Iron on vinyl


Iron on vinyl sometimes called heat-transfer vinyl or HTV. 

Iron on vinyl is a special type of vinyl material with a heat-sensitive adhesive, it is a product that is applied to t-shirts and other substrates by heat. You will have had many t-shirts and other garments with HTV on it! Therefore, the heat transfer can be done using a heat press machine, a home iron, or the recently released Cricut EasyPress.


It comes in sheets or rolls, and has two parts to it. There is the vinyl and the carrier sheet. They are both joined together and come apart during the heat transfer.

There are different types of iron on vinyl, including:

  • flocked HTV
  • foil HTV
  • patterned HTV (my favorite!)

In conclusion, perhaps the most well known brand of heat transfer vinyl is Siser EasyWeed. I have to confess that this is my favorite brand, just because it is so easy to use, and it looks and feels great.

What Can You Press Iron On Vinyl Onto?

HTV vinyl is most commonly used for t shirts and other clothing. I use it all the time on baby onesies. However, you can press it onto a ton of other surfaces – some of the following I haven’t even tried myself yet!

Iron on vinyl

You can press HTV onto:

  • T-shirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Baby onesies
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hats and caps
  • Shoes
  • Wooden farmhouse signs
  • Swimsuits
  • Placemats
  • Teatowels
  • Baby and children’s clothes
  • Canvas tote bags
  • Stretched canvas (a reverse canvas project, for example)
  • Drink coolies
  • And much more!


Here’s what you need in order to make your own T-shirts:

  • Cricut machine (I used the Cricut explore air 2 for this tutorial but any Cricut machine will work!)
  • StandardGrip mat
  • weeding tool
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 (or a household iron)
  • EasyPress mat (or a super fluffy towel, folded up)
Cricut Explore Air 2

Design your project in Cricut Design Space. For instance, Place the iron-on vinyl onto a StandardGrip cutting mat LINER side down. Load the mat into the Cricut machine. Send your image to the machine from Cricut Design Space. Make sure to MIRROR the design. Set the cutting dial on the machine to “Iron-on” For more information on adhering the iron-on vinyl, see my post on “ How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cricut

Cricut Explore Air

What Is A Cricut Explore Air 2 & What Can I Do With It?

You know I love sharing all the latest from Cricut—I am a HUGE fan of my Cricut Explore electronic cutter. today I’m talking about their brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 (in particular I have the Air 2, but this series works for all Cricut Explore machines). I think these posts will really be helpful if you’re on the fence about getting one for yourself or if you have one and have never taken it out of the box.

Cricut Explore Air
Cricut Explore Air 2


Cricut Explore Air 2

The simplest explanation is that the Cricut Explore Air is a die-cutting machine (aka craft plotter or cutting machine). You can think of it like a printer; you create an image or design on your computer and then send it to the machine. It can cut paper, vinyl, fabric, craft foam, sticker paper, faux leather, and more!

The Cricut Explore is different than the older Cricut machines. Instead of cartridges, you can get access to their enormous library of cut files. You can upload and cut your own files. You can use the software on your computer or tablet, online or off. It cuts more than 100 different materials. You can also draw, score, and engrave with it.

I never cease to be amazed at the precision with which it cuts materials. Use Cricut Design Space (their online design software) to take any text or shape from the library and send it to your Cricut to be cut out. You can even upload your own designs if you want!

The Cricut Explore Air can cut materials up to 12″ wide and has a small cutting blade mounted inside the machine. When you’re ready to cut something out, you load the material onto a sticky mat and load the mat into the machine. The uses for the Cricut Explore machine are far beyond the scrapbooking sphere. If you love any type of DIY, party ideas, or crafts, you’ll love the Cricut Explore.


There are TONS of things you can do with a Cricut machine! If you need something cut out (or drawn or etched or scored), odds are, the Cricut can cut it. Here are just a few project ideas:

  • Iron-on vinyl for t-shirts
  • Make a leather bracelet
  • Paper gift boxes and tags
  • Stencils for wood signs
  • Vinyl quotes for coffee mugs
  • Felt coasters
  • Address an envelope
  • Customized tote bags
  • Monogrammed water bottles
  • Paper flowers for bouquets
  • Vinyl labels for your pantry
  • Coloring pages
  • Create your own wall decals

…and tons of other projects that are too numerous to list!

Hope this post helped you start to discover why you might want a Cricut Explore! I highly recommend the Cricut Explore machines! I use mine pretty much every day, and it rocks!

Heat Transfer Vinyl

How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cricut

Here are step by step instructions on how to use Heat transfer vinyl (iron-on vinyl) it to make custom t-shirts, tote bags, onesies, and more! Learn tips and tricks for getting your Heat transfer vinyl to adhere—updated in 2019 to include iron, EasyPress, and heat press methods.

Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat Transfer Vinyl

Let’s talk about how to use Heat transfer vinyl . We’re going to cover what Heat transfer vinyl is, how to cut and weed it, and how to adhere it to a base material (in this case, a baby bodysuit) using three methods—an iron, the Cricut EasyPress, and a heat press. Everything you need to know in one handy place.

How To Use Heat Transfer Vinyl With A Cricut Machine