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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Heat Transfer to Create T-Shirts and Custom Projects + Silhouette Sale

Step by Step instructions on how to use heat transfer to create t-shirts and custom projects with tips and tricks for perfect application. 

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Read on to hear what I have learned along the way on Heat Transfer Vinyl, but first, let me make sure you know about my Silhouette 101 series!  I have been putting together all of my most asked questions, and favorite tips and tricks I have learned along the way in this series!  You can see all of the posts here on the Silhouette 101 page.  Now before we start, make sure to do two important things:

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I remember in the 80’s my mom making me t-shirt dresses.  I loved them!  When I was really lucky she would also buy these cool designs at the store that she could just iron on so I could rock my metallic butterflies and horses right on the front of the dress.  Well… that fad came and went, but what is still pretty darn awesome is being able to customize any project you make with fabric.  We have come a long way since the 80’s, and with my Silhouette Cameo I am now able to use Heat Transfer to cut any design, monogram, team logo, party design, etc. and add it to the front of a shirt, a bag, a pillow, or pretty much anything that can be ironed.

This has actually become one of my favorite uses for my Cameo and I have quite the collection of projects I have created with it.  It is pretty easy to do, however there were a few tips I picked up along the way I am going to share with you so you can skip the learning curve I went though and make your projects perfect from try 1! Just consider this The Beginners Guide to Heat Transfer Projects!  Oh and if you think this is pretty much the coolest thing ever {like me} make sure and scroll past the tutorial for an awesome sale on all Heat Transfer Materials and Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait Machine Bundles with promo code PINNING.

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So for simplicities sake, we will just walk though this project and talk step by step how you would make it, with all the tips and tricks you really want to know as they apply along the way.  These are the party favor bags I made for my son’s pirate themed birthday party. You can see the details on where I ordered them and all the goodies I filled them with here.  So let’s just start with tip number one.

1. What can I use heat transfer on?  Anything you can iron on with a very HOT iron.  When picking out these backpacks I found many options made out of synthetic material but I was afraid that the hot iron would melt it, so I went with canvas.  The heat transfer will be ironed on with one of the irons hottest settings so make sure your fabric can withstand that heat.  It is also helpful to PRE-WASH your project if it is something that will be washed.  I found that if you don’t prewash, then the shirt (or project) can pull a little from shrinking around the heat transfer material if it is washed for the first time after the heat transfer is applied.  If it isn’t something you will be washing (like these backpacks) no need to worry about this step!

2.  What kinds of heat transfer material are available?

Silhouette Brand Heat Transfer Material: You can get heat transfer in MANY types of styles and finishes.  There is smooth heat transfer which comes in matte, glossy, and even glitter. You can also get flocked heat transfer which has a thin coat of flocking making the front soft and fuzzy. Lastly, you can get printable heat transfer for dark fabrics or light fabrics, that allows you to print your own designs, cut them out and transfer them on your project.  This is perfect for really intricate designs with lots of colors!

Other Heat Transfer Vinyl Options:  There are many other options beyond just Silhouette Brand for Heat Transfer vinyl. Many people love Siser Easyweed HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl.)  They have starter packs as well as a really wide variety of options when it comes to colors.  They also sell glitter HTV which I love for projects for my daughter! You can find lots of other really awesome specialty types like patterned heat transfer, gold metallic heat transfer, and reflective heat transfer to name a few!

IMPORTANT:  If you are not ordering Silhouette brand vinyl, make sure (check and double check!!) that you are ordering no larger than a 12″ width (length can be longer) or else you will have to cut it down before you use it in your machine which is kind of a pain.

From my experience, the flocked heat transfer is the most forgiving and dummy-proof!  It is the easiest to apply, without ironing too much and burning or shriveling.  If you have your heart set on something else, by all means do it!  None of them are hard to use and these tips should walk you through it all! Also, if you want multiple colors you can layer different colors of smooth vinyl by applying them one at a time.

3.  How do I create my design? If you are using a Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait, you will create your design in the Silhouette Studio Software.  This is a free download that is available to play with even if you don’t have a machine yet, so even if you don’t have a machine yet feel free to play around and start creating designs!  You can use images from the Silhouette Store or create your own one of a kind design.  The most important tip to note here is that once you finish your design, you need to flip it into a mirror image.  Because the design is flipped when you iron it on, it will ONLY come out facing the right way if you flip the image before you cut it. To do this:

Once you have your design created, select all design components.


