Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™.

Cricut Maker is the most versatile smart cutting machine on the market and it’s tailor-made for sewing enthusiasts, whether you’re just starting out or have a lifetime of experience. With its expandable suite of tools and the ability to cut hundreds of materials and textiles, Cricut Maker is a sewer’s dream.

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Sewing patterns made fun and easy.

You can access hundreds of digital patterns and templates in Design Space®, the cloud-based software that comes with your machine, or go all out and upload your own. Our pattern library includes designs and patterns from popular pattern makers, including Sew News and Simplicity®, so you’ll always be ready to create your next sewing masterpiece.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sewing crafts, simplified.

One of the most jaw-dropping features is how Cricut Maker handles patterns. It has the capability to transfer all of the pattern markings directly onto your fabric, so you’ll never miss a mark again. Design Space will even tell you which direction the grain of your fabric should go when you load your mats. And Cricut Maker cuts and marks your pattern pieces in just a few clicks, which means you’ll have plenty of time to focus on the fun part – sewing it all together!

Design

Select your design or make it from scratch.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cut

Place your material on a mat, load it in the machine, and press Go.

Cricut Maker handles the rest.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew and Admire

Sew it all together and you’re done!

Optional: Play it cool when people ask you how you did it.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew many tools.

Cricut offers a wide variety of tools to make sewing projects a breeze. Here are all your must-haves for Cricut Maker if you’re a sewing enthusiast.

Cricut Rotary Blade

Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut soft, flexible materials, like cotton, fleece, and denim. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Rotary Blade comes in the box with Cricut Maker. Shop Cricut Maker now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade

Bonded-Fabric Blade + Housing is a drag blade made from German carbide steel. If you need to cut bonded, basted, fusible, or stabilized fabric, this blade’s your go-to. Bonded-Fabric Blade is sold separately. Shop Bonded-Fabric Blade now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

Cricut Maker has the technology to draw on your fabric so it’s easy to mark all of your pattern pieces before they’re cut out on the machine. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen has a water-soluble ink so you can wash your pieces after they’re sewn together. Washable Fabric Pen is sold separately. Shop Washable Fabric Pen now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut FabricGrip™ Mat, 12" x 12"

FabricGrip Mat combines increased strength and density with a light adhesive to create beautifully cut fabrics. Use with Cricut® machines and Rotary Blade or Bonded-Fabric Blade. Cricut FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 12" comes with Cricut Maker.

You can also purchase a FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" for larger-scale projects that is sold separately. Shop the FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Curated fabrics from Cricut.

Get inspired to create with Cricut materials for the sewing obsessed.

Cricut Fusible Fabric

Fusible Fabric is simple, versatile, and great for creating sewing and quilting accents – no interfacing or stabilizing needed. Use it to create phenomenal appliques to customize quilts, totes, pillows, and more. Shop Fusible Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Designer Fabric

Designer Fabric is classic, easy-care cotton. Each sampler includes complementary patterns and colors curated by designers, including Riley Blake Designs. Mix and match to create accessories, toys, quilts, framed fabric accents, and more. Shop Designer Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Accessorize your sewing experience.

It’s not just fabric. Cricut Maker, our most versatile smart cutting machine, opens up a world of creative possibilities. Whether you’re vinyl obsessed, in love with leather, or can’t get enough of crafting with specialty materials like chipboard, basswood, balsa wood, craft board, mat board, and more, Cricut Maker gives you that creative edge. Find out more about Cricut Maker possibilities here.

Cricut also makes thoughtfully designed hand tools to complement your cutting machine. From a hand-held Rotary Cutter to Self-Healing Mats and Acrylic Rulers in a gorgeous array of colors, these tools give you the best possible craft experience and add pops of color to your craft room.

Quilting Cricut Maker

Ready. Set. Make sewing magic.

Never run out of sewing inspiration. Design Space is packed with ready-to-make sewing projects, patterns, and templates. To access these projects, sign up for a Design Space account. Signing up is quick, easy, and free. Sign up now.

Sewing projects galore.

Getting started.

Please view this video introducing you to Cricut Maker. For more amazing videos and tutorials, visit Official Cricut Youtube channel.

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.

