GM Crafts Pattern HTV Vinyl Father’s day Apron on Cricut Maker tutorial and files



Welcome to another weeks blog post, and of course a free cut file!  This week, to celebrate our Pattern Vinyl exclusive offers, that we have just launched on the website in Self Adhesive and HTV, in a variety of finishes and sizes, we have a design for you that hopefully will also help you with that difficult date every year, Fathers Day!  What do you make?  Men is one of the most difficult craft ideas for our customers, so we thought we would give you a last minute helping hand, allowing you to just enjoy making instead.

This file was used with our new Tools Matt HTV design.  It is ideal for HTV and self adhesive applications and you could even use in card making!  

We would love to see what you make!  Have you found our  You Tube channel yet? The video showing this and all of our other tutorials are  available on there, as well as exclusive demos, inspiration and more!  Join us on Facebook , Instagram or Tiktok or  send us an email to [email protected] we would love to hear from you!

***Click here to watch this being made***

What you’ll need:

  • Cricut machine Available  here Or Silhouette Cameo 4. Available here 
  • Cricut Easypress and Easypress Mat here
  • GMCrafts LED light panel here 
  • Pattern HTV here
  • Premium Plus Vinyl Available here
  • Squeegee. Available here
  • Weeding tweezers . Available here
  • Scissors from your own stash and an Apron or plain t-shirt or tote bag of your choice.
  • Cut files, which are free below! Including, Cricut, Silhouette and Brother cut files

Granddad fix it cut files

apron what you need



1. Before you start, you need to download the cut file above. Upload each PNG into the design space.

2. Insert all the images onto the canvas and resize to suit your project. Save the resized file back to the design space so you can choose each layer in the proportion you have chosen for that project, I colour each one separately so I can cut both in one go, as shown below. I have matched the colours to my chosen Vinyl to make cutting easier as this way then you can load each Vinyl on to the mat, cut it, and do the next one whilst still using the same make it screen. See below.

granddad cut settings


3. When resized, and you are happy with the size of the design, reposition the layer to be cut, select ‘make it’ in the top right corner of your screen. Click continue in the bottom right on the next screen. In the next window make sure your settings are all set to the successful settings from your test cut and ensure your machine is linked before proceeding to cut. Cut settings: (**please test cut) Press the flashing Cricut symbol on your maker to cut, after Loading the sheet into the machine. Apply the settings needed for your chosen Vinyl, we made it with our Premium plus and Pattern HTV  as the heat settings are the same and are likely to be easier for anyone layering. (adjust times as both are different – see Heat application advice below.

**A reminder that these settings, including the blade setting, are specific to the materials and machine we’re using, adjustments may be necessary if using different materials and machine**

We always recommend before proceeding, you test cut your materials when first using so if you have not recently cut our Vinyl please test cut for your chosen machine found on our Application guide, and also Blog.  Load the Vinyl chosen individually for each layer.


4. Place the Blue premium Plus on the mat, remember to mirror the wording before you click the second make it screen. press the up arrow to load the mat, and press the flashing light to proceed to cut on the machine. Once cut repeat  to cut with the pattern vinyl design.

5. Remove The waste Vinyl surrounding the designs (weeding) I use a pair of weeding tweezers to do this as shown below.

6. Once weeded take the Clear milky roll of transfer tape included with the pattern vinyl, remove the milky protective sheet and place the sticky side to the front of the pattern printed side after weeding, (if your design is more detailed you can do this step then weed.) Smooth out with your squeegee, trim excess away and then turn over and rub with the squeegee on the reverse to ensure it transfers easily, then remove the carrier sheet that was originally on the Pattern Vinyl.

7. Switch your Easy press on, and set the temperature to 160’c and the timer to 15 seconds, please refer to our  Application guide,  Preheat the t-shirt once the press is ready for 10 seconds to remove any moisture. Setting for the Premium Plus afterwards is 160’c for 3 seconds. Preheat your Apron, T-shirt or garment for 10-15 seconds to remove creases and moisture.

8. Lay the design already on the transfer tape in the correct place on your t-shirt or chosen item, facing up, and ensure it is on a hard surface, or Cricut Easypress matt and on a hard surface,  check our guide here for more information on applying and using HTV successfully.

9. Once all areas have been pressed firmly, wait a few seconds to peel the carrier sheet away from the garment, if any areas have not stuck quickly repress firmly for 2-3 seconds on that area only, remove the carrier sheet. If after removing the sheet the t-shirt or design is looking a bit untidy then recover with a sheet of baking parchment and quickly repress smoothing over it like an iron would, but quickly so not to over heat.

Silhouette Cut File


Before you start, you need to download the cut file,  Upload the cut file into Silhouette Studio and resize as necessary,  (when resizing bring all  layers into the design software and select all  at once to get the correct offset layers and save the adjusted file, so you can cut layers individually at that correct scale you have chosen) Remember to test cut if necessary and cut settings are found here along with test cut guidelines for every machine.

Brother Cut File

To import these files into the Brother Canvas Workspace:

After downloading, please log in as usual to your design space account, open a new project mat, then left click on the SVG  icon in the top left bar in canvas, this will then allow you to import your files. Once you left click this icon, a pop up box appears with you to choose where to import file  from, choose to import the file from your downloads list or where you have chosen to save when unzipped.

Cut settings are found here

Just incase you need the link CanvasWorkspace (brother.com)