Cricut Infusible Ink Christmas Raglan T-Shirts

Learn how to Create a Stunning, Vibrant T-Shirt Using Cricut Infusible Ink Available at JOANN with this Step-by-Step Tutorial.

If you love the idea of customizing shirts, bags, coasters and more with vivid color then you’re going to love using Infusible Ink! JOANN recently released the cutest raglan tee bases and I just had to use them to create some fun holiday-inspired t-shirts!

You can find the entire line of Cricut Infusible Ink supplies at your local JOANN or you can purchase them online at JOANN.com

Let’s start off by talking a little bit about what Cricut Infusible Ink really is and how it differs from Iron-On and Heat Transfer Vinyl.

What is Cricut Infusible Ink?

Infusible Ink is a brand new system of products that allow you to take your DIY projects to an entirely new and completely permanent level. 

Infusible Ink allows you to create a design that fuses with your shirt for a vivid and seamless result. This prevents any cracking, peeling or lifting of the design.

When Infusible Ink reaches a certain temperature it actually converts to a gas which begins the transfer of the pigment to the compatible base.

What Can you use Infusible Ink On?

Infusible Ink requires polymer or polyester based materials to ensure a permanent bond.

How is it Different from Iron-On?

Iron-On uses an adhesive backing that is heat-activated to adhere a design to an item. Repeated use can cause wear and tear.

While Iron-On can be applied to a wide variety of materials, Infusible Ink must be used with compatible blanks to ensure the best results. White or light-colored fabrics are needed for the best results. A heat press that can reach 400 Degrees is also needed for a successful transfer.

Which machine can I use with Infusible Ink?

The Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore family and Cricut Joy are all compatible with Infusible Ink.

Supplies

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Prepare and Cut Infusible Ink

Begin by opening your package of Infusible Ink. Inside you will find an Infusible Ink sheet, a sheet of butcher paper, and a white cloth.

Place the Infusible Ink Transfer sheet on green Cricut Standard Grip mat with the design facing upwards.

Measure your t-shirt to get an idea of how big to make your design.

DOWNLOAD MY FREE T-SHIRT SIZING GUIDE HERE.

In Design Space, select “Mirror” on the entire design. Infusible Ink is similar to Iron-On and needs to be mirrored since it will be placed face down on the material.

Turn on the machine, if you are using an Explore Air 2 select “Custom” then select Infusible Ink.

Load the mat into the machine and allow it to cut completely. Once the machine has finished cutting, eject the mat.

Lay the mat upside down in front of you and slowly peel the mat away from the Infusible Ink. This will protect the material and keep it from cracking. Flip the design so the right side is facing upwards.

Roll the design back and forth to lift the excess off of the transfer sheet and use a pair of tweezers to pull away any of the negative designs.

The excess pieces can be saved and used as a design as well.

Preheat the Cricut EasyPress to 380 degrees for 40 seconds.

How to Apply Infusible Ink to a Compatible Base

Step One

Place the T-shirt on top of a Cricut EasyPress mat and spread it flat. Prepare the shirt by using a lint roller to remove any stray threads or fibers.

This is an important step because fibers can change colors when exposed to extreme heat, resulting in a damaged design. Most of the time, these small fibers are unseen by the naked eye. A few swipes with a lint roller will ensure you have a clean base to start with.

Step Two

Slide a piece of card stock inside the shirt. This will prevent the ink from bleeding through.

Press the shirt with the EasyPress for 15 seconds to warm it up removing any moisture or wrinkles. Allow the shirt to cool completely.

Place the transfer sheet with the ink side downwards on top of the shirt taking care to center it completely. Apply pressure to the transfer sheet to help it adhere to the shirt.

You’ll want to make sure that the transfer sheet is smaller than the size of the EasyPress so that the entire design is covered by the heat plate. 

Place a sheet of butcher paper on top of the design. 

Step Three

Lower the EasyPress onto the design taking care not to move the design. Set the timer, apply light pressure and remove the EasyPress once the timer has ended. 

