Edited: September 27, 2023
Iron-on (HTV) Instructions
Note: Refer to the Cricut Heat Guide for specific stacking, time, and temperature settings for your project.
What you need:
- Cricut smart cutting machine
- Design Space on computer or mobile device
- Cricut Autopress
- Cricut Pressing Mat
- Cricut Heat Guide
- StandardGrip cutting mat
- Fine Point or Premium Fine Point blade
- Cricut Iron-On (HTV)
- Base material
- Prewash fabric base materials without fabric softener to pre-shrink and remove chemicals that may prohibit strong adhesion.
- Recommended: To verify cut setting, perform a test cut using a small basic shape.
- Recommended: To verify application setting, apply test cut in an inconspicuous area on the base material.
Design, cut, and weed
Note: Many types of iron-on (HTV) can be used in multi-layer designs. Refer to manufacturer instructions for guidance on how to layer with your specific material.
- Select and size your design in the software. Be sure to Mirror your mats in Design Space before cutting.
- Select your specific iron-on type from the list of materials.
- If using a Cricut Explore Air 2 or older machine, turn Smart Set Dial to Custom.
- Place iron-on sheet, liner side down, onto Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat.
- If using Smart Iron-On with Cricut Joy, Cricut Explore 3 or Cricut Maker 3, it may be loaded into the machine without a mat.
- Load it into the machine and cut your design.
- When the cut is complete, weed your image.
- Preheat base material as instructed in our Heat Guide.
- Place the cut design on base material with shiny liner side up and arrange blank on pressing mat. Transfer mat and material blank to platen.
- Always use Cricut Pressing Mat when pressing garments, with silicon side facing down. If pressing thicker materials, you may do so without the pressing mat.
- Slowly lower the press by pressing gently on the handle until the press motors engage.
Important: Avoid seams when using Cricut Autopress. If the heat plate crosses over seams, the design will not receive even heat, resulting in an unwanted transfer effect.
Tip: To help avoid unwanted transfer effects due to bulky seams, zippers, buttons, etc., open your blank and "thread" it on the mat/platen so that only one layer of material sits on top of the mat, and the rest of the blank is tucked underneath/around the platen.
- When the timer reaches zero, a beep will sound and the press will open automatically. One of the benefits of Cricut Autopress is that you don’t have to do a back press!
- Blank, transfer materials, and pressing mat will be hot! Allow project to cool before removing the liner and your finished project from platen.
- Wait 24 hours before washing embellished item.
- For longest life, wash and dry embellished items inside-out.
- If areas of iron-on material lift after washing, simply follow the complete application instructions to reapply.