Creating a fun and festive DIY Birthday shirt is super easy using the new Cricut Patterned Iron On. Cricut patterened iron on is even easier to use with the Cricut EasyPress and EasyPress Mat.
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Ok friends. If you’re new around here, you may not know how much I LOVE making shirts for my kids. Anytime we go on a trip or even just to go see a new movie, I am all about a DIY t-shirt. When I heard the news that Cricut was coming out with iron on material that is patterned, I might have done a little happy dance! The Cricut Patterned Iron On is so cute! I know you are going to love it. There are 9 different sampler pack available. Each pack comes with 3 (12″x17″) coordinating designs. You are sure to find a pack or design that is perfect for your next project.
The new patterned iron on would look so cute on a tote, a hoodie, a baby onesie and of course, a t-shirt! The patterns are so fun, and you could totally mix and match, but when I saw the party sampler pack, I knew I needed to make a DIY Birthday Shirt for my soon to be 5 year old.
For this project you will need:
DIY Birthday Shirt
Another new product Cricut just brought out is the EasyPress Mat. For an avid t-shirt maker like me, who loves some iron on, this mat is amazing! It is the perfect surface for pressing shirts to get a good hold with iron on products. It absorbs the heat, just where it needs to be, and protects the surface you’re working on from any damage from the heat. I loved using it for this project.
I knew I wanted to use 2 different patterns for my DIY Birthday shirt. When it comes to patterned iron on, it is NOT recommended to layer the iron on material. I needed my pieces to fit more like a puzzle. I used the slice tool to make sure I cut all the pieces so they would make a single layered design, even though I was using 2 different patterns. If you are not familiar with the slice tool, check our the video on how to make a DIY Birthday Shirt.
Working with Patterned Iron On
Cut out your design in mirror image when working with iron on material. Place the pattern face down on the cutting mat and select patterned iron on from the materials list in Design Space. Once your design is cut, weed out any unwanted material, leaving your design on the plastic protective sheet. Place your design on your t-shirt and use the EasyPress to iron on one part of your design and then the other.
When using the patterned iron on with the EasyPress, set your temperature to 340 degrees. Only press the first part of the design for 20 seconds and let the area cool completely and then remove the protective plastic sheet.
Then place the second part of the design into position, make sure any iron on material is covered with a plastic protective sheet. If needed, use the protective sheet from the first part of the design and lay it on top of any iron on material not covered before going onto the next step. Using the EasyPress again at 340 degrees, this time press for 50 seconds. You can flip it over and iron it on the back side for another 15 seconds to make sure you get a strong bond. Patterned Iron On is a cold peel, which means you need to let it cool completely before removing the plastic cover.
I just love how this shirt turned out. So did my little chicky who’s so excited to be turning 5! And it was really easy! The new EasyPress mat works so perfectly with the EasyPress and the new iron on materials. It’s a match made in heaven for this t-shirt making momma.
What kinds of projects have you been dreaming up using the new patterned iron on? And what pack is your favorite? (There are all so amazing!)
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