Custom fabric iron-ons with your Cricut Explore? Join us as we use interfacing to cut fabric on our Cricut Explore and make our own custom shirts for Independence Day.

4th of July Shirts with Cut Fabric

We have been demonstrating the Cricut Explore One at Joann Fabrics stores and showing how it can cut fabric. We had so much fun George came up with this idea for these Fourth of July shirts when he found some festive fabric on sale.

You can do any images in any kind of fabric, not just Independence Day.

Deign Space Links

We used Cricut images for our designs, below are the links to our designs. Please note, if you don’t own the images or have the subscription you will have to buy the images to cut them.

  • George’s 4th of July Flag – https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/28839904
  • Ken’s Party Like your Uncle – https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/28955720

Cutting Fabric on the Cricut Explore

We find it’s best to keep a new blade and mat just for cutting fabric if you’re serious about cutting a lot from fabric. George’s tip is to use nail polish to mark the top of the to help identify it. Just make sure you’re not putting polish on the sharp edge of the blade! 😉

You will ned to put some form of interfacing or stabilizer on your fabric for cutting. Interfacing is a fusible material you can iron on to the back side of your fabric to add stiffness for cutting and sewing projects. In our case we recommend HeatNBond from Thermoweb. They have an Ultrahold which is quite strong and can be used as an iron-on as we did in this project.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided with your interfacing, especially regarding iron temperature and ironing time. These instructions do vary from product to product. You will iron the textured side of the interfacing on to the back side of your fabric. Let the fabric cool completely before cutting.

Before placing your fabric on the mat, remove the paper backing on your interfacing. Place it interfacing side down on your mat, front “good side” up. Make sure your dial is set to Fabric before cutting. Note you do not need to mirror the design as you are not cutting it with the “good side” down like you do with iron on vinyl.

Always test your fabric after applying some of the interfacing. Every fabric is different and some may just not cut well. You want to see how the Cricut will handle that particular fabric. Do curves and angles similar to what you plan on cutting. You don’t want to waste a lot of fabric if it turns out it doesn’t cut well.

If you fabric isn’t cutting well one tip you can try is ironing on freezer paper on the fabric on the nice print side, then iron on the interfacing on the back wrong side of the fabric. This may give the added stability you need to cut the fabric. Freezer paper is like wax paper that is only waxed on one side. You iron the waxed side on to the fabric and it will peel off. WARNING: If you have already ironed on the interfacing and removed the covering paper make sure you put that paper back on the interfacing before ironing on the freezer paper. You don’t want to fuse the fabric to your ironing board cover!

Make sure your fabric can be ironed! We used a cotton print fabric in our video.

HeatNBond Ultrahold

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Ironing On Your Cut Fabric

Again, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when ironing your fabric. Make sure your shirt is appropriate for ironing.

Iron out the shirt on the ironing board to make sure it is prepared and ready. Then position your iron on art where you want it. Some people recommend placing a cloth over the material and ironing through that. We found the material didn’t quite bond that way and lifted when we removed the covering cloth. We chose to iron directly on to the cloth art placing the iron down for the recommend time by the manufacturer’s instructions, in our case 5 seconds, then lifting it off. NOT sliding the iron across the material, just set down and lift off.

Then turn the shirt inside out and iron again from the back side. Even with iron on vinyl we find this gives a nice bond for iron on materials.

Regarding washing your shirts, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Again like iron on vinyl we have found the Ultrahold washes just fine if you turn the shirt inside out before washing.

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