The EasyPress™ 2 and Motivating Workout Wear
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
I am sure most of us started off the year on fire and committed to keeping up those New Years resolutions about adopting a healthier lifestyle. But if anyone is like me, as we are now into the middle of February and the weather is miserable all the time, I’m finding that motivating myself to keep the workouts going is getting harder and harder.
What does any of this have to do with my Cricut EasyPress™ 2, you ask? Well, to motivate myself, I decided to use my Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress™ to make myself some workout wear. I find it a bit more motivating to workout when I have fun new gear to wear.
And when Cricut has so many different types of iron-on materials to choose from like holographic sparkle, glitter, patterned, etc., you can get really creative with all of your projects. In the past I used just my iron and always worried about the having the correct temperature and pressure and the EasyPress™ makes things so much easier.
For this project, I decided to make a tank top that was not only fun but expressed my true feelings about certain workout moves. It makes me smile and can be motivating when I know that I am not the only person that feels this way.
The supplies you need for this tank top are:
- 1. Tank top of your choice
- 2. Holographic Sparkle iron-on in gold
- 3. Everyday Iron-on in white
- 4. Cricut Maker
- 5. Cricut EasyPress™2 or Iron
- 6. EasyPress Mat
STEP 1 – Create your logo in Cricut Design Space.
Using the tank top template allowed me to get a better idea of sizing and allocation of my Cricut iron-on.
For the font I used Cabarga Cursiva and the heart shape from the Basic Shapes.
STEP 2 – Prepare to Cut Your Design
Once you have your design looking the way you want it, it is time to get ready to print your logo with your Cricut Maker. If you were printing everything in the same material, you would want to group everything so that the spacing remained the same as your design on screen. Because I am using two different materials, I did not group the logo. Therefore the text was ready to print on one mat and the heart on another. Be sure to select the correct size mat you will be using and DO NOT FORGET to select Mirror On, so that your text will be properly cut on your Cricut Iron-On materials.
Always place the shiny or plastic looking side down on the mat so that the iron-on is cut and not the protective sheet.
Once the logo is cut, you will need to weed out all the Circut material that you will not be ironing on.
When I was weeding this project, I definitely wished that I had the Cricut Bright Pad to help me see my cut lines a bit better. My aging eyes aren’t what they used to be.
STEP 3 – Prepare to Iron-on the heart
Be sure you have washed your tank top first without fabric softener.
Lay your tank top out on a flat surface so that you can now place the ready to iron on design.
I decided to place the heart shape design first, as it was the largest piece of the logo. This would help me better space where the lettering would eventually go.
I then went to the Cricut EasyPress™ Interactive Quick Reference Guide to get the correct timings and settings I would need to use based on the materials I was using. This is so incredibly helpful! Do not forget to put your EasyPress Mat (or a towel) under your tank top to protect your table or hard surface.
STEP 4 – Prepare to Iron-on the text
After the heart shape was applied, I then applied the text again using the reference guide and my EasyPress. I had let the application of the heart completely cool before I applied text. I made sure I covered the heart with the original protective sheet so that it was not damaged when using the EasyPress™ on the text portions.
STEP 5 – Finished project
Once you have removed the protective sheeting, your tank top is now ready to go. You should always wait 24 hours to wear and wash your new design.
Hopefully it motivates you to keeps you on tract. And yes, I really do not love burpees.