Time Required :
About an hour
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

feelin' groovy ice-dyed t-shirt

Use ice to make unique designs with powdered dye onto a t-shirt. Add a groovy phrase embellishment with iron-on vinyl.

Step 1

Run your shirt through the Rinse/Drain/Spin cycle on your washer in hot water.
TIP: Your shirt needs to be damp for dying so do not dry.

Step 2

Protect your work area with a disposable tablecloth. Place your plastic container on top of your protected working surface, then place the cooling rack inside your container.

Step 3

Arrange your shirt as desired (bunch, spin, fold, etc.) and place on top of your cooling rack.

Step 4

Cover the top of your shirt(s) with ice.

Step 5

Sprinkle powdered dye over the ice with a spoon.
TIP: A little powdered dye goes a long way. If you use multiple powdered dyes, leave a little room in between each one to prevent overly blending.

Step 6

Allow the ice to melt completely and let set for about 24 hours.
TIP: Melting of the ice could take a few hours, depending on environment.

Step 7

Rinse your shirt(s) thoroughly, until the water runs clear.

Step 8

Wash your shirt(s) separately; then dry to set.

Step 9

Click here for the design in Cricut® Design Space™.

Step 10

Size the design as you would like it to appear on your t-shirt.
TIP: Hide (or delete) the translated version you do not need.

Step 11

Click ‘Make It’ in the upper right corner of your screen.

Step 12

In your preview screen, check ‘Mirror’ in the left panel for each mat layer, to reverse your image.

Step 13

Click ‘Continue’ in the bottom right corner of your screen and choose the material for your first layer.
TIP: When working with multiple iron-on layers or materials, be sure to pay close attention to the left panel on your preview screen to know which layer is cutting, so you know which material to attach to the mat and load into your machine. Be sure to change the material if using more than one type (matte, glitter, foil, etc.).

Step 14

Place the iron-on material, shiny-side down, onto your cutting mat. Load the mat into your Cricut® machine, then press the blinking Cricut® icon to start cutting; then once done, upload your mat and carefully remove material from your mat.

Step 15

Repeat Step 14 for each mat layer.

Step 16

Now, use scissors to cut your design from the iron-on material rolls. Next, use your weeder tool to remove all the excess material around and inside your design. You’ll be left with just the reversed design on the clear plastic carrier sheets, which are slightly sticky.

Step 17

Preheat your EasyPress™ to the appropriate temperature for your material and, if needed, adjust the timer.
TIP: See the Quick Reference Guide, included with your EasyPress™, for temperature and times or click here for an interactive guide. You can also use an iron to press your material. Just follow the instructions included in the iron-on material packaging.

Step 18

Place your t-shirt on top of your EasyPress™ mat and then preheat the fabric for 5 seconds.

Step 19

Place the carrier sheet with your design, so it’s sticky-side down, onto your t-shirt. You should be able to see the layer through the carrier sheet, just as it will appear once ironed.

Step 20

Place your EasyPress™ on top of the design, apply the appropriate pressure for your material and press the time button. Once it beeps, flip over your t-shirt and press for another 15 seconds. If your material is the warm peel type, you may go ahead and peel off the carrier sheet. If your material is a cool peel type, let it cool completely before removing the carrier sheet.

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