How to use Cricut and Heat press to print Tshirts

In this short guide, we will explain How to use Cricut and Heat press to print on t-shirts. A Cricut and Heat press machine, are the easiest tools you can use to print your Artwork on t-shirts or different merchandise. The process is a little complicated if you are a beginner or not sure what to do.

What you need to make Tshirts using Cricut and Heat press

  1. Cricut Explore Air 2 or your favorite Cricut Machine
  2. Heat Press Machine
  3. Start With This Iron On Vinyl

How a Cricut Machine works

A Cricut machine has a pen tip that can be used with a blade tip. The machine reads the Artwork from your computer or tablet and either draws or makes cutouts depending on whether you use a pen or blade. The machine only follows a single compound path and will not work with artwork with Many compound paths.

When printing, you will use the blade to cut out a vinyl material as per the color of the Print. For Example, we will print the below image on a t-shirt.

How to use Cricut and Heat press

The first step is to separate the layers as per the number of colors. We have Red, Black, and White. So we will have 3 layers.

How to use Cricut and Heat press

Now you will feed the first material, which is red, to the machine and cut it. Do this for Black and White vinyl too. After cutting, carefully weed out the parts you do not need.

After this, stick the red one on the t-shirt and hold it in place with tape to avoid shaking.

How a Heat Press Machine works

A heat press machine uses pressure and heat to transfer the image from the paper to the t-shirt. You will place the vinyl and t-shirt in the machine for 15 seconds at around 15 degrees heat. After that remove the paper and the image is left on the t-shirt. You will have to do it one by one for each layer and color. That is Red, then black then white.

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The below video by Slava Tv explains the process in easy steps. You can also check out our guide on Cricut Explore Air 2 for some insights.

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