Best Cricut For Making T-Shirts In 2022

Deciding which Cricut is best for making t-shirts is a bit tricky. First of all, having had the privilege to try all of the Cricut cutting machines, it seems almost like a betrayal to choose a favorite. However, even though they are all fantastic to work with, when it comes to making t-shirts, I can honestly say that there is one machine that stands out above the rest; the Cricut Maker 3!

Which Cricut is the Best for Making Shirts?

The Cricut Maker 3 is a revolutionary cutting machine that I call the “crafter’s dream.” It is perfect for making t-shirts due to its versatility, crafting capability, commercial-grade performance, precision cutting, and overall ease of use.

If you are a beginner t-shirt maker or a professional designer looking for the best Cricut machine for making t-shirts, this article will end your search. We will discuss everything about the Cricut Maker 3 and what makes it the number one machine for making t-shirts!

Why Is The Cricut Maker 3 The Best For Making T-Shirts?

Cricut Maker 3 Machine
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Cricut has done it again! Just when we thought that they could not get any better than the Maker 2, they introduced us to a new machine made of dreams! The Cricut Maker 3 is outstanding in every sense of the word. 

Not only does the Maker 3 look sleek and sophisticated, but they have added great new features that will help to take your designing and crafting to a whole new realm. As with other Cricut machines, this brilliant machine cuts intricate designs out of transfer vinyl that you apply to your blank t-shirts.

Let’s take an in-depth look at why the Cricut Maker 3 is the best cutting machine for making t-shirts in 2022.

Cricut Maker 3: Brand New Accessories

You can use all your favorite accessories from the previous Cricut models except the 12” trimmer. To trim the Smart Materials, you need a 13” trimmer, especially if you like to have neat edges.

Cricut has designed a brand-new roller to manage long Smart Vinyl rolls of up to 75ft. The roller helps to keep the vinyl perfectly in line as it feeds into the machine and allows you to trim the edges neatly after cutting.

Cricut Maker 3: Extensive Material Compatibility

Material Compatibility
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The Cricut Maker 3 is compatible with over 300 materials. That is incredible and allows you to do so much more with this machine than its predecessors. The table below contains all the materials you can use for your projects with a Cricut Maker 3.

