New Fonts That Have Our Heart

Fonts That Have Our Heart

May 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

Fonts are getting all the heart eyes from me lately!  Seriously - the project inspiration is ENDLESS! And I will be the first to admit the time I spend picking the perfect font for my projects...sometimes takes longer than making the actual project (which I am totally fine with scrolling through dreamy fonts).  I have rounded up a few of my new favorites that are exclusive to Cricut and all Cricut Access members!

Ps - if you don’t have Cricut Access or know what it is you may want to click here to learn what all the rage is about.

Alright let’s do this!  Allow me to introduce:

Biofreeze font

I can’t fully explain it, but does anyone else crave a slurpee when looking at this font? Bio Freeze is sure to be a top used font for my Summer projects.

Babette font

Babette you pretty little thing you!!! Wedding season is upon us and I can’t wait to get creating some perfect wedding DIYs for my friend's upcoming wedding! Isn’t she beautiful?

Sailor Tattoo font

Sailor Tattoo is to get that perfect tough gal tattoo look without ever having to sit in the parlor!  I used our Curve tool to add a little extra something to this design and I think it would be great on a custom tee!

Girly Stencil font

Girly Stencil will give you that extra girly flair for all your little girl’s projects. Would this be the cutest to personalize a book bag or beach bag?

High Tide font

High Tide is the perfect way to add a bold statement to your DIY project. Support your local sports teams with this bold but simple font.

Little White Lies font

Little White Lies is a simple thin stroke font that has such a fun feel!  Try it on your next children's project!

Rusty font

Rusty! Our perfect worn and loved farmhouse feel of a font!  This would be perfect to use on your home decor and those rustic signs that we are all loving lately!

Rosalind font

Rosalind has my heart for its simplicity! I see a lot of personalizing...everything in my very near future!

Agincourt Com font

This just in - Agincourt Com will be your new favorite when wanting to make a statement!  Don’t you think?

Marguerita font

Cinco de Mayo just happened and I can’t help but think how perfect the Marguerita font would fit into a festive party scene. Invites! Food labels! Placecards! It’s fiesta time!

These are just a few of the favorites that have just been released but you know there’s more! Jump into Design Space right now to check out these other newbies:

  • Bendigo
  • Cabarga Cursiva
  • Zaragoza Std
  • Tiger Rag
  • Flip Flops
  • Chicken Scratch

I want to hear what your favorite new font is and what project you have your eye on to create with the perfect font!

Like what you see? Be sure to share this to your Facebook or Pinterest to refer to later or share with a friend!

Martha Stewart will be making Cricut projects on QVC

Cricut And Martha Stewart Make Celebrations Together on QVC

May 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Team

Cricut is coming to QVC! Last month, we announced our exciting partnership with Martha Stewart by offering a beautiful Vanilla Pearl Cricut Explore Air 2™ Martha Stewart special edition machine and matching Basic Tool Kit, sold exclusively at Michaels. With Cricut tools and Martha Stewart inspired projects and images in Design Space, now you can make any celebration like Martha.

Martha Stewart Special Edition Cricut Air 2

What’s better than seeing projects made by Martha? Martha making the projects live! On Thursday, May 17 at 8:00pm E.T. Martha will be on QVC making a variety of celebrations projects using her Cricut and Design Space. Be sure to tune-in for special pricing on her Cricut bundle.

Not only will you get to see Martha’s beautiful Cricut Explore Air 2 machine in action, but you’ll also get to see a variety of projects from a pineapple party, perfect for summer, to home decor and embellished fashion. Martha and her team will be using different materials from cardstock to iron-on and vinyl so you can see how to cut intricate designs with Cricut assemble them into amazing projects.

Here is a sneak peek of some of some of the projects and inspiration you’ll see from Martha on QVC.

Pineapples are all the craze right now in DIY, which is why you will love this Martha Stewart pineapple-inspired party.

Pineapple Party Garland

Martha Stewart Pineapple Party Garland

All you need is cardstock and Martha’s ready-to-make Pineapple Party Garland project to get the perfect decor for your summer party.