Safety

  • 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.

Cricut Access Update

What’s New in Cricut Access

October 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We are excited to announce new updates to our Cricut Access subscriptions that will help you get even more from your membership. If you are new to Cricut, Cricut Access is our subscription service (think Netflix for crafters) where you can sign-up for different levels that unlock thousands of digital images, fonts and projects in Design Space as well as promotions unique to Cricut Access subscribers on Cricut.com. You can design anywhere on any device with Design Space and create with Cricut Access content.

Cricut Access gives you limitless design possibilities.

We are striving to make Cricut Access even better by giving you more digital images with the best subscriptions. This is why we’ve added 20,000+ new images into our Cricut Access library. Cricut Access now has more than 50,000 images and counting. We’re adding more and more so that you can create amazing projects.

50,000 images and counting with Cricut Access.

If you are a current Cricut Access member, there are changes that might impact your account, but we promise you, they are great changes! You will not lose access to any content but rather gain more, like digital images and ready-to-make projects.

There are two plans you can subscribe to:

  • Cricut Access Monthly for $9.99/month or Cricut Access Annual for $95.99 paid yearly (that equals $7.99 per month - saving you more $$’s to craft with!)
  • Cricut Access Premium for $119.88 paid yearly (a value of $9.99/month)

What are the benefits of these plans?

Both plans give you:

  • Unlimited use of more than 50,000 covet-worthy, cut-ready premium Cricut images, including exclusive designs, with more images to come
  • Unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts
  • Thousands of Ready-to-Make Projects
  • Priority Member Care Line (50% less wait time)
  • 10% savings on all product purchases on cricut.com, including machines, accessories, materials, and more – including sale items!
  • 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects from brands like Disney, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin

If you sign-up for the Cricut Access Premium subscription you get two additional exclusive features:

  • Up to 50% savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects
  • Free economy shipping on orders over $50

With Cricut Access Premium, you can create incredible ready-to-make licensed projects in Design Space for up to 50% off, including festive favorites from Anna Griffin.

What Cricut Access subscription is right for me?

We want to make sure you pick the right subscription for you. If you Shop Cricut.com all the time and want to use more licensed content, like Disney and others, the Cricut Access Premium subscription is the right option for you. You will get all of the benefits and so much more.

If you are crafting all of the time using Cricut Access content but are not interested in licensed content, we recommend the Cricut Access Annual subscription because you will not have to worry about reassessing your options for a year.

If you are someone who prefers to go month-to-month because you’re not sure how often you will use Cricut Access content, the Cricut Access Monthly subscription is a great option for you.

 

What if I currently have the Fonts subscription (either monthly or annual)?

You are automatically upgraded! Moving forward, Cricut will no longer offer the Fonts subscription plan.

If you are currently Fonts subscriber (monthly or annual) you have been automatically upgraded to Cricut Access Monthly or Annual, whichever matches your current plan, at no additional cost. You will be able to access all your fonts plus all of the great images for the same price as your current subscription, until you cancel or change your plan.

To celebrate all of our new Cricut Access digital images, we have exciting promotions on Cricut Access pricing that you can see on Cricut.com. Make sure you check it out!

If you love Cricut Access as much as we do, encourage your crafty friends to sign-up! Share this post with them if you think Cricut Access will make their craft experience so much more fun. #CricutMade

Cricut Access Update
Cricut Maker and Explore Differences

What Makes Cricut Maker Different From Cricut Explore Machines?

September 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We know many of you still have questions about what makes Cricut Maker different from our Cricut Explore family of machines. If you’re thinking about questions like…

What can Cricut Maker cut that my Cricut Explore machine can’t cut?

Can I use the new Cricut Maker tools, like the Knife Blade, in my Cricut Explore machine?

Is it worth upgrading from my Cricut Explore machine to Cricut Maker?

We hear you and we want to make sure you as many of your questions are answered. So let’s talk about Cricut Maker compared to the Cricut Explore family of machines. This includes the Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore.

More Tools. More Materials. More Possibilities.

Let’s start with the biggest difference between the machines, Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System™. Cricut Maker has a completely different technology built into the machine, that we call the Adaptive Tool System, which allows for us to expand the suite of tools you can use for a number of cutting and scoring applications.

