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An Introduction to Heat Transfer Vinyl

An Introduction to Heat Transfer Vinyl

Here at Xpres Craft, heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is our favourite product when we are looking to personalise t-shirts, hoodies, cushions, hats, bags and more!

HTV is versatile, very inexpensive and is available in a wide range of colours and textures making it great for all sorts of projects. If you haven’t tried HTV before we hope this blog post gives you some inspiration to have a go!

Although you can use heat transfer vinyl in manual die cutting machines or even with scissors and stencils, it is most versatile if used in an electronic die cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo. The Cameo allows you to create designs with intricate and unique designs.

Heat transfer vinyl is available in Jumbo rolls of 30.5 x 50cm. (30.5 width fits on to the silhouette cutting mat perfectly). The backing on HTV means that it can be used with or without a cutting mat in your Silhouette Cameo. We tend to use full sheets without a cutting mat and save our scraps for smaller projects.


What do I need to create HTV Projects?

Silhouette Cameo machine – used to cut the designs from the vinyl.

HTV – heat transfer vinyl is available in a wide range of colours, patterns and finishes. 

Heat Press or Iron – a heating device used to apply HTV.

Weeding tool or weeder – a sharp metal tool that allows you to weed away excess HTV. 

Blanks – Garments, hats, bags, cushions and much more. 


What can HTV be applied to?

HTV can be applied to a wide range of fabrics and substrates.

Some of our favourite things to apply it to are: cushion covers, bunting, make up bags, t-shirts, hooded tops, baby grows, bibs, and bags. More unusual applications include: cork, wood, card and ceramics. 


6 simple steps to cutting HTV

1. Cut the design on your electric die cutting machine. Mirror the design in the design software. Place the vinyl with the carrier sheet on the bottom ensuring you cut into the HTV.

2. Weed away the excess HTV so you are only left with the parts of the design you wish to transfer. 

3. Heat your heat press or iron to our recommended settings.

4. Position on your fabric or substrate. 

5. Press for recomended time. 


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