I’ve been obsessed with my Cricut lately.
I got it for Christmas from my mom, but we had our house listed for sale shortly after, and then had to pack and move, and then unpack…. I didn’t really get to play around with it as much as I wanted to.
Well now the flood gates have burst with Cricut projects. I sure hope my family is all looking forward to Cricut project gifts for Christmas!
I’ve been especially excited about the iron-on material. I made a shirt for my daughter (which turned out so freakin’ cute), a couple of tote bags (okay like 10 tote bags), and then some more tote bags.
Here’s some things I’ve learned about iron on material.
By the way, if it helps, I have this Cricut.
So I had a hard time understanding how the IO Material should be oriented on the mat. Especially because the metallic and non-metallic look so different. Add the mirror-imaging to that and my brain is all twisted up.
So the outside of the roll will go down on your mat (the part you see when the material is all rolled up). It seems backwards, but that’s the way you want to do it. (However, I found out the hard way that if you put it wrong-side-down, you can still re-cut it on the correct side.
Don’t forget to check mirror image before you cut. Found that one out the hard way, too. When you have IO Material selected as your media, it will show a “mirror image” option in the “cut” screen that you can select. It’s really easy, but you won’t be able to do it until you’re in the “cut” screen.
Next, your image will be cut and you have to weed out all of the negative space. Weeding is the term they use for peeling out all of the extra material so you are left only with the design you want to use. Once you get a little more seasoned, you will get craftier with positioning so you don’t waste as much material (like I did).
Now you’ll be left with a big piece of clear transfer sheet and the design cut from the metallic/other IO Material.
Change the setting of your iron based on the material you’re transferring onto. For my daughter’s shirt, which was a thin cotton baseball t-shirt, I used medium heat. For the heavy duty canvas totes, I used high heat. Do not use steam.
Iron your design onto your tote/shirt/etc. evenly. It will take longer than the Cricut packaging suggests (that’s what I experienced, longer than 30 seconds). I probably spent at least a minute rolling the iron around the design.
You may notice that the color of the IO Material changes when it heats, but in my experience it has gone right back to the original color when it cools (a minute, maybe?). Pay special attention to tiny lines and delicate parts, make sure then get good and ironed on there!!
Once it appears the image has transferred, gently pull up a small corner of the clear paper to see if the IO Material is sticking. If it is, let go of the clear paper! Allow the image to cool for a couple minutes, and then remove the clear transfer paper.
Make sure to take care when washing the item, spot treat if that’s and option. My daughter’s shirt gets washed inside-out, and hung to dry (which is why she doesn’t wear it often! HA!).
I hope this helps with your Cricut cutting!