I’m so excited to share my Cricut EasyPress 2 review with you today! Thanks to Cricut for providing me with the EasyPress 2 to facilitate this review.
Last month I mentioned how I am the proud new owner of the Cricut Explore Air 2. My kids had a blast with the mystery gift tags I made for their Christmas presents using the Explore Air 2. In fact, I’ve already been asked if I’ll make them again for next year.
Now that the craziness of the holidays has died down, I’m finally ready to start creating more with my Cricut. The next thing I wanted to tackle was learning to make t-shirts. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to get a Cricut. It’s so fun to personalize shirts and other items. I knew my kids would enjoy that.
That meant breaking out my brand new Cricut EasyPress 2. It’s a heat press machine from Cricut designed for use creating t-shirts and other HTV vinyl projects.
Cricut EasyPress 2 Review
The Cricut EasyPress 2 comes with your EasyPress heat press (which features a beautiful raspberry color scheme), a safety base, a welcome booklet, a quick reference chart, and materials for your very first project (more about that below).
I’d recommend that you also purchase an EasyPress Mat to go with it, although the instructions do say you could use a folded towel instead.
Cricut EasyPress 2 Sample Project – Drawstring Cricut Bag – Perfect to Store the EasyPress 2
Much like the Cricut Explore Air 2 I reviewed, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intimidated about using it my first time. It felt daunting to create something. I was so afraid of messing up somehow. I had never before used a heat press.
I was surprised and grateful when, upon opening the box of the Cricut EasyPress 2, I discovered that Cricut includes a sample project, just like they did with the Cricut Explore Air 2.
The sample project is super functional and something everyone should do because what you’re creating is a storage bag for your new Cricut EasyPress 2. How cool is that?! I love that they thought to make this the sample project!
The EasyPress 2 comes with standard how-to directions, a quick-start guide, and easy-to-follow directions to make the sample project, the drawstring Cricut storage bag. By following the directions, it took me less than 10 minutes to complete my first project. Even better, the completion of that project gave me so much more confidence!
My First Solo Project
With the sample project under my belt, I decided it was time to create my first shirt. I knew my oldest, Maggie, would love to get involved, so the first project was a special shirt for her. I used Cricut Design Space to find a shirt design that was already pre-made. (What can I say, I’m easing into these projects!) Maggie and I found the perfect design for her first shirt – the Whale Love t-shirt.
It was so easy to adjust the size of the whales and heart in Cricut Design Space to fit a child’s shirt. Then I simply cut out the HTV vinyl with my Cricut Explore Maker 2, used a weeding tool to pull off the extra vinyl, and then used the Cricut EasyPress 2 to attach the vinyl to the shirt.
In the photo above, this is Maggie wearing the shirt after it had been washed too. I was, of course, a little concerned about that first wash, but it looked perfect coming out of the dryer.