— Mirror

——–Flip Horizontally


How to make a mirror image in Silhouette Studio


4.  How to cut your heat transfer.  Once you have your design finished and flipped you are ready to cut.  There are two ways to cut the heat transfer- with or without the cutting mat.  I have found that if your design is small enough to fit on your cutting mat, that it is my preferred way to cut it.  It just seems more secure and like there is less margin for error.  However, if you are creating large designs or cutting multiple images in a row like I was for these party bags, you can cut the heat transfer from the roll without the cutting mat.

You will want to load your heat transfer material into the machine with the clear plastic backing facing down.  The backing of heat transfer material will be facing up.

Start with the default cut settings for the type of heat transfer you are cutting and do a test cut.  You should be able to see the cut on the heat transfer side, however, you might not be able to see the cuts if you turn the material over and look through the clear side.  This is okay!  Heat transfer material is VERY thin and the cuts will be very fine.  I actually spent quite a long time on the phone  with Silhouette because I was concerned it wan’t cutting through when the whole time it was cutting perfectly! Save time and learn from my mistakes!

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5.  Weeding your heat transfer. Once your design is cut, you can trim around the design if there is extra around the edges like you can see in picture 2.  Then you will want to peel off any parts of the design that you don’t want to be ironed on, or the negative space.  You can use a weeding tool for this, or just use a safety pin. Make sure and get inside of any letters like A and O! When you are done you should have the design you want to transfer left stuck to the clear backing.

6. Arranging the design.  We are getting closer!  Take the weeded pieces of your design and place them clear backing side up on your project so they are aligned just as you want them.  Since the clear backing is now facing up, your design should show just as it will be when it is finished, you should no longer be looking at a mirror image.  If you designed and cut all of the pieces spaced just as you want them you should be able to place the the design on as one piece as in picture 3b.  However if you compacted the elements of the design to save space while cutting, like I usually do, you can cut out the separate pieces and place them where you want them, like in 3b.  The most important thing here is to make sure you have trimmed the clear backing pretty closely so that none of it ends up underneath other parts of the heat transfer. 

7.  Ironing the design on. Last but not least we get to iron!  Read the directions on the back of your specific heat transfer, but most direct you to place your iron on a  very hot setting.  Mine also directed me to use a towel between the heat transfer and the iron.  I found that this did not work as well as using a piece of parchment paper.  I tried thin towels and thicker towels and no matter what the parchment just worked better.

Now you will want to put your hot iron on the design for between 10-40 seconds depending on the type, again read the directions for your specific heat transfer.  Make sure that you are covering all of the edges of the design with the iron. You can release it and carefully pull up the backing to see if the design has stuck or needs to be heated more.  I also found that on designs larger than the iron, it was easiest to iron the design in sections rather than going back and forth across the entire design.

Once the design has transferred I like to let it cool for about 30-45 seconds and then gently peel back the clear plastic until it is completely removed.  I find that letting it cool for just a short bit helps because on smooth vinyl, if it gets too hot it can pull a little bit when you are removing the backing and cause wrinkles in the vinyl.  Cooling a little seems to prevent this.

I tried to be very detailed and all inclusive in this tutorial beyond the basics of using the machine.  I know when I was working on my first project with heat transfer I have a lot of simple questions that were usually grazed over in the tutorials I found online. If you are working on a heat transfer project and have a question I didn’t cover, please feel free to leave me a question in the comments! I would love to help!

Here is another tutorial on how to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl for a fun multicolored look!

Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl to make multi color designs with your Silhouette of Cricut!


Make sure and check out my other posts to learn more and be inspired!!   ——–> You can see more Silhouette projects and tutorials here.


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  1. says

    I LOVE this! I have some heat transfer vinyl but I’ve been nervous to use it just because… well… I didn’t know where to start! Thanks so much!

  2. sheena says

    what if you dont want to iron it right away? or want to give an transfer as a gift? how do you package it???

  3. Dar says

    How well does the vinyl stay on fabric after washing several times? And is it better to use a heat press or is an iron just as good?

  4. says

    Hi! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and tips! Do you think wax paper would work ok if I don’t have parchment paper? Thanks again!

