surface.

Types of projects possible with each press

  • Questions to ask: What types of projects will I be making? Do I want versatility to apply iron-on to rounded items like hats, household décor or dimensional projects like the wooden stool pictured above.
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 works on all types of materials, thicknesses, and dimensional projects, (like a hat, stool or sign). See the kid’s wooden stool project in Design Space as an example of applying iron-on to a larger object. Imagine trying to fit a wooden stool into a heat press … talk about a craft fail!
  • Heat Press: With a clamshell or swing arm design, projects need to lie flat so they can be pressed between two plates. Some machines come with add-ons that will help with applying iron-on to smaller rounder objects like hats.


  • Questions to ask: Do I have surge protection available or dedicated 20-amp circuit?  Does my workspace need to be kid-friendly?
  • EasyPress 2: EasyPress 2 comes with streamlined safety base, a safe-touch plastic shell, has an auto shut-off feature and does not require a dedicated power outlet.
  • Heat Press: Built for commercial purposes primarily, heat presses require dedicated power outlets to avoid tripping circuits. These machines generate a lot of heat and to operate them you are putting the item – not to mention your hands – between plates. You’ll also want to keep kids a safe distance away. Heat presses do not have an auto-off feature.

Time to complete projects

  • Questions to ask: How many iron-on projects will I most likely plan to make at one time? And, will I be producing repeat projects using the same design over-and-over (more than 10 at a time)?
  • EasyPress 2: In approximately three minutes, the 12” x 10” will heat up to 315 degrees Fahrenheit (the smaller sizes in the EasyPress 2 family take only a minute or two). It will beep to let you know it’s ready to go. Thirty to 45 seconds later, your iron-on project will be done!*
  • Heat Press: It can take up to 8 minutes or more for heat press to warm up to 315 degrees Fahrenheit. In the time it takes a heat press to warm up, it is possible to have applied iron-on to five t-shirts using an EasyPress 2. To be fair, once the heat press has reached the desired temperature, it is typically faster making the same project over-and-over as long as you are using the same design, iron-on material, and base: 10 or more t-shirts, for example.

*Cricut provides an interactive quick reference guide so you know the correct time and temperature settings and peel recommendations for your specific iron‑on project.

In Summary

If you have a small crafting business with plenty of space and want to produce the same projects over-and-over (over 10 times, for example), you might prefer a heat press. If you are a crafter who wants professional results using a lightweight, mobile, versatile and safety-first option, the EasyPress 2 is the clear choice.

Here is a handy comparison chart for easy reference:

If you are still not sure and have questions about Easy Press 2, please see our informative FAQ page or watch EasyPress 2 education videos. And, no matter which machine you own (or end up purchasing), be sure to consider high-quality Cricut Iron-on.

If you already have one or the other, please leave a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.

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

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StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

How to Make Sure Your Iron-on Lasts After Many, Many Washes

Long-lasting iron-on results are possible. Read below for tips on how to ensure you create flawless iron-on projects that last.

September 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

If iron-on projects are your favorite, like mine, I know how frustrating it can be to cut your project, adhere it with a home iron and the iron-on starts to peel, crack or wrinkle after a few washes. Well, I am here to tell you that permanence with iron-on is possible. It all starts with using high-quality iron-on (aka heat transfer vinyl or HTV).

Producing Iron-on That Sticks Is Part Art and Part Science

At Cricut, the quality of our iron-on material and EasyPress are now best-in-class. We have come a long way thanks to you! We listened to your feedback and went back to work perfecting the science behind creating premium iron-on and putting in place the most advanced machinery and technology. Our quality teams have spent countless hours testing to ensure the iron-on experience is flawless and results last long after your t-shirts and other projects have been made.

This is why we now have in place our StrongBond™ Guarantee on many of our iron-on materials. This means that when Cricut Iron-On is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, we’ll replace it for free. Seriously!

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on
StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Our Quality Assurance Team conducts exhaustive testing of all iron-on until it reaches its failure point (peeling, wrinkling or cracking). This t-shirt with Cricut Everyday Iron-On has been put to the test.

Look closely to see all those hashmarks! Each one represents a washing cycle. Our QA Team tests iron-on across a variety of materials. From these tests, we then can provide exact time and temperature recommendations for best results.

