What Is A Cricut and How To Use Your Cricut Machine. HTV Iron-On Tutorial

What is a Cricut machine and what can you do with it? Simple, this amazing machine allows you to do so many different kinds of DIY projects that soon you’ll be crafting and creating like never before! I’ll show you a simple way to use your Cricut machine to get started as well as give you some fun ideas for other projects you can create!

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Cricut Cutting Machine

If you like DIY and want to create fun gifts, decor, fashion, and more yourself, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, you may want to considered a Cricut. With this cutting machine, you can create beautiful home decor, great gifts, fun fashion, and so much more!

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How To Use Your Cricut Machine – Fun Fashion!

One of the very first projects I ever attempted with my Cricut was using HTV vinyl to make my own t-shirt designs. We went on a family road trip and I made matching shirts for us all to wear for our vacation. 

Use Your Cricut Machine for HTV T-shirts!

Recently, my seven-year-old daughter has taken a liking to creating her own things and wanted to design a shirt for herself.

The Design Space software is so simple to use that she was able to take images from within the program and create a fun design using one of the pre-set canvases as a template. 

Start Designing in Design Space Here. 

Use A Preset Canvas

The great thing about Design Space is that there are lots of preset canvases that you can utilize to help visualize and size out your design before you use your Cricut machine.

This is really helpful for someone just getting started, and my daughter found it was much easier to ‘see’ how her design would look on her shirt if we set the canvas to be a t-shirt (specifically the color of shirt we were using). 

Using Available Images

Since there are so many images available within Design Space, my daughter was able to find a combination of things she liked that came included with my Access Subscription (there are free images available, however, Access gives you access to 30,000+ images, 1,000+ projects, and 370+ fonts). 

Design Space

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Cutting And Layering

Use your Cricut machine to cut your design with HTV (heat transfer vinyl).

==> If this is your first time cutting vinyl with your machine you can head here to see a tutorial I already wrote on how to cut and weed vinyl.

The thing to remember when cutting HTV is that you need to Mirror Your Image before you cut as you want to design to be backward on your mat so it will be the correct way after you iron it on. 

With this particular design, you can see that some of the colors are on top of other colors. That means when we iron on the HTV we will need to do it in layers. Start with whichever color is on the bottom and iron that on first (according to package directions). 

Once your first color is set, place the next color on top and iron again. You will repeat this process for as many layers as it takes (ours only had two layers of colors). 

While kids may need a bit of help, this is definitely a project that can be done by younger children. My daughter is 7yrs old and she was able to do the design, help place and cut the HTV, help weed the cut images and do some of the ironing. 

Continue to iron on all the necessary layers according to the package directions, then show off your finished product!

More Easy Cricut Projects

If you found this Cricut Tutorial for Beginners too complex, jump over to my  Getting Started With A Cricut Explore Air – First Project Ideas post and get a very easy project under your belt, then come back and give this a try!

==> Find all of my Cricut Tutorials here: Cricut Tutorials

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


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When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started rockyourcraft.com where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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22 thoughts on “What Is A Cricut and How To Use Your Cricut Machine. HTV Iron-On Tutorial

  • February 25, 2017 at 7:17 am
    That's pretty cool! I'd actually never heard of this before. We've got a family reunion coming up and this seems to be MUCH cheaper than trying to get family tees made at a shop. We could also customize them. Thanks for sharing! Reply
  • February 26, 2017 at 7:05 am
    I didn't even realize that you could buy your own machine to make designs on shirts! This is awesome! What a fun thing to do with the kids. I wish I had known about this sooner because I would have added it to my Christmas wish list! Reply
    • February 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm
      Add it to your Mom's Day list if you are a mom! ;) Birthdays work too. :) Reply
  • February 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    I am always thinking I would love to do my t-shirts but have been chicken to even try. You make this seem so easy. I am going to have think really hard about buying a cricut Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    I had no idea that you could use a cricut like this!! What a great way to make custom things for your family! Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    Oh my gosh my son would love something like this! He is constantly drawing and he always likes to wear what he draws. This would be fun to do. Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm
    Thank you so much for this post! I've been seriously considering getting a Cricut. I've seen what some of my friends have done with theirs, and it's super cool! Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    I'm so bookmarking this. I'm a hair away from getting one of these, and if I do (pretty sure I will) this is going to be a big help for me. Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    If I was still teaching, I think I would have invested in a cricut machine. You can do so many fun and creative kids related things with them! Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 1:10 am
    This is a must have for crafters. I've always wondered how to use this machine. Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 9:13 am
    My Sister just got a Cricut machine and I am so excited to go over this weekend and try it out. There are so many great projects you can do with it Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 9:37 am
    Thank you for sharing this post, I have always wondered about these machines but they are so pricey so just buying one before I know about them is not going to happen. I am now going to take a closer look at their site, thanks again! Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    I love my Cricut! I had an original model up until about a year ago. So glad I upgraded :) I have the Explore Air. It's been a learning curve after going from the original to this new one. Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    I would love to have one of these. They look fun and it would be a way that I could make a little extra money on the side too. Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    I would love to have one of these for next DIY projects! Look fun and i think my kids will love it! Reply
  • March 1, 2017 at 10:28 pm
    This will be perfect to my kids too! They will surely love it I'll check it out. Glad you shared some amazing tips Reply
  • March 2, 2017 at 8:35 am
    I've been wanting a Cricut. I haven't purchased one simply because I don't know how to use it yet. Reply
  • March 2, 2017 at 9:08 am
    This is a fabulous overview for someone who has no idea how to use Cricut! My mom was saying to me recently she wanted to learn more about it, and I am totally sending this to her! Reply
  • March 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    I have to admit that I sadly have on in the box still! I need to break it out but I am nervous since I have NO CLUE what to do. Thanks for the easy tips! Reply
    • March 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm
      Do take it out! The great thing is that Cricut provides a tutorial so you can use it right out of the box and make your first design easy peasy! Reply
  • March 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm
    I use to want a cricut when they first came out. I bet its fun making your own items! Reply

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