Take extra care not to bump the design as it can cause ghosting of the design.

Allow the transfer to cool for a few minutes before removing the transfer sheet using pair of tweezers.

Infusible Ink Care

Wash the shirt on cold with detergent. For best results do not use fabric softener on the design. 

Infusible Ink is a permanent alternative to Iron on. It provides bold and bright color with out fading, cracking or peeling. 

I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial! There are so many possibilities with this line of products. You can find all of the supplies you need for this project on Joann.com

299 thoughts on “Cricut Infusible Ink Christmas Raglan T-Shirts”

    1. Heather Clelland

      What a great tutorial. I would love to do this for all my kids and grandkids and make them matching shirts. Thank you

  1. A lot of the information out there is so overwhelming at times, love how you break it down to seem more manageable.

  2. Infusible inks are so expensive but I’ll just ignore that fact cause this made it all worth the $$! Love this idea ❤️

  3. I absolutely love this. I have had infusable ink sitting on my shelf and haven’t had the inspiration to use it, now I see its not as scary as I thought! Can’t wait to try!

  4. Your tips and tricks really come in handy when trying out infusibke ink for the first time! Can’t wait to make some cute Christmas tees and pillows. 🙂

  5. I love the idea of infusible ink, but I have no space for a heat press… Last I heard, an iron doesn’t heat evenly enough for it to work.

  6. Because of this tutorial and your generosity in sharing the svg files free, I am able to create matching jammies for my family without breaking the bank! Thank you!

  7. You have the best tutorials! I have been wanting to try this but wasn’t sure how it would go. Thanks for simplifying.

  8. Samantha Barcenas

    Thanks for the info very useful never thought of rolling the sheets to separate the transfer sheet from the infusible!

    1. My family bought me a Cricut Obsession. Making t shirts meant cutting the design out of freezer paper. Ironing it onto a shirt and using paint. I love how far Cricut has come

  9. I don’t have a cricut, but I’m hoping to someday so that I can try some of the wonderful cricut crafts you share one your blog!

  10. Wow, Cricut just keeps coming up with amazing things! Thanks for the detailed tutorial, I love the way you break things down and include pics!

  11. Wow! This is a great tutorial! Thank you! I have had my Easy Press and Maker (I had a previous Explorer on down to the original Cricut) for almost a year, and I have not used them. I am so excited now, and can’t wait to try the Infusible Ink! I have got to start creating and being less intimidated by this machine!

  12. I purchase two rolls on clearance didn’t know I needed the press thought I could use my iron. Maybe if I am a really good well I will put it on my list machine and press

  13. Maretta Nearing

    I love this! I have been putting off trying this technique. You make it seem so easy! Thank you for sharing!

  14. I recieved an infusible ink gift last year for Christmas and haven’t even opened the box! Now i can! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Barbara Zebrowski

    Thank for posting all this info, I bought a boat load of infusible stuff this past week and I’m anxious to do projects for Christmas. One thing I don’t know how to do/use are the infusible pens I bought (all the colors). I thought maybe I could get a bit artistic with them, any ideas?

  16. Jeanette Jaegerman

    You make your tutorial easy to follow along and understand! Thank You! I know where to come when I need to know anything Cricut

  17. Omg thank you so much for all this info. I love working arts n crafts and this will put me on top with all your help. You’re the best!!!

  18. Jennifer Hermosura

    Great tutorial for a visual learner. This product gives more options when offering products to customers and as gifts.

  19. Thank you – I’ve wondered if the infusible ink was actually liquid ink and it sounded so messy. I can’t wait to try it!

  20. Thank you for sharing! Christmas is my favorite holiday! Using your ideas will make it so much more fun in the coming days!

  21. These shirts are super cute! I’ve never heard of infusable ink transfers until now. We always get to learn about something new with you! Thank you!

