Customize t-shirts, pillows, and more with printable iron-on light material using the Print then Cut feature of Cricut Design Space. Find information below about what comes in the package, cutting and application instructions.
Printable Iron-on Light is for use on light-colored materials. It comes with:
- 4 sheets of 8.5 in. x 11 in. printable iron-on for light-colored materials
- 1 sheet of 8.5 in. x 11 in. parchment paper
One side of the Printable Iron-on Light sheet is white with a matte finish; one side is white with a shiny finish. Print on the matte side; Printable Iron-on Light is placed shiny-side-down on your material prior to applying heat.
The sheet of parchment paper is placed over your printed image and material prior to applying heat to your design.
Important: For use with inkjet printers only. Using with a laser printer may damage the printer.
Cutting Printable Iron-on Light with the Cricut Explore or Maker Machine
- Once your project design is complete, mirror each mat that will be cut from iron-on. To do this, toggle the Mirror switch in the Prepare screen of Cricut Design Space.
Note: You must mirror each mat individually. If you do not mirror the images, they will appear in reverse when ironed on.
- Load Printable Iron-on Light into an ink jet printer so that it will print on the correct side (the matte side is the correct side to print on; contact your printer manufacturer if you do not know which way to load it into the printer so that it prints on the appropriate side).
- Follow instructions in Cricut Design Space to print design.
- Let printed iron-on dry for 5 minutes.
- Position top-left corner of iron-on, printed side up, in the top-left corner of Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat; load into the machine.
- Turn Smart Set dial to “Custom” (Explore). Then select "Browse all materials," and select “Printable Iron-On, Light.”
- Press GO.
Tip: Print results depend on the quality of printer and ink as well as printer settings. Consult your printer’s manual to determine the best settings for the project.
The application is an important step when it comes to extending the life of embellished items.
- Make sure you are following the full application instructions. It is important to pre-heat, heat, and post-heat your images for the recommended amount of time as this will help the iron-on material set into the fibers of the item onto which it is being ironed.
- Be sure you are applying the iron-on material to a clean garment or item.
- Pre-wash the item before application. Many companies treat clothes with chemicals that make the colors look more vibrant on display in stores. These chemicals need to be removed before applying iron-on. Avoid using fabric softener when pre-washing materials.
- Pre-washing the item before the application will also eliminate any shrinking that may occur.
- Do not layer any iron-on material over glitter iron-on. The material may seem to iron-on fine, but when washed, the material on top of the glitter layer will begin to peel away. However, glitter iron-on may be layered on top of iron-on lite.
Tip: To ensure best results, test a piece of Cricut Printable Iron-on in an inconspicuous part of the item prior to application.
- Wash fabric before applying printable iron-on.
- Peel off unwanted pieces from the printed iron-on using the hook found in the Cricut Basic Tool Set.
- Set iron heat to COTTON with steam setting OFF.
- For 10 to 15 seconds, use the iron to pre-heat the fabric where you will be applying iron-on.
- Position iron-on with the printed side facing the fabric (backing will face you)
- Without removing the backing, cover with parchment paper (included).
- Use both hands to press the iron firmly against the parchment paper for 40 to 60 seconds, moving iron slowly and constantly across iron-on until it has adhered to the fabric.
- For 15 to 20 seconds, press tip of iron around edges of the iron-on image to secure it.
- Let cool for 5 seconds; peel away backing. If iron-on is not completely fastened, replace parchment paper and repeat steps 7 and 8 until properly set.
- Printable iron-on is NOT compatible with laser printers.
- Print results depend on the quality of the printer and ink as well as printer settings. Consult your printer’s manual to determine the best settings for the project.
- The printable iron-on material may discolor slightly when heated. Set iron to COTTON to minimize discoloration (iron settings may vary).
- Do NOT use steam when applying printable iron-on.
- When applying heat, always use the included parchment paper over the top of iron-on and fabric. This will protect both material and iron.
- Ironing boards with light cushioning are recommended.
- The backing may discolor during application; this is normal and will not affect the iron-on material.
- For longest life, spot clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent. If washing is necessary, wash and dry the embellished item inside out on the delicate/hand-washables cycle.
- Should iron-on come loose while washing, reapply it using the steps above (parchment paper is required). Note that colors may fade or crack with repeated washing.
Important: Please review and follow the instructions. Even when following the instructions, results may vary. Use this product at your own risk.