AcetateDouble ClothHeat Transfer (non-Cricut)MylarQuilt Batting
Adhesive FoilDouble KnitHeatherNatural Wood VeneerRamie
Adhesive Foil, MatteDry Erase VinylHeavy Cardstock – 100 lb. (270 gsm)NeopreneRaschel Knit
Adhesive Sheet, Double-SidedDuck ClothHeavy Chipboard – 2.0mmNon-Adhesive Vinyl – 16 gaugeRayon Lyocell
Aluminum FoilDuct Tape SheetHeavy Fabrics (like Denim)Non-Adhesive Vinyl – 20 gaugeRib Knit
Art/Illustration BoardDupioni SilkHeavy Fabrics (like Denim), BondedNotebook PaperRice Paper
Balsa – 1/16″ (1.6 mm)EVA FoamHeavy Patterned PaperNylonRip-Stop Nylon
Balsa – 3/32″ (2.4 mm)Everyday Iron-OnHeavy Watercolor Paper – 140 lb (300 gsm)Oil Cloth, BondedSailcloth
Bamboo FabricEveryday Iron-On MeshHolographic CardstockOilclothSandblast Stencil
Basswood – 1/16″ (1.6 mm)Everyday Iron-On MosaicHolographic Heat TransferOrganzaSatin Silk
Basswood – 1/32″ (0.8 mm)Express Iron-OnHolographic Iron-OnOttomanSeersucker
BengalineExtra Heavy Fabrics (like Burlap)Holographic Iron-On MosaicOutdoor Vinyl, BondedSequined
Birch, Permanent AdhesiveEyeletHolographic Sparkle Iron-OnOxfordShantung
BoucleFailleHolographic Sparkle Iron-On MosaicPaint ChipShantung Santeen
BroadclothFaux FurHomespun FabricPanne VelvetShimmer Leather – 1mm
BurlapFaux Leather (Paper Thin)Infusible Ink Transfer SheetPaper, Adhesive-BackedShimmer Paper
Burn-Out VelvetFaux SuedeInsulbrite BattingParchment PaperSilk China
Butcher PaperFaux SuedeInterlock KnitParty FoilSilk, Bonded
Calibration PaperFeltJacquardPatterned Glitter CardstockSlinky Knit
CalicoFelt, Acrylic FabricJerseyPatterned Iron-OnSmart Iron-On
CambricFelt, Craft BondedJutePearl PaperSmart Iron–On–Glitter
CanvasFelt, Glitter BondedKevlarPeau de SoieSmart Iron-On – Holographic
Carbon FiberFelt, StiffKhakiPhoto PaperSmart Paper, Sticker Cardstock
Cardstock (for intricate cuts)Felt, Wool BondedKraft BoardPima CottonSmart Vinyl – Matte Metallic
Cardstock, Adhesive-BackedFelt, Wool FabricKraft CardstockPique CottonSmart Vinyl – Permanent
CashmereFlannelLa CostePlastic CanvasSmart Vinyl – Removable
Cereal BoxFlat CardboardLamePlastic PackagingSmart Vinyl – Shimmer
Chalkboard VinylFleeceLaser Copy PaperPlisseSmooth Glitter Paper
ChallisFlex FoamLight Cardstock – 60 lb (163 gsm)PlushSpandex
ChambrayFlocked Iron-OnLight Chipboard – 0.37mmPolyesterSparkle Paper
Chantilly LaceFlocked PaperLight CottonPolyester, BondedSportFlex Iron-On
Charmeuse SatinFoil Acetate Light Cotton, 2 layersPoplinStencil Film – 0.4mm
ChiffonFoil Iron-OnLight Cotton, 3 layersPoster BoardStencil Vinyl
ChintzFoil Kraft Board – HolographicLight Fabrics (like Silk)Premium Outdoor VinylSticker Paper, Removable
Chipboard (1.5 mm)Foil Paper – 0.36mmLight Fabrics (like Silk), BondedPremium Vinyl – Permanent GlossySticky Note
Colored Duct TapeFoil Poster BoardLight Patterned PaperPremium Vinyl – Removable MatteSuede
Construction PaperFoil Tape – Shiny Side DownLinenPremium Vinyl – Frosted GlitterTafetta
Copy Paper – 20 lb (75 gsm)Foil Tape – Shiny Side UpLinen, BondedPremium Vinyl – Frosted GrayTerry Cloth
Copy Paper – 24 lb (90 gsm)FoulardLycraPremium Vinyl – Frosted OpaqueThin Garment Leather – 2-3 oz. (0.8-1.3 mm)
Copy Paper – 32 lb (120 gsm)Freezer PaperMagnetic Sheet – 1.0 mmPremium Vinyl – HolographicTissue Paper
CorduroyFusible FabricMagnetic Sheet – 0.5 mmPremium Vinyl – Holographic 3D TextureTooling Leather – 2-3 oz. (0.8 mm)
Corrugated CardboardFusible FleeceMatboard (1.5 mm)Premium Vinyl – Holographic Art DecoTooling Leather – 4-5 oz. (1.6 mm)
Corrugated PaperFusible InterfacingMatelassePremium Vinyl – Holographic BubblesTooling Leather – 6-7 oz. (2.4 mm)
CottonGabardineMatte VinylPremium Vinyl – Holographic CrystalsTransfer Foil
Cotton, BondedGauzeMedium Cardstock – 80 lb (216 gsm)Premium Vinyl – Holographic Rose BubbleTransfer Sheet
Craft FoamGel SheetMedium Fabrics (like Cotton)Premium Vinyl – Holographic ThreadsTransparency
Crepe CharmeuseGenuine LeatherMedium Fabrics (like Cotton), BondedPremium Vinyl – MosaicTrue Brushed Paper
Crepe de ChineGeorgetteMedium Garment Leather – 4-5 oz. (1.6 mm)Premium Vinyl – PearlTulle
Crepe PaperGlitter CardstockMelton WoolPremium Vinyl – ShimmerTweed
Crepe-back SatinGlitter Craft FoamMeshPremium Vinyl – TexturedUltra Firm Stabilizer
Cutting Mat ProtectorGlitter Duct TapeMetallic Iron-On MosaicPremium Vinyl – Textured MetallicVellum
DamaskGlitter Iron-OnMetallic LeatherPremium Vinyl – True BrushedVelour
Delicate Fabrics (like Tulle)Glitter Mesh Iron-OnMetallic Poster BoardPrintable FabricVelvet Upholstery
Delicate Fabrics (like Tulle), BondedGlitter VinylMetallic VinylPrintable FoilVelveteen
Deluxe PaperGossamerMicrofiberPrintable Iron-On, DarkVinyl
Deluxe Paper Foil EmbossedGrocery BagMoireePrintable Iron-On, LightViscose
Deluxe Paper, Adhesive BackedGrois PointMoleskinPrintable Magnetic SheetWaffle Cloth
DenimGrosgrainMonk’s ClothPrintable Sticker Paper (Clear)Washi Sheet
Denim, BondedHabotaiMulberry PaperPrintable Sticker Paper (White)Washi Tape – 0.06 mm
Dotted SwissHandmade PaperMuslinPrintable VinylWax Paper

