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How to Use Iron-On Vinyl for a Custom Sweatshirt

Creating a custom sweatshirt is easier than you think! I’m going to show you how to use iron-on vinyl to transform a plain shirt using an SVG file from the YayDay Be Mine bundle! Iron-on vinyl really does take projects to the next level since it can be added to an array of materials. You can also use printable iron-on material for custom logos and designs, which is SUPER awesome!

I’m going to show you how to cut iron-on vinyl using a Cricut machine. You can certainly use other electronic cutting machines if you don’t own a Cricut. If you’re just getting started with how to use iron on with Cricut, a garment that is 100% cotton (like this sweatshirt!) is a great place to start. Pair a sweatshirt with this adorable “Self Love Club” SVG file and you’re minutes from an adorable fashion piece. Scroll on down for the full tutorial to see how to use iron-on vinyl!

Materials for Vinyl Custom Sweatshirt 

How to Iron-on vinyl 

Step 1: First, download the “Self Love Club” SVG file and upload it to Cricut Design Space.  You’ll then resize the image to 3” wide.  Make sure to ‘mirror’ your image.  This is very important so when you go to iron your image to your sweatshirt it’s not backwards.  Before running it through your machine, be sure to select ‘Iron-on Vinyl’ from the materials list. 
Step 2: Trim down a piece of white iron-on vinyl about 4” x 4” and add it to the mat so the liner side is facing down. I like to grab a squeegee (a credit card also does the trick!) and go over my vinyl to make sure it’s adhered to my mat.  This is important if you’re using an order cutting mat. 
Step 3: Remove the negative vinyl from your design with a weeding tool. (Tip: Leave the design on the cutting mat.  This will keep the design in place and make weeding easier!)
Step 4: It’s a good idea to wash your sweatshirt (or any garment) before using iron-on vinyl to remove any sizing. This also help the vinyl to adhere better! Heat up your EasyPress to 320 degrees (or your Iron to HIGH).  You’ll want to heat up the sweatshirt for 5 seconds and lay the design on the sweatshirt with the liner facing up
Step 5: Heat the design for 12 seconds. I like to use a Teflon sheet, but it’s not required. Use it especially if you’re adding vinyl to material such as leather, faux leather, or even fabric with embellishments you don’t want to come in direct contact with heat.
 Step 6: After the liner has cooled for about a minute, slowly remove it.  If any of the vinyl comes up and is not adhered to the sweatshirt, simply place the liner back down and go over the design again for another 12 seconds.  Let the liner cool and slowly remove it.  Continue this until the vinyl no longer comes up and is adhered to the sweatshirt. 

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