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It’s almost Christmas time and I’ve been wanting to create a festive t-shirt that also subtly shows my love for quilting. Enter my Cricut machine. There are so many iron on color and design options, but this time I decided to try their new Infusible Ink products. Instead of ironing on a vinyl product to the top of the material, the Infusible Ink actually embeds itself into the fabric which means no fading, peeling, or cracking over time!
To make my quilty Christmas shirt idea come to life, I first created a simple sawtooth star graphic, saved it as an svg file, and imported it into the Cricut Design Space. It was pretty straight forward, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing something like that, I’ve saved my own file in Design Space–you can get there by clicking through THIS link on Pinterest (hopefully that will work for you!).
I also grabbed a T-shirt blank and a package of Infusible Ink transfer sheets. I’m not sure of all of the ins and outs of what the Infusible Ink will work on, so I decided to play it safe and get a Cricut t-shirt so I’d have a better chance of success. 🙂
After cutting out my sawtooth design from the Infusible Ink sheet, I followed the instructions on the Cricut Heat Guide (you’ll want to bookmark that link–the heat guide is a fantastic resource for newbies like me!).
Everything was pretty straightforward, but I did have one issue that I wanted to share in case it helps someone else.
I had been storing my EasyPress Mat (the ironing mat that you put the project on) folded in half. It came that way in the box and I didn’t think much of it. However, it had a big ridge in the middle where it was folded and it was really hard to get the EasyPress 2 to lay evenly on the t-shirt. You can see in the finished product that the uneven surface created areas where the Infusible Ink didn’t transfer as well.
Even with that small mishap, I totally love my quilty holiday shirt! It’s fun to think of all the possibilities with the Infusible Ink–along with compatible t-shirts, Cricut also has tote bags, baby onesies, and coasters. I’m hoping to give Infusible Ink another try soon–and in the meantime, I’m storing my EasyPress Mat flat so that fold smooths out! 🙂