I've been having so much fun with my Cricut Maker, I was thrilled to add the Cricut EasyPress to my craft room - and I put it to work right away! Here's what I think of the Cricut Easy Press - and the fun tote I made with it!
Disclaimer: I was given a Cricut Easy Press for review but all opinions are my own.
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Whenever I start a Cricut project, step one is head over to Cricut Design Space. There you can find hundreds of ready to make projects - or create your own! I decided to make an iron-on for a tote bag for a dear friend.
Using the fonts included with Design Space, I put together a message for my iron-on. It took me longer to pick out the fonts than to make the rest of the project! But when I had it just the way I wanted it, it was time to click Make It. (Fonts used: P.S. and Cricut Sans) I was able to make my project public so you can make it too! CLICK HERE!
Since it's an iron-on, it's important to mirror it before you cut!
So into the Cricut Maker with my sheet of Cricut Foil Iron-On! There are instructions inside the foil package to help with how to load it in. One thing I learned the hard way - "liner side down" means the colored side down. The "white" side faces up, because the liner is clear!
Then, a bit of weeding with the Cricut BrightPad...
And it's ready to apply to my tote bag!
This is where the Cricut EasyPress comes in...
The Cricut EasyPress comes very well packaged, with full instructions, a Quick Reference sheet (now hung above my workspace!) and a practice project to get started with.
Before getting the EasyPress, I did lots of other Cricut iron-on crafting - and used my household iron to apply the iron-ons. It worked fine - I've got a very high-quality iron for steaming my crochet - but it always took a while. To heat up, to cover the entire project, to overlap and make sure that I got every little bit of the project covered... But no more!
The Cricut EasyPress is SO much easier to use. First of all, it's got that great base that protects your surfaces and gives the Press a home. (I'm not the only person with an iron shape burned into the carpet, right?)
Then, you've got that great big flat surface - 9" x 9" - that heats evenly edge to edge! So you cover more area than a standard iron, and get much more even heat and pressure.
Even better, you get to set the specific temperature with the EasyPress. With my home iron, I have 7 heat settings - poly, cotton, wool, the usual. But with the Easy Press, you can set the heat in 5-degree increments - for precise, perfect results. And it heats up crazy fast!
Much like an iron doesn't include an ironing board, you'll need a sturdy, flat surface to work on. And it's a good idea to protect it a bit - a folded up bath towel works fine, or you can do as I did and fold up the pressing cloth I keep around for crochet projects!
And there's a countdown timer too! With just 6 buttons that are intuitively easy to use. Left to right, you turn it off/on, pick whether to adjust the temp or timer, and adjust up or down.
Then when the little Cricut button on the right turns green, you place the Press on your project, press down on the handle, give that button a push, and the countdown is on!
The Cricut EasyPress makes it easier than ever to apply iron-ons - whether they were made with the Cricut or not. I really enjoy using it, and I think it's a great upgrade from a household iron that takes up way less space than a big ole steam press. With this firm, even heat, Cricut says iron-ons will last longer than ever, and that's a very good thing!
And once it was cool...
My secret - I've been using the Cricut EasyPress for more than just iron-ons - it's also a great big slick iron, after all, and who wants to spend *more* time ironing!
So if you'd like to give the Cricut EasyPress a try, I have to say I do recommend it. I also love my Cricut Maker and Bright Pad - and using them all together! Click any of the links below to order your own today:
Now to start pondering what to make next with my Cricuts! Prefer to save this idea for later? Here's a Pin:
And with one past peek at the Maker, have a great crafty day!
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