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As soon as I unboxed my new Cricut Explore Air 2 a little over a month ago, I knew I wanted to get to work on some shirts for our next vacation to The Happiest Place On Earth. My kids love Pirates so I decided that I wanted to make a shirt inspired by those swashbucklers.
Today I am sharing how to make this vinyl cut tee shirt with your Cricut machine, and using my favorite new Cricut product- the Cricut EasyPress 2.
This project is a great beginner project, especially for those doing their first project utilizing an EasyPress.
DIY A Pirate’s Life For Me Shirt
I was able to make this design in Cricut Design Space. I really suggest you take time to learn how to use Cricut Design Space but don’t worry, I have a link to this design for you as well.
This is a easy DIY Pirate inspired shirt that you can complete within an hour.
Cricut machine – I use a Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut EasyPress 2
Cricut EasyPress Mat or a towel
I made this design using shapes and fonts in Cricut Design Space. I love that you can use the app to create personalized designs, or check out the designs already in the app.
While you can make this design on your own, I have made my design public on Cricut Design Space for your use.
Be sure to resize the design to fit your space on the tee you are using.
Once you have the design resized, click “make.”
Before cutting your design, be sure you have turned on “mirror image” otherwise the image and words will be backwards.
Use your Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the design out of Everyday Iron-on Vinyl.
After you have cut your design, weed it (remove the cut out of the letters). Remember when weeding Iron-on Vinyl you will leave the design on the backing. You will not be using transfer tape.
Using the Cricut EasyPress 2 To Make Your Shirt
In the past, I had always used irons to attach Iron-on Vinyl. It worked… okay? That is why I was super excited to try out the EasyPress 2 for this project. You can use any of the EasyPress machines just make sure you use the correct settings for your machine.
Preheat your EasyPress. Cricut has made it super easy to find out what temperature and settings to use. Simply go to cricut.com/heatguide to look up settings for your project. For this project I needed to set my EasyPress 2 to 315° for 30 seconds.
Place your towel or EasyPress Mat inside the shirt. Use the easy press to preheat, and make sure there are no wrinkles on, the shirt surface you will be using.
Position the design, vinyl down, on the shirt.
When you have the design placed where you would like it, place the EasyPress on the design, covering the entire thing if possible, and start the timer. For this I applied light pressure. DO NOT move the EasyPress Around. Hold it still.
Once the timer beeps, lift the EasyPress up. If you were not able to cover the entire design, move the EasyPress to the remaining part of the design and repeat. Continue until the entire design has been pressed.
If your heat guide has instructed you to, flip your material and use the heat press on the reverse side of the fabric as well.
Once you have finished pressing, slowly remove the liner, watching for any part of your design that may not have adhered fully to the shirt.
If part of your design did not adhere, place the liner back down and use the EasyPress again to adhere the design. I had the bow of the ship need this done.
Now your shirt is ready to wear!