Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

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This is the second post in a series about the Cricut BrightPad. I’m sharing an intricate iron-on project I made while using the BrightPad, an illuminating tool for crafting that makes weeding, tracing, embroidery, and other crafty tasks easier while reducing eye strain.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Last week, I shared an overview of the BrightPad along with nine projects you can make with it. You can read that post here for more details, but basically the BrightPad is a lightweight and portable illumination surface you can use for crafting. It lights your project so you can pay attention to smaller details while easing your eye strain.

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

While I have made countless iron-on projects since first being introduced to the world of Cricut, my projects tend to be relative simple, like the literary geek t-shirts, the “Makers Gonna Make” tote bag, the Crocheters Gonna Crochet project bag, or the naughty and nice couples t-shirts. All of these projects use largish fonts with simple images.

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Confession time: I have been known to leave a piece of iron-on that I was supposed to remove when weeding and not notice that it was still on until AFTER I have already pressed and removed the iron-on liner. (Insert sound of head smacking into wall.) To be frank, I have avoided intricate iron-on and vinyl projects because I didn’t want to miss something important because of my eyesight not being perfect or because the lighting was poor in my workspace. With the Cricut BrightPad, I decided to take a chance on a much more complex iron-on project. One that required a lot of weeding, and intricate weeding at that. I hope you enjoy the finished result as much as I did!

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

I adapted the Beautiful Wildlife Pillows by Lia Griffith project (free with a Cricut Access Standard subscription) to make this detailed t-shirt.

Tools

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad in box, vinyl, cutting mat, and tools

Materials

Instructions

Cut Your Iron-On

  • Open Beautiful Wildlife Pillows by Lia Griffith in Design Space. Select Customize to adjust the size of the project. I made mine 7” so that it would fit onto a small women’s t-shirt. Or, use the Fox in the Garden cut file in Design Space, which is already resized.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter
  • Select Cut. Mirror the image for iron-on. Place the iron-on on the mat with the shiny (liner) side down and then follow the instructions for cutting.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter
  • Remove your iron-on from the mat. Use the scissor to cut away the unused iron-on to save for a future project.

Weed Your Project

  • Plug in your Cricut BrightPad and turn it on. Adjust the illumination level based on your materials and the ambient lighting in your room.
  • Use your Weeder to remove the excess iron-on and to reveal the details of the fox and the garden.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Iron-On Your Project

  • These instructions are for Everyday Iron-On and a 100% cotton t-shirt; if you use different materials, please refer to the EasyPress 2 Reference Guide. For more tips on using an EasyPress 2, check out my tutorial post.
  • Plug in the EasyPress 2 and bring it up to 315 degrees.
  • Place the t-shirt on the EasyPress Mat and press for 5 seconds.
  • Place the weeded iron-on onto the t-shirt. When you are satisfied with the position, press it for 30 seconds.
  • Flip the t-shirt to the wrong side and press for 15 seconds.
  • Do a warm peel.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Enjoy your t-shirt!

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

I can’t wait to gift mine. I’m glad I used the BrightPad because it gave me the confidence to make this intricate iron-on project.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterDo you love all things “ugly sweater?” I’m showing you how to make your very own ugly sweater holiday cards using fabric and iron-on scraps and your Cricut Maker!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

As my regular readers know, I’ve been in love with my Cricut Maker since I received one back in May.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut MakerIt has a ton of features, but my absolute favorites are its ability to cut fabric without a stabilizer using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both of which are included in the box)…

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker materials for first projectand the amazing score lines you can make with ease using the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel (which you can learn more about in this post). The fabric cutting I love because it makes it fun to sew more since I don’t have to worry about “messing up” intricate cuts. And, the score lines I love because I can finally make cards that actually look good! Both of these features highlight the Adaptive Tool System that the Maker has, which tells you when to load different tools based on your materials and your project. My third most favoritest (is that a word?) feature is the lack of a Smart Dial. I just tell Design Space what I’m making, choose my materials from the drop down menu, and bam!, all the settings are optimized.

