Have you heard the news? At this years Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon (sadly I didn’t attend) they announced the brand new Cricut EasyPress 2. With the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes that offer flawless results to make almost any iron-on project in 60 seconds or less! I’m lucky enough to have gotten my hands on the 9×9 EasyPress 2 (<– Click the link to be notified when they are available!)and am going to show you how to make a DIY Unicorn Shirt using black iron-on vinyl and fabric markers!
The original EasyPress quickly became one of my favorite tools because of how easy it is to use, so I was really excited to see that Cricut gave it an upgrade and also came out with other sizes. Before we get to the project, let’s check out what is new:
More materials – Cricut EasyPress 2 supports a broader range of materials and sizes of iron-on projects with higher temperature settings, faster heat-up times and a thicker heat plate design for more uniform heating for long-lasting results.
Heats up even faster than the original – EasyPress 2 heats more quickly — up to 25% faster — and can reach up to 400 degrees (F) to achieve amazing, long-lasting results for your iron-on projects. This is pretty amazing since I thought the original heated up pretty fast! Plus it comes with an insulated safety base that protects crafting surfaces.
Two additional sizes for more projects – EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes: 6”x7”, think Onesies, baby bibs, cosmetic bags. The original 9”x9”, think T-shirts and tote bags. And, 10”x12”, think BIG. Blankets, beach umbrellas, banners.
Now on to crafting!
To make this DIY Coloring shirt, you will need:
Unicorn Cricut Design Space File
Cricut Maker (or other Cricut cutting machine that uses Cricut Design Space)
Cricut EasyPress 2
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Iron on Vinyl
I used a unicorn from the Cricut Design Space image library and manipulated it just a bit so that it worked for what I wanted. I’ve made that file public so that you can also make this fun DIY coloring shirt!
Simply open the Cricut Design Space file, select all and resize to fit your t-shirt.
That’s all the prep that is involved. Click the green MAKE IT NOW button in the top right corner.
Make sure to hit the MIRROR button on the next screen if using iron on vinyl and then click continue.
Place black vinyl onto a mat and load into your Cricut. Send the file to your machine.
Once the machine is done cutting, remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out all of the extra pieces.
Once you are done weeding, turn your EasyPress 2 on and allow it to heat up. Consult the Cricut EasyPress recommended settings chart to get the proper settings for your material. Insert the Cricut EasyPress Mat into the shirt.
Once the EasyPress 2 is warmed up and set, do a pre-warm up of the garment as instructed then place your iron on vinyl onto the shirt with the plastic coating still in place. Simply place the EasyPress 2 on top of the iron on vinyl, press the little Cricut button and add slight pressure. When the time is up, the machine will beep. Remove from the garment and place the EasyPress 2 back in its base.
Remove the mat and place it on your work surface. Lay the shirt, iron on vinyl side down, on the mat. Follow the recommended heat settings and repeat for the back.
Remove the plastic film from the iron on vinyl while still warm. Carefully peeling it back.
That’s all there is too it! Now grab some fabric markers and get coloring!
My daughter loves her new shirt, which took me only 15 minutes to make! The Cricut Design Space image library has so many options, there is certain to be a design for everyone.
Wouldn’t a DIY coloring shirt make a fun gift? Customize a shirt for the recipient and then bundle it with some fabric markers!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
So cute! I just used this image yesterday on a bag with my daughter!
Isn’t it the cutest?