Have you tried puff vinyl? This HTV puffs up and gives a gorgeous texture when heat is applied. Learn how to use it, design tips and the right heat settings to use with this material.
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What is puff vinyl?
This heat transfer vinyl has a unique quality in which the material puffs up when heat is applied. This gives your garment a raised a textured feel.
It can also be called 3D vinyl among other names. They all have the same fun textured quality.
Puff HTV can be applied to any material that traditional iron on is used on. I think the finished puffed up look works best on fabric. This material adds dimension to shirts and allows you to use tone on tone for a unique look.
The brand I am using for these projects is TransWonder Puff Vinyl. This pack comes with 8 colors that allow you to try it out on all kinds of projects.
Tips for using puff vinyl
Scroll down for a step by step tutorial and video showing how I created a black sweatshirt with a black graphic.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when working with puff vinyl.
- When layering or combining with other types of HTV, this must always be your last layer. Heat can only be applied once to get the desired puffy effect. If heat is applied a second time it will flatten.
- This material will puff up and can obscure small spaces in your design. Choose a design or text with a little extra room in between the elements so the final product shows up correctly.
- This is HTV so always mirror your design and cut the material from the back.
- Use an EasyPress or auto heat press that applies even consistent pressure to the full design. I tried using my EasyPress mini, which I had to move around on the design, and I didn’t get the full puff effect.
This fabric treat bag is made with 3 different types of HTV; solid black, gold metallic and puff. Watch the quick video on Instagram to see how easily this came together. The texture adds a really fun element to a simple treat bag.
Make a sweatshirt with puff vinyl
Learn how to use puff vinyl to make a sweatshirt
- Cricut machine with mat and tools
- Create a design using Cricut Design Space or use this project.
- Mirror the design and set the material settings using Glitter iron on. Puff vinyl requires a slightly deeper cut than regular HTV.
- Place the puff vinyl shiny side down on a cutting mat and load it into your Cricut machine.
- Cut the design.
- Weed out excess HTV and save your scraps.
- Prep the sweatshirt. Use a t-shirt ruler for the most accurate graphic placement.
- Set the EasyPress to 300 degrees and 15 seconds.
- Press the shirt to remove wrinkles.
- Place the rainbow on the sweatshirt with the plastic side up, place the EasyPress on top for 15 seconds.
- Remove the EasyPress and let cool for about 1 minute then pull off the carrier sheet. This is the final shirt.
Do not apply heat to puff vinyl more than once, this will cause the raised texture to deflate.
Medium even pressure is needed to achieve this look, an EasyPress or traditional heat press works much better than a home iron or mini press.
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Now you know how to use puff vinyl. Pick up a bundle from TransWonder and start creating. Take a look at this simple shirt using Cricut Infusible ink, another way to add a design to a shirt.
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