I used to be one of those people that always sent out holiday cards (and on time) but the past few Decembers have been really busy and I haven’t quite made it happen. This year, I wanted to do something different and I was inspired to put together a project that I could make quickly on my Cricut Maker to get me back into the swing of the holiday spirit: ugly sweater cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card going into envelopeAs a crocheter and knitter, I’ve always found the act of creating an ugly sweater to be totally pointless – I mean the amount of work required and then to make it ugly? Explain! But mini ugly sweaters – where you can make several cards in one day – I am totally down for. I hope you enjoy this project and I can’t wait to see your version!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterI gathered up some pieces of “what was I doing when I bought this” fabric along with fabric, paper, and iron-on scraps to put together my very own ugly sweater cards. You can customize your version by adding more embellishments using fabric paints, beads, and other findings.

Tools

Materials

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Supplies for ugly sweater cards

Instructions

Score and Cut Your Cards and Envelopes

I searched the Ready-to-Make projects until I found a matching card and envelope set that I liked. Then, I customized the project by removing all of the card decorations so that I was just scoring and cutting blank cards and envelopes. I made several, using a mix of colors of cardstock for the cards and foil poster board and cardstock for envelopes. Be sure to change your materials in Design Space so that you will be using the correct blade and scoring wheel!

Remove your cards and envelopes from the cutting mats. Fold your cards and envelopes along the score lines. Use your adhesive to seal the envelopes (and set aside to dry, if necessary).

Cut Your Sweaters and Embellishments

I searched for sweater in the image menu in Design Space and choose one that is included with a Cricut Access Standard subscription.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Design Space screenshotOnce I had the sweater image on my canvas, I resized it so that it would fit on my folded card. I added a star shape and resized it to fit on the sweater. (You could also search for another image, like a Christmas tree, instead.) Then I duplicated the resized sweater and star. I edited these images in 4 different colors (one for cardstock, one for fabric, and one for each type of iron-on) so that Design Space would know which to put on a mat together and I could select the appropriate tools before cutting.

Choose the right material in Design Space for each mat and it will let you know which tool to use. Remember to use the Fabric Mat when cutting fabric! Also, even though you are using iron-on, it isn’t necessary to mirror your mats because the star shape is the same on front and back.

After your pieces are cut, remove them gently from the mats. Use your weeder to peel off the excess iron-on around your stars or to “poke out” the little cuts in your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards before assembly with tools and materialsAssemble Your Ugly Sweaters

Preheat your EasyPress 2 to the temperature required for your materials and prepare your pressing surface. (If you’re new to the EasyPress 2, you can find out more about it in this blog post.)

Press the stars or other iron-on embellishments onto your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | ugly sweaters ready for assemblyOnce your sweaters are embellished, use an appropriate adhesive to attach the sweaters to your cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card ready for assemblyWait for the adhesive to dry if necessary, and then you’re cards are ready!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card against background

Write out your notes on the inside and you are ready to include your ugly sweater cards with a gift or send them off to a new home.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards with tools and envelopes

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterSince I got my Cricut Maker this summer, I’ve gotten lots of questions from readers through email and on Facebook. I’m going to answer the top 5 questions about the Cricut Maker and show you how to make this adorable, vintage-style bear softie, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Madeira USA and Fairfield World.

Back in May, I received a Cricut Maker from the nice folks at Cricut. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you that I had been craving one since they were introduced last August. It’s fair to say that on the day when my Maker was delivered, I was doing quite a bit of dancing around the apartment, composing my own Cricut tunes, and then singing those songs in my lovely off-key voice. MC was a little bewildered at first, but once I explained to him what the Maker was and how it was different than the Explore Air, he was also pretty stoked for me. (But not quite enough to get him singing and dancing, too.)

Earlier this year, I wrote a post answering the twelve most common questions about Cricut, so if you’re completely new to the world of electronic cutting machines, you may want to check that out. In today’s post, I’m going to share answers to the 5 questions I’ve heard the most about the Maker since I got it. If you already have a Maker, you can scroll right down to my Vintage Bear tutorial.

Top 5 Questions About the Cricut Maker Answered!

