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How to Add HTV to Shoes! (Silhouette Tutorial)

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

So you all about went crazy when I posted a sneak peek of this project on Instagram and Facebook a week or so ago...and now you are about to flip when I tell you that it literally took me about 5 minutes to add this glitter HTV to my new Target shoes!

First of all you need to find these adorable shoes...sounds easier than it is. They're apparently in high demand.  You can use any canvas show really as long as it has a nice flat area or a tongue that's large enough to host some HTV.
HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

Measure the surface area and then decide how large you want the design to be.   The anchors on my shoes are 2" long.  So find your design, bring it into Silhouette Studio and then mirror it to get ready to cut.

I cut on Glitter Old Gold HTV from Expressions Vinyl. I debated between which gold to use, but settled on old always wins out. That's why it's sooo nice to have these vinyl and htv sample rings handy.  Not that I buy a lot of vinyl or anything...right...

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

Anyway, cut the design and then weed it.  If you're cutting on glitter htv, check out this tutorial for the perfect glitter htv cut settings.

Now you want to plug in a flat iron. That's right a hair straightener!  Get it nice and hot.

I had a large 2" flat iron that worked great because it covered most of the design in one press. If you have a smaller one, you'll just have to clamp it a few times.  

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

BUT before you do anything with the flat iron, place your HTV design on the shoe.  Then cover the design with a thin sheet of fabric or Teflon.

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial
Now firmly clamp the flat iron on top. Keep it closed firmly for at least 30 seconds. If you need to, move the flat iron to press the rest of the design and wait another 30 seconds.

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

Peel up the clear backing and you're good to go!

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

HTV, heat transfer vinyl, shoes, Silhouette tutorial

The Ultimate Silhouette Guide, designing for HTV, cutting HTV, cutting glitter HTV

For more on techniques found in this tutorial, refer to the following pages in 
The Ultimate Silhouette Guide:

Page 87 - Designing for HTV
Page 87 - Cutting HTV
Page 68 - Cutting Glitter HTV

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  1. I love how you thought of a way to put the vinyl on shoes.

  2. This is awesome. Now I can put a Longhorn on my TOMS... Thanks for this info...

  3. Nice! I love your new look of your old shoes and you really amazed me. I want to try this one of my old shoes and I wish it would look wonderful like yours. Thank you for sharing this with us and I'm really impressed.

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  6. I did this and my shoes turned out horrible.... Bubbling and melted.


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