Half the appeal of a Cricut is getting to make custom shirts on the fly. Have a design in your head you’re dying to try? You can bring it to life in less than an hour. Need a quick costume that looks professionally made? Fire up the Cricut. That said, the crafting machine can do so many things that getting started can feel a little overwhelming. After all, there are entire aisles devoted to its products at Michaels and JOANN’s, not to mention the pages and pages of search results.
So, what do you really need to make shirts using a Cricut? After testing a variety of gadgets—ones made by the company and by third parties—here are the steps to take and the best Cricut tools to use to create pro-quality tees, totes and hoodies at home.