How to Layer Heat Transfer Vinyl

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How to Layer Heat Transfer Vinyl

Do you struggle with heat transfer vinyl? Layering htv can be difficult because it tends to shrink when it gets hot. I’ve got some tips and tricks on how to layer heat transfer vinyl to make it simple.


White HTV
Yellow Sweatshirt

Step 1: Cut out your design

Use your Silhouette to cut out the different layers of your design. Remember to mirror your layers so they will read correctly when you apply them to your garment.

Step 2: Weed your design

Weed out the layers of your design and then trim the carrier sheet very close to the edges of the graphic.

Step 3: Layer your design

Any parts of the design that won’t overlap can be applied to the fabric at the same time. I’m adding the name “Warren” and the football shape at the same time. By trimming down the carrier sheet, the pieces should fit together without overlapping.
first layer of htv

Step 4: Apply the heat

Between trial and error and Cricut Easy Press recommendations, I was able to come up with the best time and heat settings for my htv. I’m using 320 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7 seconds to lightly tack down my first layer.
using the heat press
Repeatedly applying heat can burn the vinyl, which is why you want to barely stick down the first layer before removing the carrier sheet.

Step 5: Apply the next layer

Now that the first layer is tacked down, it is time to apply the second layer. Use your extra carrier sheet from the first layer to completely cover the entire design before applying heat. Again use a minimal amount of time to stick down the second layer and remove the carrier sheet.
placing the last layer
Continue with this process until all the layers are tacked down.

Step 6: Apply more heat

Once the entire design is tacked to the fabric cover the entire design with a cloth or parchment paper and apply more heat and pressure. At this point, you are making sure everything is fully melted into the fabric and ready for wearing.

Step 7: Wash and wear

Let your garment sit and cool. Wash your fabric inside out and wear it with pride!
completed multilayer design on the shirt
Check out the video below for more details on layering heat transfer vinyl.
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