Screen Printing Mini Tote Bags + Cricut EasyPress Mini

Oct 4, 2019 | Cricut Projects, Heat Setting, Screen Printing, Tutorials

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cricut maker screen printing tutorial instructions easypress When I first saw Cricut's new EasyPress Mini, I knew I couldn't resist adding one more EasyPress to my craft room!  I get so much use out of my 6″x7″ EasyPress 2 and 9″x9″ EasyPress 2.  But, there are just some projects that need a little more precision.  The ability to easily hold it by the handle and use the pointed edge gives you so much control.

Its size alone makes it hard to resist, but here's how practical it is: Remember when I shared the tutorial about screen printing     hats or stretchy headbands? The EasyPress Mini is the perfect tool for heat setting the ink on these unusual shapes and sizes.  It's extremely helpful when you have uneven surfaces around seems or zippers – where you may not be able to get the direct contact using a larger press.

mini tote bags screen printing tutorial

Why heat press after screen printing?

With Speedball Fabric Ink, it's important to heat set the ink.  This means getting the ink hot enough so that it will cure and become permanent on your fabric. I have found that 320 degrees for at least 40 seconds works well. After heat setting, the ink will remain vibrant wash after wash.

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What better way to show you how the EasyPress Mini works than with a completely mini project – Mini Halloween Totes filled with mini candies!  Here's a look at how I screen printed mini totes using Cricut vinyl.

Supplies Used in this Tutorial

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The Process

For this tutorial, I used my Speedball Hinge Frame.  This can be a little tricky on an item like this because of the seams.  To keep the printing surface as smooth and even as possible, I placed my design at the top edge of the screen.  This kept the bag's handles from bunching up under the screen.

Once my bag is lined up just right in the frame, I add a scoop of black fabric ink.  I pulled the ink towards me using firm pressure on the squeegee, making sure it went evenly over the entire bag's surface.

I peek under the screen to see if the ink covers the design completely.  If there are any spots that need more ink, just lower the frame back down and add another coat.

Other Tips and Tricks

  • After lining up the first bag, I traced the outline on a white piece of paper, taped to the board. This was my guide for lining up each of the remaining bags on the board.
  • Make sure as you squeegee over the design you are getting an even amount of pressure to all of the design. Because of the seems and unevenness of these bags, I pressed a little harder than usual.
  • Don't go over the design too many times!  The canvas material doesn't soak up the ink like a cotton shirt.  If you use too much ink (too many passes with the squeegee), it's likely to bleed.
  • Purchase extra bags!  Screen printing on canvas and uneven surfaces will take a little practice.  Make sure you grab a few extras to practice with.
  • You can put a block of wood in the bag like I did with the onesie tutorial but you may need to use the screen without the hinge attached.
  • When using the EasyPress Mini on an area larger than the press, you want to make sure you heat the entire design.  I overlapped a little to make sure I didn't miss a spot, heating each section for 40 seconds.

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  1. Hi. I haven’t used my cutter or vinyl in awhile. I want to try the screen printing again, as I bought all the items I need. I designed a baseball with flames for a tee to wear to my grandson’s games, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to cut the vinyl in order to use the paints. I know I’m not dumb, but my thinking cap is in the wash I guess! HELP PLEASE!

    • You’ll want to use adhesive vinyl (Oracal 651 works best for me). Place the vinyl on your mat with vinyl side up. Then, cut your design using the “mirror” cut option. Once you have weeded the design, use transfer tape to attach it to the back of your screen printing frame. I hope this helps you get started! I have a step-by-step guide available here ( if you’d like to see more details on each of these steps!

  2. Do you heat press directly on the paint when using the mini?

    • You sure can! Just make sure you’ve allowed your ink to dry completely before heat setting.

  3. Thank you for this tutorial! Are you using the mini on the highest setting or on medium?


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