Cutting vinyl is one of the most popular things to cut with a Cricut cutting machine. This tutorial will take you through the steps on how to cut iron on with Cricut.
Hey friends! Liz here from Liz on Call. I’m excited to bring you another How To tutorial here at Fresh Cuts. Using my Cricut to make t-shirts is one of my favorite things. Iron on vinyl is probably the number one thing I cut using my Maker. But it can be a little tricky if you don’t do it on a regular basis, like me. 🙂
For this tutorial I decided to use one of the bonus files from our Fiesta SVG Bundle. I thought it would be fun on a shirt, or to even iron onto a card. Yes you can use iron on vinyl on cardstock. You can also use it on wood, canvas, and more.
How to Cut Iron On Vinyl
To get started, upload your svg file into Cricut Design Space. Once it’s uploaded, you can select it in your recently uploaded images library and then click insert image.
On the canvas you can resize your image to fit your project. Click make it once you have your design sized to your liking.
On the next screen you will see a preview of what your design will look like on the cutting mat. If you are cutting iron on vinyl, you will need to click the mirror button on the right hand side so it turns green. Then you will see it flip the image on the preview mat, showing the mirrored image. Then click continue.
Design Space has the most common materials available to select right on the cut settings screen. You will see that there is an iron on selection. But I suggest clicking browse all materials.
There are so many iron on material options and you want to make sure you select the right one so the machine knows exactly how much pressure is needed for cutting the design. I decided to go with foil iron on. Select the material and then click done.
Cricut Iron On
You are then ready to start cutting. Iron on material will have a shiny side and a dull side. Or it will have a patterned or glittered side, depending on the type of iron on you are using.
Make sure and place the shiny, glittered or patterned side down onto the cutting mat. Remember, we clicked that mirror image button for a reason. Load the mat into your Cricut cutting machine and then press the go button. The go button is the blinking C with atteneas on your machine.
Once it’s done cutting, unload the mat and then remove, or weed, from the backside, any unwanted iron on that is not part of your design.
Your design will be on a plastic sheet. Keep the plastic sheet intact. It is necessary to use the protective plastic sheet when you go to iron your design onto your shirt, or card, or tote, or wherever it’s final destination ends up to be. The plastic sheet can be removed once the design has been cooled.
Now that you are ready to iron on all the things, what’s the first thing you are going to make? Like I mentioned before, I love making t-shirts, especially for my kids. I make them for all kinds of occassions. But vacations are my favorite reason to use iron on vinyl on t-shirts.