The questions I hear most often are will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?, what makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?, what types of fabric can I cut with it without using a backer?, which materials can I cut?, and what kind of DIY projects can I make?

Will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?

Without knowing you and your life personally, I can’t say for sure, but I will say that if you actually do use it regularly, the answer is most likely yes. Here’s why.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker

  • The Cricut Maker is easy to use, right out of the box. If you’ve never even used an electronic cutting machine before, there’s a project (with all the materials!) included to get you started. At the same time, you can link your machine with your computer or tablet and set up your Cricut Design Space account. So yes, if you get one in a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale, you will have plenty of gifts ready in time for Christmas!
  • Cricut Access has TONS of free Ready-to-Make projects included with a subscription. If you are not a graphic designer (and even if you are, but you’re pressed for time), I highly recommend a Cricut Access subscription. You can access projects right away with all the graphics and fonts AND instructions included so you will never be short on ideas for a last-minute gift, card, decoration, or gift wrap.
  • If you like to design, you can upload your own images for free. If you’re more of a designer type, you can create your own graphics, use your own fonts, and then upload projects to write, score, and/or cut with just a little adjustment in Design Space. You can find out more about how easy it is to upload images to Design Space in my tutorial for a literary geek t-shirt.
  • You can multi-task with the Maker. While my Cricut Maker is cutting my materials, writing out my address labels, or scoring my greeting cards, I can be putting finishing touches on another project or ironing fabric for my next project.
  • You can make lots of different types of projects with it. I’ll get more into this one below, but basically if you add up all the gifts, cards, and gift boxes you can use it to make, you’ll probably break even on your costs within the year (or sooner, if you have a large handmade gift list).
  • Finally, if price is a big concern for you, get it on sale! Cricut Makers are sold by Cricut, Michaels, Amazon, and other sites, so if you pay attention you can buy one at a great discount, or you can buy a bundle that includes cutting materials.

What makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?

There are several features and tools that make the Cricut Maker different than the Cricut Explore series (or older Cricut electronic cutting machines). For me, there are two that I use regularly.

  • You can cut fabric without a backer. Using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both included in the box with your Maker), you can cut fabric without a backer. That was the big game changer that made the Cricut Maker “special” for me… but then I learned about the Scoring Wheels.
  • You can make the most incredible and precise score lines, even in heavier materials. If you buy the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, you can instantly get over your fear of paper crafting. 

How To Make Picture Perfect Cards (and Other Folds) with the Cricut Maker Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - before and after folds

Find out more in these three posts I wrote introducing the Scoring Wheels.

What else is different?

  • The Maker doesn’t have a Smart Dial, so you never need to worry about being on the wrong material setting. You choose your materials in Design Space and then the machine adjusts automatically.
  • The Maker has an Adaptive Tool System that tells you which tools to add and when. This is really helpful when you are using new materials and aren’t sure which blade to use.
  • The Maker can use several additional blades and tools, including the Rotary Blade, Scoring Wheels, and Knife Blade for thicker materials.
  • The Maker has a 2x speed setting. If you’re in a rush, you can crank things up a bit. The Explore Air 2 also has this feature.

What types of fabric can I cut with the Maker without a backer?

As I mentioned, the ability to cut fabric was really what I was looking most forward to in the Maker. You don’t need a stabilizer or other backer to cut fabric as long as you use your Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (or Knife Blade, for leathers) and choose the right fabric material in Design Space. You can cut most fabrics with the Cricut Maker,  including leather, bamboo, boucle, broadcloth, burlap, calico, canvas, cashmere, chiffon, corduroy, cotton, damask, denim, faux fur, felt, fleece, khaki, quilt batting, silk, spandex, suede, and tulle. You can find a full list here, or try another fabric with a thickness of less than 2.4 mm.

Which materials can I cut?

In addition to the 100+ materials that can be cut with a Cricut Explore, and the fabrics listed above, you can also cut thicker materials with the Maker than the Explore. You can find a full list of all the standard materials you can use with the Maker here. My favorite materials to cut are fabric (have I mentioned that already??!!), iron-on, poster board, vinyl, and cardstock.

What kind of DIY projects can I make?