The Adaptive Tool System can control your tools to cut from side-to-side, move up and down, and lift and turn, so you can cut more materials with more pressure than ever before. This is what makes it easy to cut through fabric without a backer (right off of the bolt) using the all-new Rotary Blade. We’ll talk more about the Rotary Blade below. Cricut Maker can cut hundreds of materials from delicate papers and fabrics to denser materials like leather, chipboard and balsa wood. To see the full list of materials you can cut with Cricut Maker, follow this link.

 

Cricut Maker has 10X the cutting power

 

Our Cricut Explore family of machines has a drag blade technology system that moves up, down and cuts side-to-side. While you can still cut a number of amazing materials, they have to be stabilized otherwise the blade will get stuck in the fibers. It also makes it difficult to cut through dense materials like balsa wood, basswood, and leather because the Cricut Explore Family doesn’t have the same pressure as the Cricut Maker.

You can still cut up to a hundred materials like vinyl, iron-on, cardstock, and stabilized fabric, using the blades available with the Cricut Explore family of machines. To see the full list of materials the Cricut Explore family of machines can cut, follow this link.

What tools can be used with what machine?

Now that we’ve explained the technology differences between the Cricut machine lines, we want you to know what tools you can use with what machine.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cricut Pens, Fine Point Blade, Rotary Blade, Single Scoring Wheel and Knife Blade.

All of the tools you love and use with your Cricut Explore family of machines also work with the Cricut Maker. This includes the Fine Point Blade, Deep Point Blade, Bonded Fabric Blade, Scoring Stylus and Cricut Pens.

The new tools that were designed specifically to work with Cricut Maker, because of the Adaptive Tool System, include the Rotary Blade, Knife Blade, and Single and Double Scoring Wheels.

Rotary Blade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Knife Blade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Single Scoring Wheel

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Double Scoring Wheel

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

Rotary Blade

Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut cotton, fleece, denim, and more. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Rotary Blade comes in the box with Cricut Maker.

Knife Blade

The extra-deep Knife Blade cuts through dense materials up to 2.4 mm (3/32”) thick with unprecedented ease and safety, almost like an automated X-ACTO® blade. It’s ideal for thicker materials like balsa wood, mat board, and heavy leather. Check out more on the Knife Blade here.

Single and Double Scoring Wheels

Scoring Wheel makes a deep single-line score perfect for uncoated light materials like crepe paper, light cardstock and even acetate.

Double Scoring Wheel creates two deep, parallel score lines that are ideal for coated, heavier materials like poster board and cardboard.

We know many of you ask why you can’t use these new tools with your Cricut Explore family of machines. You can see at the top of the tools that were designed for Cricut Maker that they have the gold gear-like attachment. That is what directly connects to Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System so it can use the different controlled movements we discussed above. The tools aren’t compatible with the Cricut Explore Air family of machines because the housing technology is simply different.

What else is different between the Cricut machine lines?

Aside from the technology, there are some design differences. Cricut Maker does not have the materials dial like the Explore Family of machines. You now choose your material from Design SpaceⓇ once you get to the cut screen. We’ve also provided more storage space for your tools in the Cricut Maker, added a mobile device dock on the machine - so you can do hands-free designing - and a USB port for charging your mobile devices.

Cricut Maker comes in three colors: champagne, rose and blue.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?

The Cricut Explore family of machines comes in a number of different colors across the different machine lines. Some colors you can only find at certain retailers like Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby and more, so if you have a color palette you love, keep an eye out for where you can find the right one for you.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cricut Explore Air™ 2 in mint, rose and glacier blue.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the all-new Bold Cricut Explore Air 2 machine lineup, make sure you learn more here.

To view Cricut Maker compared to the Cricut Explore family of machines and their differences, we also have a comparison chart on shop.cricut.com.

Which machine is right for me? Should I upgrade?

First of all, we have to say we love both of our machine lines. Our best-selling Cricut Explore family of machines have opened up the possibilities of what crafters can make for more than five years. Cricut Maker takes those possibilities to the next level.

If you are a crafter, designer, sewer or really any type of creator, Cricut Maker gives you the possibilities to take on new projects you couldn't imagine you could do from your home.