Pineapple Party Invitation

Martha Stewart Pineapple Party Invitation

Grab some vinyl and cardstock in your favorite colors to create this adorable Martha Stewart Pineapple Party invitation. Your guests will love it.

Colorful Wall Rosettes

Martha Stewart Colorful Wall Rosettes

Outfit your pineapple party with some matching Martha Stewart Wall Rosettes to add texture and color to your decor. All you need is cardstock in your party colors to achieve this project with Cricut.

If you’re loving these Martha Stewart party projects as much as we are, again, make sure you tune in on Thursday, May 17 at 8:00pm E.T. to see Martha making on QVC. You can also visit the QVC website to check out the Cricut Explore Air 2 Martha Stewart bundle at a special price.

We can’t wait for you to join!

Come to the 2018 Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon

Announcing Mountain Make-A-Thon 2018!

Updated May 3rd, 2018 • Becky Lageschulte, Cricut Events Manager

Update: Registration is now open! Come join us by visiting the event page to purchase your ticket and read more about the event!

Cricut is excited to announce its 2018 Cricut® Mountain Make-A-Thon. Join us for 2½ days of fun, education, hands-on projects, and Experiential Zones. We’ll have keynote speakers and panelists from the DIY industry all while offering five educational tracks: Maker (focusing on paper), Iron-On, Sewing, Design Space from newbies to advanced, and tips for project sharing, entrepreneurs, and small-biz wannabees! Please plan to join us:

Cricut® Mountain Make-A-Thon 2018

This year’s theme … “Be Amazing!”

Monday, July 30th (8 AM) to Wednesday, August 1st (noon) Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America hotel

What’s new and fun for this year?

* Inspiration from a celebrity DIY Keynote speaker & panelists with tips you can use!

* The Experiential Zone – Professional tips and tricks for decorating and “setting the scene” in your own home. View the scenes on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, you’ll meet the designers where you can ask your “how to” questions

* Join some fun optional evening events

* Full class “tracks” with hands-on learning

* Cricut’s first pop-up store

Classes range from Card Making, Mats and Blades, and Design Space 101 (to 401!) to … “So you want to start an Etsy business?” … You name it, we’ve got it! Come and meet your favorite Cricut ambassadors who will be teaching and helping lead sessions. Classes will range in format from make-it to lectures to “tips ‘n tricks (hacks!),” and from beginner to advanced. Bring your BFFs and join in the Maker Challenge nights on Monday and Tuesday.

This will be a jam-packed 2½ days of making, learning and having fun! Tickets are now on sale and are $499* per person. Check back on the blog or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and we'll let you know where you’ll find the location, a preliminary agenda, and more details. For any questions in the meantime, email our Events Team at We will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

See you in July!

*Ticket price covers event attendance and meals offered during the day at the conference.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Knife Blade for the Cricut Maker

Ready. Set. Cut. … With Cricut Knife Blade!

May 1st, 2018 • Susan Stillings, Cricut EVP Marketing

Yes, you read that right. You’ve waited. It’s here. And, we can’t wait to get it into your hands!

Cricut is excited to announce that Knife Blade + Drive Housing for Cricut Maker™ is now available! We know that many of you bought your Cricut Maker in anticipation of Knife Blade, and you have been patiently – and eagerly – waiting.

We have been just as eager to bring it to you. Our top priority is always to give you, our customers, the best experience possible when you craft with Cricut. We take this very seriously in everything we do. From designing in Design Space® to cutting on a Cricut machine to making projects with our vinyl, iron-on and paper materials, and even interacting with Member Care, we always have your experience top-of-mind.

And, that is why Knife Blade took a little longer to come to market. We strive to make beautiful products that let you make beautiful things. Knife Blade, like Rotary Blade that comes with Cricut Maker, is truly innovative. We wanted to be proud of it, and importantly, your experience with it when you craft. Thank you, again, for waiting while we worked to bring you a first-class product.

You can cut leather with the Knife Blade

More Tools. More Materials. More Possibilities.

