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How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl for Cricut

How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl for Cricut

Cutting heat transfer vinyl for Cricut is very easy, and the following is a step-by-step guide on how to cut heat transfer vinyl.

Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl on Cricut

  • Come up with your design within the Cricut Design Space.
  • Check the Mirror Image box at the Mat Preview Window’s bottom.
  • Place the vinyl on the cutting mat, with the plastic backing side down.
  • In the Smart Set Dial, choose Iron-on for glossy and matte materials. If you’re using glitter vinyl, choose the next setting clockwise, just before Light Cardstock.
  • Now, follow the directions on the screen to load, set, and cut.

After Cutting the HTV Vinyl

Once your design has been cut, pull it away from the cutting mat and tidy it, removing all waste. Some people use a bubble popper for the tidying process, others use a safety pin, but I recommend using the X-Acto knife set for fast and accurate weeding. I also suggest trimming your material as close as possible to the design, so you are left with the vinyl you need.

Now, flip the vinyl so the plastic backing faces up. Place it on the fabric and align it correctly. If you’re convinced that the set-up is ready for pressing, heat up the iron box. Take a Teflon sheet or a thin towel and position it between the vinyl and the iron.

Press the iron down against the vinyl for about one minute. The vinyl you purchase will come with specifications on the precise heat and press time needed, so be sure to check that before you get started.

Remove the iron from the project and let the design cool down for about 30 seconds. Afterwards, start peeling away the plastic backing from the design. In case some of the vinyl comes off too, you need to work on it more by using the heat press more.

Repeat the process of pressing down the iron onto the design for another 30 seconds, until the vinyl remains attached firmly to the garment and the plastic backing peels away effortlessly.

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James M. Rai has been screen printing T-shirts and other textiles professionally and as a hobby for more than 15 years. During that time, he owned and operated a small screen printing shop in northern California for more than 7 years. More recently, James has gotten involved with Cricut and other cutting machines.