I’ve made a lot of great gifts with the Maker in the past few months, including t-shirts, cards, gift boxes, and more.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box against yellow backgroundThe cutting of fabric without a backer is a real game changer for me personally. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the Vintage Bear, a sewing project using the Maker, further down in this post. As with the Explore series of machines, you can write, cut, and print then cut. But, you can also score MUCH BETTER lines so if you aren’t a paper crafts pro, it means your cards will actually look good with the Maker and the Scoring Wheels. And, did I mention the fabric projects? Design Space now has lots of patterns, so you can choose from quilts, apparel, toys, and more, or you can upload your own sewing projects specs.

I hope I’ve answered all of your Maker questions, but if you have more, don’t hesitate to ask by leaving a comment here, emailing me, or tagging me on social media.

How To Make a Vintage Bear with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterThat was a lot of information, so I hope you’re still here for the project! I picked a pattern for a bear softie from Design Space that actually looked very contemporary (or should I say “modern”) and made it my own by giving it a vintage look. This is a low-sew project with some (extremely light) embroidery. I used my sewing machine, but it’s definitely something you can sew by hand. If you’re not big into sewing, you can make the eyes, nose, muzzle, and inner ears using iron-on.

Materials

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | supplies flat lay

Instructions

Choose your Pattern in Design Space

  • I searched in the Sewing drop down menu for Bear and choose this Simplicity pattern. You will need to purchase the pattern.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Design Space projectPrepare Your Fabric

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric flat lay

  • I also cut my fat quarter in half along the long edge.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric with Cricut EasyPress2

Cut Your Materials

  • Use the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat to cut your fabric. (Since I have the 12″ mat, I changed the mat size in Design Space and used a scissor to cut my fat quarter in half so that it was 9″ x 22″. Design Space will automatically move the back of the bear to a separate mat if you change the mat size.) 
  • If you use iron-on (I did for the nose), be sure to use the StandardGrip Cutting Mat and change the materials in Design Space. You don’t really need to “mirror” before cutting because the iron-on pieces are symmetrical, but be sure to place the iron-on shiny side down on the mat. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting fabric

  • I didn’t have a Washable Fabric Pen with me, so I used a standard Cricut Pen for the front piece, since I knew I would sew over the markings. For the rest of the pieces, I took the pen out because I didn’t want permanent marks.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Pen and Rotary BladeAssemble Your Cut Materials

  • Once your project is cut, you can put away your Maker and move on to the sewing and assembly phase.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | sewing suppliesAdd Eyes

  • I plan to gift this bear to a small child, so I embroidered on the eyes rather than using buttons or safety eyes.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for assembly

  • Thread the tapestry needle with about 18” (46 cm) of embroidery floss. Start on the back with a knot. I just did covered over the marked spot for the eyes by going back and forth, but a French knot would be cute. You can find a video tutorial for the French knot at the end of this post. Be sure to knot securely on the back before fastening off. Repeat for the other eye.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | embroidering eyesAssemble Facial Features

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | iron-on nose

  • Pin the rest of the facial features to the front of the bear.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features pinned in place

  • Attach the zig zag foot to your machine and adjust the zig zag stitch settings to a short length and a long width. (I used 0.5 length and 3.5 width.) Align the needle so that you work a zig zag stitch along the edges of the facial features (muzzle and inner ears) to create an overcast stitch edging. Go slowly because there are a lot of curves (which mean a lot of turns), removing pins as you go.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features sewn in placeSew Bear Pieces Together

  • Once you have the front finished, place the back of the bear on the front of the bear with the right sides facing.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for sewing

  • Start at the groin of the bear and sew around one leg, around the body, and end at the “foot” of the other leg. I used the 1/4″ quilting foot, but you could also use the zig zag foot (or hand sewing).

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for stuffingStuff Bear

  • Now you’re going to turn the bear inside out, being sure to push out the corners of the arms and feet and ears.
  • Stuff the limbs and ears firmly first with your Nature-Fil Bamboo Fiber Fill.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | stuffing bear with Nature-Fil

  • Then, fill up the rest of the body.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | limbs stuffedFinish

  • Fold over the seam on the edge of the leg. You’ll need to sew this last part by hand. It helps to use a coordinating thread so it isn’t too noticeable.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | leg ready for seaming

Doesn’t he look ready for a night out in the city?

