Plain t-shirts do not last long around our home. If they don’t hide, they’re going to be getting some Iron On applied to them! That was the case with today’s project, in which I designed a dress SVG especially for Cricut’s In Bloom Pink Patterned Iron On Sampler.
I wanted to use all three of the patterned heat transfer vinyl sheets in the pack in one design, plus I added a little Glitter Iron On to finish it off.
I’ve pressed it onto a plain black tee for my daughter. I hope you like this patterned iron on project idea!
How To Use Patterned Heat Transfer Vinyl
In my opinion, it’s better to use patterned iron on with large images, silhouettes (like animal shapes for example), and big fat text, which will really show off the pattern. After all, it’ so pretty, you might as well make sure it’s going to be seen well!
I’m sure most of you know, but Iron On is cut with a cutting machine and pressed with either:
- an iron
- the EasyPress
- or a heat press
You will see the tools I use throughout the post.
Please ask any more questions you have about patterned heat transfer vinyl (or anything else) in the comments below.
My SVG For Patterned Iron On Vinyl
Here’s the design I’ve made for this project (you can download the free SVG cut file at the end of this post).
Depending on the Patterned HTV pack you choose (Cricut’s full range here), play around with the pattern designs you have until it just right. If you like, you could also just do one pattern with some plain colored iron on. You will need to change the size of your image. I’ve made my design six inches wide for a two year old’s t-shirt.
Cricut Patterned Iron On Instructions
Here’s the iron-on I’m using for this project. As mentioned above, I’m using the In Bloom Pink HTV Sampler, and Siser Glitter HTV (for the sash).
Because the vinyls are different brands and also different types of heat transfer vinyl, they both have very different cut and application settings. It’s important to check out the recommended settings before you start cutting and pressing.
I cut this project out on four mats for the four different vinyls.
The first mat is cutting out part of my design in patterned iron on. I set my dial to ‘custom’ and selected patterned iron on from the custom settings.
The glitter HTV part of my design is my second mat, so I made sure to change the custom settings to glitter iron on, and then back to patterned iron on for my third (and fourth) mat.
Place the HTV onto the cutting mat with the shiny side (pattern side) facing down; this goes for both the patterned and glitter HTV. You can see that I’m using the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my design out.
Before clicking cut, make sure you mirror ALL your mats (it is an easy thing to forget!) so that the design is cut in reverse.
Next I just weeded each part of my design and removed all of the excess vinyl. Patterned iron on is incredibly easy to weed – there’s no resistance at all! It’s by far the easiest type of vinyl I’ve had to weed.
It is also quite nice that the carrier sheet isn’t sticky like most other HTV (which I guess is why it’s so easy to weed).
Cricut EasyPress Pattern Iron On Instructions
I plugged in my Cricut EasyPress and set the temperature to 340°F (for patterned iron on) and let it heat up. It’s really quick to reach temperature, only taking a couple of minutes! (My heat press takes at least 10-15 minutes…).
I’m using a silicon pad to press on with my EasyPress. I had to buy the silicon pad rather than the EasyPress mat because the latter didn’t ship to my address. However, it does exactly the same thing, just without the Cricut logo!
I pre-pressed my garment for five seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture from the shirt.
I put my design together and worked out exactly where I wanted it to be on the shirt.
I’m going to press one part at a time as I need the placement to be perfect, so that it all fits together nicely. I decided to start with the biggest part of the dress first, so I removed all the other parts I’m not pressing yet.
Cricut recommends pressing the patterned iron on for 30 seconds and then turning the garment over (without removing the carrier sheet) and pressing from the back for another 15 seconds. Patterned iron on should be peeled cold.
I pressed the main skirt part first, and then the two layers of ruffles.
As the different parts of the skirt were going to be pressed multiple times, I didn’t do the full 30 seconds in one go. Instead, I did about 10 seconds on the skirt, 10 seconds on the first ruffle, and another ten seconds on the second ruffle. Then I gave both ruffles another 10-15 seconds (I pressed everything from the back when I had completely finished the dress).
It’s important to cover up any part of the design you’ve already pressed with the carrier sheet. This will protect it from the press so that it won’t melt.
The next part of my design is the sash of the dress in Siser glitter HTV. I lowered the temperature of my EasyPress to 320°F. Siser recommends using firm pressure for 15-20 seconds for applying glitter.
Glitter HTV is ONLY a top layer, as well as Cricut Patterned Iron On. These vinyls must not overlap at all, otherwise they won’t adhere properly – they won’t have anything to stick to!
I placed the glitter HTV right next to the patterned HTV, but made sure they weren’t actually touching.
For the final part (the upper patterned section of the dress), I changed the temperature on my EasyPress back to 340°F. I replaced the carrier sheet over the rest of the dress to protect it, and pressed only the top area for the full 30 seconds.
Once the design was all pressed, I turned the garment over and pressed it from the back for 15 seconds.
A Completed EasyPress Patterned Iron On Project
The EasyPress is just that – easy to press with! There’s no learning curve involved at all – you just turn it on, set your temperature and time, and you’re good to go. The timer counts down and then it beeps to let you know the time’s up. It’s so simple!
I love how pretty this looks. Such a cute addition to my two year old’s wardrobe!
Free SVG Cut File
As promised, here is the free SVG cut file I designed for this project! Click the download button below for use in Cricut Design Space (and any other program that accepts SVG files).
If you use the cut file, I’d love to hear (and even see) what you use it on – tag us on social media or let us know in the comments below.
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