This was one of my favorite first projects trying out the new Cricut EasyPress and holy moly was it a time saver! Instead of waiting for my giant heat press to heat up (which I know most of you don’t even have) or taking each segment bit by bit with my house hold iron. I was done in just a few minutes!
If you don’t already know about the EasyPress it’s this portable heat press that is pretty much my dream craft tool that I didn’t even think to ask for. The ironing surface is big so it covers a good space. Unlike a regular iron, for most T-shirt or bag sized images, you can have it done in one press. Somehow while the pressing surface is much bigger than a traditional iron it’s still relatively small which I CANNOT say about my heat press. Regular heat presses weigh SO much and take up crazy amounts of space. Not only that but it’s safe. It comes with a heat proof holder which is awesome and makes it totally portable and not completely terrifying like my heat press that sometimes pops open. Yup a giant plate of hot metal popping open by your face it’s so stressful guys.
But I think my favorite part is the time I save. With this new Cricut EasyPress as soon as I cut out my design the press was up to temperature in just a few minutes and I had it pressed to my shirt so fast! Iron-on vinyl is hands down one of my favorite crafting supplies and this EasyPress makes using it even easier and more fun.
What You Need
- Orange shirt or fabric to make a shirt (I used the Happy Feet shirt pattern and love the contrasting green for the neck and sleeve binding)
- Black iron-on vinyl
- Jack-o-lantern image (available for free to my email subscribers)
What to Do
- Import the jack-o-lantern image into Cricut design space and cut from vinyl. Remember to place the vinyl plastic side down and set your machine to iron-on. I used my Cricut Maker and it cut it perfectly. Weed the image (remove the negative pieces so you just have the jack-0-lantern pieces.
- Press your shirt or front bodice piece of fabric to remove any moisture or wrinkles.
- Position. your vinyl with the plastic side UP.
- With the EasyPress up to temperature (just go by the directions on your vinyl to set the temp). Press the vinyl to the shirt with a little pressure. I do this on my homemade pressing board but anything that’s firm and heatproof (like a table with a thickly folded towel) will do.
- Starting slowly at a corner peel the plastic off (stop and reheat if it seems like the vinyl has not fully adhered to your fabric/shirt).
- If sewing finish making the shirt otherwise you’re good to go!
Teddy ADORES pumpkins. This year he grew his own with the help of grandma. He’s so happy with his new little pumpkin shirt he’s been picking it to wear all the time.
I have a feeling like this will be in the rotation long after Halloween passes. Hopefully I can talk him into more mommy made, vinyl attacked shirts though because I think he looks stinking cute in them and my new little toy makes it so fast and easy!!
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