Once You Have Selected Cricut Iron-On, Use These Essential Tips to Ensure Flawless Iron-on:

Beyond using quality iron-on material, there are a few must-meet conditions that work together to give you professional iron-on results:

Even heat: For heat-transfer material like iron-on to successfully adhere, it needs even heat. And that’s why we introduced Cricut EasyPress. Two heating elements snake through the plate, creating perfectly even heat and flawless, long-lasting iron-on transfers. Because we eliminated the hotspot, a press cloth is rarely, if ever, required.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Exact temperature: Iron-on film adheres to fabric when a heat-activated glue reaches a given temperature range. The temperature required will be different for foil iron-on film than it will for glitter iron-on film, etc. That’s why we recommend using Cricut EasyPress with Cricut brand iron-on products. Rather than suggesting “average” temperature and time settings for any old heat press on any random fabric, we give you precise Cricut EasyPress settings that have been rigorously tested using every Cricut iron-on type. Use our recommended settings chart to make every project perfect.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Flat Surface: The flatter your work area, the better. And unless you want flimsy results, avoid flimsy ironing boards. Use the super-flat Cricut EasyPress on super-flat surfaces, along with a Cricut EasyPress Mat, and you will get super long-lasting results. Make sure your surface is heat-resistant and ideally waist high for ease in applying the needed pressure.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Beyond even heating, exact temperatures and using flat surfaces, follow these important steps to maximize the life of your iron-on projects:

Before iron-on application

  • Know the type of fabric and the type of iron-on material you are using and reference our recommended settings chart.
  • Always pre-wash and thoroughly dry your fabrics.
  • When washing, do not use fabric softener.

During iron-on application

  • Just before transfer, preheat your base fabric for 3-5 seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
  • After adhering your design, flip your fabric and repeat on the other side. Use the same settings.

After iron-on application*

  • Wait at least 24 hours before washing.
  • Always wash inside-out.
  • Do not bleach.
*Different types of Cricut Iron-On have different care instructions. For example, Cricut Foil and Holographic Iron-on should be hand-washed in cold water only. Be sure to follow washing and care instructions carefully (see instructions on packaging).

If you follow the above tips you too will make t-shirts and other iron-on projects that will last. If you have additional questions about iron-on, please visit our FAQ Page or reach out to Cricut Member Care at

Working with Resin

Working with Resin to Make Your Projects More Durable and Stunning

August 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Resin/epoxy craft projects have been popular for quite some time, but if you are anything like me, you may have been too intimidated to try them yourself! I mean we are talking a chemical reaction, heat guns, curing time… it is A LOT! But I am here to tell you, you can do it! And I will tell you what not to do too

The most common question I get when it comes to resin is why should I add it to my project? I personally like to add resin for aesthetic reasons! I love how glossy and professional it feels. Aside from looks, it also adds a physical layer of durability to your project. It turned this wooden tray into a waterproof, wipeable surface! And it gives me peace of mind that no matter how beat up this tray gets, my iron-on will not come off! If you have the time and patience, I think resin is always a good idea!


Working with Resin
  • Resin - my go to is Envirotex Lite
  • Mixing cups
  • Stirring sticks or popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Heat gun
  • Freezer paper to protect workspace
  • Riser/ cake stand
  • Rubber gloves
  • Project to resin
  • Sandpaper and tack cloth for 2nd coat (if needed)
  • 24+ hours of time!
  • Project link

1: Design, Cut and Apply Iron-on

Working with Resin

Before I started, I removed my wooden tray from the metal holder. I then used my Cricut Maker to cut out some iron-on and adhered it to the wood using my EasyPress. Vinyl will work as well, however, I chose iron-on because you can cut your letters a little smaller than you can with vinyl.

2: Prep Your Workspace

Prep your workspace before you start mixing your resin. I used a large self-healing mat and covered it with freezer paper (shiny side up) on top. I love freezer paper because the resin does not soak through it. I taped it down with painters tape to make sure it would not shift.

3: Prep Your Resin

Working with Resin

After I had my table and tray prepped and ready, I prepared my resin. Depending on the resin you purchase, follow the instructions closely! I follow the instructions to the letter to ensure my resin will cure properly.

