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How to Use Cricut Iron On Vinyl on Stretchy Fabrics

April 27, 2018

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for stretchy fabrics.

If you love working with heat transfer vinyl, but have always felt limited by the fabrics you can use it on, you are about to be VERY happy. You see, regular Cricut iron on vinyl (or other brands of heat transfer vinyl) just doesn't have a whole lot of stretch to it, so it was not conducive to using on stretchy fabrics like workout clothing, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings, etc. The vinyl would look pulled as the fabric stretched out because the vinyl just didn't flex and stretch with the fabric.

Well, Cricut recently released SportFlex Iron On™ and people are going NUTS for it. I finally tried it for the first time and now I see what all the excitement is about. I'm sharing all the details about how to use Cricut SportFlex Iron On™ for stretchy fabrics in this post.

If you saw my recent post on 10 Things Women Over 40 Should Buy for Themselves then you already know that I recently invested in a Peloton (and yes, I am friggin' loving it and working out more than I have in a long time–very happy girl here). So, I decided to make a funny workout shirt to wear whenever I am spinning on my Peloton :)

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this fun project! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost you a penny more)! Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to Use Cricut Iron On Vinyl On Stretchy Fabrics

 

Materials Needed:

 

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for stretchy fabrics.

Steps:

1) Use Cricut Design Space to design whatever you want to put on your stretchy fabric :) If you want to use my design, you can access it here. I recommend that you use a t-shirt template to decide on how large you want the design to be on your shirt. To do that, just click on “templates” on the left side of your screen and scroll until you find the template you want to use.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

I chose the “scoop neck t-shirt” template and this is what it looked like with my design on it. My shirt is actually a tank top, but the template is still  a helpful guide. My tank top is a size large, so if you are a smaller or larger size, you may want to adjust the design itself to be smaller or larger so that it fits properly on your shirt. You can use a measuring tape to measure your shirt if in doubt. You can adjust the size of the design by clicking on it and dragging the corner in or out.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

2) Now, if you have never worked with Cricut iron on vinyl before, you should know that it is DIFFERENT than traditional vinyl. You actually cut the bottom-side of the material.That means you need to place the iron on vinyl on your cutting mat with the shiny side of the iron-on vinyl face down and the less shiny side face up. 

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl SportFlex in this detailed post!

3) Prepare your design to cut when you are ready by clicking the “make it” button at the bottom right corner of your screen. Once you are taken to your preview screen, you need to be sure to mirror your imageAll you have to do is toggle this button to the “on” position.

Yes, you can use iron on vinyl for sports fabrics now! All the details in this post.

If you are using a Cricut Air Explore machine like me, set your dial to “Iron On.” If you are using the Cricut Maker, you can select “SportFlex Iron On” from the list of materials.

4) Now you are ready to cut out your design. Click the green continue button in Design Space and then load your mat and click the go button on your machine.

5) After you design is cut, weed it so that you are left with only what you want to iron on to your shirt.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for stretchy fabrics.

6) Now it's time to apply your Cricut iron on vinyl design to your shirt. Place your shirt on your Cricut EasyPress Mat (or other hard, protected surface) and preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 305˚.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for stretchy fabrics.

7) Next, place your EasyPress onto the area of shirt that you are applying the design to for 15 seconds (this just preheats your fabric which will help the SportFlex adhere better). Then place your weeded design on to your shirt–make sure it's centered and straight. Then place Cricut Iron-On Protective Sheet or a thin cotton towel over the protective film and use your EasyPress to iron it on for 30 seconds (the built-in timer will count down for you–love that feature). Because my design was larger than the 9-inch plate of the EasyPress, I moved it to the next section that wasn't covered the first time and pressed again for 30 seconds.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for stretchy fabrics.

8) Next, turn your shirt inside-out and press again for 30 seconds over the entire surface of the design.

9) Allow it to fully cool down. Then peel away the clear film to reveal your awesome new shirt :)

Learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes!

Here's my fun shirt all done. Call me immature, but it cracks me up every time I wear it to workout :)

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

I'm so excited about this new stretch-friendly iron on vinyl. I can't wait to use some on my twin girls' swim team bathing suits. I'm thinking of putting “eat my bubbles” on the butt of them :) Again, feel free to question my maturity. I don't mind!

Now there is a heat transfer vinyl that has enough stretch to use on work out clothes, bathing suits, yoga pants, leggings and more! It's called SportFlex Iron On™ and it's awesome. In this post, you will learn how to use Cricut Iron On Vinyl for workout clothes, activewear and stretchy fabrics.

 

Click on any image below to see these other fun things I have made with my Cricut!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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  1. I have an old Cricut AND an old Silhouette. I’m soooo behind on everything we can do with these awesome machines. Oh Oh! I see a splurge in my near future. Buy hey, I’m over 40 so isn’t it the 11th thing to buy? ;) Thanks for this tutorial Tasha! I’ll make sure to check your comparison post before I buy anything!!

    • Tasha A. says:

      LOL! Yes, Natalie! This SHOULD be #11 on the list of things women over 40 should buy for themselves! And you need to bust out those old machines of yours ASAP!

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