By the way, some of you might be thinking “What is Knife Blade?” Let’s talk about it! Designed to work with the Adaptive Tool System, Knife Blade features a steeply angled edge, so you can safely and easily slice through thicker, denser materials. And with 10X more cutting power than our best-selling Cricut Explore® line of smart cutting machines, you’ll be astounded and inspired by all the new projects it makes possible.

What Would I Make With Knife Blade?

That’s like asking how many dreams you can have. Look for one-click projects or inspiration by searching Chipboard or Knife Blade in Design Space.

You’ll be able to cut more materials and make more projects than you ever thought possible: puzzles, wooden dinosaurs, airplane models, foam toys, wooden signs, 3D dioramas, 3D home decor, leather accessories – necklaces, earrings, wallets and so much more! Add texture and dimension to any project to realize your most ambitious creative ideas.

Assembling 3D animals that were made with the Knife Blade

What Materials Can I Cut With Knife Blade?

Materials such as balsawood, leather, craftfoam, and Cricut Chipboard are just a few examples. Check out the entire list here.

Where Can I Buy It?

Knife Blade + Drive Housing is for sale at and on other major craft and fabric retailer websites.

What Comes With It and What Does It Cost?

Knife Blade + Drive Housing is priced at $39.99 MSRP. It comes with Knife Blade Drive Housing, Knife Blade, and a blade changing instruction sheet.

We also have a replacement Knife Blade Kit priced at $16.99 MSRP, that includes a replacement Knife Blade, a blade changing instruction sheet, and a Safety Changing Cap for extra protection when changing blades.

Where Can I Learn More About Projects and How to Use Knife Blade?

Please visit for more info on blade calibration, cutting times, cutting materials, and more. You can view all of the amazing Knife Blade projects in Design Space here!

We can’t wait to see what you make!

Important News for Cricut Craft Room Users

Important News for Cricut Craft Room Users

April 22nd, 2018 • Cricut Team

Cricut has long paved the way in the creative space by offering innovative products that expand the possibilities of what anyone can make. Over the last five years, we’ve made incredible strides with the launch of our Cricut Design Space® software, compatible with the Cricut Explore family and the Cricut Maker, that allows our members to access a wide variety of content instantly from any mobile device.

With the evolution of Cricut Design Space, we’ve had to review other software platforms in our portfolio and make some tough decisions. We have unfortunate news for members who still use Cricut Craft Room: We will be closing Cricut Craft Room as of July 15, 2018. Cricut Craft Room was built on Adobe Flash technology, a now outdated plug-in. Adobe Flash is no longer supported by Adobe, and that has created numerous vulnerabilities in the software—including speed and performance. This means you will no longer be able to access Cricut Craft Room on your desktop if you still use a legacy machine, including Cricut Personal, Create, Expression, Expression 2, Mini, Cake, Cake Mini, and Imagine. Moving forward, please do not sign-up for a Cricut Craft Room subscription as it will no longer work with your legacy machine after July 15, 2018.

We understand this is going to cause frustration for a number of our active Cricut Craft Room members. We are fully committed to helping you understand what this means and, importantly, we want to make sure you have as smooth a transition as possible during this time. To help with this transition, we have a special offer for legacy machine owners who have not yet upgraded to our latest machines: You’ll get $75 off any Explore machine or bundle on This applies to all of our U.S., Canada, U.K., EU and other international members. Please refer to the eligibility section in the FAQs below to see if you’re eligible for this offer.

All Cricut Craft Room members who have opted-in to Cricut’s emails will receive their code by April 28 to redeem on, and the code will be good through July 15, 2018. After July 15, 2018, the code will expire. If you do not receive your code by email by Saturday, April 28, please contact Cricut Member Care.

Our members are incredibly important to us and we know this transition won’t be easy for everyone, but we want to make it as seamless as possible. We have such a passionate community of makers and we want to inspire you to stay part of it. Please check out our Q&A below for more information, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you for being a valued member of the Cricut family.


Cricut Craft Room FAQs

Cricut Content 

What qualifies as a legacy machine?

