Learn how to use Cricut’s Infusible Ink Pens and Markers on fabric to create bright, vibrant designs.
I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about Cricut Infusible Ink I was super excited about the transfer sheets! I didn’t really know a whole lot about the Infusible Ink pens and markers and wasn’t as excited about them as I was the transfer sheets. But now that I’ve had a chance to use them for a few months let me tell you… They are AMAZING!!
I love that you can use the pens and markers with any Cricut machine OR you can draw your own designs (like my friend Charynn did with these gorgeous watercolor coasters). You can even do a combination of both! The creative possibilities are endless with these!
What Can You Use Infusible Ink Pens and Markers On?
They aren’t just for hard surfaces, like coasters! You can use the Infusible Ink Pens and Markers on fabric too! Cricut’s shirts, bodysuits and tote bags are all compatible with not just the transfer sheets but the markers and pens too! I’ve used the pens and markers on coasters (you can check out this tutorial to learn more) but wanted to see how the colors look on fabric too!
If you follow on Instagram, you probably saw we had our baby girl 2 weeks ago. I decided to make her a onesie for Halloween with the Infusible Ink Pens and Markers just to try them out! I was hoping to get a picture of her in the onesie but she’s a teeny tiny thing and the 0-3 month onesie is still too big for her (newborn onesies are a little big on her). Fingers crossed by October she’ll fit into it and I can post a picture to show you how cute it looks on.
What Else Do I Need To Use The Infusible Ink Pens and Markers on Fabric?
Like I mentioned above, you can use these pens and markers with ANY Cricut machine OR you can hand draw your designs too! The other items you need to get the best results with your Infusible Ink Pens and Markers are:
- Laser Copy Paper – if you use just regular copy paper the colors aren’t as bright. I bought my Laser Copy Paper on Amazon.
- Heat Resistant Tape – use this to attach your design to your fabric
- EasyPress or Heat Press – for any Infusible Ink material you NEED to use either the EasyPress or heat press. A regular iron does not provide enough heat to transfer the designs. *** If you are using the EasyPress you also need the EasyPress mat.***
- Butcher Paper and Carstock – these prevent your design from bleeding to the back of your fabric AND on to your EasyPress heat plate.
- Lint Roller – to make sure there is nothing on your fabric that will interfere with your design.
Where Can I Buy Infusible Ink Pens and Markers?
Currently Infusible Ink Products, including the pens, markers, Cricut blanks and accessories, are available at Michaels. They are NOW available on Cricut.com too. If you want to order directly from Cricut, you can use code FRUGAL10 to save 10% and score FREE shipping on $50+ orders. That’s on top of the 10% discount Cricut Access members get automatically!
How Do I Use Infusible Ink Pens and Markers on Fabric?
For this tutorial I am using Cricut’s baby bodysuit. Like I mentioned earlier, you can use the pens and markers on any Cricut blank and I’m in the process of trying the Infusible Ink products on other blanks as well.
Baby’s First Halloween Onesie Supplies
Infusible Ink Pens and Markers (it helps to use both since you’ll be coloring in some of the design)
Cricut Maker (or Explore Air machine)
6″x7″ EasyPress 2 AND Mat
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To create this exact onesie, you can open this design in Design Space and skip the next 5 steps.
Add your image (or text) in Design Space and change the linetype from CUT to DRAW.
You’ll also want to change the colors of the pens to Infusible Ink and the colors you want them to be written in. This will help to make sure you put the correct pen in during the writing/cutting process.
Add a square to your canvas and size it just a hair bigger than your design.
Move the square/rectangle over your design and align center.
Attach design to square/rectangle.
On the preview page, make sure you MIRROR your image!
Select your machine from drop down menu on the next screen and select COPY PAPER for the material.
Follow on screen prompts of when to load each pen into CLAMP A on your machine.
Put a piece of laser copy paper on your LightGrip mat and load into machine.
Let your Cricut write/cut the design.
Use the same color markers to color in your design after the Cricut has drawn the outline.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 385°F and 40 seconds.
Prep your onesie by putting a piece of cardstock inside and using a lint roller to make sure onesie is free of any debris.
Place butcher paper on top of onesie and preheat for 15 seconds with the EasyPress 2.
Remove butcher paper and place your design face down on the onesie. Use heat resistant tape to attach paper to onesie. *** Make sure the heat resistant tape is not touching any part of your design or it will affect the vibrance of your finished project***
Place butcher paper on top of paper with the design and press with light pressure for 40 seconds.
Slowly peel up paper when the design is still warm.
Baby Onesie Made With Cricut Infusible Ink Pens and Markers
I LOVE how bright the colors turned out on this and I can’t wait to make Baby’s First Holiday onesies for the rest of her 1st year!
Have you tried Cricut Infusible Ink Pens and Markers on fabric yet? I’d love to see what you’ve made! If you’d like to check out more ways you can use your Cricut check out these posts! Need help with your Cricut? Join our Cricut Support Facebook Group!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Thank you for this accessible explanation. I am brand new to Cricut Joy, having only made one project so far. If I understand correctly, are you using plain old laser printer paper as an iron sheet? Instead of butcher paper, is that Teflon paper used for iron-one acceptable?
Hey Michelle! So the laser paper is actually what the pens are drawing on and then I am taping the paper with the design drawn on it to the coaster, placing the butcher paper on top and then using my EasyPress. I haven’t tried using a teflon sheet, but I would be worried that you wouldn’t get enough heat from your EasyPress through the Teflon sheet