By Sep 04, 2018

Printable Heat Transfer Applique

Printable heat transfer is one of the most versatile materials that Silhouette offers. You can print any design and put it on any fabric surface. Today we’ll show you how to create and apply this applique to a onesie as well as how to create a gift box for it. It’s really easy—we promise! Follow along to see how it’s done!

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Prepare the Design to Cut

1. Open the “Autumn Racoon” design (Design ID#271649) in Silhouette Studio®. In the Page Setup panel, change page size to Letter. Resize the design so that it will fit on the onesie.

2. MIRROR THE DESIGN SO THAT IT IS REVERSED. To do that, select your image. Then go to the Object menu (top left panel on the screen), select Mirror, and then Flip Horizontally. Or you can right-click your image and select “Flip Horizontally.”

3. In the Page Setup window, turn on the registration marks by setting the style to Type 1.

4. Feed the Printable Heat Transfer material into your inkjet printer so that it will print on the blank side (not the grid side).

 5. Place the printed sheet on your mat and feed it into your Silhouette machine.

6. In the Send panel, choose “Heat transfer, printable (light fabric)” as your material type. Adjust your blade if necessary and send your cut job to your Silhouette machine.

Step Two: Apply the Heat Transfer to the Onesie

1. Peel the excess transfer material away leaving only your design on the film backing.

2. Place the sheet face down on your fabric with the film backing on top and cover the film with a cloth or excess fabric. With an iron (on the cotton setting) press down on the image for 30–40 seconds.

3. Allow the fabric to cool before peeling off the heat transfer backing. We’ve finished our onesie! For longer lasting results, wash your clothing inside out on a cold, gentle cycle and tumble dry.

Step Three: Arranging a Gift Box

1. Make your own box using Design ID #41611 and wrap it. Print a raccoon design on the white cardstock and cut it with your Silhouette. Also you can add some leaves cut from colored cardstock (Design ID #13190) to your gift box.


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  1. Sandy Wootten

    September 7, 2018

    This is so cute. Since you have to print the registration marks in order to cut. Do you have the waste the balance of the vinyl piece ?

    1. Kelly Wayment

      September 18, 2018

      Sandy, in order not to waste the excess vinyl, you can either fill up the rest of the cuttable area with more designs to be cut for other projects, or you always have the option to change your inset values for the registration marks so they take up less of the page.

  2. Angela Jett

    October 24, 2018

    What type of printer do you recommend ?

    1. Kelly Wayment

      October 30, 2018

      Any inkjet printer should work fine. The Canon Pixma is a great choice.

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