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Beginner Iron on Tshirt design for the Cricut Maker

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In this post I am going to share how I made a beginner Iron on Tshirt design using my Cricut Maker.

If you are a beginner like me, creating an iron on design using your Cricut Maker might be a little intimidating.

My daughter loves horses so for Valentine’s Day one year I decided to make a tshirt for her with my Cricut Maker that said “I Heart Horses.” It is a simple design, perfect for a beginner like me!


gray iron on cricut vinyl

I just needed 2 images– one of a heart, one of a horse, and the capital letter I. You could make this design for anything you like– just substitute the horse for another animal you like, or even something like a cup of coffee!

The main TWO THINGS to remember when you are making an iron on design is:
1: MIRROR your image when you go to cut it out and
2: Lay the material SHINY side DOWN on the cutting mat.

Below you can see the shiny side is up, and in position for ironing on. The machines needs to cut away the excess of the iron on part, leaving the shiny part. (Well, once it cuts it, you manually “weed” away the parts that it cut.) That is why the shiny part must go DOWN. And since you will be turning it over “upside down” to iron it onto the tshirt— that is why you MIRROR the image, so that it seems like it is cutting it out opposite of what you want.

I love Horses iron on tshirt design for the Cricut maker

I used the Cricut silicone mat (very similar to a baking mat) to put between my iron and the shiny plastic. You can also use a towel or parchment paper.

Cricut iron on pad

I ironed it extra long to be sure the iron on would not come off.

I love horses tshirt with the Cricut

My daughter loves her shirt and I am glad that I was able to give her something for Valentine’s day besides just candy.


I heart Horses tshirt

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