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Cutting and applying chipboard to make incredible 3D projects.
How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
Like this 3D cake stand that was cut on Cricut Maker and painted over for a premium look.

If you love your Cricut Explore family machine and really stick to cardstock paper projects, iron-on and vinyl, the Explore lineup is a great option for you.

However, if you’re someone who likes to push the boundaries of what you can make - from 3D to sewing and fabric projects - and are looking for the next evolution in cutting machine technology, Cricut Maker is the right choice. We want to bring you more tools, more materials, and more possibilities so you can make anything you can imagine.

We hope this was a helpful guide to what differentiates Cricut Maker from the Cricut Explore family of machines. Tell us in the comments which machine you use and why, and we will answer your questions as they come in. #CricutMade

How is Cricut Maker Different from Explore Machines?
The new bold Cricut Explore Air 2 Family

The New Bold Cricut Explore Air 2 Family – There’s a Hue for You!

September 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Cricut is excited to announce a new lineup of beautifully bold Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 machines! With 8 new colorful additions to the family, you can express your personality like never before. Choose from colors like Sunflower, Cobalt, and the new Raspberry – to perfectly match your brand new Cricut EasyPress™ 2 machine – and you can cut in every color!

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

The colorful DIY dream machine: How It Works

No matter what hue says you, you can cut over 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. Whether you love making cards, custom T-shirts or home decor, these bold machines will not only create flawless projects, they’ll look good doing it.

Need more inspiration? Here are some of our favorite machines in action:

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection
Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection
Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Personality Quiz: What’s your craft colorology?

o   Do you love bold new ways to dress up your craft room?

o   Do you craft in color and love making T-shirts or other iron-on projects?

o   Do you love perfectly matched palettes that make your projects look flawless?

If you answered yes to any of the above, we know your taste: Bring home a match made in heaven with our Cricut Explore Air 2 in Raspberry to perfectly complement your brand-new Cricut EasyPress 2! This beautiful color adds just the right amount of pop to any craft room, whether you’re cutting, scoring, or pressing.

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

If Raspberry isn’t your jam (pun intended!), there are so many beautiful colors to choose from to find your color personality match. Whether you’re a late-night crafter who loves designing with a bit of Merlot, or a fashionista looking for next season’s pink (it’s Persimmon, by the way), we have just the right hue to highlight your creative corner:

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Boysenberry

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Cobalt

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Fuchsia

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Merlot

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Peacock

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Persimmon

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Raspberry

Cricut Air 2 Bold Collection

Sunflower

Find your dream color

These beautiful new colors from Cricut can be found online and in stores near you this fall. Each color has been thoughtfully placed in an exclusive retailer, so check out our list below to find your dream color.

 

MSRP: $299

Raspberry – Cricut.com

Boysenberry – Michaels

Sunflower – Michaels

Peacock – Michaels

Cobalt – JOANN

Merlot – Hobby Lobby

Persimmon – Amazon

Fuchsia – Walmart.com

 

Learn more about Cricut, including the machine, Design Space®, supplies. We are so excited about these colors and would love to hear from you. Comment below with your favorite color!

Easy Press 2 Sizes

Which Cricut EasyPress™ 2 Size(s) Are Right for You?

September 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One size does not fit all! That is why we have 3 new EasyPress 2 sizes. And, we love every one of them for different reasons. This blog explains why size is important and the benefits of each EasyPress 2. We also take a look at different types of projects that will help you determine which EasyPress 2s will be right for you.

A few things to consider before reviewing each EasyPress 2 size:

  • When working with heat, size matters. Make sure to choose the EasyPress 2 size that is just right for your project(s)
    • A heat plate that is too big is awkward on small projects and risks uneven pressing over seams (learn more about iron-on and seams).
    • A heat plate that is too small may need multiple presses over the same spot and risks over-processing iron-on material
  • What are the dimensions of the projects you make most often?
    • Determine what are typical dimensions of your iron-on projects. Then, consider the dimensions of each EasyPress 2. Knowing this information is key to making the right decision for your needs.
  • Will you travel with your EasyPress 2?
    • If yes, the petite 6” might be perfect. Not only does it slide into many backpacks and other day-travel bags, but it is also lightweight at just 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg). You can certainly travel with the two larger EasyPress 2s, they will just take up more space and weigh your pack down a bit more.

