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

 

 

Applying HTV to a Vinyl Tote

I actually made something just for me today! I created a cute laptop bag by applying HTV to a reversible vinyl tote that I picked up at our local Walmart.

Apply HTV to Reversible Tote

I’d seen these online but was a bit nervous about using my heat press on a vinyl bag. However, by starting with a low temperature and “inching” my way up until I got the results I wanted, I was able to successfully adhere the vinyl without melting the bag. I made a couple of mistakes through the process, but nothing disastrous.

Materials:

  1. Vinyl tote. I found mine at Walmart, but have seen there various places.
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. GlitterFlex Ultra
  4. Red or Blue Capped Blade
  5. Parchment Paper
  6. Make The Cut!
  7. Heat Press

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Speed – 10
  2. Force – 18 for ThermoFlex, 50 for GlitterFlex
  3. Mulitcut – 1 for ThermoFlex, 1 or 2 for GlitterFlex

Steps:

  1. Open design in, or import into Make The Cut!
  2. Don’t forget to MIRROR your design before cutting.
  3. Cut and weed vinyl.
  4. Place parchment paper inside your bag so that it doesn’t stick together when you press it. If you forget (like I did) you can carefully pull it back apart while it is still warm.
  5. Carefully place the bag on your heat press. You might need to use a pressing pillow, folded cloth, or other item to build up under the area you want to press. (I did not do this on the first press and was not able to get a good even press.) I used a block of wood for this. The thickness of the wood kept the heat press from snapping shut, which simply meant I had to hold the press down and manually apply the pressure.I added a piece of wood under the heat press pad.
  6. Make sure you use a Teflon or other protective sheet between your heat press platen and your HTV.
  7. I wasn’t sure what temperature to use so started at 200 degrees for 17 seconds. Close up of textureThis was not nearly hot enough, so I increased the temperature gradually until I got good results at 300 degrees for about 15 seconds. I would suggest trying first at a lower temperature since your heat press may differ some from mine. Make sure that you see the texture of your bag through the vinyl before you peel off the clear transfer sheet.
  8. If you are adding another color or glitter HTV, repeat the process for the next layer. When you are done and the transfer sheet is removed, press one more time with the Teflon sheet in place.

There are a couple of places on my bag that got pressed a little too much and it flattened the texture of the bag. This is from pressing unevenly, across the handles. After I used the block of wood to raise the portion I was pressing, I no longer had this problem. Since I made it for myself, I won’t worry about these imperfections since they really aren’t noticeable.

Love my HTV vinyl bag.

 

 

Camping

I had a couple of requests for camping related items. It is usually pretty easy to find an image on line that can be traced, I usually look for black and white silhouettes.

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Materials

Heat transfer vinyl

Outdoor vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 40

Speed 350

The shirt started out just being a simple font design(remember to mirror your design) but once I pressed it I noticed I had a tiny stray vinyl outline where I missed vinyl when I weeded, thus the arrows were added to cover up my mistake.

The mugs was simply cutting the design and applying. I made sure I told the new owner to hand wash only and she informed me that when you camp everything is hand washed!

Here is the file for both. Team KNK camping