  • Any machine that was created before the Explore family of machines qualifies as a legacy machine as it is not compatible with our current design software, Design Space. The first Explore machine launched in 2014.
  • Cricut no longer produces these machines. Legacy machines include Cricut Personal, Create, Expression, Expression 2, Mini, Cake, Cake Mini, and Imagine.

What is Design Space?

  • Cricut Design Space® is a robust web-based platform that you can access on your computer, phone or tablet. The Design Space mobile app will be coming to international users soon.
  • You can access Design Space for free by visiting and signing in with the same email and password you use for Cricut Craft Room. You’ll have access to thousands of projects and designs, as well as tools to help you make any project your heart desires.

Can I still use my legacy machine without Cricut Craft Room?

  • All of our legacy machines, except for the Cricut Mini, can run independently of Cricut Craft Room software using physical cartridges. Digital content from Cricut Craft Room will no longer be available for use with your legacy machine.
  • Cricut Design Space is not compatible with legacy machines.
  • Once Cricut Craft Room is unavailable, the Cricut Mini will be unusable as it is not a standalone machine. If you are a Cricut Mini owner and would like to review our warranty statement, please click here.
  • We have created a special offer for legacy machine owners who have not had the opportunity to upgrade. They will receive a promotion code for $75.00 off the purchase of any Explore machine or bundle on 
  • This offer will also apply for our international members and the currency will be translated accordingly.

If I purchased content in Cricut Craft Room, what happens to my content if I upgrade machines?

  • Purchased content from Cricut Craft Room will automatically transfer over to Design Space. You may access this content by going to and signing in with your Cricut Craft Room email and password.
  • Your purchased content will be available in Design Space under “Images” and then filter by “Purchased.”

Will I be able to see all my saved projects from Cricut Craft Room in Design Space?

  • Due to compatibility issues, any projects saved in Cricut Craft Room will not be accessible in Design Space. You may upload your artwork or re-create saved projects. An exclusive webinar training regarding this process will be available at

If I upgrade, will I be able to use the content from my physical cartridges?

  • With our Explore machines, you will have the ability to link your physical cartridges to Design Space. The cartridge port on an Explore machine is for linking cartridges only, not for standalone use. If you have already linked your cartridges in Craft Room, they will automatically be available in Design Space under the same login information.
  • Cartridges can only be linked to one Cricut ID. If you have purchased any used cartridges that were linked by the previous owner, they will not link to your Design Space account.

I also use Cricut DesignStudio on my legacy machine. Will Cricut continue to support that software?

  • Cricut DesignStudio, an older software once available on CD, will no longer be supported. If you currently have the software activated on your computer, it will still be available for use with various legacy machines; however, it will no longer be supported from a Member Care or activation standpoint.


Upgrade Eligibility 

What are the benefits of Design Space?

  • Design Space is cloud-based, so your files are accessible from any phone, tablet, or PC, any time. You can start on your phone, continue on your laptop, and even work offline on your Apple device – keeping your creativity going.
  • Design Space has over 60,000 digital images and thousands of ready-to-make projects ranging from vinyl to paper to leather and so much more. You can easily upload your own artwork on your desktop or on your iOS device.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the $75 off Explore family offer related to the Cricut Craft Room shutdown?

  • Any Cricut Craft Room legacy machine owner who has not previously upgraded to an Explore family or Maker machine will be eligible for the offer.
  • The offer will be redeemable from Sunday, April 22 to Friday, July 15, 2018.
  • This offer is only redeemable for one machine per owner. Owners that have multiple legacy machines will not receive multiple offers to upgrade.
  • If you have already upgraded to an Explore, but also own a legacy machine, your content from Cricut Craft Room will continue to be accessible in Design Space.
  • Customers who are eligible and have opted-in to Cricut emails will receive a code within 7 days of this announcement. If you do not receive your code by Saturday, April 28, please contact Cricut Member Care.
  • Cricut will honor upgrading any Cricut Craft Room legacy machine owner who has not already upgraded, no matter where you purchased the device. Anyone that has signed up for Cricut Craft Room after April 28, 2018 will not be eligible for the $75 off Explore family offer. All we will need when you call in, if you did not receive the code, is the serial number on your legacy machine.

