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How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt

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This post shares all about how to use Infusible Ink on a t-shirt, specifically a rainbow Infusible Ink pattern to say “I Hate People” on a Cricut women’s t-shirt blank.

How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt: I Hate People Women’s T-Shirt

Okay, I’ll admit that today’s cut file isn’t for everyone. It’s from my snippy sayings free bundle. 🙂 But I think it’s pretty amazing. The bold rainbow pattern, hearts, and delicate cursive really all complement the phrase “I Hate People.” Don’t you think?

How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt

This was my first time working with the Cricut women’s t-shirt blank designed specifically for Infusible Ink products. Like other Infusible Ink blanks, it’s a polyester fabric, not cotton (which doesn’t work with Infusible Ink). It’s pretty soft.

It was also my first time working with this particular Infusible Ink pattern. When I saw it in the store, I knew I needed to try it. I love the contrast of the bright, girly shapes on a jet black background. I’s called “bright bow fairytale.”

cricut women's t-shirt
Infusible Ink transfer sheet boxes


And Here’s How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt.

Step 1: Prep the shirt and cut the Transfer Sheet

First prep your shirt. To do so, heat your EasyPress up to the temperature outlined in Cricut’s Heat Guide. Then put your shirt on the EasyPress mat and preheat the application area.

Note: I read that these shirts run a bit small, so I got a large. I’m not really sure if it runs small…it looks like what I’d imagine a large to be. I usually get a medium in comfy shirts like this, and this is pretty big on me.

Don’t skip this step! It’s important because it removes wrinkles and moisture that may be in the shirt. Both can interfere with the ink transfer process. Then let the shirt cool. It needs to cool completely before you put the design on the shirt because you don’t want any of the ink to smudge off.

While the shirt is cooling, use a lint roller to clean off the application area. Even if you don’t see any lint, it can be there and will interfere with the transfer process by taking colors differently. 

cricut women's t-shirt
cricut women's t-shirt

While your shirt is cooling, you can also cut your file. I used an I Hate People design from one of my free cut file bundles, but I added a few hearts in Design Space. Because why not? 🙂

To cut the Infusible Ink sheets, but them liner down on the standard green mat. The brighter side that feels like paper should be facing up. When you’re done cutting, weed out the negative space.

cricut cutting an infusible ink transfer sheet
How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt: I Hate People Women's T-Shirt

Want more? Check out my guide to using the Cricut Knife Blade, my EasyPress 2 guide, my Explore Air 2 review, my tips for working with holographic mosaic iron-on, my debossing and engraving tip tutorial, and my tutorial for the EasyPress Mini and using iron-on with wood! Also check out my free cut file gallery.

Step 2: Transfer the Design

After you’ve finished weeding your design, position it on your shirt and place a sheet of clean butcher paper on top. Since my design was almost as big as my EasyPress’s heat plate, I marked the edges of the design on the butcher paper. I did this to make sure I covered the entire design when transferring it.

Then I applied heat according to Cricut’s instructions! It’s very important to not shift the EasyPress while you’re transferring the design. It will result in smudging or “ghosting,” which ruins the design.

How to Use Infusible Ink on a T-Shirt
butcher paper
cricut easypress 2
applying the infusible ink transfer sheet

Step 3: Gently remove the Infusible Ink sheet

After the design cools a bit so that it’s just warm to the touch, use tweezers to remove the transfer sheet by the liner. If any pieces of the design fall off onto the shirt, just use the tweezers to pick them up. Don’t use your fingers—it could cause smudging if your shirt is still warm.

And that’s it! Using Infusible Ink on a t-shirt is a great way to make a beautiful permanent design. You can make it be or say anything you’d like, and there are tons of Infusible Ink patterns available to browse.

removing the infusible ink transfer sheet
removing the infusible ink transfer sheet
rainbow infusible ink on a t-shirt

Here’s the final shirt. Oh man. I love it. <3 Isn’t the pattern beautiful? Like all of the other transfer sheets I’ve tried, I’m impressed with how bright and vivid the colors are.

rainbow infusible ink on a t-shirt
I hate people t-shirt
infusible ink t-shirt for women
I hate people t-shirt

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