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How to use flocked heat transfer vinyl
City Skyline SVGs make for excellent t-shirt designs!
In today’s post, we are going to show you how to use flocked heat transfer vinyl to personalize a T-shirt. We’ve partnered up with Naomi Morris, from How to Heat Press. Naomi and her partner Dan are experts in personalization, crafting, and heat press.
Naomi and Dan had been thinking about New York City, along with other COVID-19 hot spots, so they decided to make an NYC tee with vinyl flock HTV. Follow their steps and learn how to do the same project at home.
- Flocked Iron-On
- Blank t-shirt
- Teflon sheet
- Weeding tool
You will also need a vinyl cutting machine (we’re using the Cricut Maker), and a heat press machine or EasyPress. A home iron is useful too if the design is smaller!
How to choose an SVG
We’re using this NYC Skyline SVG, exclusive to Creative Fabrica, but there are plenty of other versions available. We liked the prominence of the Statue Of Liberty in this version!
Creative Fabrica has a considerable range of Skyline SVGs, from US cities like LA or Texas to UK cities like London or Liverpool, or European cities like Paris or Rome – and everything in between! View all the options here.
How to cut heat transfer vinyl
We’re using Flocked heat transfer vinyl to create this transfer. Flocked HTV is a raised fluffy or furry vinyl that gives a significant 3D effect to your design. It’s especially fun for use with kids’ clothing because they love patting it!
To get started, open a new project in Cricut Design Space (or the software for your cutter) and upload your design. Choose what size you would like your design to be, and then click make it!
Select mirror to reverse your image, then click continue.
Now set your material by clicking ‘browse all materials.’
Search for flocked iron-on, or whatever material you are using, and select it.
Place flocked iron on the shiny side down on the cutting mat. Load the mat into your machine and click go.
Once your design has been cut, you can weed away the excess flocked HTV.
How to heat press HTV
You can use a heat press or EasyPress to apply the transfer – we’re using the Power Press heat press. Set the temperature to between 300-315°F and allow it to heat up before you continue wholeheartedly.
Preheat your t-shirt for 2-3 seconds.
Position your transfer onto the t-shirt.
Press design for 10 seconds without a Teflon sheet and then for 15 seconds with a Teflon sheet (these instructions are for Craftables flocked HTV).
Allow the transfer to cool for a couple of minutes before peeling away the carrier sheet.
Remove the carrier sheet.
And that’s it – looks and feels great!
A comfortable custom tee!
For instructions on how to use the EasyPress to apply for heat transfers, see this post on how to make heat transfers without a cutting machine, or discover further projects and tutorials in this Ultimate Cricut Guide!
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