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.


  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


  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.



Create Faux Rhinestones Using DecoSparkle

Create Faux Rhinestones with DecoSparkleI’ve been tempted to add rhinestones to baby bodysuits, but I didn’t want to take a chance of baby putting them in her mouth. So instead, I decided to try some faux rhinestones using ™DecoSparkle heat transfer vinyl.

It’s pretty simple to make your own faux rhinestones using Make the Cut software. If you prefer, you can use my free Blackeyed Susan file.


  1. Infant Bodysuit
  2. ThermFlex Plus HTV
  3. DecoSparkle HTV
  4. Make The Cut 
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Iron or Heat Press

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1 or 2

Steps :

  1. Use my free file or
  2. Open or Import file in Make the Cut. Make sure you reverse your design if you have any text.
  3. Select portion of design that you want to add “rhinestones” to
  4. Right Click > Shape Magic > Rhinestones
  5. When box pops up, choose size and spacing. You can choose either Fill Shape or Outline. Click on Delete Original.Rhinestones Make the Cut Box
  6. Select Preview on Mat to make sure it looks the way you want it to.
  7. Don’t worry if some things don’t look exactly the way you want them to because you will be able to adjust that.
  8. RhinestonesClick Accept.
  9. Select “rhinestones” design. Ctrl > P to split. Now you can adjust/delete/add any “rhinestones” as needed.
  10. Now use your heat press or iron to apply HTV according to manufacturers instructions. (Make sure iridescent HTV is applied last if you are layering, as you cannot layer on top of this vinyl.)

Our little princess loves her new bodysuit with the faux rhinestone bling!!

Creat Faux Rhinestones


Layering ThermoFlex Plus Over Inkjet Heat Transfer

Ever have one of those days? It’s 11:50 p.m. and I just finished the one simple project I wanted to accomplish today.  I made my hubby a T-shirt by layering ThermoFlex Plus over Inkjet Heat Transfer. Simple…. right?

I made SEVERAL errors in this simple task, but managed to end up with a shirt I was happy with. I simply took my time to think through each goof and then moved on. Perhaps some of my mistakes will help you avoid the same pitfalls.

Layer Inkjet Heat Transfer and ThermoFlex Plus

  • Materials:
  1. White cotton T-Shirt
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Inkjet Heat Transfer Sheet (I like Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper)
  4. Make The Cut Software
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Blue Capped Blade
  7. Iron or Heat Press
  • KNK Zing settings for cutting ThermoFlex Plus:
  1. I prefer the blue capped blade (Offset .35), but you can use the red if you prefer (.25)
  2. Force – 20
  3. Multicut – 1 or 2
  4. Speed – 10
  • KNK Zing settings for cutting Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper:
  1. I like the red capped blade for this (.25)
  2. Force – Depends on your paper, mat, and blade. I used around 50.
  3. Multicut – 2
  • Steps for Inkjet Heat Transfer:
  1. Import > Pixel Trace the design for your Inkjet Heat Transfer into MTC. I imported a map which I had drawn, but you could trace one (just make sure you have the legal right to use it).
  2. Brevort Lake Shirt Import Set “Threshold” at about 250, and make sure “Texturize Path” and “Blackout Path” are both checked. Click on [Apply Changes]. Import > Finish Tracing
  3. Make sure you MIRROR IMAGE.
  4. You will probably want to do a shadow layer. Edit (or right click) > Shape Magic > Shadow Layer. I like to increase the shadow enough so that all the text is going to be cut out in one piece. Select the original cut lines along with the shadow layer and Weld (Ctrl/W)
  5. Go to Print Options and make sure that “Show Paper on Mat”, “Show Reg Marks on Mat”, and “Print Reg Marks” are all checked.
  6. I highly recommend doing a “Print Preview”. I wasted two pieces of Heat Transfer Paper because I didn’t.  (My mistake numbers 1 and 2)
  7. Print. I have had best luck using my Epson printer which has pigment ink, as opposed to my HP which has dye ink. I think either can be used, but the dye ink may run and/or fade with washing.
  8. Adhere your printed paper to the cutting mat. Look carefully at your screen to be sure your paper is oriented the same way it shows on the screen. (My mistake numbers 3 and 4) The good thing is that if you realize when it starts cutting that you fed it in wrong, just stop cutting, fix your mistake and start over. Even if you have cut into your design slightly, it probably won’t matter if you are careful.
  9. Remove from mat.
  10. Apply to garment according to manufacturers instructions. Make sure you check for correct temperature and time. My Inkjet Transfer Paper and the ThermoFlex Plus require different settings.
  11. Heat Transfer Shirt Small pieces can be difficult to place. I found it easiest to get them in place and stick them down with masking tape or a piece of used backing from HTV. That allowed me to get the garment into the heat press without the piece accidentally moving out of place. I then removed the sticky backing before placing my teflon sheet and closing the heat press.
  12. Peel Peel off paper.
  • Steps for ThermoFlex Plus:
  1. Import design or open in Make the Cut. Make sure you mirror it. (I wanted a distressed font which I had used successfully on another, bigger project. My mistake number 5. It was way too much detail for this size. I had now wasted two sheets of Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper and a piece of ThermoFlex Plus.) The font I ended up with worked great.
  2. Cut design and weed out extra vinyl.
  3. 20160728_233450 Apply to garment according to manufacturers instructions.

