If you’re reading this article, the chances are that you want to personalize your garment using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV), but don’t have any pro machines/tools. Not everyone has the latest and greatest tools at their disposal when it comes to DIY projects, so I created this article with step-by-step instructions on how you can personalize your garment using HTV just by utilizing the regular household tools.
- Goneedle’s Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Heat Press (You can do use Iron instead)
- Marker pen
- A4 sheet
Take an A4 white sheet and draw heart shape using a pencil. Depending on the number of colors you want to use, divide the heart shape in to that many slices. I used 13 different colors for this example. Number the slices before cutting them apart so you know their exact position.
Using the scissor, cut the heart shape out.
Then cut the slices apart.
This is an optional step – once you have seperated the slices, use the numbering you have on each slide to put them back into the heart shape.
Now place each slice on the respective vinyl sheets, and draw an outline of the slice using a marker pen.
Remember to number the vinyl slices as you had in the A4 sheet.
Repeat the above 2 steps for all the slices. Then, using a scissor, cut the outlined shapes from all of the vinyl sheets.
You’ve now replicated the exact same design drawn on the A4 sheet on to your Heat Transfer Vinyl sheets.
You’re now ready to transfer the colorful heart design on to your T-shirt. You can do this in 2 ways:
- Using your household iron (non-steam one)
- or a professional Heat Press machine. For this example, I used my heat press machine, but it’s totally OKAY to use an iron and you’ll get the same results when you do it right.
Place your T-shirt on the Heat Press ( or Ironing board) and nicely arrange all the vinyl slices to form the desired heart shape.
Use Goneedle’s Teflon sheet when pressing your transfer to protect both your garment and your heat press (or iron).
Push the Heat Press handle down onto your design and hold it for 20 seconds. Read the above given TIPS, if you’re using an iron for this step.
With that, your design should be fully adhered to the T-shirt.
Slowly start removing the protective sheet from the vinyl. For those who used your iron: If it doesn’t seem to have fully adhered, put the protective sheet back on the vinyl and re-press for another 5 – 10 seconds.
Well done! you’ve just created your very own custom T-shirt with a colorful heart on it 🙂
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