Ok, let’s take a look at the different EasyPress 2 sizes.

EasyPress 2 6"x7": (15 cm x 17.5 cm), 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

Beyond being just adorable, this small guy is perfect for those wanting a lightweight, portable press that is easy to maneuver around smaller projects and apparel with cumbersome seams.

If you find yourself applying iron-on smaller than 6” wide or 7” tall, this could be ideal for you! Take into account some of these popular smaller projects:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Mini
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Small Projects

Baby clothes

Hats

Napkins

Shoes

Mittens/Gloves

Socks

Scarves

Storage containers

Small make-up accessories

Small sewing projects

EasyPress 2 9"x9": (22.5 cm x 22.5 cm), 5.73 lbs (2.6 kg)

If you find yourself making a variety of projects that are larger than 6” x 7” area and smaller than 9” x 9” space, then this could be your everyday workhorse! Consider some of these projects that are a good fit for this mid-size unit:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Medium
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Medium Projects

Smaller T-shirts
Bags
Sweatshirts
Pillows
Aprons
Towels
Table runners
Costumes

EasyPress 2 12"x10": (30 cm x 25 cm), 8.6 lbs. (3.9 kg)

Large, in charge, and ideal for jumbo-sized projects. For those of you who are consistently pressing iron-on projects larger than 9” x 9”, this is the one for you. This size reduces the chance of having to press multiple times across projects. For this reason alone, you may want to consider this machine. Consider these iron-on projects that are popular and often on the larger side:

EasyPress 2 Sizes - Large
EasyPress 2 Sizes - Large Projects

Larger T-shirts
Sweatshirts
Sleeves
Pants
Banners
Blankets
Curtains
Adult clothing

Lastly, be sure to consider your surface area after selecting your EasyPress 2 size

  • Use a firm, flat and solid surface that is heat resistant (like a marble-top kitchen island or wooden craft table)
     
  • Avoid flimsy tables or unsteady ironing boards
     
  • Protect your surface using a pressing mat (Cricut has created three mats that pair perfectly with each Cricut EasyPress. Always use one that is equal or larger in size than the machine you are using).

Cricut EasyPress temperature settings for use with the Cricut EasyPress Mat are different than settings for use with other pressing surfaces. Use our convenient Interactive Quick Reference Guide for more information.

EasyPress 2 Sizes

To sum up, from petite to XL, the Cricut EasyPress 2 family has every project covered just right, from pint-size onesies to everyday T-shirts to oversized hoodies, banners, blankets, and more. Determining the right size model(s) for your needs primarily comes down to the size of the projects you most often make. The larger you go with EasyPress 2 size, the less likely you will have to press iron-on material multiple times across one project. For some, like yours truly, owning multiple sizes is the best solution. For others, like new moms interested in making onesies primarily, the small EasyPress 2 is a great solution.

If you are still unsure, be sure to reference our FAQ page on cricut.com and our YouTube channel, as well as reaching out to our member care with any questions you might have.

Which size are you most interested in using? Comment below!

EasyPress2 is now available

Cricut EasyPress 2 is Here!

September 18th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The wait is over! Cricut EasyPress™ 2 is now available on cricut.com and online at major craft retailers! With the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes that offer flawless results to make almost any iron-on project in 60 seconds or less. EasyPress 2 gives you projects you’ll be proud of every time.

Cricut EasyPress 2  supports a broader range of materials and sizes of iron-on projects with higher temperature settings, faster heat-up times and a thicker heat plate design for more uniform heating and long-lasting results. We’ve also developed an Interactive Quick Reference Guide so you can find the optimal time and temperature for all of your projects.

Heats faster. And higher.

EasyPress 2 heats more quickly -- up to 25% faster -- and can reach up to 400 degrees (F) to achieve amazing, long-lasting results for your iron-on projects.

EasyPress 2 is here

Now 3 sizes for all projects.