    • says

      I wouldn’t use wax paper because it would probably melt the wax either on to the iron or fabric when ironed. It gets pretty hot! The silhouette brand heat transfer usually has a square of parchment in it or you could try a thin tea towel.

  5. Donna says

    Thank you so much….I had tried and tried to do this and it was easy with your help :) Put a new great nephew’s name on an outfit.

  6. Ellie says

    I had great success with the first project I made using the heat transfer material and then ran into problems on the following two projects (tonight was the second failed attempt). I too have found that a towel, sheet or other type of fabric I have put in-between the iron and the t-shirt has been far to thick to transfer the image. BUT when I turned up my iron to see if that would work, it melted the image & protective sheet. So I am going to go try the parchment paper suggestion and see what happens! I’m just bummed as I’ve gone through almost 2 rolls of the material (which is $15 for 3 feet) and a couple T-shirts trying to find the perfect solution. So thank you for taking the time to write such detailed instructions!

  7. Lesley says

    I am trying to figure out how to layer two colors of htv using words. They design comes out nice in Silhouette designer studio but when I apply to my shirts it doesnt line up perfectly and suggestions how to full proof layering htv? Thanks, you are such a big help!!!

  8. Becky says

    I’m new to heat transfer. I have a question about cutting the design. I tried with the cutting mat and my design stuck to the mat. I tried without the mat and the material ,moved around in the machine. Any tips? Thanks for the guide; it is very helpful.

    • says

      How is your design sticking to the cutting mat? The clear plastic side should be toward the sticky side. You shouldn’t be cutting all the way through that plastic so it should lift off in one piece. Check your blade and cut settings to make sure they are right for heat transfer. Also if you are going to cut without the mat make sure you move in the rollers so that the right one is on the right edge of the heat transfer and the left side is under the roller that is all the way to the left. Also make sure that when you raise the bar to move the roller you remember to lower it back down.

    • says

      Hi Barbara. There are many different mediums you can use but most likely what you are seeing on walls is vinyl and acts much like a sticker with adhesive on the back.

  9. Jessica says

    I am new to the silhouette cameo world. I want to do some designs for shirts. Can I cut out what I want on vinyl and then use heat transfer paper? I ordered some heat transfer paper and it hasn’t arrived just yet. Do I need something else to make a design? Thanks for your help! Jessica

  10. Joan says

    I was using the Avery iron on fabric transfer. After one wash , the color fades away. Are a iron transfers like that? What if I get the fabric vinyl? How does that work? And what is the main difference between iron on transfer and fabric vinyl?

  11. Tammy Clark says

    Thanks. Ni ahve never used yet and can’t wait to try. Have been using cricut for 7 years and have never even turned on my Cameo. Will need try. Ty

  12. Caty says

    So smoothe HTV I haven’t had any issues with! However I just tried metallic gold (same company) and cannot get it to cut! I can see where it has cut, but not deep enough! I’ve cut it 3 times and when I peel it back the cut letters don’t come off! I even increased the thickness from 8 to 33 with no luck! Have you had this issue or should metallic be working the same??

  13. Erica says

    Any idea why my HTV would not stick to a 100% cotton t shirt? I have a heat press! It isn’t sticking at all…machine is on 375!

    • says

      I have problems with 100% cotton too. I think it bonds better to synthetic fabric. If you can get the edge to stick and pull it little by little then you might can get it on. I usually do it this way then put the iron over it again after I pull it off the paper (with parchment )

  14. Elaine says

    i have had my Silhousette about a year and I can cut small things but I cannot cut out large fancy monograms. It cuts thru and tears . I ordered my heat transfer and it is different thicknesses. Some is very thick. I have wasted so much time and money but I can’t get my settings correct.

  15. says

    THANK YOU! I just made my son’s FREE HUGS Valentine’s shirt with the help of your post. It went together easily and I was able to problem solve every step with your advice. The parchment worked like a dream. Appreciate your help!

  16. Ashley says

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me about doing multiple colors with the vinyl. I want to make a shirt for my son and it’s a quote and each line is a different color. Do I print and cut each line in the quote separately to achieve the different colored lines, and then if I do that how do I get it all to match up when I go to put it on the shirt? PLEASE help!!

    • says

      Yes cut them each in the color they should be. I usually just trim each piece closely around the design and then eyeball it on the shirt. You can peel them up and move them around until you are ready to iron it on. If you want to be very exact about it, then you could use a fabric pen to mark the middle and then line it up to that.