Resin comes in two parts—the resin and the hardener. Use a mixing cup with actual measuring lines! This is SUPER important because if your two components are measured incorrectly, your resin will not harden and will be sticky or have soft spots even after the curing time has elapsed.

In the photo above I included a clear plastic cup that I would NOT recommend using to measure. However, you can use these cups to transfer your mixture during the “doublecup” method which you will learn more about!

Okay—the basics.

It’s time to put your gloves on! Resin can irritate your skin, so protect your hands. Pour your resin in one mixing cup and then add your hardener. Resin and hardener are mixed together in a 1 to 1 ratio. I like to use a paint stirring stick for large batches and popsicle sticks for smaller batches.

For this project, I poured 4 ounces of the resin and then added 4 ounces of my hardener. On most manufacturer instructions there are guides on the amount you should mix per square foot. I tend to overestimate—it is always better to have too much rather than too little.

I stirred the batch together for almost 2 minutes and then transferred it to another mixing cup and continued to mix for another minute. Environtex calls this the “doublecup” method of mixing. Mix in one cup for a minute or two and then transfer the mixture into a second container and continue mixing for one minute. The instructions state that your mixture should be good to go after 2 minutes of rigorous mixing!

When I first started using resin, I was always worried about mixing too quickly because I didn’t want to add bubbles to the mixture… DON’T worry about the bubbles! You can get rid of bubbles, but you cannot fix undermixed resin. Your mixture should be clear without any streaks after you finish mixing.

4: Pour the Resin

Working with Resin

Okay—now go, go, go! Once your mixture is ready, do NOT wait! I take this step really seriously… so there are no photos of my mixture or the pouring process… oops!

Here are my tips:

  • Place your project on some type of riser. I used a plastic cake stand that turns. This allowed me to easily rotate my project so I could see it from all sides.
  • Pour your resin from the center of your project out toward the edges.
  • Do not worry about the bubbles, we will take care of those.

Drips are okay!

When I pour my resin, I am not super concerned if the surface tension breaks and causes the resin to spill over. Usually, the resin will spill over onto the bottom or back of a project. For this project I ended up cutting off the drips—we will talk about this later.

Working with Resin

This is how my tray looked after I poured my resin and it had de-gased for about five minutes. When your resin sets, the gases begin to come out and cause the air to rise to the surface. Look at all those bubbles! Before you worry, all you need to get rid of those is a heat gun. I used an embossing gun and held it about 6 inches away from the surface and moved it back in forth in a sweeping motion. Move quickly so that your resin doesn’t heat up. If you notice any specks or dusk in your surface, you can use a toothpick to pick those out.

A word of caution… you only have about 15 minutes from when you pour your resin, to when it starts setting. DO NOT touch your project after it begins setting. I know it is so tempting to continue to pick and heat and smooth, but this will damage your project. I usually use a large plastic storage bin to cover up my project. This not only protects the resin from dust but also creates a physical barrier that I know I can’t cross. I still like to check the progress of my project, but I won’t touch it. If you see any dents or imperfections, it is okay… don’t touch it.

I try to wait 12 hours before I touch my project again. If your project isn’t perfect, all is not lost. You can sand down the surface and either pour an additional coat of resin or use a spray sealer. To give you a full tutorial experience, I chose to sand down my top and pour another coat.

5: Sand and Add Another Layer if Needed

Working with Resin

I used a 120 grit sandpaper block and sanded the shine right off of my project. This will smooth out any dust, dents, or imperfections on your project. Your resin will look dull until you pour your next coat. Avoid using sandpaper with a finer grit because you need your scratch lines to be large enough for the next coat of resin to adhere to.

Working with Resin

Use a tack cloth to pick up all of the sanding debris. Now repeat the mixing and pouring process! See, you’ll be a pro in no time!

6: Cut Off Any Drips and Finish

Working with Resin

After my project cured for an additional 12 hours, I used a TrueControl Knife to cut off all of my drips on the underside of my project. You can also sand any remaining bumps off of the bottom. I wasn’t too concerned since no one will see them from the top of the tray. I attached it back to the metal base and wiped it down so I could take in all of the glossy glory!

You Can Do Matte Instead of Glossy, Too

Working with Resin

If you don’t love this glossy look, you can also sand your final coat of resin and then seal it with a matte finish sealer spray! I chose to do this for a children’s footstool and I loved the look. It sealed in the vinyl and protected the surface and vinyl without the reflective, glossy look.