I have found that it’s best to let the Inkjet Heat Transfer set into your garment for few days before washing. However, I will probably wash mine tomorrow as I really would like the background image to fade just a bit. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use the Inkjet for the background and the ThermoFlex for the top layer.



Use HTV to Hide Stains

Life happens.

Photo showing stains.Sometimes I find a stain on clothing or other item and have no idea what it is, or where it came from. This happened to me recently when I found stains on two different unused items; one was a Onesie on which I had applied HTV but it had not been worn, and the other was an unused flour sack towel.

After unsuccessfully attempting to remove the stains, I was going to discard the items… which seemed like such a waste. It then occurred to me that I might be able to use HTV to hide stains.


  1. Stained garment/item
  2. ThermoFlex Plus
  3. Red Capped Blade
  4. Iron or Heat Press
  5. Pressing cloth or Teflon sheet

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 15
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut 1 or 2


  1. Decide on design that will cover stain adequately.
  2. Cut and weed design.
  3. Photo Showing HTV PlacementLay out design carefully to make sure it covers stain.
  4. Use heat press or iron per manufacturer’s instructions. (Don’t forget to use Teflon sheet or pressing cloth between clear transfer sheet and iron/heat press.)
  5. Remove transfer sheet. Repeat last step.
  6. Enjoy your renewed garment!

Finished Towel and OnesieAlthough the Onesie that I used for this process already had HTV on it, you could use this idea for any stained t-shirt or other garment. Get creative! Just check manufacturer information to see if the HTV can be used on the fabric content of your item.


Baby Onesie with ThermoFlex Plus

Photo of Baby Onesies with Pink and Gray Designs

We have a new addition coming to our family this April! Our daughter and her husband are expecting a baby girl. So of course, this momentous occasion has been an excuse a reason for more fun essential Zing projects.

Although I recently posted about a another heat transfer project, I just couldn’t resist showing you these cute baby onesies. They are really simple to create and make such darling gifts.

  • Materials:

  1. Onesies (I purchased a package of 4 at our local department store.)Photo of Gerber Brand Onesies
  2. ThermoFlex Plus (Next, I must try GlitterFlex)
  3. Red or Blue Capped Blade
  4. Household Iron
  5. Lightweight towel or pressing cloth
  6. Heat resistant ironing surface
  • Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Speed – 10
  2. Force – 15
  3. Multicut – 1
  • Steps:

  1. Feed vinyl into your cutter with shiny side down.
  2. Make sure your design is mirrored.
  3. Cut vinyl.
  4. Weed out extra vinyl to reveal design.Photo Showing HTV Design after Weeding
  5. Lay onesie on pressing surface and gently press to remove wrinkles.
  6. Lay out design on onesie. Measure to center if necessary.

    Photo showing Design Placement for Onesie

    Determine Placement Before Beginning to Press

  7. Set iron on hot setting (no steam).
  8. Check your design for any stray pieces of vinyl that could ruin your work.
  9. Lay pressing cloth on design and press firmly, according to manufacturers instructions. (Make sure vinyl is pressed firmly into fabric. You should be able to see the texture of the fabric through the vinyl.)

    Photo close-up to show texture

    Click  to see Texture

  10. If vinyl is not adhering to fabric, repeat last step.
  11. After peeling carrier sheet, replace pressing cloth and press again.
  12. If using multiple colors, lay down the next color and repeat. (Be sure to check manufacturers instructions for layering as some cannot be layered.)Photo of 3 completed Christmas Onesies in gray and red.





Soon I will have another new grandbaby to model my creations!!