  17. Kathryn says

    When storing and traveling with heat transfers, what is the best material to put on the backside so the transfer tape does not stick to other things? Thank you!

    • says

      I have never travelled with heat transfer before, but I would probably just cut the design and wait to weed it until I got to the destination – OR- buy some cheap dollar store contact paper and use the backing of it to stick to the sticky transfer tape to keep it fresh until you get there. Hope that helps!

  18. PAM WINNERS says

    I made a couple t-shirts using the silhouette brand heat transfer and I had one heck of a time getting it to adhere to the t-shirt. I was finally successful but the first time I washed the shirts the letters started falling off :( I turned them inside out, washed on cold, followed all the manufacturers instructions and the project was still a failure. Any tips or ideas?

    • says

      Hi Pam- I have found that the more synthetic blend the shirt is the better the HTV adheres. I have also had a hard time with 100% cotton shirts (and baby onesies!) Check to see if your shirts are 100% cotton and that might solve your issue. Hope that this helps!

  19. Marco says

    Hi! Thank you for coming up with a very informative and helpful tutorial. I’m starting a project and I’d like to use this method. However, I learned that when washing an item with the design already transferred on it, the design would peel off or bleed. What can you do to prevent this from happening?

    Thank you!

  20. juanita buitendag says

    hi there, why does my printable heat transfer wash out? i washed it inside out and the ink was badly faded after just one wash. am i doing something wrong?

  21. Whitney says

    I cut my heat transfer vinyl but I could not see it (I seen u mentioned u had the same problem) but that it worked out okay for you. My problem is when trying to pull away from the backing it would pull mist the letter and then rip it… I could not weed it because I could not see where it was cut. I had my settings set for heat transfer vinyl. Please help;)

  22. Jeannie says

    Is it true that vinyl cannot be ironed onto vinyl? When making a shirt, I want to outline my font with a different color vinyl but I am clueless.

    • says

      I have a post on layering heat transfer. You can layer smooth on top of smooth to get multiple colors on a project. I just linked it in the post above. Take a look and let me know if you have more questions!

  23. Karen says

    I am new to Silhouette, but I just cut my design using the heat transfer kit, and the yellow flocked paper. I have a white backing that came on the paper, and I can not get this off. The clear adhesive paper is on the flocked side, but a white paper is one the back. Please any advise would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • says

      The white backing is what will stick to the shirt when you iron it on. Just cut the heat transfer with the white, flocked, and clear then peel off the part that you don’t want, flip and iron on to the shirt.

  24. Jenny says

    Hi great article! Thanks! I’m working on a gift for my sister in law, it is a canvas pillow and when I first ironed it, everything seemed to stick and now a couple of days later it’s lifting! Any help would be appreciated as it took a lot of vinyl and the cost of the pillow! Thank u so much!

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  26. Sandy Lloyd says

    Kimber, I am having a problem with cutting out my design. When I cut the design using htv it is cutting the plastic backing also. I have changed the blade settings from 3 to 2. I’m not sure what to do. Please help.

  27. Keisha says

    What kind of heat transfer do you use? Everything i do, the transfer either 1)dosent stick after removing the iron or 2)when i wash it, it starts to peel off.

    Also, what kind of iron would you recommend?

  28. Brittany says

    I recently bought a crocus and I use an at home iron and leave it on for the proper amount of time and it looks really good but then when I wash it, it peels off. How do I prevent this?

    • says

      I would consult the manufacturer for an exact answer as materials can differ but I have found that pressure and material are key. The more pressure the better and make sure that if you prewash you don’t use any type of fabric softener or extras with it. Hope that helps!

  29. Bridget says

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I just purchased a Cameo and I’m nervous to use vinyl, but this is great. Thanks again!

  30. Kaelyn says

    This may be a silly question. I just got a cutting machine for Christmas and am researching the best techniques. I ordered transfer tape for my adhesive vinyl and also have some iron-on vinyl ordered. From what I gathered by this tutorial, transfer tape is not needed and already adhered to the film. Is this correct?

    • says

      On most HTV it already has a backing attached. There are some brands that don’t but I have never used them. Transfer tape is mostly used with regular adhesive vinyl. Let me know if you have other questions!

