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For the past month, we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little girl. Finding the perfect going home outfit was proving to be tougher than I had imagined. Nothing was shouting out “this is the one,” so I decided to make my own.
Here is what you will need to make a custom onesie or iron on transfer using your Cricut:
A Cricut or silhouette
Adobe illustrator (for curved text)
A blank onsie or garment
An image of your choice
Here is how to make your custom onsie:
I just got my Cricut machine for Christmas, so this is a very easy and basic iron on transfer using just one color, but you can easily add more colors and layers to achieve the look you desire. See How to layer iron on.
Create your Design
I started off on the computer in Cricut design space with a mermaid image. The Cricut design space has a different few mermaid images you can choose from.
For the text, if you want something straight and simple, you could simply type something out in Design space. I opted for typing on a path, so I used Adobe Illustrators’ text tool to type on a path that I had drawn with my paintbrush.
Once you have the line drawn, simply select the text on a path tool, and type out whatever you would like. You can change the font and size in the text toolbox.
Once you have your text all laid out, select everything, go to the type menu and hit “create outlines.” This ensures everything reads back in properly when you bring it into design space. Save your file as an SVG file and head over to design space to import it into your design.
Open up Design Space
In design space, create a new project and go to upload image. Select the file you just made and add the image to it. Arrange everything the way you would like it and then weld everything together. (Or just hit attach)
Print your Transfer
Now you are ready to print your image. Click on make and it will take you to the printing screen. In your cricket machine, turn the dial to iron on transfer. In design space, you will want to make sure the image prints reversed.
Place the iron on sheet on your mat. The colored side goes face down (you will put it in shiny side up.) Once your mat is loaded, push the flashing Cricut button to cut out your decal.
Once the transfer is cut, remove all of the background and holes from inside the letters.
Iron the vinyl to your Onsie
Using an iron without water, turn on the heat and place the transfer on the onsie where you would like it to go. (It may be helpful to put a small mark in chalk where you would like it to be placed.)
Place a sheet on top of the transfer to protect it from getting too hot and put pressure on each section of your transfer for around 30 seconds. Lift your sheet off and test a corner of the transfer to see if the backing is easily removed. If the transfer sticks to the backing and not the onsie, replace the sheet and add more heat.
A helpful tip is to let the onsie to cool before peeling off the backing.
Pull off the backing and enjoy your new garment. Here is a finished onsie that we made for our baby girl at seven months!
Caring for your Cricut iron on:
Once you have your onsie created, be sure to turn it inside out when washing it in cold water and low heat when drying. Try not to iron it as the heat could melt the transfer.
I hope you enjoy making your own iron on garments! Be sure to show us your projects on Instagram #bathtubartsy and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of our latest DIY projects!