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Friday, March 17, 2017

Tips for Using Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl

Siser North America sent me some HTV to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links in this post are affiliate.


Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl is an iron-on vinyl that has, well, a bit of stretch to it! This makes it ideal for applying to all kinds of fabric. It works great on stretchy materials like Lycra®/spandex or cotton, and it's also fabulous for cotton poly blends, polyester and even leather! It has an ultra matte finish that is really pretty. I used it to dress up a baby onesie and it came out so cute because it layers perfectly.


I found these two designs in Cricut Design Space in the "Florals Embellished" digital cartridge. You get these free if you have a Cricut Access account (click to learn more about Cricut Access plans)

I cut the stretch HTV using the VINYL setting on my Cricut Explore Air 2 dial. Remember to always place heat transfer vinyl face down on your cutting mat and mirror the image before cutting.

When weeding the stretch HTV, you may notice that it tears a little more - not your actual design, it will be fine! But the extra pieces I was peeling off seemed to tear a little more often than when using regular HTV. It's no big deal, just don't be surprised by it.


Once my design was ready, I ironed the first flower down on the onesie for just a few seconds to tack it down, and I peeled the plastic sheet off while it was still warm. Then put the other flower down on top, making sure to cover the first flower with its plastic piece from before to protect it from the iron. Iron down for 15 seconds, moving the iron to a new place as needed. Remove the plastic while it's still warm.


Stretch HTV care: Do not dry clean  •  Machine wash WARM or COLD / mild detergent  •  Dry at normal setting  •  No chlorine bleach  •  Wait 24 hours before first wash.


Be sure to download the Siser app to your phone so you can check settings for whatever type of vinyl you're working with. It will give you recommendations for temperature, time, and even if you should peel the plastic off when the material has cooled off, or is still warm. It's a super handy tool! Available in Google Play and the App Store.






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