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How to use a Cricut EasyPress 2 to make a signal layer vinyl t-shirt

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This signal layered Cricut EasyPress 2 iron-on mesh vinyl project is perfect for parents, that are their kid’s biggest sports fans. I even created a short video and a Cricut design file so you can make this signal vinyl design for yourself too! You can find both in this post. Since my son plays football and I already made him his own custom shirt with his jersey number with layered vinyl design. (If you want to see the layered vinyl post go here!) I wanted to get in on the action and made my own custom shirt. You can see from the image below here is what my shirt looks like. This design will work great for dads and maternity shirts as well!

Cricut-Football-mom-Vinyl-design



You may ask, why can’t I just use a regular iron to do my heat transfer and iron-on projects. That is a good question! I have seen many iron-on failed projects and my share of frustration from a regular iron. Please don’t make the same mistake I did! I had a project I spent hours on, to only have it ruined a week later by one washing.

Talk about a big disappointment! If I’m going to spend time on a project, I am not going to waste my time doing it halfway. I admit I am a perfectionist when it comes to my craft projects and as a mom, I have very little free time to do them. I know every mom can relate to that!

I know I had a squirrel moment there! Dang those squirrels!


Back to my battle with the iron and why the EasyPress 2 has solved my iron-on project woes. I’ve had iron-in projects ruined from uneven heating because I did not have an EasyPress 2 at the time. I will explain why! A regular iron will not get hot enough, an iron is not able to provide even steady pressure and heat, and/or wide enough to complete the project. All of the iron-in transfer materials will require different heat settings and heating time for the transfer to be completed. The EasyPress 2 has an easy temperature and timer controls, to take the guesswork and frustration out of your projects.


Here is a close-up view of the football on the shirt. My downloadable Cricut template has the layout for mom and dad so you don’t have to change a thing. Only print the template you need for the shirt you want to design. I used a polyester shirt and the Cricut mesh iron-on. The EasyPress 2 should be set to 315 Fahrenheit for 30 seconds. Once the front is done I flipped the shirt inside out and pressed the back of the design for 15 seconds. I removed the clear transfer liner when the design was cool to the touch. Here is a 5 minute video of how did the whole design for this shirt.

You can get a free download of this Cricut SVG signal layer vinyl project file, so you can make this craft for yourself.

Steps for this Cricut layered vinyl project

  • Cut your design out of the vinyl with the shiny side down on your cutting mat and mirror image turned on.
  • Preheat you Cricut EasyPress 2 following the Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide here! (https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide)
  • The Cricut button will turn “Green” when the EasyPress 2 is ready to be used on your project.
  • Put your EasyPress Mat inside your shirt and pre-press the area where you would like add your design to go for 5 seconds. (This will remove extra moister from the design area.)
  • Place your design (shiny side up) on the shirt where the EasyPress Mat is located.
  • Following the project directions for your iron-on material time and temperature. Info can be found here (https://cricut.com/en_us/heatguide)
  • Put the EasyPress 2 on top of your design project and set the time.


Very important tip: Don’t forget! When you do any heat press or transfer projects that your image and text needs to be a mirror image. You must do this before you run your project through the Cricut machine or everything will be backward! Unless that was your plan for the project from the beginning!

This chart below details the heat settings and timing for the different material that you can use with the Cricut heat transfer vinyl and iron-on product line. Feel free to print this post so you can save this chart for yourself. In each block the heat setting is on top and the timing for the transfer is in seconds on the lower half of the dividing line. The letter in parentheses is telling you how to set the Mini EasyPress. (L) is for the Low setting and the (M) is for the medium setting. I included a detailed notes section at the bottom of the chart for how to use the Mini EasyPress settings.

                                            Cricut EasyPress Heating Settings Chart

                                                                Warm Peel

                    Cold Peel

Everyday, Lite, & Metallic

       Glitter

  Holographic

    Sport-Flex

         Foil

    Patterned

Burlap

305F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

Cotton

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

Don't use

295F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Cotton/
Poly Blend

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

Don't use

295F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Cotton Canvas

340F (M)
 50s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

290F (L)
 30s

340F (M)
 50s

Felt

280F (L)
 30s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

265F (L)
 20s

Jersey Mesh

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Polyester

315F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

330F (M)
 30s

305F (M)
 30s

295F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Silk

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

Don't use

255F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Nylon

280F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

305F (M)
 30s

255F (L)
 30s

Don't use

Cardstock

280F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

Don't use

270F (L)
 30s

290F (L)
 30s

Chipboard

315F (M)
 30s

315F (M)
 30s

315F (M)
 30s

Don't use

Don't use

315F (M)
 30s

Faux Leather

280F (L)
 30s

270F (L)
 30s

285F (L)
 30s

Don't use

280F (L)
 30s

265F (L)
 20s

Wood

300F (M)
 40s

300F (M)
 40s

300F (M)
 40s

Don't use

Don't use

305F (M)
 30s

Cricut EasyPress Mini Heat Settings: 

(L) - Low: For lightweight, delicate, synthetic, or heat-sensitive fabrics; also great for more delicate heat-transfer vinyl, such as Foil Iron-On. Use with sensitive base materials or heat-transfer materials that transfer between 255°F (125°C) – 295°F (145°C).
(M) - Medium: For most fabrics and heat-transfer vinyl. Use with most base materials or heat-transfer materials that transfer between 300°F (150°C) – 355°F (180°C).

(H) - High: For Infusible Ink projects and blanks. Use with Infusible Ink materials, heavy-duty base materials, and other heat-transfer materials that transfer between 360°F (185°C) – 400°F (205°C).

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I hope this post was helpful to you in do a layered vinyl EasyPress 2 project!

Want to learn more about Cricut? Check out my other Cricut posts!

What is a Cricut EasyPress 2?
What is a Cricut BrightPad?
What Is Cricut Access?

Which Cricut Machine Is Right For You?
Cricut Pen Adaptor Hack

What is Cricut Infusible Ink and how to use it?
10 Cricut Infusible Ink Hacks
How to Design a Mug with Cricut Infusible Inks

How To Design A Color Changing Mug Using Cricut Infusible Inks

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