  31. Kelsey says

    Help please!! I am new to my cameo but feel like I’ve caught on OK but there’s one thing j can’t figure out! I made a design for a onesie for my baby and mirrored it and did everything right in that sense, but every single tutorial I watch makes it look so easy to just peel off the excess vinyl and then it just has the backing with the cut pieces (in my case letters) on the big piece so everything is spaced just like it was in the design studio and it’s a simple iron on then peel off the backing. For me, it cut through the backing and the vinyl so when it was done cutting I had all individual letters that kind of popped out of the vinyl sheet super easily so I had to place each individual letter on the inside and then iron on. What am I doing wrong???

    • says

      You probably need to play with your cut settings a little bit. Try reducing the thickness on the blade, or if you have to even turning the blade level down a notch. I always try a few test cuts until I get it perfect. It is WAY easier once you get the settings so it only cuts through the vinyl and not the back piece!!

    • says

      You probably need to play with your cut settings a little bit. Try reducing the thickness on the blade, or if you have to even turning the blade level down a notch. I always try a few test cuts until I get it perfect. It is WAY easier once you get the settings so it only cuts through the vinyl and not the back piece!!

    • Joy Rios says

      I was cutting the wrong side the first few attempts, I didn’t realize that you have to place the shiny side down. I cut through the material too and had a heck of a time cutting anything by the settings within the software. I went online and found that there are users websites out there that give settings by paper/vinyl brand.

      I use a Silhouette Cameo 3 and use the following setting: Blade 2, Speed 8, Thickness 4.

      I can’t stress enough that you may still need to tweak your own settings, but its a good start and no where near the Cameo 3 settings that are auto loaded.

  32. binoe29 says

    just…a beginner…want to learn about heat transfer printing..all i know is a silkscreen printing..thanks a lot for this free guide..

  33. kathryn says

    this guide is so helpful, thank you! I just have a question, what do I do if I don’t own a silhouette cameo cutter machine? I can’t possibly buy one, so would it be safe to just lightly sketch my simple design on one side and then cut it out with an x-acto knife? if so, which side; and is it ok if i cut through both sides? Thank you so very much for your help!

    • says

      I have never done it like this so I can’t tell you exactly how it would turn out. I think it might work, but I would try to only cut through the vinyl and not the backing because it will make it easier to transfer onto the shirt.

  34. Casi Selph says

    Good morning! I have a Silhouette Portrait and recently made my first shirt. I was pretty amazed at how good the shirt turned out. I washed & dried he shirt beforehand. I used the smooth Cricut brand iron on vinyl. I used he hottest setting on my iron and used a very thin piece of fabric in between the iron and vinyl. I also used an ironing board with very thin padding. I peeled the clear backing from the shirt after the graphic was securely transferred to the shirt. The shirt turned out perfect, or so I thought! The shirt was worn and then washed & dried turned inside out & half of the graphic came off somehow! What did I do wrong? Can you please help??!! Thanks a bunch!

    • says

      Hi Casi I am not an expert but do make sure if you wash it before that it does not have any “extras” like fabric softener or dryer sheets that can leave a residue on the fabric. That residue can create a barrier between the fabric and the vinyl. The best recommendation I have though is to contact the manufacturer. They are usually willing to help troubleshoot and they are the MOST knowledgable!

    • Casi Selph says

      Thank you so much for your help. I’m pretty sure I did use fabric softener, I’m going to make another shirt and wash it without the fabric softener and see if the vinyl stays on this time! Thanks again!

      • Dede says

        Any ideas how to get the fabric softener out of a shirt? I mindlessly used some the other day and had a shirt for transfer in the wash! Thanks in advance for any ideas!

  35. Maurice Engelbrecht says

    Im living in South Africa Cape Town and interested in purchasing a bundle but i never bought anyting online before,could you please assist.

  36. Kay says

    Exactly what I needed! My very 1st project and was having a HORRIBLE time getting my smooth vinyl to stay down! Let’s just say an hour later the house didn’t burn down!! I wished I had found this ‘cool’ down and fabric choice tip 1st. Of course I had to pick a T-shirt for my 1st HTV. After I finally got it to stick everywhere, I ended up laying a bandana directly on the vinyl for a ‘one more time heat up’! Lol Will see how it washes in a couple of days. Fingers crossed!! Thank you!!

    • says

      You can try covering with parchment and pressing again. That usually get them to readhere, but if there is chemicals in the fabric (like to make it not wrinkle or soften it) it might peel again.

