Mistakes happen – and more often than not, they can be fixed! Learn how to remove HTV with basic household supplies (including a clothing iron and a pair of tweezers). You won’t even believe how easy it is!
Welcome back, crafty friends! Nancy here, and I am so happy that you’re joining me for this tutorial.
Back around 2016, when I got my first cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo), I decided to try to earn some extra money with a side gig. I sold some personalized shirts locally to customers who found me on Facebook. One customer wanted shirts for her family vacation. We agreed on a certain design/shirt combo for the boys and a certain design/shirt combo for the girls.
When I was making the shirts, I realized that I pressed the wrong name into a shirt… 🤦🏻♀️ I was so mad at myself for making the mistake but I knew I needed to save the shirt! I thought to myself, “If only I could get the vinyl off! At least I could cut more vinyl but I don’t have time to get another shirt!” Even if I did have the time, purchasing another shirt would mean losing my profit from the sale…
Well that’s when I discovered over this amazing hack and SAVED THE SHIRT! Yay!!
Today, I’ll be showing you how you can remove heat transfer vinyl in case of a mistake… and all you’ll need is a simple iron (or you could even use a Cricut EasyPress Mini!) and a pair of tweezers.
Mistakes When Crafting
Before we move forward with this tutorial, I just wanted to emphasize how making mistakes in crafting is okay! In fact, I encourage you to make mistakes so that you can learn from them and it’ll help perfect your practice.
HTV is a great medium to work with, but mistakes are inevitable. I hope this tutorial helps you whenever you’re stuck in a rut. Remember: it will likely happen – and this is why we put together this blog post!
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Learn to Use Your Cricut Machine
Are you new to Cricut? Learning all about your cutting machine can be quite intimidating. The first step is to get it out of its box (it’s actually one of the biggest steps of them all!). Once you look at your Cricut, it may be difficult to decide where to start – and that’s where I come in!
Be sure to check out Cutting Basics, a free Cricut course put together by yours truly. My goal was to create an easy-to-follow course so that you can be comfortable with your Cricut machine, and create the most beautiful crafts! Be sure to check it out here (and psst: it’s FREE!).
If you’re a Silhouette user, you’re in luck. We have a Silhouette-specific FREE course as well. Catch it here!
How to Remove Heat Transfer Vinyl from Your DIY Projects
Without further ado, here is our surefire tutorial for removing heat transfer vinyl from your projects!
If you’ve ever made a “boo boo” with your heat transfer vinyl, don’t worry! You can use your clothing iron and a pair of tweezers to fix it all up.
Begin by heating up your iron (cotton level or “max” – without the steam).
If you’re removing the HTV from a shirt, you can put the shirt onto the iron (as if you were dressing it up). Essentially, you want to heat the vinyl from the backside (ie.: where the glue is).
Once the fabric is wrapped around the iron, hold it tight from the iron’s handle (please be careful not to burn yourself).
Grab your tweezers, and once the fabric starts heating up (you can even smell the glue starting to melt off), start to peel off the vinyl with your tweezers. Essentially, the glue melts off as it’s being heated from behind.
Sometimes, residue from the glue gets left behind. If this happens, it has been recommended to use a product like Goo Gone. I have never used it myself personally, but have heard good feedback about it.
Once you remove all the vinyl, immediately remove it from your hot iron. Allow to cool.
A Video Tutorial
If you’re a visual learner, you’re in luck! I have my video tutorial on how to remove HTV from your Cricut projects. Check it out here:
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