The Makery

User Guide: Heat Presses/Cricut EasyPress

What is it?

The Makery has a variety of heat press and Cricut EasyPress equipment that heats up to 400º for transferring images, iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl, and Cricut Infusible Ink designs. These heat presses can be used to customize bags, t-shirts, hats, mugs, and more!

What can I do?

You can customize a variety of fabric materials like canvas bags, t-shirts, hats, ceramic mugs and coasters, and more! Laser transfer paper is available at the Makery for $1.00/sheet for transferring photographs or other designs to fabric materials. Designs can also be created using iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl with the Cricut and Silhouette machines, or with the Cricut Infusible Ink products.

What does the Makery provide?

What do I need for the Clamshell 15″x15″ Heat Press?

  • A base material (t-shirt, canvas bag, pillow case, etc.)
    • Avoid synthetic fabrics that can melt
  • A design printed on laser transfer paper or created with the Cricut and Silhouette machines using iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl or Cricut Infusible Ink
    • The Makery sells laser transfer paper for $1.00/sheet. This includes the cost of printing.
    • Inkjet transfer paper is not compatible with the Makery’s copiers.
    • Cricut Infusible Ink only works with polyester and some ceramics
  • Parchment paper is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs
  • Heat resistant tape is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs

What do I need for the Cricut EasyPress and EasyPress Mini?

  • A base material (t-shirt, canvas bag, pillow case, etc.)
    • Avoid synthetic fabrics that can melt
    • Cricut Infusible Ink only works with polyester and some ceramics
  • A design created with the Cricut and Silhouette machines using iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl or Cricut Infusible Ink
  • Parchment paper is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs
  • Heat resistant tape is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs

What do I need for the F2C Mug Heat Press? (Coming Soon)

  • A dye-sublimation mug
    • Standard mugs will not work
  • A design created with Cricut Infusible Ink or a dye-sublimation print
    • The Makery does not have a dye-sublimation printer. Dye-sublimation prints can be ordered from places like Etsy and then used in the heat presses.
  • Parchment paper is necessary for all designs
  • Heat resistant tape is necessary for all designs

What do I need for the Mophorn Hat Heat Press? (Coming soon)

  • A polyester or cotton hat
    • Wool and acrylic do not work
  • A design created with the Cricut and Silhouette machine using iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl or Cricut Infusible Ink
  • Parchment paper is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs
  • Heat resistant tape is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs

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Where can I buy materials?

Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list. 

Tips & Tricks

Laser Transfer Paper

Transfer paper is printable sheets that can be ironed on to your t-shirt or other fabric material. Designs can be simple text or entire photographs.

  • Designs should be in PDF or JPEG format.
  • The transfer sheet must be compatible with the printer being used.
    • The Makery sells laser transfer paper for $1.00/sheet that is compatible with the Library’s laser printers.
    • The Library does not have inkjet printers and inkjet transfer sheets cannot be used in the laser printers.
  • Transfer sheets are available for dark or light fabrics.
    • Light transfer sheets are best for light colored fabrics. Designs must be mirrored and the white part of the designs become transparent.
    • Dark transfer sheets are best for dark colors. Designs are not mirrored and the white part of the designs stays white.
  • Recommended to wash cold inside out and to line dry or tumble dry low. Transfer paper designs fade quicker than iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl or Cricut Infusible Ink.

Iron-On (Heat Transfer) Vinyl

Iron-on (heat transfer) vinyl is longer lasting than laser transfer paper, but does not work with photographs.

  • Designs must be cut with the Cricut and Silhouette machines.
  • Recommended to wash cold inside out and to line dry or tumble dry low.

Cricut Infusible Ink

Cricut Infusible Ink bleeds into the fabric or ceramic material for a soft, long lasting design.

  • Cricut Infusible Ink only works with polyester blended fabrics.
    • Cricut Infusible Ink Blanks include a t-shirt, tote bag, and baby onesie.
  • Only certain ceramics, like dye-sublimation mugs and Cricut Infusible Ink coasters, work with Infusible Ink designs.
  • Parchment paper is necessary for Cricut Infusible Ink designs so the ink does not bleed onto the heat presses.
    • Patrons can be denied access to the Makery’s equipment if patron does not have the appropriate material to protect the heat press from damage.
  • Heat resistant tape, which can be bought from Cricut, is also necessary for securing the design and parchment paper.
    • Non-heat resistant tape can ruin your fabric or ceramic.

Reserve a Cricut Maker + Heat Press

Reserve the Cricut Maker + Heat Press

If you prefer call (630) 279-8696 and ask to reserve the Cricut Maker + Heat Press.

  • Reservations can be made in .5 and 1-hour blocks
  • Only ONE patron per reservation due to capacity limits
  • Maximum of two upcoming equipment reservations – Limit of 1 active equipment reservation per day
  • Up to seven days ahead
  • Reservations are held for 15 minutes after start time
  • You will need an email address to make a reservation
  • Cardholder must be present during reservation

Note: First time users will receive an email request to opt-in to receive email from the system. The link in this email must be clicked within 24 hours.