It is the beginning of July, which means Canada Day celebrations are underway! Put the burgers on the grill, pour the drinks and get the fireworks ready! It is such a fun time to celebrate and recognize Canada, and of course, it is the time to sport our favourite colours: red and white!
A few years ago, one of my favourite brands “Roots” came out with a sweatshirt that I loved. However…being a broke student, I really could not afford it. Fast forward to now and I thought…why couldn’t I pull out the good ole’ Cricut Explore to make my Canadian crew neck dreams come true?
That’s right…today I am going to show you a quick and easy project to bring out that patriotism!
IRON-ON CANADIAN FLAG CREW NECK
Here’s what you need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (Cricut.com / Amazon.ca) (or any other Cricut cutting machine)
- EasyPress 2 (Cricut.com / Amazon.ca)
- Cricut Iron-On Vinyl – White
- Cricut Basic Tool Set
- Extra long Standard-grip cutting mat
- Blank Red Sweatshirt (similar on Amazon.ca) (or any 100% cotton/poly-blend piece
If I am being really honest…I am not a huge Canada Day fanatic. I don’t go all out, but I do like to use the time to spend time with friends and family, eat yummy food and take a break. Plus, how can you hate the very first day of July? It does mark the beginning of summer vacation!!
For this project, I use A LOT of iron-on vinyl. This was my first experience covering this much area on a blank…and I was a little nervous about it! Below, I am going to detail step-by-step how to do it, and make you feel confident that this project is one good Canadian idea!
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE DESIGN.
Normally, I say the first step is to create your design. However, today, since this is such a simplistic and easy project…you don’t need to! I am linking it below so you can just import it into Design Space and move onto the next step! Voila!
STEP 2: LOAD YOUR MAT, AND CUT YOUR DESIGN OUT.
This project is a HUGE project, meaning the design is larger than 12×12. I used the extra long Standard Grip mat (green). With any mat, you must, must, must make sure the vinyl is pressed on with no air bubbles. Especially with this project, this is crucial.
WHEN PRESSING THE VINYL ONTO YOUR MAT, MAKE SURE THAT YOU FACE THE SHINY SIDE DOWN AND THAT “MIRROR” IS TURNED ON.
For this project…mirror will not make too much of a difference. If you mirror it, it is exactly the same as it would be if you forgot! However, for best practice, turn it on!
Before you cut your design pieces out, you will need to set your material to “Everyday Iron-On”. The setting is right on your Explore Air dial, however, you also can set it on Design Space.
Design is ready? Material is set? You are ready to go! Press that Cricut button and watch the magic happen!
STEP 3: PREHEAT YOUR EASYPRESS AND PREP YOUR BLANK.
This is a HUGE design…so you will want to make sure you have enough space to make sure everything is straight, clean, etc. This project will also be larger than the EasyPress mat. For large projects, I like to use a towel folded in half to completely cover the surface below the blank.
Make sure all pieces of lint, hair, etc. are removed from the blank before you lay your vinyl on top. With a project as simple as this, the only difficult part is making sure your surface is clear!
With this design, because it is a rectangular shape, I made note of where the arm seams fall on the design.
Unfortunately, I did not account for this in Design Space, and so after I cut it out, I made manual cuts around the arm seams. You do not need to be exact with these trims as they will fall in the folds of the sleeves…it will take a little time and focus, but once you make the trim…you are set to go!
STEP 4: IT’S TIME TO PRESS!!
You’ve made it! The iron is heated and ready to use…your surface is clean and prepped. Lay out your design on top of the blank and ensure everything is straight.
When you press: Pressing such a huge piece of vinyl will take some patience. You need to make sure that you are equally heating up the entire piece and blank at the same time. I used the Heating Guide to determine the temperature and press time, however, I ignored the press time as it was such a huge design. I pressed different parts of the design and held it for long, and then made sure to smooth everything out. You will need to do this by feel, trial and error.
After you press: Make sure you leave the design to cool for a while. It shouldn’t be hot when you remove the plastic coating. Removing such a huge design will take some time so be patient, go slowly and make sure that it is ready. If you don’t feel the vinyl coming away from the plastic easily, press it for a bit more time and let it cool!
Ta-da! A simple, yet time-consuming project that will pay off. I have worn this sweatshirt a few times since I made it a few weeks ago, and I have to say, it is definitely a hit!
I have yet to wash it, but as there is so much white vinyl and it is a very bright RED crew neck, I may hand-wash just to be safe!
For more Cricut DIYs, check out the “DIY” category on my blog.