Working with Resin

I absolutely love how resin takes my projects to the next level. This thick, glossy layer ensures that my projects will last a lifetime and will not fall apart. Resin is heat resistant and waterproof. So when the Caplans are enjoying their tray, I don’t have to worry about vinyl or iron-on lifting when something spills on it.

Have you jumped on the resin bandwagon? I am such a fan and am already dreaming up my next project!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

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Mountain Make-a-Thon Iron-on Track

Mountain Make-a-Thon Iron-on Track

July 11th, 2018 • Cricut Events

We are continuing the countdown for the 2018 Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon with another track introduction. The variety of classes we’re offering at our Make-A-Thon range from papercrafting to quilting & sewing, iron-on to starting a small business. With over 100 classes being offered over the two and a half days you’re sure to find a class for every skill you want to learn. If you haven’t already, be sure to get your tickets here.

We’re excited to introduce you to the teachers from our Iron-on track today.  Each of these teachers is prepared to teach you every tip and trick that you need to know about working with iron-on. Customize all your crafts with iron-on like tees, home decor, all your projects can be customized with iron on! Let’s check out what classes will be offered!

An Iron-On for Every Fabric: What iron-on is right for what material? Let Angie Holden teach you to mix and match like a pro. You’ll go home and look around your house with a bunch of new ideas on how to customize your world! Session repeats 2 times.

Cover your Bases: Have you mastered the basics of using iron-on on clothing and fabric? Are you ready to take your skills to the next level?  Learn advanced tips and tricks for how to use iron-on with unique base materials including wood, metal, glass and much more, and walk away with your very own creative iron-on project to take home! Session repeats 3 times.

Jump Into the Reverse Canvas Craze: Ready to take on the new craze of reversed canvas! In this class, you will learn the way to complete this project start to finish.  These canvases are the new favorite in home decor. Here we go! Session repeats 3 times.

How to Design with Patterned Iron-On: Come learn very practical and clever tricks on how to use different products with your iron-on!  Patterned iron-on can really add dimension and fun to your projects and we will show you how! Session repeats 3 times.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Learn how easy it is to use Iron-on to make quick and unique projects to express your creativity. We’ll start by creating a project in Design Space and follow through step by step until we have a completed project. We will discuss different types of Iron-on, the advantages to each type, and the differences in each one. We will talk about choosing the correct temperature and time to press each type of Iron-on using the Cricut EasyPress. At the end of the class, you will leave with a completed project that you took all the way from the beginning stages of the design process to completion. Session repeats 3 times.

Say Anything: Customized tees are all the rage, but where do you start? Learn how to combine words, numbers, and images to create the perfect tee for any occasion. Session repeats 2 times.

Mixing Up your Iron-on Color Palette: This class has everything you need to know about all the different Iron-on types Cricut has and when you should use them. We help you find the perfect iron-on to make your project pop! Session repeats 3 times.

Outfit your Friends, Family, or Team: DIY Shirts and gear for summer camp, Family Reunions, Group Gifts and Outfitting the team!:
Expand your mind with Cricut Iron-on Vinyl and it’s many uses. The class will be a visually stimulating feast with samples of all kinds of projects to get students inspired to step up their Iron-on game. Students can take pictures of all display projects for future inspiration. Session repeats 2 times.

To make sure everyone is able to attend all the classes they want each class is being offered a variety of different times over the course of the event.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?! Click here to get yours today!

Tips for Layering Iron-on

March 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I always like to say there is no wrong way to be creative, and I absolutely believe it. However, I do think there are correct methods or techniques in different creative mediums. So today we are talking about Cricut iron-on best practices when it comes to layering. If you would rather watch the explanation rather than read it, check out this Facebook live we did on the subject.

When you layer iron-on you have a base layer and a top layer. We recommend only using certain types of iron-on as a bottom layer.

For instance, when layering Sportflex iron-on you can use it as a top and bottom layer. However, we only recommend using Sportflex on Sportflex as it has a little stretch to it and our other iron-on types do not.

As a regular bottom layer, we recommend Iron-on Lite which you can layer on top of itself as well.

Here is a list of what you can layer on top of Iron-on Lite:

  • Glitter Iron-on
  • Foil Iron-on
  • Holographic Iron-on
  • Patterned Iron-on

We don’t recommend using any in the list above as a bottom layer.