Smart Materials – Smart Iron-On For T-Shirts

Smart Materials are unique because they can be loaded directly into the machine without using a cutting mat.

The Cricut Maker 3 allows you to cut single images (up to 4ft) or repetition of images (up to 12ft). This makes it possible to make individual t-shirts, or t-shirts for an entire bridal party, bowling team, soccer team, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and many more! 

Cricut Maker 3: Product Specifications

Cricut Maker 3 – Product Specifications
Tools/Capabilities13 Tools (for engraving, foiling, writing, cutting, scoring, debossing, and many more.
ConnectivityBluetooth, USB
Compatible with Smart Material13” Wide, up to 75ft long (33cm wide up to 22.8m long)
Free Design AppYes (Design Space)
Commercial-Grade PerformanceYes
Material CompatibilityOver 300 materials
Material Width13” (33cm)
Material Length12ft (3.6m)
Works With A Home Printer to Print, Then CutYes
Dimensions26.25” X 11” X 11.2”
Item Weight
Operating SystemiOS, Android, Windows, & MAC
Mat RequiredNo

Cricut Maker 3: Special Features

  • Delivers pro-level cutting.
  • 2 x The cutting speed of the original Cricut Maker.
  • 10 x The cutting force of the Cricut Explore Air 2.
  • Compatible with over 300 materials.
  • Compatible with 13 tools for scoring, embellishing, and cutting projects.
  • Compatible with Cricut Smart Materials including Cricut Smart Vinyl, Cricut Smart Paper, and Cricut Smart HTV Iron-On.
  • Delivers super-precise cuts up to 12 feet without a machine mat.
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology.
  • Docking slot, built-in storage, and USB port for charging electrical devices.
  • Powered by Design Space that provides unlimited use of project ideas, fonts, and images and allows you to create your own design.
  • Features 2 x tool clamps to cut and write simultaneously.
  • Built-in cubby to keep your tools organized.
  • Features updated, low-profile buttons.
  • Indoor tray to keep replacement tips safe.

The Cricut Maker 3: Included In The Kit

  • 1 x Cricut Maker 3 cutting machine
  • 1 x USB Cable 
  • 1 x Power adapter
  • 100 Ready-to-make online projects
  • Enough material for a practice project
  • 1 x Premium Fine-Point Blade & Housing
  • Free trial subscription to Cricut Express Access (if you are a new subscriber)
  • 1 x Welcome card

What Is The Best Heat Press To Use For Making T-Shirts?

Cricut EasyPress™ 2
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The best heat press to use for making t-shirts is the Cricut EasyPress 2. You can use this fantastic little machine for any type of heat-transferring project, especially HTV’s for t-shirts. You can transfer the most intricate designs flawlessly because it is optimized for HTV’s

Better yet, you cannot burn yourself like you could with a regular iron. The ergonomic, lightweight design with ceramic-coated plate makes this heat press effortless with excellent results!

