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Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cricut – Iron on Vinyl

Cutting Heat Transfer on a Cricut is easier than you think!  A few simple steps and tips on how to cut heat transfer vinyl on a Cricut and you will be on your way to a fun shirt, cute tote or more!

Easy step by step tutorial and video showing how to cut heat transfer vinyl on cricut design space for your cricut machine
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My favorite heat transfer projects have to be T-shirts and Onesies!  Here are some of my favorites!

You can also read all about Heat Transfer Vinyl here.  If you are new to Cricut I recommend reading my Getting Started with Your Cricut Post.

If you need help uploading an SVG file into Design Space you can find my video and tutorial here.

How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Cricut

1. Open Cricut Design Space and decide on a design to cut on your Cricut Machine.  You can use a design from Cricut Access or Make It Projects or your own design.  Size your design in Cricut Design Space accordingly.  Click “Make It” in the upper right-hand corner

2.  Set Your Material Using the knob on your Cricut:

  • Iron On for smooth heat transfer (matte or glossy)
  • Custom for Glitter, flocked, or other specialty heat transfer.

P.S. Flocked heat transfer means kind of fuzzy!  It took me a year to figure out what that was, lol!

If you select Custom you will get a screen like this in Design Space that will let you choose your material.  If you don’t see it right away, click the “view all” in the right top-ish corner of the red box I used to indicate the different settings.

3. Adhere your heat transfer vinyl with the shiny backing side DOWN onto your cutting mat and load into your machine.

4.  Verify your design is MIRRORED and cut your heat transfer vinyl.  If you have more than one color please note you need to MIRROR on all the mats.  (Find out more about why we have to mirror here)

Cutting Heat Transfer on a cricut - Why You have to Mirror Your Design

Once the design is finished cutting you can remove your mat and you have successfully cut iron-on using your Cricut!

Video on How to Cut Heat Transfer with Cricut

Next read on to see How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl.   Get all my tips and tricks and the best practices so that it sticks evenly and correctly the first try!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi! Is there anything you can put on the back if you aren’t ironing it on immediately? Thanks for the tips–I haven’t cut HTV yet.

    1. Great question Stacie! I guess it depends on how long you mean? If I am cutting things for the week I just leave it as is. You can actually stack designs on top of one another and still separate. If I need to mail the decal I will put some parchment or wax paper on the back of it! I hope that helps! HTV is my favorite thing ever!

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