We know many of you out there have layered and loved it.

Feel free to share your creations in the comments on our video!

If you want to make the project shown at top, go to the Ready-to-Make project in Design Space.

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!

Be sure to pin this post for later!

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!

Pin this picture, so you can make this project later!

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!

You can use iron-on to decorate wood

You Can Use Iron-on for That??

March 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey Cricuteers, Kayla here today and I have a confession, I love iron-on! It's by far my personal favorite when it comes to Cricut cutting materials. From iron-on lite to glitter, foil and holographic sparkle, there are so many options and even more possibilities when it comes to this versatile material.

Today, I'm showing you some fun ways you can use iron-on that aren't your typical t-shirt or baby onesie. Let's jump right in!


You can use iron-on for hats

Iron-On lite adheres nicely to baseball caps. I used a mini iron to create the hat above and it worked perfectly for me.

You can use iron-on for hats

These bride tribe hats by Something Turquoise were created using the coolest trick! Click over to see how they used one of their Cricut tools to get the iron-on to stick.


You can use iron-on for wood

I can easily remember the first time I saw someone use iron-on on a wood surface. I was blown away! Think of all the cute things you can make! It has a lot more staying power than adhesive vinyl and is just as easy to apply.

For this decorative wood slice, I used Cricut's foil iron-on in gold and my EasyPress.


You can use iron-on for paper

This Jungle Rules nursery wall hanging is a project from Design Space. Cat (one of Cricut's FIT scholarship winners) used Iron-On Lite on a sheet of paper to create this custom look.

You can use iron-on for paper

Last fall I added gold iron-on to a sheet of cardstock to create this print. It has the look of a foiled print without the hassle or cost of foiling.


You can use iron-on for neoprene


You can use iron-on for neoprene

These Bridal Party Koozies from Something Turquoise are super cute and make the best wedding favors. They opted for glitter iron-on but any of the varieties will stick well to neoprene.

You can use iron-on for neoprene

These neoprene popsicle holders were all over the place last summer. Why didn't anyone think of this when I was a kid?!


You can use iron-on for shoes


You can use iron-on for shoes
You can use iron-on for shoes

Cricut Design Space has a ton of fun ideas for using iron-on on your shoes. Check out this tribal pair, this lucky pair and this cute polka dot pair for kids. All of these projects are included in your Cricut Access subscription if you have one. Also, check out these Lucky Chucks for tips on how to put it on.

Have you created a project with iron-on that stands out from the crowd? We'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment down below!

Outfit Your Home With These Cute Projects

April 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

HI everyone! It’s Jen from I wanted to share some fun custom home décor projects some of my fellow bloggers have made with their Cricut! One of the things I love the most about my Cricut, is the fact that I can make custom home décor. I love how these 5 projects used Cricut iron-on materials in creative ways to bring personal touches to ordinary every day items!

Sweet Flower Pots

PMQ for two created two projects that are not only the cutest thing ever, but look like you could pick them up in your local boutique! These vinyl face flower pots are a great way  to add some personality to your plants!


Flower Pots

Boho Charger Pattern

And she dressed up inexpensive chargers with a very fresh Otomi pattern for decorative use (only). These are really cute, and have a fun boho flair! Visit PMQ for two to see the full instructions here



Inspirational Pillow Phrase

On Fern Avenue made this super cute pillow with the heat transfer vinyl. She was able to customize her daughter’s room with a pre-made pillow and the vinyl!


outdoor pillow

A Welcoming Pillow

Olive Amber made a custom and very welcoming front entry way with a pillow cans and the vinyl as well. I love how she used a cute, and very trendy pineapple print pillowcase to add her text to. It really pops off her front door and pulls it all together!


Outdoor pillow

Add A Touch of Color To Your Kitchen

To add a touch of color and fun to your kitchen décor, follow Lydi Out Loud’s example an use the Cricut iron-on lite to make these really creative and cute kitchen towels. These would also make an amazing gift for a Mother’s Day, or even a housewarming gift!


Custom kitchen towels

I just love all of the options to make custom home décor with the different Cricut iron-on materials. Make sure you visit the blogs linked above for the full instructions so you can make your own!!!

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