I just had to do it! I made these cute DIY disney shoes with the Cricut EasyPress Mini and Infusible Ink.
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Have you had a chance to use the new Infusible Ink products from Cricut yet? I’ve used it a few times and I am loving it! We used it on these mermaid Infusible Ink shirts for my daughters, I was amazed by the results and wanted to make more things!
I just made this Minnie is my homegirl bag using the Infusible Ink Slice and Set method. My daughter quickly claimed this as her dance bag. But this design inspired these DIY Disney shoes because I love how the bag turned out.
For this project you’ll need:
I want to start out this tutorial by saying, I DID NOT use a Cricut Infusible Ink blank for this project. So there was no garauntee that this would turn out. But I really wanted to try the infusible ink on a pair of shoes with the EasyPress mini.
Of course, you can use iron-on vinyl instead of Infusible Ink and the project would be just as cute. You can see that the colors aren’t as vibrant on the shoes as they are on the bag that I recently made. Due to the fact that the shoes weren’t made specifically for Infusible Ink. But I was ok with that.
The EasyPress mini is going to work perfectly on these shoes if you use iron on vinyl instead.
DIY Minnie Shoes with Cricut EasyPress Mini
Once you are ready to get started and have opened the design into Cricut Design Space, you can customize the design and resize the minnie heads to fit your shoes. Then decide if you want to use infusible ink or iron on as the material for your project. Make sure to mirror image the design before cutting both the red and gray mats.
For Infusible Ink, place the transfer sheet with the color facing up on the cutting mat. Load the mat into the Cricut Maker and and make sure to select Infusible Ink as your cutting material. Click make it and press the blinking go button on the machine to cut out the bows and the Minnie heads.
Weed the bows and the Minnie head from the Infusible Ink transfer sheets like shown below. The bows don’t need to stay on the sticky backing to iron them onto the shoes. And place the bows into the area left by the slice and set method.
Lay out your designs and decide where to place all the bows. Use the heat resistant tape to tape the bows and Minnie head to the shoes. Set the EasyPress Mini to the correct heat setting. Use the EasyPress Heat Guide to help you determine the correct setting.
Roll up the EasyPress mat and put it into the shoe as far as it will go. This will help give some stability from the inside of the shoe and help with the heat distribution.
Cover the designs with a piece of butcher paper that comes with the Infusible Ink transfer sheets. Press the shoes with the EasyPress Mini for 60 -75 seconds. Moving the EasyPress Mini around slowly and pressing firmly. Remove the butcher paper and let the infusible ink design cool a bit before removing.
What Projects Can I Make with the EasyPress Mini
The Cricut EasyPress mini was the perfect tool to help with this project. It’s size made DIYing these shoes super easy. It was comfortable to hold and got into the areas with the seams and laces to get the heat onto the transfer sheets. I easily moved around to all the different bow designs and pressed them to get the ink to transfer.
The Cricut EasyPress mini works great with shoes, hats, bibs, sleeves, pockets and more. It can also be used on stuffed animals. And if you like to sew, it’s great for pressing seams. It has all the same amazing heating technology found in a regular EasyPress, but just in a mini form.
As I mentioned before, these canvas shoes are not made of Cricut Infusible Ink Blank material. That is why they have a more faded look to them. I am actually really happy with how they turned out. Even with their vintage, faded feel. I will probably add some scotch gaurd to these to give them a little protection from lots of wear.
My daughters might need a matching pair of shoes. What do you think? I’ll probably try my hand at using iron on vinyl when I make those. I think they will look just as cute. And the EasyPress Mini will work it’s tiny heating magic to help me with that project.
What kind of project do you have in mind for the EasyPress Mini?