posted by Ahijoy on November 19, 2022
How To Use Cricut Iron-On Vinyl
Cricut is the leading electronic cutting machine which has garnered so much popularity that it has become a household name. This machine is a staple in the arsenal of any crafter and is particularly famous for the ease it allows in cutting vinyl.
In this blog, we will be looking at the signature vinyl range of Cricut which is known as Iron-on vinyl. This product is available in many colors, patterns, and sizes to fit the requirements of every crafter. If you are not sure what it means or what to do with it, read further for an in depth guide on Cricut Iron-On Vinyl.
What Is Iron-On Vinyl?
Iron-on vinyl, as the name suggests, is a type of vinyl with a heat sensitive adhesive that comes in the form of sheets or rolls. It is designed to be used with Cricut or any other electronic cutting machine. This vinyl is crucial when decorating items made of compatible fabrics such as clothing, bags, or blankets.
It is capable of adhering strongly and is therefore able to withstand hot temperature without compromising on quality. It is applied to the fabric through a transfer paper. The sticker is then removed leaving the decal adhered to the fabric.
Is Iron-On And HTV Same?
Iron-on vinyl is the same as Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) however the term iron-on is used by Cricut to describe the same product. Both of them have a heat-activated adhesive at the back of the material that is activated using either a heat press or iron.
A steam iron is not advised in this case as it contains moisture which could potentially ruin the vinyl making it unworkable.
Where Can You Use Iron-On Vinyl?
Cricut’s iron-on vinyl is a versatile product that can be used in a variety of projects. Here is a list of some of the most common uses of this vinyl.
1. Creating Fabric Designs
Iron-on vinyl works especially well when applied to fabric. It can be used to create logos, patterns and designs that can be applied to items of clothing. This is useful when you want to customize garments or upcycle old ones. It has become a game changer when it comes to apparel, in particular t-shirts. Many small businesses have been established with this product where you can easily prepare and sell customized shirts.
Apart from clothes, iron-on vinyl comes in handy when personalizing accessories as well. From cool funky socks to bucket hats and tote bags, you can add an iron-on design to these accessories to give them a unique edge.
3. Other Materials
This vinyl can be used to create designs that can be applied to other materials including paper, wood, ceramic or even metal. Wood signs are a popular usage of iron-on as it is a compatible material for this vinyl.
Tools Needed To Apply Iron-On Vinyl
In order to use the iron-on vinyl, you must have the following tools:
- Cricut iron-on.
- Cutting machine. This will cut your vinyl perfectly giving it a professional look. You can also use scissors if your design is not intricate.
- Weeding pen.
- Parchment paper or Teflon sheet.
- Dry iron or Cricut EasyPress
Create Your Design
Using Design Space on your laptop or desktop, come up with your own design or you can easily use a premade design that the software offers you. Do not forget to mirror your design before cutting.
Cut Your Design
The next step is to cut the design you have created. Choose what material you will be using in Design Space. Place your iron-on vinyl on a cutting mat preferably with a grid. Place it on the top right corner. Turn on your Cricut machine and load your mat with the vinyl on it. Press ‘Make it’. The machine will start cutting the vinyl. The design should be ready in the blink of an eye.
Weed Off The Extra Vinyl
When the machine is done cutting, unload the mat and remove your design from it. Using a weeding pen, take out the negative vinyl. This will bring forth the design. Weeding requires patience especially if the design is intricate. Now it's time to transfer it on your fabric.
Transfer The Design
Place the design on the fabric where you want it to be. Once you are sure of its correct position, place a parchment paper or Teflon sheet on top and using an iron or Cricut EasyPress, apply heat and pressure as required. This will activate the adhesive and perfectly adhere your design to the fabric.
The Craft Is Ready
Remove the parchment paper and the transfer sheet and check if the vinyl has stuck properly. If you see it coming off a bit from the edges, place the parchment paper again and apply heat for a little more time. Your beautiful decal is ready to behold and flaunt!
Creating Multi-Layered Designs
You can layer vinyl on top of each other and create beautiful designs in different vibrant hues. While layering you have to take care to use the right kind of vinyl as the base and top layer. For example, you can use regular iron-on as the base layer and paste specialty vinyl, like glitter, on top. You cannot, however, use glitter as the base. It will always come at the top.
Frequently Asked Questions
Iron-on vinyl is an incredibly useful tool for any crafter who works with fabrics. It allows for the quick and effortless application of designs, patterns, and logos to cotton, polyester and poly/cotton blends. It is an essential part of a crafter’s toolkit. With the right knowledge, iron-on vinyl can be used in a variety of arts and craft projects. Hopefully, this guide has helped you gain more knowledge on this subject.