What is the coupon offer and do I get anything else when I upgrade?

How do I redeem the $75 off Explore family offer?

  • Go to
  • Click on machines and choose the Explore machine you would like to purchase.
  • Add the machine to your cart and click “Checkout.”
  • When you get to the checkout page, enter the discount code under “Payment Method.”
  • The code is only valid for a one-time purchase.
  • International customers outside of the US and Canada must call Member Care to redeem their coupon code if eligible.

Why can’t I redeem the $75 off code for Cricut Maker?

  • The Cricut Maker is the latest in our family of machines and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discounts on the machine at this time.

I’m an international user that doesn’t have access to Design Space. When can I download the iOS or Android app and make in-app purchases in Design Space?

  • We understand it is frustrating for our international members who want to access and make purchases with other currencies in Design Space through iOS and Android apps. We are working diligently to make this accessible to all members.
  • We plan to roll out these features soon and will notify international members as soon as they launch.


Resources & Training 

If you upgrade, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our exclusive webinar training we’ve created for legacy machine members. The dates for training and sign-up information is below:

If I don’t take the Design Space webinar training, are there other places for training resources?

  • There are a number of places you can access Cricut training resources. The following are helpful links:
  • Access videos, tutorials, and manuals on everything from Design Space to our suite of machines, accessories and other tools.
  • Cricut YouTube: View numerous training videos and more.
  • Cricut Blog: Read hundreds of tutorials from our community and get inspired by the latest and greatest projects.
  • Member Care: Get in touch with our amazing Member Care team 24/7 via phone, chat or email.

What are the system requirements for Design Space?

  • You can use Cricut Design Space on Desktop (PC or Mac) and mobile (iOS and Android) devices. Please find the system requirements for Design Space here.

Is an internet connection needed to use Design Space?

  • Design Space for desktop or laptop computer does require a high-speed broadband internet connection. However, there is an offline feature for the iOS mobile Design Space app. Learn more here on how to use offline mode in iOS.

How will Cricut support my legacy machine after Cricut Craft Room shuts down?

  • At this time, we will continue providing Member Care support for your legacy machine related to questions on how to use the machine with cartridges and general machine questions.
  • We will no longer support firmware updates or any questions related to Cricut Craft Room.
FIT Students with Cricut Maker

See How These Student Designers Made Magic with Cricut Maker

March 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Lauren Duletzke, Cricut PR Manager

In October 2017, Cricut launched a scholarship contest called Project Maker with students in Home Products and Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Challenged to create cohesive collections using diverse materials with Cricut Maker, over 50 students participated and submitted innovative concepts in the home and fashion accessories categories. A key focus for the students was to make sure their designs could translate for the everyday craft hobbyist, making it easy for anyone to recreate their collections.

After months of sketching, creating in Design Space and prototyping, 10 student finalists were chosen to physically produce their collections and present to a panel of Cricut judges in New York City. Here is an amazing look at their journey through the contest.

Meet the Scholarship Winners

While all of the students created impressive collections, 3 students were chosen as the scholarship prize winners. Their unique use of materials combined with the ease of project creation and premium collection aesthetic blew the judges away.  

Not only did these students receive a scholarship prize for the collections but their collections are now available in Design Space for our community to create. Let’s meet them:

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Her collection Essentials and Not is an 8-piece accessories collection ranging from projects like a headphones-keeper, wallet, keychain and a small backpack. The leading material used is leather for the base products and Cricut Foil Iron-On for the leaf pattern.

Saumya’s inspiration for her collection comes from her favorite palm plants, which her dad grew at their home in India.

“When I was in school, I loved making things with my own hands, but I didn’t always have the resources or skill to do it the best way. The Cricut maker helps people like me bring to life our ideas.”

