Printable HTV – Tried 3 Types for last 2 Onsies

I used Printable HTV for the last two panda onesies for the baby shower. I used three different brands.  The First I tried Walmart’s Pen + Gear brand.  Then I tried Avery.  And finally I tried the Silhouette brand.  Read on to get my opinions.

I need to explain one design.  It is a PandaMonkeyBaby image.  Now I know what you are thinking.  What the #%&# is she thinking? When our friend got pregnant Ken kept teasing her that she was going to have a puppymonkeybaby like the TV commercial.  It became an inside joke so when I was designing onesies I had to do one like that.  A few changes were made to match the theme and tada – PandaMonkeyBaby.

What you will need
        • Printable HTV sheet
        • Inkjet Printer (you cannot use a laser printer)
        • Parchment paper
        • something to put it on
        • Iron or Easy Press 
Pen + Gear Brand

This printable HTV is available at Walmart.  Don’t buy it.  I know it’s cheaper but it isn’t worth it.   It printed just fine and the white fabric sheets do not require you to reverse the image.  So reading the instructions is says to leave a small border around the image to seal it.  Well my cricut doesn’t cut like that so I had to cut it out by hand. Problem #1.  Then I went to put the design on the shirt and followed all the directions.  The image ink  ran  while heating.  Big Problem #2.  Then as it cooled the colors changed to yucky colors. Problem #3.  I threw that onesie away along with the rest of the package of sheets.

Avery Brand (Light Colored Fabric)

This is also available at Walmart and I’m sure other places.  This product was used to make the last example above.  It printed very nice.  I didn’t worry about reversing the image because I have no writing but if you do you need to reverse it.  It says to leave a small border too but I forgot.  It worked fine anyway.  The image came out good and I was happy with the result.

Silhouette HTV (Colored Fabrics)

I did mine on my cricut but the Joann’s was out of cricut brand printable HTV so I used this.  The instructions are the same.  The first two examples are done with this product.  Since it is for darker fabrics you don’t need to mirror the image.  (For the white fabric product  you do.) It printed great and cut on the machine with no border needed.  (For the white fabric product skip these next steps and to ironing.)  At this point you need to peel the product off the paper. Then place the image right side up and place some parchment paper over it.  

Ironing
All of the products say the same thing and are done the same way.  They are all done on the cotton setting without steam.  The colored product requires a piece of parchment paper.  Over everything lay a pillowcase or something.  I used a t-shirt.  Read the instructions for your product about how long to press the HTV but they all require heavy pressure.  I let mine cool before removing the paper.  

 

Final Thoughts

Read and follow the instruction for whatever product you use. 

Since the weren’t for me I don’t know how well these hold up in the washer, but if you follow the instructions you should be fine.  My friend will tell me the first time she washes them and I will update this page.

The easiest and best product was the sillouette product.  The Avery did fine too.  DO NOT BUY THE WALMART BRAND.  I am not even giving you a link to buy it.

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Metallic Vinyl – Onesie for the Baby Shower

As promised here is another one of the onesies I did for the baby shower I went to Saturday.  Her theme was pandas and purple so I made guess what.  PURPLE PANDAS!!!  Really this is a tutorial on how to work with metallic vinyl.

Panda Onesie done with metalic Vinyl
Panda Onsie #2

Metallic  vinyl is much easier to work with than glitter vinyl.  And can look just as impressive.

What you will need

  • Metallic  HTV
  • something to put it on
  • Iron or Easy Press 
Cutting

If you only knew how many times I have cut the wrong side of HTV.  LOL.  I use a pick to separate a very small part of the HTV in a space I am going to weed anyway.  It is easy to tell which side is the HTV and which side is the “paper”.  Put the “paper” side down.  BTW if you ever cut the wrong side, just turn it over and re-cut. Most brands the backing is thick enough that you didn’t cut all the way through it anyway.  It makes weeding a little more difficult because you now have two images, one reversed on the wrong side, but at least the vinyl isn’t wasted.

I always set my cricut on custom materials to cut then you would select the material “metallic iron on” .  Unlike glitter vinyl, metallic vinyl cuts easily.

Weeding

Once the pattern is all cut, you need to weed it.  I have a Cricut Bright Pad.  They are about $48 at amazon.  You need some type of light source to put under the project.  Before I got the Brightpad, I used a LED lamp , a bowl and a piece of glass.  It wasn’t high tech but it worked.  Any light pad will work.  You can find others on Amazon for under $20 but they are smaller. 

