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DIY Unicorns and Mermaids Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On

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I am always creating new shirts for my tween daughter, mostly because she is constantly coming up with new design ideas. And believe me when I tell you it is ALL unicorns and mermaids at my house between my 12 year old and 4 year old daughters. When I received the new Cricut Patterned Iron On, we were both really excited to try some of it on a new shirt! Using two colors of Cricut Patterned Iron On and Cricut Design Space, she and I designed this “Unicorns & Mermaids” raglan shirt in just a few minutes time!

Unicorn Shirt

Cricut Patterned Iron On Vinyl

Have you seen the Cricut Patterned Iron On yet? No kidding y’all, it’s a game changer. Some of the Patterned Iron On comes in sampler packs, which is great because you can try 3 different patterns with each purchase, and you can mix and match the patterns to make unique projects. There’s so many different projects you can create with each pack! From tote bags, baby clothing, to accessories, and this awesome unicorns and mermaids shirt. These are some of my favorite patterns: the Cricut Natalie Malan Aquamarine and Cricut Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom Sampler Packs. This watercolor patterns from Natalie are AMAZING! I can’t wait to use this iron on watercolor vinyl on additional projects. Making this Cricut Unicorn Shirt is quick and easy with Cricut Patterned Iron on!

Unicorn Shirt -Mermaid Shirt with Cricut Design Space and Cricut Patterned Iron On Vinyl

Look at how gorgeous those colors are! I can’t get enough of the watercolor vinyl.

Supplies Needed to Make a Unicorns & Mermaids Shirt

The materials you need to make this project are:

How to Make your Own Unicorn & Mermaid Shirt with Watercolor HTV

Once you’ve gathered your materials, you’ll need to head over to Cricut Design Space to customize the design to your shirt size. And, since I designed this Unicorn and Mermaids shirt entirely within Design Space, you can just bring up the design and it’s ready to go!


*And since I used a couple of design elements available with Cricut Access, it’s a great time to check out all that Cricut Access has to offer! Cricut Access is the Design Space subscription that literally gives you access to 30,000+ images, hundreds of fonts and projects, AND 10% off Cricut.com and Design Space purchases!

When you click to customize the design in Cricut Design Space, this is what it will look like:

Cricut Design Space Unicorn

If you need to change the design size to fit your shirt, just make sure that you click “select all” in the top left of the menu bar and then you can resize the whole design at once.

Once you have the design sized properly, click the green “Make It” button.

This is the screen that will pop up. As you can see, because I used two different Patterned Iron On patterns, Design Space split the design into two mats, one for each Patterned Iron On color.

Cricut Design Space Mermaid

The most important thing to remember when using Iron On is that you have to have your design set to cut in “MIRROR” image.
Here’s what “Unicorns” looks like after I clicked the “Mirror” button to “ON” (the slider turned green).

How to Use Cricut Design Space

After you have clicked BOTH mats and set them to “Mirror” on, you can click the green “Continue” button to go to this screen:

Cricut Design Space

Here you’ll set your Material to “Patterned Iron-On” and load your cutting mats. Make sure you place the Patterned Iron On face DOWN (shiny side DOWN) on the mat, and press the “Go” button on your Cricut.

How to Use Cricut Maker to Make Unicorn Shirt

(You can see that the Patterned side is down on my mat!)

Once both pieces have cut you’re ready to adhere them to your shirt.

How to Use the Cricut EasyPress

I’m using the Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress Mat to easily apply the Patterned Iron On to the raglan shirt. I can’t even express how much I love the Cricut EasyPress! It’s so convenient and easy to use, and it works like a charm (SHOP FOR THE EASYPRESS HERE)! And the new EasyPress Mat makes the application of Iron On even more seamless by providing a barrier between the heat press and the hard surface you are using for crafting (in my case, my granite countertop).

Cricut EasyPress and Cricut EasyPress Mat to make iron on shirt

For Patterned Iron On you need to set your EasyPress to 340 degrees and the timer to 50 seconds (if using a regular iron, use the Cotton setting):

Cricut EasyPress

After the EasyPress is at temperature: place the EasyPress Mat under the shirt, preheat the shirt for 5-10 seconds, then position your Patterned Iron On design. I put both colors on the shirt at once, just making sure that the Iron On didn’t overlap on the plastic carrier sheet.

You can see in the picture how the EasyPress Mat fits right under the design:

Unicorn Birthday Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On Vinyl

Using firm pressure, press the EasyPress on the front of the shirt (I had to do it in two sections) for 50 seconds each time:

Cricut EasyPress to make Unicorn Birthday Shirt

(Excuse my incredible manicure my 2 year old gave me. 4 kids y’all. It happens).

Then, set your timer to 15 seconds and use the EasyPress on the BACK of the shirt:

Cricut Easypress to Make a Unicorn Shirt

Wait for the design and shirt to completely cool, and then peel off the carrier sheet. You’re done!

Make a Unicorns and Mermaids Shirt with Cricut Watercolor Iron On and the Cricut EasyPress with Pineapple Paper Co.

My daughter loves it!

Unicorn Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On Vinyl

I honestly can’t get over how much I love the new Cricut Patterned Iron On, and my daughter is equally enthralled with her new Unicorn & Mermaids shirt! Cricut Patterned Iron On really takes my shirt designs to a whole new level. And with all of the choices, I can’t wait to create even more projects! (In fact, I couldn’t wait and created this CUSTOM MONOGRAMMED LEATHER TOTE BAG !)

What will you create with the new Patterned Iron On? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. This is so cute! I am impressed with how the water color pattern looks, it seems like it would need to be something large to get the idea of the pattern, but this looks awesome.