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Make the collection in Design Space: Essentials and Not

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Her collection Jungle Chic is a collection of tropical chic nursery projects, for either a boy or girl’s room, including wall art, room decor and furniture design. She used a variety of materials including Cricut Cardstock, Felt, and Iron-on. Cat’s inspiration comes from the mixing and matching of prints, one of the leading trends in home design for 2018.

“Cricut gave me a chance to take everything I've learned and put it into action.”

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Make the collection in Design Space: Jungle Chic

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Her collection Blooming You is a fresh and bright inspiration to the contrast of New York City’s hectic industrial vibe. Chloe sees her collection as a way to brighten up any woman's wardrobe with a focus on personalization, given the vinyl elements used across the bag.

She also used one of this year’s most popular accessory materials, PVC plastic, to create her collection and embellished with Cricut felt floral pieces on snaps.

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Make the collection in Design Space: Blooming You

Tell us what you think about these student collections in the comments below. You’ll see tutorials on some of the winners' favorite projects coming to the blog soon. We will also be adding some of the other student finalist projects into Design Space in the near future, so you can make more of their beautiful collections.

Learn how to use Design Space with our webinar

New to Design Space? Watch Our Webinars!

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Perhaps you are completely new to the world of Cricut and don't know where to go to get started. You might be one of our long-time customers who is upgrading from a previous model and now needs to learn how to use Cricut Design Space. Maybe you just want to review from the beginning to make sure you know every nuance of our software.
We've got you covered!

Attend Our Webinar

Come learn the basics of Design Space in a webinar! In this on-demand webinar by Kestin, our Director of Education and Experience, you will learn the basic functionality and tools of Cricut's Design Space home page and canvas plus lots of resources for help and learning. Have a pen and paper handy for taking notes as you watch.
With this new knowledge, you can get started on that project you've been excited to try or find one to craft in our Ready-to-Make section.

Click here to watch Part A today!

You can also now sign up for Part B which will be held on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM MST. If you can't make it then, we will have a link soon for you to watch it on-demand. Register here.

Learn on YouTube

You can also subscribe to our Official YouTube channel to use as another great resource to learn Design Space. You can watch Cricut Design Space tutorials for beginners and get started on some simple projects like an iron-on T-shirt, pop-up card, fabric banner, vinyl label and more.
There are also tutorials on crafting materials like washi tape and vinyl, changing out blades and using pens, fun projects like a 3-D dinosaur head and so much more!
What level are you at in Design Space - Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced? Let us know in the comments below!
Learn more about the new image upload feature in our Design Space iOS App

Uploading Images on iOS is Here!

November 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I know I am not the only one out there that is excited about the latest iOS app update. We know you have been wanting the ability to upload images from your iPhone or iPad and now that capability has arrived which makes us all feel like this:

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

So now that it is here, let’s look at how it works.

Image upload works directly with your camera or camera roll, so you can use any type of file that would be found in your Photo Library. This means you can take a picture and send it straight into Design Space. 

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

Once you take your picture or choose your image from your camera roll, you will be taken to the clean portion of the process. I just took a picture of some hand-lettering I have been working on.

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

From here I have access to all the tools that the computer software has (remove, erase, and crop), plus a few more!

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

If you move the circle toward the plus or minus it will remove more or less of the background. This is a really useful tool when you are working with more complex images such as pictures. The little box in the upper right corner is your cut preview. No need to toggle back and forth here!

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

After you take out what you don’t want, click next and you will be taken to my new favorite feature! The despeckle and smooth page! Because I just took a picture from my phone, there are bound to be a few pixels here and there. Despeckle erase the smallest pieces first getting rid of the small flecks that were hard to see. Next comes smooth. Now if I am being honest with myself (and you,) I don’t have the steadiest of hands yet as I am hand lettering. This is why smooth is so great, it takes away the rough edges.

Excited about the new iOS image uploading capability!

From here you save it to the cloud as a Cut image or a Print Then Cut image.

That’s it, folks. It is that easy to upload images from your iOS device!

Let us know in the comments below just how excited you are about image upload and what type of things you will be uploading to make projects.