 Also you will need a sharp pick.  I have a set from Harbor Freight that cost 2 or 3 dollars.   Another tool that is useful is a weeding ring.  I used to stick the weeded vinyl to my hand but my skin had a reaction to the sticky.  The weeding ring solved that. 

Metallic vinyl weeds fairly easily, but for a project as complicated and this one I like to cut a paper copy or just print a copy on paper so I have a guide for weeding.

Here is another trick that works well. You probably wont need it with metallic vinyl but just in case, I mention it here.   Rub a very little bit of baby powder on the back of the vinyl. You will be able to see the lines clearly.  If you do this, make sure to wipe the baby powder off with a damp rag before applying the vinyl.

Ironing

I don’t have an Easypress.  And I don’t see the need for one right now.  The infusible inks will work with a high temp iron like mine but they aren’t as bright and you need to leave the iron on longer. But it works. 

With an iron set and the highest setting without steam, warm the area you are going to put the design on then place the design where you want it.  Press fairly hard on the design in segments.  Use a lot of pressure.  You are trying to melt the material and force it between the fibers.  After you have pressed each area, go over the whole design slowly a few times.  If it doesn’t stick well try again.  Metallic vinyl tends to crinkle when it gets too hot but I like that effect and it sticks just as well.

After it cools and I’ve taken the paper off, I always repress the design just to make sure it seals.  Use parchment paper between the iron and your design.

Here is another design I did with metallic vinyl.  It is a shirt I made for my self, sort of self advertising.  This is my new logo.

Crazy Cricut Lady Shirt

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Panda Onesie Done in Glitter Vinyl

As promised here is one of the onesies I did for the baby shower I went to Saturday.  Her theme was pandas and purple so I made guess what.  PURPLE PANDAS!!!  Really this is a tutorial on how to work with glitter vinyl.

Panda Onesie in purple saying Moods change rapidly Be Prepared
Panda Onesie

Glitter vinyl offers some difficult challenges to work with.  Whether it is HTV or regular vinyl there are some techniques that make it a little easier.  But first if you want the design it is in my downloads

What you will need

  • Glitter HTV
  • something to put it on
  • Iron or Easy Press ( get them on sale until 7/30)
Cutting

If you only knew how many times I have cut the wrong side of HTV.  LOL.  I use a pick to separate a very small part of the HTV in a space I am going to weed anyway.  It is easy to tell which side is the HTV and which side is the “paper”.  Put the “paper” side down.  BTW if you ever cut the wrong side, just turn it over and re-cut. Most brands the backing is thick enough that you didn’t cut all the way through it anyway.  It makes weeding a little more difficult because you now have two images, one reversed on the wrong side, but at least the vinyl isn’t wasted.

I always set my cricut on custom materials to cut then you would select the material “glitter iron on” and set it to more.  This seems to work with one cutting but before you unload your mat, check to make sure it cut all the way through.  If it didn’t press the C and it will cut again.

Weeding

Once the pattern is all cut, you need to weed it.  I have a Cricut Bright Pad.  They are about $48 at amazon.  You need some type of light source to put under the project.  Before I got the Brightpad, I used a LED lamp , a bowl and a piece of glass.  It wasn’t high tech but it worked.  Any light pad will work.  You can find others on Amazon for under $20

 Also you will need a sharp pick.  I have a set from Harbor Freight that cost 2 or 3 dollars.  I have just found a pinpen from 651vinyl.com that works great.  While you are there look at the weeding ring.  It is great!  I used to stick the weeded vinyl to my hand but my skin had a reaction to the sticky.  The weeding ring solved that. 

Here is another trick that works well.  Rub a very little bit of baby powder on the back of the vinyl. You will be able to see the lines clearly.  If you do this, make sure to wipe the baby powder off with a damp rag before applying the vinyl.

Ironing

I don’t have an Easypress.  And I don’t see the need for one right now.  The infusible inks will work with a high temp iron like mine but they aren’t as bright and you need to leave the iron on longer. But it works. 

With an iron set and the highest setting without steam, warm the area you are going to put the design on then place the design where you want it.  Press fairly hard on the design in segments.  Use a lot of pressure.  You are trying to melt the material and force it between the fibers.  After you have pressed each area, go over the whole design slowly a few times.  If it doesn’t stick well try again.  Glitter vinyl is very difficult to melt.  This make take a few tries.

After it cools and I’ve taken the paper off, I always repress the design just to make sure it seals.  Use parchment paper between the iron and your design.

BTW if you are layering your vinyl, never put a layer on top of glitter vinyl.  It just wont stick.

This tutorial contains links to sellers of which I am an affiliate and get a small commission.  Your price is not affected.