If you love to make shirts with your Cricut machine you are going to love the new SportFlex Iron On™ Vinyl! It has enough stretch that is perfect for work out shirts, swimsuits, workout gear, yoga pants, leggings and my favorite..maternity shirts! I am going to show you exactly how to use Cricut SportFlex Iron On™.
It’s no secret I love to make shirts with my Cricut. I especially love to make funny baby onesies and maternity shirts! The dilemma I encounter with the maternity shirts is that the shirt obviously stretches over a belly (and even the girls!)…normal heat transfer vinyl does not. This is where the new Cricut SportFlex Iron On™ is is a match made in stretchy heaven!
Here is a shirt I made for myself when I was pregnant with Spangenbaby. (Please don’t mind the awkward belly selfie) Do you see the poor iron on hanging on for dear life as the shirt stretches across my belly? I know, I feel sad for it too!
Here is the shirt I made with SportFlex Iron On™! (No, not my belly but a friend’s — this baby shop is CLOSED!) See how much better that works? It’s thin, super flexible and has stretch to it and is perfect for Nylon and Polyester materials like work-out clothes!
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Supplies Needed for Cricut SportFlex Iron On™ Project:
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- SportFlex Iron On™ in your choice of color(s)
- Weeding Tool
- Blank Maternity T-Shirt
- Cricut EasyPress™ or Iron
- EasyPress™ Mat
- Thin Cloth (optional)
How to Cut SportFlex Iron On™:
- Load your mat with the SportFlex Iron On™ lining side down.
- For the Explore Family turn the Smart Set Dial to Custom. Select SportFlex Iron On™ from the list of materials. For the Maker select the SportFlex Iron On™ Setting.
- MIRROR your design.
- Cut your SportFlex Iron On™
How to Apply SportFlex Iron On™:
Using an Iron:
- Using the Hook tool, weed your design. This means removing the extra iron-on material from the lining sheet leaving only your intended design.
- Set Iron to WOOL setting. Make sure the steam to the iron is OFF.
- Use the iron to preheat the area you will be applying your design. Preheat for 5-10 seconds.
- Apply the SportFlex Iron On™ onto your blank with the lining UP. You do not need to use a thin cloth, however, I recommend it so that you don’t get Iron imprints on your shirt! The thin cloth really helps!
- Apply Medium Pressure and press for about 20-30 seconds.
- Flip the material over and Iron on the backside for about 10 seconds.
- Let cool for 1-2 minutes and remove the plastic lining. (This is called a Cool Peel)
Using a Cricut EasyPress™ with EasyPress™ Mat:
- Set Temperature to 305 F/151 C.
- Preheat the area for 5 seconds
- Apply the SportFlex Iron On™ onto your blank with the lining UP. For Polyester fabrics, use a Teflon Sheet or piece of parchment paper. This is not necessary for Nylon materials.
- Press for 30 seconds.
- Flip the material over and Press backside for about 15 seconds
- You may then remove the plastic lining (Warm Peel)
If using Cricut EasyPress™ with a towel in place of the EasyPress™ Mat:
- Same as above except use 315 F/157 C temperature settings.
Tips for Using SportFlex Iron On™
- It is recommended to ONLY layer with other colors of SportFlex Iron On™ and only 2 layers at most.
- Wait 24 hours to wash.
- Wash and Dry with the garment inside out.
- If you need to re-iron your garment, do so from the backside of the fabric.
- Make sure to follow my Preparing your Blank instructions before applying your SportFlex Iron On™
This is not just for maternity shirts, it also works great for swimsuits, leotards, Dri-fit workout gear, leggings and more! Perfect for all those Nylon and Polyester shirts you couldn’t personalize before! Order as an 11.8 x 24 sheet, which can make multiple projects depending on size and it also comes with the Cricut StrongBond™ Guarantee.
You might also find these Cricut posts helpful:
- Getting Started with Your Cricut
- Heat Transfer Vinyl Basics
- Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl with your Cricut
- How to Upload SVG Files into Cricut Design Space
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