Making Iron-On Designs with Cricut

//Making Iron-On Designs with Cricut

Tools and Materials

  • Paper, pencils, thick markers
  • Camera or smartphone
  • Computer
  • Cricut cutting machine
  • Iron-on Vinyl
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • T-shirt, or something fabric to apply the iron-on design
  • Iron and Ironing board


  1. Brainstorm and sketch with pencil on paper. Look for inspiration from your personal experiences, other people, your current environment, the internet.
  2. Draw a design using thick black marker. You can trace over your original pencil sketch or start on a fresh sheet of paper.
  3. Take a picture of your sketch. You can use a scanner if it’s an option.
  4. Get the file on to a computer that can connect to the Cricut machine.
  5. Launch Cricut Design Space on the computer. Follow steps to upload an image. Read the steps carefully.
  6. Make your image into a mirror image so it looks correct when you iron it on.
  7. Size the image. Use a ruler to help you decide the exact size you want your design to be. Change the size of your design.
  8. Prepare your iron-on material on the Cricut cutting mat. The smooth plastic side faces down and the rubbery plastic side faces up.
  9. Send your design to the cut. Follow the instructions and select the correct options for each step.
  10. Weed out the negative parts of your design that you don’t want to keep. Use a sharp pointy object to help.
  11. Iron your design on fabric. Place the rubbery side face down, press a hot iron to it for 10 to 12 seconds. Remove the clear plastic layer. Press hot iron down on design again for at least 15 seconds. Now it’s ready to wear!