Learn to layer iron-on with the Cricut EasyPress 2 in this super easy tutorial. I used an adorable Donut graphic to make this glittery shirt!
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How to Layer iron-on with the Cricut EasyPress 2
When you layer iron-on with the EasyPress 2, you should know a few things. One, it’s not as hard as you think it is…in fact, I don’t know why I went my whole life without layering differing iron-on materials. Second, and the most important, you need to know what materials can go on the bottom and which ones can go on the top. If you’re new to the EasyPress, check out my EasyPress FAQs, then try your hand at layering!
- Iron-on Lite works best as a bottom layer and you can layer it on top of itself.
- Sportflex can be layered on top of itself, but not recommended to layer other items on top of it…nor should it be on the bottom of other types of iron-on material. So only layer Sportflex on top of Sportflex.
- Glitter, Foil, Holographic, and Patterned Iron-on should always be on the top layer.
- I used Everyday Iron-on for this project and it worked fine under Glitter Iron-on. Glitter is my FAVORITE iron-on material because it’s so easy to use and stays on for forever.
- Unsure of what iron-on is right for you? Check out all the different types of Iron-on.
Cricut StrongBond Guarantee
If you want to experiment with layering, I recommend trying on some scrap fabric first. Make sure the fabric is close to the same material as your final design. Cricut offers the StrongBond Guarantee, if you use the iron-on material as directed, and you’re not satisfied with the results, they’ll replace your material for free. So, follow along for tips to get the best result from your EasyPress 2!
Use the right Cricut EasyPress 2 Settings
One more thing that could be handy…use the Interactive Heat Settings Guide to find the right settings for your project. If you want a quick reference, you can also download my FREE Cricut EasyPress Guide Sheet. The EasyPress 2 evenly distributes heat on
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS LAYERED IRON-ON DONUT SHIRT AND JEANS
- 12″ x 10″ EasyPress 2 for the shirt design
- 6″ x 7″ EasyPress 2 for the jean design
- 20″ x 16″ EasyPress Mat
- Donut Design in Cricut Design Space
- Cutting machine like the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2 (read more about the Maker here)
- Cricut Glitter Iron-On Vinyl (I used Gold)
- Pink Everyday Iron-on Vinyl
- White or Yellow Everyday Iron-on Vinyl if you want to add another layer on jeans
- LightGrip Mat
- Standard Grip Mat
- Weeding Tool
- T-shirts or Jeans
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- Open the Donut Design in Cricut Design Space and click CUSTOMIZE.
- Measure your shirt and what size you think the design needs to be. My daughter wears a size 10 shirt and I made the design 7.5″.
- Click on the design and drag the bottom resize icon until it’s the correct size, or enter it manually in the top toolbar in Cricut Design Space.
- All images are color-coded according to the iron-on color. To switch it out, select the color icon in the top of the toolbar, and choose a color.
- Now you’ll need to select your mat size and click on the MIRROR toggle so it appears green if you want to flip the design. Since there is no text on this shirt, you do not need to mirror the design.
- Click continue and set your material to GLITTER Iron-on for the outline and sprinkles and Iron-on Vinyl for the donut frosting.
- Place the material on the mat so the shiny part is facing down, click the LOAD button on the machine, then click the CUT button once it starts cutting.
- You will then be prompted when you need to change your material.
- Now, weed the material with the Weeding Tool. You’ll want to leave the sprinkles and outlines on the sticky backing.
- Preheat the shirt for five seconds, then place the Pink iron-on (the frosting part of the donut) in the center of the shirt.
- Place the Shirt face side up on the Mat, and the design on your fabric, and heat your EasyPress to 315 degrees and set the timer to 30 seconds.
- Hold the EasyPress down on the design, click on the Cricut button to countdown, then place the EasyPress back in its holder.
- Turn the shirt over, change the timer to 15 seconds, and heat the back of the design.
- Peel of the liner while it is still hot.
- Now place the white or yellow iron-on on top of the pink design and repeat steps 11 to 14 with the outer circle of the donut if you would like (since the shirt was white, I skipped this part, but I did this for the jeans).
- Heat the EasyPress to 340 degrees, then center the glitter design over the everyday iron-on.
- Set the timer to 30 seconds and press down on the design until the timer runs on.
- Flip the shirt over again and hold for 15 seconds.
- Remove the liner while it’s still hot and you’re done!
The only difference with the layering iron-on on jeans is you may want to stick a piece of fabric inside the pocket so it’s raised higher than the seam around the pocket. It took me a couple tries to get it to adhere to the jeans, but it turned out beautifully. Just make sure you check if it’s sticking properly before you pull off the liner.
I love that the EasyPress 2 is so versatile with layering iron-on. You can use it on a wide variety of materials, and those materials don’t have to be flat (unlike the heat press). Try out dimensional objects like wood planks, baseball caps, and more!
I haven’t layered iron-on on wood yet, but that’s my next EasyPress 2 project! I’m thinking it will go great in my office.
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