ThermoFlex Extra for heat sensitive materials

I received this adorable free bag with a purchase, and at first did not have a clue what to do with it. It is a synthetic leather, so I had some concerns. I looked up the instructions for the KNK heat transfer vinyl and found that ThermoFlex Extra works with heat sensitive materials.

Free Pink Bag

Free Pink Bag

I needed a bag to carry my dog supplies when we traveled to a meeting or a show. This is a nice roomy bag and would work well for carrying blankets as well as their water and food bowls.

I used a combination of old designs to create a personalized bag.

Decorated pink bag

Decorated pink bag

I had so much fun with it, I found another bag on clearance and decorated it to carry their brushes, paperwork and treats.

This bag has soft leather trim. I put a textbook inside it to iron the sections between the trim, then ironed the lettering onto the trim.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 24
  • v = 175
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open or create your design in the software.
  2. Reverse the design.
  3. Cut using the appropriate settings.
  4. Use a heat press or iron to transfer the vinyl to the bag following the instructions from TeamKNK.

I think I need ThermoFlex Extra in every color now!!!

Heat Transfer on Heat Sensitive Materials?

Have you ever worried about melting or damaging a shirt, bag or other material when applying a heat transfer vinyl? I know I have – probably because I’ve melted an item or two in my crafting endeavors (okay, maybe more than that, but I’m not counting).

ThermoFlex Extra is THE solution to personalization with heat sensitive materials. It is available in 15 great colors:

Twelve of these colors can be layered for additional design options!

ThermoFlex Extra only needs to be pressed for short time periods at 310-315 degrees Fahrenheit on nylon, synthetic leather, leather and other materials. This means you can personalize those materials that were previously untouchable by any kind of heat activated product!

Each material should be tested first.

  • Prepress for 5 seconds (optional, test first)
  • Press for 3-5 seconds
  • Let cool and peel the backing off
  • Cover with a teflon sheet
  • Repress for 10 seconds

Using these steps you can press to nylon, synthetic leather, leather and many more heat sensitive materials. For polyester, press at 330-335 degrees Fahrenheit for 17-20 seconds (ThermoFlex Plus instructions).

As with most heat transfer vinyls, the standard (red cap) blade is recommended. This HTV comes on a thick plastic carrier that makes it easy to cut and weed.

Cut the design in reverse (mirror image).

When applying to a water resistant or moisture-wicking material, clean the area with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry before pressing the HTV onto it.

Note from the manufacturer: Dye migration has occurred with low energy dyes in polyester and poly-bled fabrics.

Stop back on Monday to see my projects using ThermoFlex Extra!

Cork Coasters with HTV – A Simple DIY Hostess Gift

Here’s a quick, easy, and inexpensive project that is also very practical. These cute little cork coasters with HTV would be great for a hostess or other small gift.

Cork Coasters with HTV

I bought some cork squares using my half-off coupon at JoAnns. I think my price was around $1.50 for 4. You could also buy a sheet of cork and cut them yourself.

Materials:

  1. Cork
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Simple SVG design
  4. Iron
  5. Red-capped blade
  6. Make-The-Cut

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Multi-cut – 1
  3. Speed – 10

Bike Coaster with Glass

Steps:

  1. Import SVG from MTC Gallery or other source
  2. Mirror Image
  3. Cut and weed HTV
  4. Place onto coaster, vinyl side down
  5. Place piece of paper, cloth, or Teflon sheet on image so that it is between iron and HTV carrier.
  6. Use hot, dry iron to apply according to manufacturers instructions
  7. Peel HTV clear sheet off and repeat

Boy and Girl Bike Coaster

 

 

 

 

 

HTV Happy New Year! – Free File from Team KNK

HTV – a multisurface product?

I’m so glad to be on holiday and finally able spend time in my craft room. I love trying out new products and techniques. And this one is SPECTACULAR! You are going to want to get into your craft room ASAP!   front_opt-1

I read about this technique somewhere, but I was skeptical. Have you ever tried heat transfer vinyl like GlitterFlex on non-porous surfaces – not on fabric for which the product is primarily marketed? It works even better, and apparently lasts longer than glitter decal vinyls. Just make sure the surface you are applying it to is safe for high heat!

The design I used was a freebie from New Evolution Designs, as a wallpaper. They have some very cool and unique designs and lots of freebies.   New Evolutions Designs

I pixel traced the image in Make-the-Cut, which was extremely easy since the design has such clear definition between the colors and is a high quality (high pixel count) image.     closeup_opt

The real magic occurs when you are heat setting it. You might think that it is difficult because of the curve of the bottle, glass, mug or jar – but as I found out, it is easier than it might first appear.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 32
  • v = 250
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Open the Free File from Team KNK (below)
  2. Make a TEST CUT to ensure a good, clean cut
  3. Make sure the image is reversed
  4. Cut the file from GlitterFlex Ultra or from GlitterFlex II
  5. Position the design on the object and use an iron to heat set   iron_opt The iron heats up the glass, which radiates to the GlitterFlex Ultra so you don’t have to hit every angle around the bottle with the iron.

Download your Free File from Team KNK. And Happy New Year to all!

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DIY Pastry Cloth with HTV – ThermoFlex Plus on Pie Cloth

DIY Pastry Cloth with HTV

DIY Pastry Cloth with HTV

I always use a pastry cloth when I roll out a pie crust. I am amazed how many people don’t use one, because I end up with a mess if I try to make a crust without my trusty cloth. The cloth I have been using for years is starting to look pretty bad, and although it is still functional, I decided it would be nice to make myself a fresh one.

DIY Pastry Cloth with HTV

Time for a new Pastry Cloth

Materials:

  1. 100 percent cotton “utility” fabric
  2. Rick-Rack (optional)
  3. Sewing machine
  4. ThermoFlex Plus
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. MTC
  7. Iron or Heat Press

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 16
  2. Speed – 10
  3. MultiCut – 1

Steps:

  1. Wash and dry fabric.
  2. Cut or tear fabric to size (20″ X 20″ works well)
  3. Finish edge by serging or hemming. I wanted a hemmed edge and followed these instructions to make mitered corners. Add rick-rack if desired.
  4. Import design into MTC.
  5. Mirror Design
  6. Cut HTV and weed
  7. Center on fabric, vinyl side down.
    1. To help with centering, fold fabric in half and crease with iron or heat press. Repeat by folding the other direction, so that you have two crossed creases to give you guides for centering.
    2. For the outer circles in my design, I also folded the HTV and put creases in the transfer sheet. I then lined up the 4 creases in the transfer sheet with the 4 creases in the fabric to insure the large circles were centered.
    3. I measured the distance between the two circles to make sure they were spaced evenly, and used pieces of masking tape to hold in place so that it did not move when I placed in my heat press.

      Crease, Measure, Tape

      Crease, Measure, Tape

  8. Use iron or heat press to adhere HTV to fabric, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

I researched to see if I could find any information on whether or not the HTV is food safe. I found nothing to indicate that it was not, but am not sure. My guess is that it is as safe as many plastics used with food. However, I may use the back side of the cloth just to be on the safe side.

DIY Pastry Cloth with Matching Dropcloth Towel

DIY Pastry Cloth with Matching Dropcloth Towel