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Studio 321 Makerspace: Project: Make a T-Shirt with Iron-On

Project: Make a T-Shirt with Iron-On (HTV)

Project: Make a T-Shirt with Iron-On (HTV)

Customize a T-Shirt using the iron-on material of your choice with this how-to video as your guide.


What you need: 

  • Cricut smart cutting machine
  • Cricut Design Space on computer or mobile device
  • Cricut Heat Guide
  • StandardGrip Machine Mat
  • Fine Point or Premium Fine Point blade
  • Cricut Everyday Iron-On
  • Weeder
  • Heat press
  • Teflon sheet (optional)
  • T-shirt


  1. Pre-wash fabric base materials without fabric softener to pre-shrink and remove chemicals that may prohibit strong adhesion.
  2. Recommended: To verify cut setting, perform a test cut using a small basic shape.
  3. Recommended: To verify application setting, apply test cut in an inconspicuous area on the base material.

Design, cut, and weed

Note: Everyday Iron-On can be used in multi-layer designs. It can be applied on top of other Everyday Iron-On, or you can use it as base layers for other types of Iron-On. Keep this is mind as you create your design.

  1. Select and size your design in the software. Be sure to Mirror your mats before cutting if using Design Space.
  2. Select Everyday Iron-On from the list of materials.
    • If using a Cricut Explore machine, turn Smart Set Dial to Custom.
  3. Place Iron-on sheet, liner side down, onto Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat.
  4. Load it into the machine and cut your design.
  5. When the cut is complete, weed your image.


  1. Preheat base material as instructed in our Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app.
  2. Place the cut design on the base material with the shiny liner side up. Apply heat as instructed (see our Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app).
  3. Flip the base material over and apply heat to the back of the design as instructed (see our Heat Guide or Cricut Heat app).
  4. Use a cool peel* to remove the liner.


  • Wait 24 hours before washing embellished item.
  • For longest life, wash and dry the embellished item inside-out.
  • If areas of Iron-On material lift after washing, simply follow the complete application instructions to reapply

* Cool Peel: Allow to cool completely before removing liner. Removing liner while still hot or warm may prevent your iron-on image from properly adhering to your material.