Football season is backkkk! Nothing gets me more excited in the fall than throwing on my GT or Falcons jersey, eating all the snack food and watching football on Saturdays (and Sundays & Thursday / Monday night). When I’m watching football at our house, I’m typically crafting as well, and sometimes even crafting for football season – it’s full circle!
I love my EasyPress (Find my EasyPress projects here), so when the new EasyPress 2 came out, I knew I’d love it even more – especially the new 6″ x 7″ version for my smaller projects! I recently put it to the test to make some game day can coolers for football season!
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Game Day Can Coolers / Koozies
What you’ll need:
- Plain Koozie / Can Cooler
- Gold SportFlex iron on
- White SportFlex iron on
- Black SportFlex iron on
- Green SportFlex iron on
- Cricut Maker
- Weeder tool
- 6″ x 7″ EasyPress 2
- EasyPress 8″ x 10″ Mat
I wanted to create 2 football themed koozies for football season and started by designing them in Design Space. Varsity Letter was the perfect sports font and I paired it with a grass image to create my touchdown design and classic Cricut Sans font to create the “All I do is Win” design. I measured the koozie to see the size of the area I had to work with and inserted a square shape and resized it to 3.25″ width x 3.5″ height to create a template and resized my text to fit the template.
After updating the color of my designs to match the iron on I’d cut it on, it was time to cut. Put your fine point blade into your Maker, load your iron on, make sure your designs are set to mirror and cut!
When all 4 colors of iron on are cut, use your weeder tool to remove the excess and cut any extra clear backing around your design.
Pull out your new EasyPress 2. They now have 3 sizes of the EasyPress Machine: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″, and 12″ x 10″ which will fit any project. The new EasyPress heats up quicker (less than 60 seconds) and even goes up to 400°F, unlike the first generation. There’s even a USB port for any future firmware updates.The ceramic coated heat plate and ease of use means you’ll be able to plug it in and use it flawlessly on your first project!
Check out Cricut’s recommended settings to make sure you set your EasyPress 2 to the correct temperature and timer. For my koozies & iron on material, I set my EasyPress to 255°F, preheated for 5 seconds, applied for 30 seconds, heated the back for 15 seconds and then did a cold peel.
Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee means that when the iron-on material (like SportFlex) is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, they’ll replace it for free! Granted, you probably won’t wash your koozie, but it will look great and stretch with the can you put in your koozie.
Once the designs were on the koozies, they were ready to use! I even made an extra Georgia Tech “Go Jackets” one to match the clutch I made last year.
Our household is officially ready for football season, and pretty happy after wins for our teams the first week! Now we just need to have the NFL season start and we’ll have some football filled weekends!
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