Choose the right EasyPress 2 for the types of projects you love to make most. EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes: 6”x7”, think Onesies, baby bibs, cosmetic bags. Our original 9”x9”, think T-shirts and tote bags. And, 10”x12”, think BIG. Blankets, beach umbrellas, banners.

Perfectly petite & mobile.

Make perfect small-scale projects without working around seams. With a 6”x7” heat plate that heats in just over a minute, make smaller projects in short order. And, don’t forget a new 8”x10” EasyPress mat because “it’s all about that base!”

EasyPress 2 is here

A few smaller iron-on projects perfect for the 6”x7” EasyPress.

The go-to medium.

The medium size EasyPress 2 -- our classic size -- comes with a 9” x 9” heat plate. It’s perfect for your essential everyday projects. It heats in just over 2 minutes, unlike traditional heat presses that take between seven and 18 minutes. Use it with a 12”x12” or larger 20”x16” EasyPress mat depending on your project design.

EasyPress 2 is here

A few of our favorite projects perfect for the 9”x9” EasyPress 2.

Jumbo size for full coverage.

Now … just what you’ve been waiting for … make large-scale iron-on projects in just one press. Our new larger EasyPress 2 has a 12”x 10” heat plate for your big bold projects! Better yet, it heats in just over 3 minutes. Use with the 12”x12” EasyPress mat for “inside jobs” when you need a mat to fit in your base or the 20”x16” for that big job.

EasyPress 2 is here

Iron-on projects perfect for this large size.

Matching Mats.

EasyPress 2 is here

Match your mat size to each EasyPress 2 for professional iron-on results. Use the larger mats for full-coverage or a smaller mat if you need a raised surface or just the perfect pad for your choice of EasyPress 2. Change-up the mats depending on your preference and project size.

 

A beautiful bright new raspberry color.

EasyPress 2 is here

We love this beautiful new raspberry color and if you’d love a pop of color in your craft room, too, the EasyPress 2 is perfect for you!

Pricing & availability.

Cricut EasyPress 2 is available today on cricut.com and online at major craft retailers. It will be in stores later this Fall. EasyPress mats are available now everywhere.

Have Questions? Click on below links to learn more:

We are so excited to hear what you think of Cricut EasyPress 2! Make sure to let us know in the comments, and share with your friends, all of the types of projects you’re going to make with the different sizes. #CricutMade

Cricut Lilac Collection

In Love with Lilac Cricut Products

September 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

As the leaves start to turn and fall is in the air, our hearts flutter at the thought of incorporating cooler color tones into the things we love, whether it’s the DIY onesie we’re making for a baby in our life or the wall gallery that’s in need of a refresh.

At Cricut, we love inspiring you with different colors across our products and DIY projects. This week, we are obsessing over our lilac collection. From machines to materials to projects, we have everything you must have (and make) in this gorgeous color.

 

A Cricut Lilac Collection You’ll Love

Cricut Lilac Collection

Find everything from this collection below.

 

All The Lilac Machines, Accessories & More

  1. Cricut Explore Air™ 2, Lilac: This lovely shade of lilac for your Cricut will be a showstopper in the craft room or wherever your like to craft in your house. Cut over a hundred materials with this fantastic DIY machine to make everything from cards to home decor and so much more. Grab yours today exclusively at Hobby Lobby.
    We hope you love all of this lilac inspiration. Tell us in the comments what you think or if there’s other lilac projects you want us to feature. Make sure you also share this lovely lilac collection with your friends who love lilac and shades of purple.
  2. Cricut BrightPad™, Lilac: If you’re someone who loves to match all of your accessories, you must have the matching Cricut BrightPad in lilac. Cricut BrightPad is lightweight and low profile with a light the comes through the pad so you can easily trace designs, weed materials like vinyl and even, organize your beads for jewelry-making. Find this beauty at Hobby Lobby.
  3. Cricut Explore Air™ 2 & Cricut EasyPress, Wisteria: Okay, we realize this isn’t quite lilac but how could we leave it out?! This gorgeous Cricut machine and EasyPress in a metallic Wisteria is a shade of purple we just swoon over. If you’re someone who loves a little glitter and metallic, this is the perfect Cricut machine and EasyPress color for you. You can find these Cricut products in Wisteria exclusively at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores (Cricut machine and EasyPress). What’s even better? These come in a bundle with materials, pre-made designs and more!
  4. Amazing lilac hand tools: Once again, if we’re sticking to color coordinating here, these Cricut hand tools in lilac will give you the pops of color you need for a gorgeous craft room. The18” Cutting Ruler is aluminum with a stainless steel straightedge to protect your hands from share cutting tools like the Cricut TrueControl Knife™ (also in lilac!). Cricut’s TrueControl Knife gives you better hand-cutting control when working with a variety of materials from dense paper to thin plastics, canvas, fabrics and more.

