DIY Gaiters with Cricut Maker and Infusible Ink

Like most of you during COVID19’s Stay at Home orders, we have all been at home, trying to get those home projects done that have always sat on our countertops, saying “I’ll get to it when I have time.” I have been overwhelmed for years, driving my kids to and from co-op classes, dance lessons and classes, baseball practices and games, tae kwon do classes, etc. COVID19 has given me what I always want more of: time.

Because of this new abundance of time, I’ve discovered lots of projects that I have wanted to get done for some time now – and new and exciting projects that just pop up. This is one of them!

I’m sure you all know that face coverings are a way to help contain the spread of the COVID19 virus. After seeing the masks and gaiters on the market for pretty pennies, I figured there had to be a way I could personalize one. So of course, a new idea was born.

I pulled out my Cricut Maker, Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheets, and my Cricut EasyPress.

I purchased these blank gaiters from Johnson Plastics. They are 100% Polyester. Cricut Infusible Ink blanks are mostly polyester, so I knew that the Infusible Ink would work great on these.

I decided to make my youngest son’s baseball coaches some gaiters. We have been having practices in our batting cage in the backyard to make sure the kids don’t lose skills during quarantine. I took their team logo, and imported it into Cricut Design Space.

To do this, you’ll need to import the graphic (.png, .svg, or .jpg). I chose mod since there are some fine details where the Cricut will need to cut. The graphic needed to be uploaded a few times to account for the different colors in the logo. Since the gaiters themselves are gray, I skipped the white and gray parts of the logo. First, I imported the logo just for the blue in it. I erased all the parts of the logo that weren’t blue. Then, I imported the logo just for the red, erasing everything that wasn’t red. I saved these as cut files (not print then cut). From there, you import each color as a new layer, and place one on top of each other to get the exact sizing. Now you are ready to cut!

Make sure you mirror each mat (this part always makes me nervous that I will forget to do it, and therefore waste product!) for your Cricut Maker.

Once cut, weed your project. Keep the image up on your computer in front of you so you can refer back to it if needed. I used tweezers for most of my design since some lines were so detailed. Since I had less red, I transferred the red details to the blue infusible ink and backing. Some pieces were so tiny, it was hard to make sure they stuck to the new backing. Just try your best! Now you are ready to infuse!

Setting up my EasyPress station, I laid the mat and gaiter down. I put my white cardstock inside the gaiter – just in case of ink transfer to the back. I preheated the Easy Press to 400 degrees. Once preheated, I made sure to remove any moisture from my blank, so I pressed it for 15 seconds. After that is done, you can take your weeded design and place it on your blank – make sure you have all your detailed pieces in place, especially if you have multicolor designs, and no extra little pieces that you don’t want infused.

Place your parchment paper over the design, and press for 60 seconds at 400 degrees without moving the Easy Press. No need to add pressure to it either – it will do the work for you! Once the timer is done, gently lift the Easy Press straight up. Wait 30-45 seconds to remove the liner and backing. Remove your liner and voil√°! You have yourself a brand new personalized gaiter.

Of course, after seeing all the coaches (and of course, my son) with one, all the players and some parents wanted one, too. Guess I have another project to get done during quarantine!

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