Summertime is here and when it comes to planning a vacation, my top pick is always a trip to the beach. There is just something so soothing and relaxing about the sound of waves and warm sand between my toes. If you’re heading to the beach sometime soon, why not add some flare to a beach towel and a beach bag with heat transfer vinyl. We get the question a lot, can you add HTV to a beach towel? Well, the answer is YES! I’ll show you how easy it is!
–ImPRESSED Vinyl Heat Transfer Vinyl in the assorted colored pack
–Teflon Sheet (included in the colored pack)
-Cutting Machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
-Home Iron or Heat Press
-Blank Beach Bag
-Blank Beach Towel
Step One: Prepare your design
Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and import the two beach SVG’s found here.
Drag the corners to size them how you want. Then open the fill color menu and add some color so you know which heat transfer material to use for both designs.
Right click and select Flip Horizontally. The cutting machine cuts on the back side of the material so we always want to mirror our image.
Now that our designs are mirrored, it’s time to cut!
Step Two: Cut and Weed HTV
Go to the cut settings window and select the material we will be cutting. The Heat Transfer, Smooth preset works well with our HTV.
Place the heat transfer vinyl onto the cutting mat with the shiny side down. Then load it into your machine and let it get to work!
After the heat transfer vinyl is cut, start peeling off the corner of it, leaving the cut design.
Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers to weed out the little insides.
Continue until both designs have been weeded.
Step Three: Press HTV Onto The Beach Bag And Beach Towel
After the designs have been weeded, it’s time to press! Heat up your iron to cotton settings with no steam. Place your design onto the bag, right side up. You can move the design around as much as you’d like until heat is added.
Place the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds with firm pressure.
Allow the design to cool for atleast 1 minute, then peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl design starts to lift up, place the teflon sheet back down and press for a little longer.
Repeat the same steps for the beach towel. Because the towel has long fibers, you’ll want to press twice to make sure the HTV sticks.
Once the clear carrier sheet has been peeled off, place the Teflon sheet back onto the towel design and give it a good 5-10 second press. When you can see the texture of the towel through the design, you know you have a good adhesion.
We are loving how these turned out. Make a set for yourself and the kids. These would also make an awesome end of year teacher gift. Now make your way to the beach and get some Vitamin D!
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