You can use Cricut’s smartphone app to control the machine’s time and temperature according to the t-shirt’s material and the properties of the HTV. 

The even distribution means you get consistent, high-quality transfers that last longer than using a regular iron. This easy-to-use, efficient, and affordable machine is also compatible with major brands such as Infusible Ink.

You can buy this excellent heat press on Cricut’s Official Website or you can purchase it on Amazon.com.

Cricut EasyPress 2: Product Specifications

Cricut EasyPress 2 – Specifications
Dimensions9” X 9”; 10” X 12”
ColorLilac, Raspberry, & Mint
Batteries1 x 12V Battery required
Item Weight0.222 Oz. (10” X 12”) – Ideal size for making t-shirts

Cricut EasyPress 2: Product Features

Cricut EasyPress 2
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  • Eliminates guesswork thanks to the rigorously tested temperature and time setting.
  • Includes an insulated resting base.
  • Auto shutoff.
  • Available in three sizes (the smallest (6” x 7”) size is not ideal for making t-shirts).
  • Heats up in under 2 minutes and delivers professional iron-on results in less than 60 seconds.
  • Perfect for jumbo-size projects.
  • Adjustable heat (up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Easy to learn and simple to use.

Cricut EasyPress 2: Included In The Kit

  • 1 x Cricut EasyPress 2 (available in raspberry, lilac, or mint)
  • 1 x Safety Base
  • 1 x Welcome Book
  • Enough material for a practice project

Making A T-Shirt With The Cricut Maker 3 – A Quick Guide

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With the new effortless but incredible Cricut Maker 3, making t-shirts is an effortless, straightforward task. The following step-by-step guide will show you just how easy it is to start making t-shirts with your machine.

What Do You Need To Make T-Shirts With A Cricut Maker 3?

  • The Cricut Maker 3 Cutting Machine
  • Graphic Fonts & Designs
  • Cricut Cutting Mats
  • A Weeding Tool
  • Blank T-Shirts
  • A Heat Press
  • Material Trimmer
  • Smart Iron-On, White

Making A T-Shirt With A Cricut Maker 3 In 9 Easy Steps

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Step 1 – Sign in to the Design Space Website.

Step 2 – Click “New Project.”

Step 3 – You will see a blank canvas and on the lefthand side of the screen is a navigation bar where you will click on “Text.”

Step 4 – In the pop-up text box, type a word, name, or phrase that you want on your t-shirt.

Step 5 – Move the cursor to the “Text” dropdown menu and click on the font style you would like to use. 

Step 6 – If you want to adjust the alignment and the spacing, or you want to curve the words, select “Curve” or “Alignment” or “Spacing” to make the text according to how you want it to look on your t-shirt.

Step 7 – Once you are happy with your design, insert your Smart Iron-On material, select “Mirror” on the cut screen, and then click “Make It.”

Step 8 – When the cutting is complete, weed any excess iron-on materials around the text (be careful not to cut the design).

Step 9 – Finally, it is time to apply your smart iron-on design to your t-shirt with a heat press.

Well done! You’ve done it!

Conclusion

One machine; so many incredible designing possibilities! After you have worked with the Cricut Maker 3 to make t-shirts, you will be very critical of other machines that are made to do the same. This machine is truly a revelation in the world of cutting machines!

The Cricut Maker 3 gives new meaning to the phrase “Leave well enough alone,” and everyone who has experienced its brilliance will agree! That is why the Cricut Maker 3 is the best Cricut machine for making t-shirts in 2022.

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Bryan E. Robinson is the owner of TshirtGrowth. He has sold t-shirts since 2006 through dropshipping, screen printing, vinyl printing, DTG, Print on Demand, and more. Bryan has created his own t-shirt designs through Photoshop, Canva, and other platforms, as well as worked with freelancers to create many of his designs. Besides t-shirts, Bryan has 18 years of experience in online marketing with eCommerce, B2B SaaS, B2C products, and more.

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