I just recently got a new heat press from Planet Flame (click HERE to see the details on that press) and my daughter came up with a few ideas for some shirts she wanted to make. She does photography and is going to go to school for Video Production (check our her site at Mosch Media) and I love it when she uses her creativity in a way that means her and I will be spending time together in my craft room! So let’s get started with how to make Cricut Print then Cut shirts!
Printable Iron on Transfer
We purchased a package of Jolee’s Boutique printable iron on for dark fabrics to create these projects. The images that she was using had a lot of detail in them and we did not want to have to layer all of those colors.
Upload the image to Design Space
Then we uploaded her logo into Design Space and saved it as a print then cut image. She had created this logo in Photoshop, so it already had a transparent background and was all set up to cut just the outline shape of the logo image. If she had not done that, I would have had to use the magic wand in Design Space to remove the background, which is shown in light blue in the image below.
Print on Inkjet Printer
After we printed this image on the printer, we then loaded into the Cricut machine and it cut around the outline of the image, and then cut out the details from between the flowers and letters. We did end up not being able to use two leaves since the stem that the leaves were on cut out so thin.
Watch it cut
This video will show you the cutting process for this logo.
Now that it is cut, we just have to press this on to the black shirt that we have. My daughter used some of her other shirts that have a small logo on the front to determine the placement she wanted for this logo. Once we figured out the placement, I put a small dot with a piece of chalk where the center of the logo would go.
Press it on to a shirt
This helped us to place the logo when we had things on the heat press, which you will see in this next video.
I was really impressed with how nice this pressed on to the shirt. I had done iron on heat transfers a LONG time ago (back when I was young) and I felt like they always came out looking cheap and tacky. Not this one! This looks professional between the high quality image, the beautiful colors of the image, the perfect cuts around the image and how well it pressed on to this shirt. The entire print and cut heat transfer process has come a long way and I am very impressed with the end results!
On the back of this shirt, my daughter wanted to combine a phrase with some rose images. I decided that the best way to do this was to cut the phrase from white iron on vinyl, and the roses from the print then cut and layer them together. Once everything is cut, I layered them on to the back of the shirt like this so that I could press them all at once.
This shirt turned out great! Now when my daughter goes to work on a project for her photography business she can have this very personalized and professional looking shirt.
She also designed a Donald Duck shirt, and I shared that in another post that you can read HERE!
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Make sure to check out my shirt tutorials from the links below, including
Making a Shirt with your Cricut
Layering Vinyl on a Shirt
Multi Colored Layered Vinyl on a Shirt
Print than Cut Image on a Shirt
All HTV/iron on vinyl projects