  22. Marjenisse Fitzpatrick

    love the shirts and super helpful. ive had my infusible ink sitting for a bit. time to get that shirt done lol

  23. Wow! My daughter has a Cricut Explore which she loves and is very keen to try out the infusible ink methods. Finding this tutorial, so clearly explained is marvellous as I was struggling to understand how it worked. She’ll be delighted to see this.
    I’d love to be able to have a Cricut myself so this generous giveaway is a wonderful opportunity to begin a new craft.

  24. I’m really excited to see who will be the winner I hope is me jiji. I watch all the videos and I have subscribed in most of them as well even on the sewing projects all is great but hopefully with this machine I couple do more and start my small business yayyy. God bless and good luck to all.

  25. Your blogs are very helpful! I don’t own a Cricut yet, but can’t wait to get my hands on one so I can start creating projects! I’m most excited to try infusible ink!

  26. Glenda Roopnarine

    Looking forward to the tips and tricks. I love to craft but dont do much of it due to schedule but looking forward to doing more crafty projects for the house and gifts. Im excited to see what the classes brings. Thanks again.

  27. Bethany McDonald

    This is a helpful reminder as I’m getting ready today. It’s been far too long since I’ve done infusible ink.

  28. I’ve been so intrigued by the infusible ink but too hesitant to try. You spell it out & finally made me feel comfortable enough to try it, thank you!

  29. Thank you for this. I have been very intimated to try the infusable ink. My hubby found some on sale and picked up a few rolls for me but they have been sitting in the drawer.

  30. was wondering do you have to use the infusible inks shirts or bags to use this product? or can you use anything with this product?

  31. What a superb gift, especially during these times. One certainly would have plenty of time to learn and play with this wonderful TOY!!
    Thanks for the opportuity!!

  32. I LOVE how I don’t have to worry about lifting when using this project! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. This was super informative. Thank you!

  33. Good luck everyone! I just discovered this blog and website and it’s amazing! Your crafting skills are amazing, and you offer so much inspiration. I can’t wait to make more face masks! Thank you!
    Rachael Davis

  34. Michele Chandler

    These are so cute! Would love to have a maker of my own. I love creating!!!
    Love your site and blog posts! Keep it up!

  35. Avionne McClatchie

    I’m always in awe when I see the results from using infusible inks. It’s like magic! I can’t wait to get my hand on an Easy Press & some infusible ink bundles to test them out myself!

  36. I have been so curious on how infusible ink worked. This is such a great tutorial and definitely takes that scary post feeling out of learning something new.

  37. This looks so fun! I have been considering getting a critical because I love crafting, so now I have to get one to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Cassandra Dawson

    I’m terrified to do this but tired of asking my sister to always make shirts for me. So for Christmas I’m asking for a Circuit so I can add something new to my craft/sewing room and business by offering personalization. Thank you for reassuring us and giving us the best instructions and freebies! You’re the BEST!!!

  39. I follow you on all of your platforms and have wanted one of these for ages. I would love to share it with my granddaughter so she could make her own designer shirts.

  40. Vanessa Pritchard

    If I ever need to learn how to use a cricut, I know who to go to!! Thank you for all the resources and tutorials!

  41. Thank you so much for these great designs! I’m new to this and am excited to get started! I hope to make shirts for my family for Christmas. I enjoy your website and blog and have learned a lot from you. Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with us!

  42. ThreeLittlePetals

    Haven’t tried using infusible ink yet but I love making matching shirts for the family! Can’t wait to start on my Christmas ones!!

  43. I truly appreciate you including a T- Shirt sizing guide! Depending on the style of shirt and the designs I’m working with, I sometimes struggle with placement.

  44. I have this infusible ink and a tshirt I have been wanting to do something Gnome Christmas with so this was not only a super helpful guide but inspired me to actually create the Christmas gnome tshirt I have been wanting too!

  45. This would be extremely cute as matching family pajamas. I would love to make this and a onesie for the twins with this design. ❤️❤️

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