    If you’re working with the TrueControl Knife you also need the matching Decorative Self-Healing Mat in lilac. You’ll be amazed at the vibrant color and quality of this self-healing mat. Finally, if you’re someone who works with fabrics, papers, and other materials you have to cut down to size, Cricut has two sizes of Acrylic rulers (6”x 26” and 3”x 18”), also in lilac! All these tools will set you up for the most amazing crafting experience and not to mention, the color will wow!

All The Lilac DIY Projects

  1. That Milk Tho Bodysuit: If you’re having a baby or someone in your life is, this adorable DIY iron-on bodysuit is perfect for any new mom. Try this gorgeous lilac color of Cricut Everyday Iron-on to make your project (or mix and match if you like another shade better!). All you need is a plain baby bodysuit, one roll of Cricut Iron-on and a Cricut EasyPress to achieve this cute project. You can find the ready-to-make project here in Design Space.
  2. Sweets Tea Towel: Who doesn’t love a fun hand towel for your kitchen? Instead of buying one, make one with your favorite designs and phrases. All you need for this project is a plain canvas towel, one roll of Cricut Iron-on and a Cricut EasyPress to make this hand towel. We love this shade of purple Cricut Everyday Iron-on for this project. You can find the ready-to-make project here in Design Space.
  3. Home Sweet Home Pillow: Need some pillow inspiration? This cute home sweet home pillow is easy-to-make and will give your decorative armchair the perfect pop of color for your living room. All you need for this project is a plain pillowcase, one roll of Cricut Iron-on and a Cricut EasyPress to make this pillow. We love the lilac color of Cricut Everyday Iron-on for this project as well (or you can use Cricut Glitter Iron-on in purple). You can find this ready-to-make project here in Design Space.
  4. Patterned Iron-on T-Shirt Patch: If you need to make a basic shirt just a little bit cooler, you can iron-on a t-shirt pocket. Literally, it will look like a pocket but it’s actually a flat design. We love the example in our lilac collection above. It’s so easy to make, you just have to use Design Space basic shapes to create a pocket and then simply iron it on with a Cricut EasyPress. We love this shade of pink/purple patterned Cricut Iron-on from the Anna Griffin® Charlotte Patterned Iron-on Sampler to go on as the patch.
  5. Helenium Flower Bouquet: If you love a flower bouquet in your house as much as we do, but don’t want to pay so much to change the colors and styles week over week, try making paper flowers. They’re really fun to make and Cricut has tons of patterns for beginners to advanced crafters. We love this Helenium Flower Bouquet in lilac. This project requires paper and other supplies, which you can find on the instructions in the ready-to-make project here in Design Space.
  6. Just For You Gift Wrap: With the holidays not so far away, check out this amazing gift wrap that you can make in under 30 minutes! We love the color combination of purple and silver. Check out the ready-to-make project here in Design Space.
  7. Arrow Phone Case: If you love swapping out your phone cases as much as we do, you’ll love the fact that you can customize your phone cases easily with Cricut vinyl. We love the design on the arrow phone case, which is easy to create in Design Space by searching in our image library for arrows. All you have to do is get your shade of Cricut vinyl in grape, Cricut Transfer Tape and cut your arrow shapes using your lilac Cricut machine. We also love these other fun purple phone cases that are ready-to-make projects in Design Space (Aloha Phone Case and Bespoke Bride - Abstract Phone Case).

We hope you love all of this lilac inspiration. Tell us in the comments what you think or if there are other lilac projects you want us to feature. Make sure you also share this lovely lilac collection with your friends who love lilac and shades of purple. #CricutMade

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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