I honestly can’t believe how fast this year is going. It’s crazy! St. Patrick’s Day is almost here so lets create some awesome Family matching T-shirts with our cricut using iron on for our friends and family so we can go out this year and match one another. I just love creating matching T-shirts with my cricut machine!
Let’s get into our Irish mood and start creating some awesome St. Paddy’s Day projects. Yes we are making T-shirts with this awesome SVG, but you could also make pillows, mugs, signs, and much much more with this FREE SVG I am including. Woohoo!
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Check out my One Lucky Shamrock SVG cut file-it’s only $1.00
Materials Needed to make this St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt with our cricut using Iron on
- Lucky Shamrock SVG -get below
- Cutting machine
- Design Space or a Design program
- Light blue or green cutting mat
- Weeding tools
- HTV(Iron-On) & Foil HTV
- Heat Press
- Teflon/ parchment Paper
- Creative Mindset
First things First! Lets get you this FREE SVG cut file shall we?
Once you confirm your subscription it should automatically open in a new window:)
Just a quick Note- Make sure you remember where you are saving this SVG Cut file to so you can locate it when we upload the SVG into Cricut Design Space.
Uploading the Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock into Cricut Design Space
Now we are going to open up cricut design space, start a blank canvas, and go to the upload icon on the left panel of design space. Click on the upload image and locate that file you just saved. See Image Below
Need a bit of help with the icons in design space? NO problem. Head on over to my AWESOME Ultimate Beginners Guide to Cricut Design Space
Now hit that Browse Icon and locate the file you just saved.
Select the image and import it into Cricut Design Space. Then hit the save icon in the bottom right hand corner.
Next let’s click on the recently uploaded SVG and go to the bottom right hand button that says insert images and click on that.
We now have the Lucky Shamrock SVG on a new blank canvas in Design Space.
Resizing the SVG (image) to fit your St. Paddy’s Day t-shirt
Now it’s time to resize the SVG file to fit your t-shirt. There are two ways you can do this. There is also an image below that shows you this.
First way to resize
You can select the image and drag it out with the two arrows pointing in the opposite directions (bottom right hand corner).
Second way to resize
The second way is to head on up to the top panel and put the exact size into the size icon.
The size I am sizing mine is 7.918 (W) x 9.165 (H). Adjust the size of yours as needed depending on the size shirt you are making. Again design space also has templates for you to use if you are really unsure.
If you need help with templates, you can check out my Everything you need to know about Templates article🙂 Templates are also a good way to see what your design is going to look like when it is all done.
We are now ready to continue on and hit the make it button (aqua green) in the top right corner.
Make it & Mirror On
So we are now on a screen that shows us our mats and everything should look good, but there is one thing we HAVE to do here because we are making shirts and working with HTV (iron-on).
We MUST remember to mirror our images for our HTV. So let us do that now.
We are already on our black mat so look at the mats and underneath them there is an icon for mirror that just needs toggled on. Do the same for our green mat as well. Toggle on that mirror icon. WOOT WOOT!
If you are like me you want to know why we do this. The reason we do this is because when working with HTV (Iron-On) we are working with it backwards. It goes front side down (shiny side because of the film) on our mat so the back gets cut and that back part goes down on our shirts.
If you do forget this step, as we all do, The word will come out backwards when transferring it to our shirts.
Once that is done, let’s head to the bottom right hand corner, and hit the continue button.
Selecting your Machine and Material
Now we are on the material screen.
Up at the top of the screen is where you will select the machine you are working with. I am working with my maker.
Next we want to choose the material we are working with which will be the Everyday Iron on for the Lucky and Foil HTV for the Shamrock. It is perfectly fine to use Iron on for both.
If you are working with the Explore Air 2, you will need to move your smart dial to the Iron on option.
Cutting and Weeding
WOOHOOO it is now cutting time. Oh we are just so close to finishing this St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt.
So now we are ready for our cutting mats. We can use the light blue mat or the green mat, the choice is yours.
Want to learn more about the cricut cutting mats? Check out my article- Cricut Cutting Mats- All you need to know about cricut cutting mats.
Lets take our Iron-on (HTV) and place it on our mat shiny side down. This is EXTREMELY important. If you place it the other way it will then cut through the transfer film.
If there are bubbles in your material, feel free to take that handy scraper and get them out.
So let’s make sure the fine point blade is the blade installed in your cutting machine. Now we are going to load our mat by pressing the blinking arrow on your cricut machine.
Once it loads the mat then go ahead and hit the cricut button to start the cutting process. Watch your awesome little machine go to town:)
You will get prompted when your cut is complete, then all you have to do is unload the mat and peel the Iron on material off like the picture below shows.
Then lets put the other material (foil htv) on the mat (shiny side down), change the material you are cutting in cricut design space (foil HTV if you chose to do what I am doing), and begin the other cut.
Alright so we are now ready to weed. We are going to weed all of the pieces we do not need. And leave the pieces we do need. Pictures below
Note: If you used a hole sheet for the cut, trim the excess material off before you begin weeding so you can save the extra material for another project.
Take your time here and enjoy the process. I think weeding is so relaxing! It may just be me, but it relaxes me and lets my mind flow.
Transferring the Foil HTV & Iron-on (HTV) to your St. Paddy’s shirt
OH we are just so close:)
After the cutting and weeding is complete, we are now ready to transfer our iron-on to our shirt. WOOHOO!
TIP: Cricut recommends that you always pre wash your shirts before you press them. So make sure your shirt is washed and ready to go.
So let’s walk to our heat press and set it to the temperature , which is 275 F for Foil HTV. Foil is a bit different to work with. You don’t want it too hot that it creates bubbles.
If you are using Iron-on the temp would be around 330 F. Not unsure? I did link the cricut heat guide below.
If you are using a different material or your shirt is not 100% cotton, here is Cricut’s AWESOME guide to help you figure it out.
Once your heat press is heated, let’s go ahead and place your t-shirt down so we can press it for 5-10 seconds to get the wrinkles out. We are going to press the area in which you are laying your design on.
Nothing is worse than having your iron on all messed up due to wrinkles on your shirt. YES It has happened to me more than once. LOL
Lay your shamrock on your shirt where you want it to be. (liner side on top) Lets cover your design with some parchment paper and gently press the design on your shirt for 15-20 seconds.
Depending on what kind of heat press you are working with this could vary. Once you are done pressing check and see if the shamrock stuck to your shirt.
WOOHOOO It’s on your shirt.
I always wait a few seconds before I start peeling off. Let it cool so you don’t burn yourself, maybe 20 seconds, then remove the lining from your design. Keep the lining! We will be placing it back over the shamrock after we place our word.
Now lets take our Lucky Word and place it on the shamrock where we want it to be. Placement is up to you, but make sure the whole word is on the shamrock. See image above.
Once you are happy with the word placing, lets take that shamrock liner and place it over the word and shamrock. So everything is now covered.
Heat press the design again for about 10-12 seconds. Lift up the shamrock liner and check to make sure the word is now attached to the shamrock.
Quick Step by Step Guide
Congrats!!!! You just made this awesome St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt with our Cricut using iron on🥳
I hope you found this Tutorial extremely helpful! Now I want to see your designs! Make sure you leave a comment below with a picture of your creation!
I am so super excited to see what your creations look like!
I want my tribe to feel supported! And I will gladly answer any of your questions there!