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter - Vintage Bear Softie over skylineAnd, here’s the bear in my hand so you can get a sense of the size.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Vintage Bear Softie in hand (relative size)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut . The opinions and text are all mine.

Naughty and Nice Couples Iron-On T-Shirts | Cricut Holiday Event 2018

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter Are you looking for quick Cricut gifts to make for your favorite couples for the holidays? Then you’ll love my naughty and nice iron-on t-shirts! In this post, I’ll share the cut files for two naughty and nice couples t-shirt sets. You can make them as-is or further customize each project in Design Space.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut.

Since I got the Cricut EasyPress 2 this summer, I have been a crazy iron-on fool! I have been ironing-on (or is it iron-oning?) projects left and right. In September, I even had the wacky idea to iron-on thirty Oriental Trading Mini Canvas Tote Bags with the logos of my blog and Jessie At Home’s blog for a shawl styling demo we did at In the MKNG.

I was so delirious afterwards that I forgot to take pictures of the completed bags. Even with an EasyPress 2, ironing-on 60 logos in one sitting is no small feat. But trust me, the finished bags were awesome! The point of this little story is that without the stress of ironing (and the stress of pulling out an ironing board in my one bedroom apartment), I am totally free to make as many iron-on projects as I want. When Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts, Jen from 100 Directions, and Jessica from Mad in Crafts invited me to participate in their Cricut Holiday Event, I knew I would be having some iron-on fun.

Christmas is much more fun for the kiddos than the adults, so I wanted to make some t-shirts for some of my favorite couples for the holidays. I mean, why shouldn’t the grown ups get to have fun, too? I decided to do a play on the theme of naughty and nice and make two different sets of shirts. Each one includes a “naughty” cut file and a “nice” cut file. You’ll need to decide who in each couple is deserving of which project!

 

Naughty and Nice Couples Iron-On T-Shirts with Cricut

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter This is an easy peasy iron-on project that is perfect for Cricut newbies or pros. Newbies can make the shirts as-is, and Cricut pros can customize the cut files to include additional images or different fonts.

Materials

Instructions

Customize Your Cut Files in Design Space

  • Use my cut files in Design Space “as is” by clicking on Make It, or customize by looking for images (my search terms were “Christmas tree,” “gift,” and “Christmas stockings”), changing the fonts, or adjusting the sizes to better fit on your shirts.

Cut Your Iron-On

  • Make sure you “mirror” each mat before cutting and place the iron-on shiny side down on the mat. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - cutting with Cricut MakerWeed Your Iron-On

  • Once all your pieces are cut, trim away excess unused iron-on with your scissors to save for your next project. Use your weeder to remove iron-on from around your cuts.

Pre-Heat Your EasyPress 2

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2 pre-press t-shirtStart Pressing!

  • Use the EasyPress 2 to press out any wrinkles on the center of the t-shirts before you get started.
  • Position the iron-on on your first t-shirt with the clear liner on top so that the text is facing you and readable. You can center your iron-on, set it at a diagonal, or position it another way. Make it your own!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - position iron-on on t-shirt

  • Press the iron-on on the shirt using the heat setting and time recommended for your type of iron-on and 100% cotton.
  • Once you have pressed the iron-on, peel off the clear liner carefully following the instructions for “cold peel” or “warm peel” based on the material you used.

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - position iron-on on t-shirt

  • Repeat for each shirt.

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - Naughty and Nice Ones

  • Don’t forget to adjust the temperature and time settings on your EasyPress 2 if you switch to a different type of iron-on between shirts, like I did!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - Not Too Naughty and Just Nice Enough

Check out the rest of the projects in the Cricut Holiday Event below!


Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek T-Shirt) tutorial

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter Back in December, I made some custom, iron-on t-shirts to give as holiday gifts.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Naturally, I used my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Iron-On. I used the images included with Cricut Access to customize the t-shirt for my sister…

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter…but I was having trouble finding images that said “brother-in-law” to me. Since her husband is from Kentucky, I did some searching for Kentucky quotes and came up with this.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterI didn’t use a Cricut font because I had a specific font in mind, so I had to make this quote image in another program and then learn how to upload an image into Design Space. Now that I know how easy it is to upload images into Design Space, I’m going to show you! In this tutorial, you’ll see how to do three things:

  • Create a custom quote image in Canva,
  • Import an image into Cricut Design Space, and
  • Make your own custom iron-on t-shirt using quotes or images with Cricut.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Part 1: How To Create a Custom Quote Image in Canva

Canva is a free, online graphic design software. I use it a lot to create images for the blog and I have a few templates saved. You do need to set up a free account and login to get started.

To set up your quote image, after logging in, choose “Use custom dimensions.” I chose 7 x 7 inches for my image because I wanted the quote centered and square(ish), but you could make a rectangle if you prefer. Once you have your dimensions selected, choose “Design.” If you’re making a quote, choose “Text” from the left side menu to get started.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose “Add heading” from the Text menu to start with largish font. Since this t-shirt will ultimately be gifted to a friend who is a playwright, I chose a quote I had seen in her Instagram feed by Tennessee Williams. Select “Add Heading” and paste in your quote. Choose your fonts, colors, etc. from the top menu. Canva also has graphics you can use.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterIf you want to make another, just select “Copy this page” (just to the right of your image) so you don’t need to set it up again. You can paste in your new quote at that point. Once that’s done, choose “Save” from the “File” drop down in the top menu. When your image is saved, choose “Download.” I downloaded my images as PNG since those are a bit higher quality. (You can upload JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, or DXF files into Design Space, by the way.)

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter


Part 2: How To Import an Image Into Cricut Design Space

Now that your image is designed, open up Cricut Design Space. Choose “Upload Images” from the left side menu. You’ll be prompted to upload images and you can choose any JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, or DXF file. Once your file is uploaded, choose the image type. For quotes that are going to be cut, “Simple Image” is best, but make the selection that makes the most sense for your image and final project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterUse “Select & Erase” to remove the background (if appropriate for your image). I just clicked on the white background, and it was removed so the only image remaining was my quote. Choose “Continue” to move on to the next step.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterNow, you can decide if you want to save this image as a Print Then Cut or as a Cut image. Since my image was going to be used as an iron-on, I saved it as Cut image and then chose “Save.” Now you can select the appropriate image from your saved images and choose “Insert Images” to add it to your project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterSee how easy it is to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? Now you can see how I made my literary geek quote t-shirt.

Part 3: How To Make Your Own Literary Geek Quote T-Shirt

Materials

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter

Instructions

Start by choosing “Set Canvas” in Cricut Design Space. You can choose from many different canvas options, but I used “Classic t-shirts” for this project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterOnce you’ve uploaded your image, adjust your canvas. Select “Canvas” from the menu at the right and choose the t-shirt size. Then choose “Edit” from the same menu to adjust the size of your image. Since this image is going to be cut only, you don’t have to worry about how it’s positioned on the canvas, but it does help to give you a sense of scale so you can see how proportionally large your image will be once it’s cut.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose “Go” once you’re satisfied with your image sizing. Choose the right size (or a close approximation!) for your piece of Cricut Iron-On. Don’t forget to choose the check box for “Mirror Image (for iron-on)” before cutting.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose Iron-on on your machine. Place the iron-on material on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the clear backing side up and cut.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterUse your Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around your words or image. If your image has a lot of curlicues (like the script fonts in my quote did), then go slowly to avoid tearing your letters.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter

Use your iron to press your t-shirt so it is relatively wrinkle-free before you start. Place the Cricut Iron-On right side up so that the iron will be touching the clear backing side and the iron-on is touching the shirt. Press the iron down firmly following the iron-on instructions until your quote image is firmly attached. Allow to cool completely before removing the clear backing sheet

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterI had so much fun that I ended up making two quote t-shirts for my friend.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterWhat kind of quotes do you geek out on?

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