I have been wanting to make my daughter her own tote bag for quite a while. Now I can finally check it off my list! I used Heat Transfer Vinyl, so it was really easy to make and I think it turned out so cute! This design requires some layering.  So today, I’m going to show you my method for layering heat transfer vinyl.

Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
There are probably lots of methods for layering heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and I’m guessing they’re all quite similar.  This is how I do it.
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
I use my digital cutter to cut out all the colors (be sure to mirror all layers before cutting). After I have weeded away the excess vinyl, I trim down the plastic backing.
Next, I layer all the pieces so I can get an idea of where I want the design to go. There are 7 layers in this design: fuchsia, light pink, white, black, yellow, green apple, and brown.
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
 Then, I remove everything except the first layer (any HTV and backing that isn’t touching can stay, in this case the dark pink and black), iron it down (or use a heat press) and remove the clear backing.
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
I add the next layer (once again, any HTV and backing that isn’t touching) which is the light pink, iron, and remove the clear backing.  Because the heat transfer vinyl itself isn’t sticky like regular vinyl (usually the carrier sheet is sticky), you can move the vinyl around until you have positioned it perfectly.  In some ways, I think layering heat transfer vinyl is easier than layering regular vinyl.
Repeat with the next layer, which is the white for the eyes and the brown for the branch.
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
The final layers are the black, yellow, and green.  I could do these all at once because none of them were touching.
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
I just love how it turned out! The cute font I used is Cantoni, it is one of my favorites!
Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl | How to layer Heat Transfer Vinyl
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on layering heat transfer vinyl and will try to do it yourself!

8 comments on “Layering heat transfer vinyl with your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut”

  1. Oh my goodness! Such a great tutorial that I may try layering now! I am fairly new to iron-on, and have been afraid to try it so far. Thanks for the great instructions!

  2. I did a layering project using my heat press recently, and some of my layers messed up as I got toward end. I used a Teflon sheet so should I adjust my time or temp as I go?

    • Next time, try to press each layer just enough to tack it down and remove the carrier sheet. Once all the layers have been applied, then press for the full amount of time.

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