Use the EasyPress for your Iron-on Crafts

Enjoy Even Heating With the Cricut EasyPress

October 12th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Have you been eyeing our new Cricut EasyPres, wondering if you should add it to your crafting collection?

Traditionally, there have been two options that crafters could use for applying iron-on vinyl: an iron or a heat press.

  • The home iron has the convenience of portability and can be fairly inexpensive. However, it may take several passes to make sure you cover the entire design. You also often need to apply a LOT of pressure to make sure the vinyl actually sticks since the heating surface temperatures can vary wildly.
  • Many small business crafters upgrade to a heat press. These machines usually have a clamshell type of design that allows you to apply heat and pressure evenly across your entire project. However, they can be bulky, expensive, and hot to use.

What Makes the EasyPress Unique?

The EasyPress combines the best of both worlds, offering even heating in a portable package. We made sure to create heating elements that spread throughout the machine to keep the temperatures within a close range across the entire surface. This means you will enjoy improved results from your efforts.

We have included a handy temperature and time chart in the box to help you get just the right settings for your materials. Set the timer so you know how long you need to keep pressing. That's another great feature; you don't have to press down extra hard like you would with an iron. Just apply firm pressure and wait for the vinyl to cool down before you remove it. 

It's also a safer option to have around the house if you compare it to a heat press (especially if you have kids around!). Those machines have you placing your materials between two hot plates. With the EasyPress, you have a big flat surface with a handle on top. It also has a safety shut-off after 10 minutes so you don't need to wonder if you forgot and left it plugged in.

But Will The Transfer Last Through Washes?

Another advantage of the heat press over an iron is that the results usually do better at staying intact through multiple washes. Can the EasyPress stand up to this test? The answer is Yes! Of course, results are dependent on what products you use, how you apply it and how you do your laundry, but in our tests, the vinyl stayed on through over 40 washes and counting. The even heating means a better chance that all of the vinyl will adhere and not come loose down the road.

Take it to your next baby shower and create a onesie customization station.  If you have a craft business, imagine having an EasyPress at your next craft show, allowing you to create for your customers right then and there. Make shirts for your sports team. There are so many possibilities!


Have you tried the Easy Press yet? How are your wash results? Tell us in the comments below!

Cricut Maker machine FIT contest

Cricut Launches “Project Maker” Contest at the Fashion Institute of Technology

October 5th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

With the launch of Cricut Maker™, our goal is to open up more possibilities for makers across creative categories. One way we’re bringing this to life is by launching a scholarship contest with the Fashion Institute of Technology, a leading institution for education in art, design, business and technology based in New York.

Students participating in the scholarship contest are from the Accessories Design and Home Products Development departments. Students will design and create original accessories collections for fashion and home décor using Cricut Maker. Winners will receive scholarship prizes and the opportunity to have their collections featured in Design Space – where everyone in our community will have access to recreate their collections.

FIT faculty incorporated “Project Maker” in their Home Products Development and Accessories Design curricula for the Fall semester. Accessories created by students can consist of original goods (a leather clutch, for instance) or designs that can be applied to existing items (e.g., an original pattern that can be used to embellish a purchased clutch).

The challenge for the students is to utilize their talent and advanced skills as upcoming professionals to create a collection of designs that can be replicated by the everyday, non-professional maker.

“FIT is home to some of the most talented design-minded students in the world, and we can’t wait to see how they will stretch the boundaries of what Cricut Maker can do,” said Ashish Arora, CEO of Cricut. “Our mission is to help people lead creative lives. I’m confident that as we watch their collections take shape, these future designers will push us even further to elevate the creative experience for all of our customers, from daily makers to entrepreneurs.”

Contest finalists will be given a Cricut Maker, Cricut EasyPress™, Cricut BrightPad ™, as well as a gift card for buying supplies. Finalists will present to a panel of judges in December and the winners will be announced two weeks later.

Make sure you look out on the Cricut blog for results from the contest in the coming weeks. We’re so excited to share with you what these innovative students will produce using Cricut Maker.