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Today I am going to show you guys how to personalize your workout shirts with vinyl. That's right vinyl that adheres to nylon and polyester. Cricut has launched a new product called SportFlex Iron On™. It uses Cricut StrongBond™ technology to guarantee results that stick.
Lately I have been making time for me. Starting my weeks off by going to warm yoga on Monday nights. I find it helping me sleep and also ease the Monday stress away. I thought a yoga shirt would be perfect to try out SportFlex Iron On™.
Here is what you'll need
- SportFlex Iron On™
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- Workout shirt
- Cricut EasyPress or heat press
- Cricut EasyPress mat (optional)
- Yoga Hair Don't Care cut file
Yoga hair don't care
Now I love a witty Tshirt and a workout shirt should not be an exception. Since we do warm yoga you tend to throw your hair in a top knot and it gets a bit of a mess from both the heat and the workout. What more of a perfect saying then "Yoga hair don't care." You can get the cricut cut file here.
Using a Tshirt template in design space
One of my favorite features on the Cricut are the templates. Any time I am designing a Tshirt I always select a Tshirt template this allows me to size my design and look at placement on a Tshirt digitally. So how do you create a T-shirt template in Cricut design space?
In Cricut design space click templates on the left hand side. Scroll down and select they type of t-shirt you have. Once it's loaded into your design space select the type of shirt and size of the shirt and you are ready to start designing.
Don't forget when making Tshirts
Now that we are ready to make our shirts click make it in the top right corner. On the next screen the most important thing to remember to do is to click mirror on. You must mirror your design for it to appear right on your shirt.
You are ready to cut! So let's place your SportFlex Iron On™ down on the mat. You always want to place iron on or htv with the plastic film side down. To double check I always peel up a corner. Set your Cricut to the iron on dial and load your mat and watch your machine cut away.
The reason I love iron on or HTV over regular vinyl is that it is so easy to weed. What's weeding? It's when you remove the excess vinyl that is not part of your design.
Prepping your shirt
Now you are ready to place your design on your shirt. Just before I do this I preheat my shirt. Since I am using my EasyPress I follow Cricuts helpful recommended settings on their site here. I preheat my shirt for 15 seconds at 305 degrees.
I love using v-necks because it is so easy to center your design with the v. Using a ruler I find the placement for my graphic.
SportsFlex Iron on settings
With my Easy Press set to 305 degrees I place it on the design for 30 seconds. I continue doing this until I have pressed ever section of my design. Then you are going to do the same to the back of your design for 15 seconds. Wait for your clear film to cool a bit and then peel it off.
I was so impressed with the SportFlex Iron On™ it stretches with the fabric and it is the strongest vinyl I have ever adhered to a shirt. I have confidence that it is not coming off anytime soon in the wash.
Other items I want to use SportFlex Iron On with
- Yoga pants
- Bathing Suits
- Head bands
- Nylon bags
- Zip up