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Can I upload my own images with Cricut? Yes, you can! I did so to make this DIY Luck of the Irish T-Shirt.
Just yesterday I was asked by a friend if you can use your own designs with Cricut Machines. I was sooo happy to say YES! The best part is that you don’t need any extra software to do so (like I did when I had a Silhouette.) Honestly, that was one of the major selling points for why I chose to replace my Silhouette with A Cricut machine. (you can find out the other reasons here).
Many of my DIY Cricut Posts here on my blog are of projects made with my own designs Like my DIY Baby Onesies or the DIY Wedding Reception Kid’s Corner. Not only can you use your own designs for your projects made with Cricut it is easy to do so.
This last year, ever since I got my Cricut Explore Air (and later Cricut Explore Air 2) I have become obsessed with making custom t-shirts for myself and my loved ones. Like my P.S. I Love You and Falling for you Shirts.
My latest shirt project is a St. Patrick’s Day shirt with a custom “Luck of the Irish” design that I made for my Husband. We love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in our home. Maybe it is because of our Irish ancestry and our dream to someday visit the Land of Saints and Scholars. Or maybe we just love an excuse to party with our kids. No matter the reason I thought it would be fun to design a special St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt for my husband to wear this year. Little did I know that we would actually end up in Ireland on St. Patricks Day. If I had, I would have totally made a shirt for myself as well.
For those wanting to learn how to use your own images/designs with Cricut machines, I have included the step by step tutorial for this Luck of the Irish t-shirt Trust me it is easier than you think.
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Design Space
- Luck of the Irish SVG Cut files (get the free file here)
- Gold Giltter Iron On
- Green Lite Iron On
- Standard Grip Mat
- Cricut Tool Set
- First Download the Luck of the Irish Cut Files Zip (Get files HERE)
- Next, upload both the Luck of the Irish and clover SVG Cut Files to your Cricut Design Space Canvas.
- Select Images and inset into Canvas.
- Size according to desired. (I used the cool canvas tool found on the Desktop version of Design Space to give me an idea of the sizing I wanted.) In the end, I sized the wording to 9.67in wide and then sized the clover to fit in the middle of the words which for my design was 4.59in wide.)
The reason I have the words separate to the clover is so you can select all the letters and click attach under layers option so your Cricut will cut out the letters in the exact spacing as the design.
- Click Go Button to Send to Canvas
**When cutting the Iron on make sure you have the right setting on your Cricut machine (there is a setting for iron on) and then after clicking the go button to send the design to the machine to cut make sure you check the box to reverse the image so when applied the words and design aren’t backwards.
- Place the Iron on onto the Cutting Mat with the Shiny Side down. Load into the machine and Cut.
**(After I cut out the design I like to peel the Iron on off the mat and cut around the design to conserve the leftover Iron on for future projects. Then I place the cut section back on the mat to help grip the back to make it easier to weed out the design. To weed the design just stick the hook of your weeding tool in a part of the Iron on you are not using and gently pull.
- Heat The surface of the Dish towel with Iron.
- Place the Iron On Design where you want it to be on the Hand Towel.
- Then using a thin dish cloth in between the Iron on and Iron Press FIRMLY. You know you are done when the Transfer backing peels off with no resistance and the Iron On stays on the fabric.
**The Key to Iron On is Pressure and Heat. For specialty Iron on like Glitter Iron on it can take a bit longer to get it to fuse with the fabric than normal lite Iron on.
How easy was that? Seriously, this project took me less than 30 minutes start to finish to make and that is including making the design. If you are a crafter or want to be this machine will be your best friend.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.