  37. sarah-ann says

    hi kimber, which material is good to print on and also cut using my silhouette cameo cutting machine for t-shirts?


  38. Becca says

    OK I’m new to this I’m getting my silhouette machine tomorrow my daughter’s birthday is a few days later she will be four and she wants a sofia the first shirt made, so my question is…. how do I do it, I mean since it’s a colored image? I’m sorry I know it’s a stupid question. Thank you

  39. CheryL says

    What is the machine you are cutting the vinyl names with?? It didn’t say. I just ordered a heat press. Is there another machine to do the cutting? Or do you use clear so if doesn’t show up??

  40. Rowena Rogers Brooks says

    Silly question, perhaps, but after first pre-washing the fabric (tee shirts in this instance) is it ok to use fabric softener or is it best not to prior to placing the iron-on vinyl?

  41. Gabriel Lucero says

    Hoping maybe someone on here can help me out. I want to buy my kids a heat press machine, but there are so many different ones. Its just for home and they’re beginners.thank u.

  42. Andi says

    Can I use vinyl that just says “glitter vinyl” (but doesn’t say iron on) for a shirt using a heat press or does it have to be heat transfer/ iron on vinyl?

  43. says

    I’ve always wanted to try heat transfer vinyl because I heard that you can make a lot of cool stuff with it. I’m excited to give it a try! Thanks for sharing this guide!

  44. Renee says


    So, just to confirm, I don’t need transfer paper, right? Everything is layered into the heat transfer vinyl? (the only addition would be the parchment paper needed between the iron & vinyl?)


  45. Lisa Morrison says

    What type of vinyl is best to use on koosies? I am just starting I have a heat press. and the koosies are the flat one.

  46. Kerry says

    I like very much those designs I used my cameo to make some designs of my own for Halloween also I did some socks with some reflective vinyl for my little ones, I kind o went everywhere, but still looking for a great website to buy I try World-Paper like 3 months ago they were a little bit expensive now looks like they are lower than eBay this is a jewel for all those who nickel and dime to be able to get the most profit

    I hope this helps!

  47. Lora says

    I just got my machine, it is all new to me, I have the cameo 3 it cut most of the word I made but not all of it. Will it work if I change the setting to a higher number?

  48. Lorna says

    Hi! I just got a Silhouette and I am so excited about all the things I can make with it. I’ve made a few paper items (cards, etc) but what i was looking for was a tutorial on how to make the vinyl labels on the cookie jars like I have been seeing everywhere. Do you know where I would find one?

  49. says

    Hi Kimber,

    This is a fantastic tutorial – thanks!

    The Cameo is an amazing machine. We don’t use it for heat transfer all that much, but that’s mainly to avoid getting addicted to yet another hobby…

    Don’t think the living room floor can take an overdose of textiles too!

  50. Loraine says

    I am layering two vinyls on a tshirt and it turned out great…. except one pencil eraser size spot. BUBBLE between layers. Can this be fixed or is it ruined?

  51. Stella says

    Thank you!! This detail is so helpful! So true that these simple questions aren’t answered anywhere else, but they’re really needed!

  52. Gloria D'Amico says

    Do you have any suggestions for using the Avery Iron On Transfer Fabric Paper. I am doing a small project for my family visit to Disneyland and purchased images from Esty, I then purchased Avery Iron Transfer Sheets. Any tips or tricks you can provide would be very helpful as I have never done anything like this before and thought it would be a fun project to try.

    • says

      It does sound fun! I have never used that brand myself, but I think if you follow the instructions on the package and make sure to use the right heat and as much pressure as possible it should be perfect!

  53. Michele says

    I was wondering how you iron two layers on top of one another without melting the lower layer since the top layer should be smaller and the bottom layer sticks out from under the top layer. Is there something you use between the iron and the exposed lower layer while ironing the second layer? I had trouble with that.

  54. sandy says

    I set my iron to cotton I used siser easyweed htv white and applied it to a red pot holder and it bled on to the white htv help

  55. Michelle says

    Thank you a lot of detailed information. I do not have a heat press and not wanting to buy one. Thank you again.

  56. Stephanie says

    Thanks for the great info. I made tie dye shirts and want to use a heat press and add a heat transfer image. Do you know if I can prewash the shirts with detergent and vinegar? I know fabric softener is not recommended but what about vinegar?


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