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So, I get a lot of questions on how to use the Cricut to make shirts. With Cricut design space, shirt design is a breeze. There are thousands of fonts and image designs and if you have Cricut access you have even more.

Equally as important. did you know there are literally over 90,000 images and fonts loaded into Cricut Design Space that you can use to build a design for a t-shirt with no design experience?

How To Make A Tshirt With Cricut

It is, indeed, super simple to find ideas, images, and fonts by using the search features. You can also change the colors of some of the Cricut Images and resize them too.

Cricut Access allows you the ability to make the things you wouldn’t be able to naturally because, if you’re like me, you can’t draw.

The main things you need to learn is:

  • Place the vinyl wrong side down on the cutting mat. This is generally the shiny side on heat transfer vinyl.
  • The correct times and temps for your heat presses and Cricut EasyPress machines.
  • The correct settings for the Cricut machine for everyday iron-on and other types of vinyl.
  • How to find the center of your shirts. (fold the shirt in half making sure to align the side seams and then press down the middle. Don’t worry it doesn’t affect your design)

Also, here are some other helpful tips. All weeding tools aren’t equal. That is to say, you have to find one that works for you.

By the end of this tutorial, I am confident you will be making custom t-shirts like a pro!

What is Cricut Access? – Is it Worth it and Do I Need it?

Absolutely! Especially if you are planning on turning your Cricut Making into a business. Cricut Access is what gives you the ability to use Cricut fonts and images.

So instead of buying new SVGs, things could be as simple as finding a design, uploading it to your canvas, resizing, and cutting. And you can get it as of the date of this post for as low as $7.99 a month.

What Is Weeding?

Weeding is when you use a special tool to remove the excess vinyl from your design. Different weeding tool brands look very different. Some look like dental equipment while others look like ink pens.

Most important, using the Cricut Maker, or Explore air cutting machines you can start a small business in no time, with little or no skill. My first Cricut was the little 6-inch one that I had to buy a cartridge for each design I wanted to use.

They have come a long way with the machines, new features, and Cricut Access. I hope the video helps you to make your first shirt. 

Looking for more great projects to try with your Cricut?

How To Make A Shirt With Cricut Design Space
Yield: 1 Shirt

How To Make A Shirt With Cricut Design Space

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Making a shirt with your Cricut isn't as hard as you think. I put together this video to show you how to use Cricut Design Space to design your shirt and how to cut and press it too.


  • Siser EasyWeed
  • Siser Glitter
  • Blank Shirt (here is what I like to use)


  • Cricut Machine
  • Cricut Access (optional)
  • Weeding Tool
  • EasyPress 2 
  • EasyPress Mat


  1. Type out text in Cricut design space using the fonts between there and Cricut access. (watch the video to get more clarification on how to design it) typing text in cricut design space
  2. Choose a font you like for all of your text. choosing a font in design space
  3. Resize and align all of your text to create the look you are going for. resizing the tshirt design Resize the design to fit. (I do 10 to 10.5 inches for anything under an XL. Once it is resized, click make it.
  4. Mirror your image on the next screen. mirroring tshirt in DS
  5. Choose your material and cut out the design. choosing materials for the cricut
  6. Preheat your EasyPress to 330. Once it is done remove the mat. Weed your material. weeding vinyl
  7. Place the design shiny side up about 3 inches from the bottom of a color. If it is a V-Neck 1.5 to 2 inches below the bottom of the color. aligning vinyl on shirt
  8. Press the design for 30 seconds with light to medium pressure. pressing vinyl with the easypress
  9. Peel off the transfer sheet. peeling transfer tape from shirt
  10. Be proud of your shirt! finished shirt

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