What’s the Project? This easy step by step tutorial will teach you how to use heat transfer vinyl for all of your projects! It’s easy and a fun way to personalize your projects.
One of my favorite things to do is add vinyl to a project so that I can personalize it. Whether it’s a t-shirt or a bag that I sewed, a pillow or a gift, it’s fun to add personalization. If you’d like to try this, I’ll walk you through how to use heat transfer vinyl. It’s easy to use, but there are a few tricks you need to know. Then you can personalize cute projects like this messenger bag I made!
Here’s what I made yesterday-can I get a Go Cougars?!!?
This was just with a shirt that he had already-I just added the logo of our favorite school. (He loves it! He plans to be Cosmo, the mascot someday.)
This cute one was made with glitter heat transfer vinyl which is my favorite!
Oh, how I love that little bag. The tutorial for that bag is coming soon, but for now, let’s talk about how to personalize it.
How to Use Heat Transfer Vinyl:
- Heat Transfer Vinyl: There are several varieties-smooth, flocked (sort of fuzzy) and glittery. I got mine here.
- Some way to cut your vinyl-I used my Silhouette machine. You can use scissors or an exacto knife if you need too.
- Something to transfer your vinyl onto-this can be anything! Shirts, bags, aprons, you name it!
Start out by cutting your design. **Make sure you mirror image your design. It will transfer backwards from what you cut.**
You want to cut with the shiny side of your vinyl down. I tried to take a picture of this but my camera couldn’t catch the shiny. Just trust me on this-you will see that one side is shiny. Put that side down and cut on the other side.
Once you have your design cut, begin to peel off the pieces that are NOT part of your design:
You can use a sharp tool like this Silhouette hook to help if needed:
Peel until you have everything removed EXCEPT what you want to transfer:
Now, get out your iron and turn it to the cotton setting. Lay your transfer on your item you are transferring to:
Lay a piece of fabric over it:
And iron for 60 seconds. If you’re using glitter vinyl it might take a little bit longer.
Let it cool for a few minutes and then gently peel it off. And you’ve got a finished product! I love it! Seriously, it’s so easy and fun!
And my kiddo loved it:
I hope this helped!
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