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Cricut Infusible Ink Tie Dye + Free SVG

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I’ve been on a fun new tangent after learning how to do tie-dye with Infusible Ink and decided to pair it with this fun free SVG with a little kawaii juice box and text. The shirt is just stunning and now I’m kind of jealous of the kiddo.

angled view of cricut infusible ink tie dye lunchbox crew shirt

I don’t know if its the bright teal colors (definitely is) or if it’s the little flair of silliness in the font (definitely is) or the little kawaii juice box with his blah non-smile (totally is), it just all comes together to make me wish I’d made this shirt for me.

An added bonus is that I got to layer up the fun design on top of a tie-dye sublimation using an infusible ink sheet that I LOVED the color, but didn’t know what to do with. Win-win in my book!

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Do You Have to Make This Shirt with Sublimation?

No, I had been making my tie-dye sublimation shirts and backpacks with sublimation, but then it dawned on me that I could do it with infusible ink sheets. So, I tried it out on this particular shirt and it worked really well. There’s no need for a sublimation printer and all that, although that’s kind of fun. But infusible ink sheets do the trick nicely!

top view of cricut infusible ink

What Do you Need to Make This Lunchbox Crew nfusible Ink Tie Dye Shirt?

You’ll need these materials to make your Lunchbox Crew infusible Ink Tie Dye shirt using the Cricut EasyPress:

Then you’ll need the following tools:

You’ll also need the Lunchbox Crew SVG file. You can grab it below for free.

top view of cricut infusible ink

Tips to Learn How to Do nfusible Ink Tie Dye with this This Free SVG

I didn’t become an infusible Ink Tie Dye expert overnight, but I have definitely learned a few lessons along the way, so take my favorite tips here to increase your own learning curve!

  • If you’re not familiar with infusible ink and want to dip your toes in before you get neck-deep in a project, check out my video tutorial on my byPink YouTube channel.
  • Let’s talk blanks. Always use a sublimation-ready blank. Here’s why:
    • Cotton will not take the sublimation ink. It will look like it did, but when you wash it, the ink will wash out.
    • Polyester, the higher concentration the better, will make the best sublimation projects, allowing the ink to bond and make a bright, seamless transfer.
    • For other materials, they can melt under the heat of the heat press, which is not something you want to risk.
  • Always put a sheet of butcher paper or parchment paper inside the shirt. You can sometimes risk it, but too often if you skip this, the infusible ink will actually go through the material and give you a ghost image. But the paper will stop the ink from bleeding through.
  • When you are applying the heat transfer, make sure you have pressed the infusible ink well, so that you don’t end up with ghosting.
  • When you’re layering your vinyl, make sure there’s nothing between the shirt and the vinyl, not even the transfer sheet. If you have just a little bit of that transfer sheet between layers, it will keep the vinyl from affixing to the shirt.

Cricut Infusible Ink Tie Dye + Free SVG

There is so much more to learn, but really, you’re ready to hit the tutorial and get to make. Just don’t forget to pin this to your favorite Cricut projects board on Pinterest so it’ll be there when the other kiddo asks for a matching shirt!

 

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finished view of cricut infusible ink tie dye shirt
Yield: 1 Lunchbox Crew Shirt

How To Do Cricut Infusible Ink Tie Dye + Free SVG

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Infusible ink tye dye is not only easy it's super fun! In this tutorial, you will learn how to tie-dye with infusible ink transfer sheets and while you're here you can grab the free Lunch Box Crew SVG.

Tools

Instructions

  1. Heat your EasyPress to 400 degrees and cut your infusible ink sheet in half.
  2. Use the lint roller to remove any lint from the shirt on both sides.
  3. Place the butcher paper inside the shirt blank and place the shirt front-up on your heat-safe mat.
  4. Crush the shirt with your hands into a ball, exposing bits and pieces of the side that's facing up, tucking down the center front of the shirt where you anticipate putting your text and juice box design. Be sure the shirt's crushed-up size is smaller than one of the pieces of your sheet of infusible ink.
  5. Lay one of the infusible ink sheet pieces so it faces down on your shirt blank, positioning it in place over the crushed shirt.
  6. Cover with butcher paper.
  7. Press for 60 seconds with light pressure. Remove your heat press and allow the paper to cool to the touch. Repeat with the other side.
  8. Smooth your shirt so it lays flat.
  9. Preheat your EasyPress to 330 degrees.
  10. Upload and resize the design to cover the area you want the image to fit onto your shirt.
  11. Follow the prompts to "make it" and to make sure the image is mirrored, so that the text comes outright. Cut out your design in the desired colors.
  12. Using the weeding tool, weed out the voided areas.
  13. Place the vinyl designs onto the shirt, the easiest way to layer this design is to place black first.
  14. Cover with parchment paper (to protect your press from the infusible ink you so recently did) and press with light pressure for 30 seconds.
  15. Remove the transfer sheet and discard. You're ready to use your shirt!

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