My daughter and I love dressing up mommy and me! We have been using the Cricut to make our own mommy and me t-shirts.
We have been working on reading and she’s obsessed with rainbows so I decided to make shirts with different versions of the word love on it a rainbow of colors.
The rainbow is not only my daughter’s favorite! It’s mine too!!
Mommy and Me T-Shirts Tutorial
You can get my love Cricut project below. It’s super easy to make with your Cricut and a rainbow 🌈 of colors of Everyday Iron on Heat Press Vinyl.
You can make these for everyone in your family and do a matching family photo for Mother’s Day or any holiday.
If you do not want to make the shirts yourself, I have found some awesome creative shops that make amazing shirts.
This Etsy Shop has the cutest mommy and me shirts out there! Check them out!
Tools and Supplies
- Cricut Machine (Cricut Joy, Cricut Maker, or Cricut Air 2)
- Standard Grip Mat (get it here)
- Cricut Iron On Vinyl
- Easy Press 2 (we have the 12″ x 10″ so that you can use it for any size project – check it out here)
- Cricut Easy Press Mat
- Weeding Tools
- Lint Roller
- White T-Shirts
- Cricut Design File – Love Cricut Project
How to Make Matching Shirts with Iron On Vinyl?
Firstly, start with 2 blank white t-shirts. To prepare the t-shirts, Iron and use the lint roller to remove any lint, dust, or hair.
The Cricut website recommend that you wash the shirts before you apply the iron-on vinyl.
If you choose to wash them, wash and dry t-shits and make sure not to use fabric softener -liquid or dryer sheets. This will impede the proper adhesion of the iron-on.
Secondly, use this Cricut Project to size the design down or up based on size.
Cut down the vinyl using the material cutter. You can get both your weeding tools and the slicer here.
Add the iron-on vinyl shiny side down to the standard mat and use the brayer to smooth it down.
If you use the Cricut Joy, you can just load the Smart Iron On Vinyl.
Then, load the green standard mat with the iron-on vinyl on it using the arrows and make sure the Cricut pulls it in properly.
On the computer, choose the machine and make sure that you reverse the image.
Also, choose the type of Cricut iron-on vinyl by selecting from the Cricut database of material. There are so many – make sure you get the right one.
Ensure that the Cricut has space behind and in front so it can work properly.
When the C – Cricut symbol is flashing, press it and watch the Cricut cut the design.
Once the cut is done, remove the green mat with the arrows.
Then, pull the vinyl off the green mat.
Finally, weed the vinyl around the design using the weeding tools.
Iron On Vinyl with Easy Press 2
Firstly, set up your Cricut Easy Press 2 by following the directions and keeping it in the cradle.
Secondly, turn on the Easy Press 2 and make sure the timer is set to 30 seconds.
You can hook into the computer so that you can choose which materials are using so that the Easy Press 2 or you can use the heat guide.
The Iron On Vinyl heat settings are 315 degrees F for 30 seconds on the front and 15 seconds on the back.
Let the Easy Press 2 heat up while you prep shirts.
On a flat surface, place the Easy Press Mat down.
To prep the shirt for application, lint roll the shirts and use the Easy Press to heat the shirt for 5 seconds where you will adding the design.
Measure to make sure you have the design centered and where you want them.
Place the Easy Press 2 on top of the design and let it is sit while you apply light pressure on the machine for 30 seconds.
Remove the Easy Press 2 and put it back on the cradle.
Then, flip the shirt over and press the area where the design is for 15 seconds. You don’t have to go inside the shirt. The outside of the shirt will do.
Wait a few minutes and allow the design to cool before peeling off the contact paper.
More Cricut Projects
If you love these Mommy and Matching shirts, you will adore these Cricut Projects.