3/28/18

Cricut SportFlex Iron On

*This post was sponsored by Cricut and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cricut has just come out with the new Sportflex Iron-on specifically for fabrics like Nylon and Polyester and although it's not quite recommended for swimsuits, I kind of had to be a rebel and ask if I could try it out on some!
I will be making an update post later on in the summer to say how well they held up, but I am very optimistic they are going to be amazing!

Before I get to the low-down with these swimsuits, I want to mention all the products I used to make them. I've really enjoyed having every single one of these products and, when not moving, I use them almost on a daily basis. 



The Sportflex Iron-on is geared more for active wear but I also see it working wonders on regular cotton jersey tops and I really think this will become my new go-to with the iron-on. It also features the Cricut StrongBond Guarantee for long-lasting results, but since I'm knowingly using it for a purpose not recommended....we'll just mention it for those of you that aren't rebel-rule breakers. LOL

I wasn't sure on the heat and time when I made these swimsuits, so I just guessed and tried two different heats and pressed twice at 30 seconds each time.
Since then I have found out what the SportFlex recommendation is.

EASYPRESS: Heat up your Easy Press to 305 Degrees and make sure to warm your garment for 10-15 seconds before laying the vinyl on top. Using medium pressure, press on top of the vinyl for 30 seconds, then turn the garment over and press the back for 15 seconds.
It's also recommended to warm peel.

REGULAR IRON: it's recommended to put it on Wool setting. Warm up your garment for 10-15 seconds before laying your vinyl then press the front of the garment for 50 seconds and the back for 15 seconds. Cold Peel.


So onto the sewn details of these swimsuits!
The first swimsuit I made is Jalie 2792. Since we're going to be out in the sun a lot, I made sure to make all my girls long sleeved swimsuits to protect those easily sunburned little arms!
The fabric is from Peekaboo swim fabrics from last year and the lining is from the Fabric Fairy.


I chose the phrase "Ocean Child". I went with words for all three since it's only recommended to iron on up to 2 layers and well, most of the things I wanted would push that! And since I'm already pushing things with trying this on swim, I figured sticking with one layer at the moment would be best.  I used Sportflex in Black since I felt it would stand out the best. Each roll comes with a sheet that is 11.8" by 24" so I was able to easily get two phrases out of the black and still have plenty left over for more!

If you're new to Cricut, you can see my video of it in action in this video. It's so easy to use and all the projects in this post are using Cricut's fonts, so you just have to click on each project name, press "make" in Cricut Design Space and watch your machine make the magic happen!



Zoe's swimsuit is Boo Designs Tweenie Bikini. I did lengthen the sleeves for this little freckle face. She has a sun allergy (thankfully not a really bad one!) but I still need to try and protect her as much as possible, so she's only getting long sleeved rash guards.


The Stitch/Scrump fabric is from Sash Fabrics. I'm sure Disney fans will get the saying. If you don't, definitely watch Lilo & Stitch. It's always been one of my favorites! 
You can get the "Pudge controls the weather" by clicking on it. 
The solid pink is from The Fabric Fairy as is the swim lining in the bottoms.


The last swimsuit I made is Boo Designs Sleeved Leotard. 
The fabric is Pegacorn and galaxy stars by Sash Fabrics. 

I haven't been able to test the swimsuits yet, but the graphics easily stretched for my girls when they put the swimsuits on and there's not that weird "pull" that you would normally get with regular Iron-On vinyl.

I am planning on making the other two girls another swimsuit each and we are making it so one of the swimsuits will be used in swimming pools and my parents hot tub that has cholorine in the water and the other swimsuit will be for when we go to the lake and in splash pads.
Now that we've moved down to a place that is rather warm throughout the year, I really plan to test these well!


If you've never sewn a swimsuit before, here's some tips.

  • For swimsuits you will want wooly nylon thread since it's far more durable than cotton and holds up better in chlorine. 
  • You will also want swim elastic. I got this giant roll of 1/4" swim elastic and it has been amazing! I've made so many swimsuits and I still have TONS of the elastic left.

  • Swim lining is amazing. It helps with the dreaded "camel toe" look and also really comes in handy when you don't realize the swim material you bought goes pretty see-through when it's wet. My favorite place to buy it is The Fabric Fairy, but Peek-a-boo Fabrics also keeps it pretty well stocked as well.

  • Use wonderclips rather than pins. Pins can make holes and catch threads in the swim, which isn't fun.

  • Although I don't use a walking foot, buy one. I'm assuming my machine is special, or I'm special, but many people swear by walking foots for knits and other slippery - not fun to work with materials.

  • Buy tissue paper and lay it on top of your swimsuit as you're sewing it. This will help it not to stick so much.

  • PRESS! You will want to be really careful and use a low heat when pressing cause you can burn a hole through your swim fabric, but pressing your garment right after sewing helps so much! 

  • If your machine doesn't have a knit stitch, use a zig-zag stitch or serger. I use both because I really don't want seams popping. LOL I also make sure to sew on the elastic with a zig-zag stitch and then go over it with the serger once it's all in place before folding it over.

A big thank you to Cricut for sponsoring the vinyl  for this post! I really have high hopes that these will work amazing. I can't wait to update with how they do!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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