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.
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!
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!
What Do you Need to Make This Lunchbox Crew Infusible Ink Tie Dye Shirt?
You’ll need these materials to make your Lunchbox Crew infusible Ink Tie Dye shirt using the Cricut EasyPress:
- 1 Sublimation-Ready Shirt
- Heat Press Vinyl in White, Black and Teal
- 1 Sheet Solid Teal Infusible Ink transfer sheet
- The design (grab it below)
- optional rubber bands
Then you’ll need the following tools:
- Lint Roller
- Butcher Paper or Parchment Paper (not Wax Paper)
- Cricut Machine or Silhouette Cameo 4
- Weeding Tool
- Cricut EasyPress 2 and EasyPress mat
You’ll also need the Lunchbox Crew SVG file. You can grab it below for free.
Tips to Learn How to Do Infusible Ink Tie Dye with 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 it. 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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