A while ago I posted about how to layer heat transfer vinyl. In the post I showed you some tools that are essential to making projects with HTV. I am going to show you how to make the tools you need to apply heat transfer vinyl.
The first tool you need is the Cricut EasyPress, no I can’t show you how to make that. I have the original 9″ x 9″ and have found it meets all my needs. A pressing board and pressing pillows are the keys to successful HTV projects. A pressing board allows you to work on any surface without worrying about damaging the surface with the heat. Pressing pillows raise the area where the vinyl is being applied. This ensures that the EasyPress makes even contact with the material for even application.
- 18″ x 12″ scrap of wood. I used an old shelf from a piece of furniture I no longer use. (I love upcycling old stuff!)
- Warm and Natural cotton batting
- 1/2 yard heavy cotton fabric like duck cloth
- 1/2″ high-density upholstery foam (use a coupon and get it at Joann)
- spray adhesive
- ironing board cover fabric
- staple gun
- thread-my favorite brand
- sewing machine-loves this brand. Great inexpensive machines that last.
Cut a piece of Warm and Natural big enough to cover one side of the wood and wrap a little around to the back. Spray a light coat of adhesive on the front of the wood and smoothly apply the Warm and Natural to the front of the wood. Flip the board over and pull Warm and Natural taught and staple in place. Start in the middle doing the corners last. When you get to the corners pull a section down over the pointy edge.
Secure that with a staple and fold over either side to make a neat corner.
Repeat process with the fabric you are using. Duck cloth is a nice sturdy option. I happened to have the red polka dot scrap so I used that. To protect the surface of the table, I cut a piece of fleece to size to cover the staples on the back and hot glued it down.
Please excuse the sloppy cutting.
I made two sizes of pressing pillows. The larger one is 8″ x 10″, which I use when making adult size shirts. The smaller one is 6″ x 6″, which I use for children sized shirts including onesies. The 1/2″ density foam is easy to cut with your scissors. Once cut lay your foam on your ironing board cover fabric and cut fabric big enough to leave 1/2″ seam on three sides. You must use ironing board fabric, as it is made to withstand high heat. It can be found in the utility section at your favorite fabric store.
Sandwich the foam inside the fabric, pushing it against the uncut edge. Pin in place. Zigzag stitch the three sides. This doesn’t have to be beautiful just functional!
See how easy it is to make the tools you need to apply heat transfer vinyl. I promise these tools along with the EasyPress will give you professional results when using heat transfer vinyl on any fabric project.