HOW TO APPLY HEAT TRANSFER VINLY TO SHOES
• Iron - on Vinyl or Heat Transfer Vinyl
• Heat Press, Mini Iron, or Household Iron
• Cutting Machine
• Plain Shoes or sneakers
• Cutting Mat
• Weeding tool
• Teflon sheet or parchment paper
STEP 1: SETTING UP THE DESIGN
Begin by uploading your design on your design space and scale it down to suit the size of your shoes or sneakers that you will be using. When you're satisfied with the sizes, fonts, and colors of your chosen design, you can now press "make it," and it will guide you through the process of cutting the vinyl.
NOTE: Do not forget to mirror your design first before proceeding to cutting your design.
STEP 2: CUTTING THE DESIGN
Place the heat transfer vinyl with the shiny side facing down on the cutting mat, load the mat onto the machine, and press start to cut your chosen design. If your design has layers, do the same thing with the second color and cut.
STEP 3: WEEDING THE DESIGN
Once the cutting is done, unload your cutting mat into your cutting machine and remove the heat transfer vinyl from the mat.
Using your weeding tools, peel away the excess vinyl around your chosen design. Trim the excess carrier sheet for you to be able to place your design properly on your final substrate.
STEP 4: APPLYING THE DESIGN ON THE PLAIN SHOES
After your chosen design is being cut, it is time to apply it on your canvas shoes!
Now, grab your shoes or sneakers, your preferred design, mini iron or any heat press that you will be using in adhering your heat transfer vinyl on your shoes, a Teflon sheet will prevent the shoes from being burnt while pressing the design on it, and socks or any cloth you use will be helpful especially when giving your sneakers support while pressing or applying the vinyl on it.
In order for your design to fit perfectly on your shoes or sneakers, position it first to its place before pressing your design with your mini iron or heat press.
Once everything is set, set your mini iron or your heat press to medium. Place a Teflon sheet or a parchment paper on your shoes or sneakers and pre-heat it first for about 5 seconds before applying your preferred design.
Place your chosen design on your shoes or sneakers and give it a press for about 10-20 seconds. Do not forget to place a Teflon sheet or parchment paper whenever you are pressing directly on your final substrate. Heat and pressure are needed to apply heat transfer vinyl to any surface, and getting pressure while working with small, flexible canvas shoes can be challenging.
NOTE: If you are using special Heat Transfer Vinyl for example, a glitter HTV, and you are having a hard time adhering that on your final substrate, set the temperature to high and press it for about 30 seconds.
STEP 5: DO THE 4TH STEP TO THE OTHER PAIR
Once you finish applying the vinyl on your shoes, remove the carrier sheet on warm peel. Fill in or embellish other areas of the sneaker with designs. If you're adding a piece to an area that already has vinyl, make sure the Teflon sheet or parchment paper covers the entire area. Repeat the process to the other pair of until your design is already set and done!
And that’s it! We’ve successfully finished putting some Heat Transfer Vinyl on the plain canvas shoes or sneakers! From plain looking shoes to newly beautiful looking sneakers by just simple steps!
I hope this article has shown you that doing vinyl projects doesn’t have to be difficult. We appreciate your patience and we hope you learned something new today! If you try it, you can give us a private message on our social media account with your results! You can also shop for your own Heat Transfer Vinyl and Adhesive Vinyl by visiting our website, where we sell a wide range of adhesive vinyl in a variety of colors and sizes at very affordable prices!
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