Learn about my experience of using infusible ink and an Easypress 2 on polyester fabric and what happens when you iron over fused Cricut infusible ink.
I love all the cool Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets. Whenever I see them I think of all the cool fabric prints I want to make with them.
I decided to make my own workout leggings and try out infusible ink on 100% polyester fabric. This post can also be called “what happens when you ironed over fused infusible ink?” because I was so set on having the prints all next to each other.
I wish I would have done polka dots or stripes or something to separate the infusible ink, and then I wouldn’t have had a problem with ironing over fused fusible ink.
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Infusible ink really looks the best on white fabric, but you can use it on any light colored fabric. I recommend using a white 100% polyester fabric.
I have used Cricut infusible ink for lots of different projects, and here’s all the posts teaching you how to use and and what I’ve learned:
- Infusible Ink vs Iron-on Vinyl (HTV)
- Infusible Ink on Cotton vs Polyester
- Infusible Ink on blue vs white fabric
- Infusible Ink with fabric sewn on top
Using Infusible Ink on Polyester Fabric
- Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheet – watercolor* and galactic stars*
- Cutting machine like the Cricut Maker*
- Easypress 2* and mat (easypress 2 vs easypress)
- 100% polyester fabric like single brushed poly or double brushed poly
Since I was so set on filling up my fabric with as much infusible ink as possible I didn’t cut my infusible ink transfer sheets with my cricut maker. That made it hard to apply because I didn’t have any sticky plastic backing to keep it on the fabric.
I would put a pair of scissors on one side and then hold the other side with my hand. Then I would carefully place the Easypress 2 on one side and removing my hand, then I would move the scissors and place the Easypress all the way down.
If I cut an infusible ink transfer sheet in half the largest Easypress 2 would cover all of it.
If I didn’t cut an infusible ink transfer sheet in half the largest Easypress 2 would only cover 3/4 of it, but then I would have to heat the remaining section of the infusible ink transfer sheet.
This is what a full sheet looks like after being heated. You can definitely see where the Easypress 2 sat the first time, where it sat the second time, and where the ink started to lift back up when I overlapped.
I would ruin my perfect transfers every time I would iron or heat it again with my Easypress 2. I suspected I would have problems with the way I wanted to do it, and I was okay with that since I was only making workout leggings.
When I cut the infusible ink transfer sheets in half but placed them right next to each other, I still have the problem of the Easypress overlapping the previous design.
This is where a stripes design would’ve come in handy. I wish I would’ve cut my transfer sheets in half and kept a 3 inch gap between each one creating a cool striped or blocked design.
My transfer sheets would’ve gone a lot futher and I probably could’ve had color on the front of the leggings.
I cover the fabric as much as I could with all of my extra infusible ink transfer sheets. I had 7.5 transfer sheets from two different boxes of designs.
Once I had as much fabric patterned with infusible ink as possible, I cut out my leggings pattern pieces. Some edges got a little bit of white, but most of the time I could keep it in the seam allowance.
I used a pattern that had lots of different pattern pieces (which cuts down the full size) to accommate the infusible ink. I think something small like a sports bra or shorties would’ve worked even better.
Sew up your design and enjoy all of the happy color patterns. I think the best looks best which you can see below. That’s where most of the infusible ink ended up. The front looks a lot more white than I thought it was going to.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!