How to Cut Iron on Vinyl with a Cricut

by Jane Melcher
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This tutorial will show you how to cut iron on vinyl with a Cricut machine. You will need some materials and supplies before you get started.

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Iron on vinyl is a material that you can use to create custom t-shirts, bags, and more. It’s easy to cut and weed, and it can be applied with a regular household iron. If you’re new to working with iron on vinyl, this guide will show you how to cut it with a Cricut machine.

What You Need

In order to cut iron on vinyl with a Cricut, you will need the following supplies:
-Cricut machine
-Iron on vinyl
-Cutting mat
-Weeder tool
-Ruler or measuring tape


1. Cut your design from iron-on vinyl. Make sure the shiny side is down and that mirror image is selected before cutting. If your design has multiple colors, cut each color separately.

2. Weed away the excess vinyl, being careful to keep the negative space weeded so that only your design remains on the carrier sheet.

3. Place your weeded design on your fabric, making sure it’s positioned exactly where you want it. If it’s not, you can peel it up and reposition it before ironing it on.

4. Cover your design with a piece of wax paper or a Teflon sheet, then set your iron to the appropriate heat for your type of vinyl and fabric. I usually start with my iron on the cotton setting and go up from there if needed. Place the iron over your design and apply firm pressure while moving it continuously over the surface until you’ve hit every area for at least 10-15 seconds or according to the instructions that came with your vinyl. You can also use a household iron without a steam function for this project – just be sure to increase the heat setting since there’s no steam to help penetrating the fabric fibers.

5. Remove the protective sheet while the vinyl is still warm and flexible, then reposition if necessary before it cools completely and adheres permanently to your fabric.


Iron on vinyl is a great way to personalize your clothes, but it can be tricky to cut it with a Cricut machine. In this article, we’ve shared some tips on how to cut iron on vinyl with a Cricut machine. We hope you find them helpful!

About the author

Jane Melcher

Jane is a stay-at-home small business mom. She makes more than her husband selling her creations on Etsy.


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