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4/4/18

Hibiscus Patterned Iron-On Vinyl Shirt DIY: Cricut Explore Air 2 & EasyPress

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Hibiscus Patterned Iron-On Vinyl Shirt DIY: Cricut Explore Air 2 & EasyPress

Make the perfect dreamy and tropical shirt for summertime in minutes!  This is so simple and perfect thanks to a few Cricut supplies.  Have you used Iron-on vinyl before?  I love making custom clothes, totes and more.
Cricut has just made life so much funner by released 2 new lines of Iron-on vinyl.  SportFlex Iron On; for sportswear/dri-fit/swim wear and Patterned Iron On Vinyl as showcased here.
For this project you will need:
White Tee-Shirt
Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine
Cricut EasyPress
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Pink Natalie Malan watercolor Patterned Iron-On Vinyl 
Hibiscus Project on Cricut Design Space™

Just click this link and you'll get the exact project I did, ready to cut!

Cricut has a variety of fun Patterned Iron-On Vinyl patterns.  Natalie Malan has a line of gorgeous Pinks and Blues watercolor prints.  I am using the Pink watercolor Patterned Iron-On Vinyl for this fun shirt.  There are 9 different pattern packs, here's just 4 of them:
Look at these stunning prints!  I thought the middle one would be gorgeous for a tropical floral shirt...featuring my favorite flower, hibiscus.  Each sheet measures 12 x 17, 3 sheets per package.
Just pull up Cricut Design Space™ and sear for an image: Hibiscus Corner.  It's the first image on the left, the trio of hibiscus flowers--free with Cricut Access Standard.  I love it, it's tropical and summery.

Size the image to the size desired.  Place the Patterned Iron-On vinyl face (or color side) down on the mat and place in the machine.  Mirror the image so it cuts in reverse.  Then set the dial to Iron-on and press the "C" button to begin cutting.
Remove the iron on vinyl and you can see the impression where the blade cut from behind.
Use the weeding tool and remove the excess vinyl.  The vinyl is very stretchy so work carefully and remove the little pieces.
Now look at the amazing effect of the watercolor vinyl!  I am telling you, this Patterned Iron On Vinyl is everything!
The Cricut EasyPress and EasyPress Mat are amazing.  They take the guess work out of iron-on vinyl.  The EasyPress Mat is specially made to be a safe work surface for the EasyPress, in my opinion, you need both.
 The EasyPress comes with a swatch of fabric and an image in Iron-on Vinyl so you can get started right away.  Also included are the temperatures and times for each varying style of Iron-on.  It's simple and such a time saver.
 Patterned Iron On Vinyl can be adhered without an EasyPress, but using the EasyPress takes all the guess work out of Iron-On vinyl.  I am in love!
Okay, so set the EasyPress to 340*F and let it heat up to temperature.  Place the white shirt on top of the EasyPress Mat.  Once the EasyPress is at temperature, place it on the shirt and let it sit for 5-10 seconds to warm up the shirt.
Remove the EasyPress, place the hibiscus cut Patterned Iron-on vinyl on the shirt.

 Next, set the EasyPress on the vinyl with the timer set to 50 seconds.  If the pattern is bigger than the EasyPress, just repeat the process for the entire pattern.
The timer function and temperature controls are easy to use, set and start.  The EasyPress makes a beeping sound when the timer ends.  After the top of the shirt, turn the shirt over and apply the EasyPress on the backside (where the vinyl is) for 30 seconds.
Let the vinyl cool completely.  Then remove the plastic backing when the vinyl is cold.  It should remove effortlessly and perfectly.  I am in awe!  This is the answer if you've ever had vinyl lift or peel on the edges.
This shirt is perfection!!!  I'm thrilled.  It's tropical, natural and water-colored!
Perfect summertime shirt paired with sandals and a cute bag!
Think of all the fun ways you would use this Patterned Iron-On vinyl!
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