Handmade T-Shirts made easy, using Cricut’s Infusible Ink to create a stunning and colourful pattern

For this project we are using the Cricut infusible Ink transfer sheets to make Handmade T-Shirts that is long lasting, scratch resistant and full of vibrant colour, using this technique alongside a Cricut machine.

Unlike the iron-on, where artwork is attached on top of a base material using adhesive, an Infusible Ink transfer becomes one with the material itself. The results are bright, beautiful, seamlessly smooth transfers that never flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack.

You will need:

-Cricut Maker™, Explore Air™ 2 or Joy™

-Cricut EasyPress™ 2

-Cricut EasyPress™ Mat

-Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet Wildflower

-Cricut Ladies T-shirt

-A4 paper

-Butcher Paper (supplied in transfer sheet pack)

STEP ONE:

Open a new project in Cricut Design Space™, then search for image TIGER AND PLANTS #M1C7C4618 and add it to the canvas. Resize the tiger to around 7×7 inches. It is important when using Infusible Ink that your design is always smaller than the plate of your easy press. You can only press Infusible Ink once, else there is no way to line up your design so you will get a ghosting effect occur. Now click make it and mirror the image. Choose Infusible Ink transfer sheet from the material list.

 

STEP TWO:

Lay the Infusible Ink transfer sheet face-up on the mat, then load it into the machine and start cutting. Once the cut is complete, remove the sheet.

floral design print

STEP THREE:

Next cut around each image then crack each sheet between your fingertips. This will help you to help you weed away the parts of the sheet you don’t need.

handmade t-shi

STEP FOUR:

Next set up your EasyPress mat on a hard, flat surface, lay a piece of paper onto the mat to protect it. Heat up your EasyPress to 195’C, then lay down your tote bag on the mat ensuring it is flat and there are no creases. Lint roll your T-shirt to remove any invisible fibres and dust particles. Add the weeded image to the middle of the bag, putting the coloured side down onto the bag. Cover the sheet with a piece of the butcher paper that came inside your transfer sheet pack. Press for 40 seconds.

Top tip: Butcher paper is the same as baking parchment and makes a great alternative if you run out of butcher paper.

handmade t-shirt easypress

STEP FIVE:

Once the layer is cooled, peel away the butcher paper and transfer sheet to reveal your completed T-shirt. You can wear your T-shirt straight away but wait 24 hours before washing.

handmade t-shirt with colourful animal design

 

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  1. Dawn Mapplebeck says:

    The T shirts are made of synthetics – Polyester and Spandex. You can not do this type of printing on cotton T shirts, it has to be 100% synthetic. The manufacture of this type of fabric does huge damage to the environment, and continues its damage every time it is laundered. The fabric slowly breaks down in a washing machine leaving micro plastics in the environment. I have never bought this type of clothing as I am actually allergic to it, but even if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be buying it now. Sorry Cricut, you need to think Green going forward.

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