How To Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl For Cricut? Expert Guide

Looking to use heat transfer to print design t-shirts?

Then you will need a Cricut machine to help you cut the vinyl. With your Cricut machine, you can cut out beautiful shapes, designs, and letters from your vinyl paper and then transfer them onto your t-shirts.

Today, I will be showing you how to cut vinyl using the Cricut machine. I will also give you some valuable tips to help you go through the process seamlessly.

Follow these steps to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl :

Cutting Steps:

   1.  Place the vinyl onto the cutting mat, with its liner side down.

The Cricut machine’s settings as follows:

  • Speed – medium
  • Multi-cut – 1
  • Blade assembly – regular

For the depth of the blade and the pressure settings, refer to the table below. Set each factor according to your machine’s model. In case you’re using Cricut Explore, all you need to do is select “Vinyl” on the smart set dial.

Remember, the cut should be a kiss-cut. That means that the blades should only go through the vinyl and leave the liner intact.


Depth of the blade


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  2. Select the images you want to cut and their sizes. Don’t forget to flip them before cutting to ensure they’re mirror images.

   3. Load the cutting mat into the Cricut machine and cut the images.

Steps for the preparation of the design with the transfer tape

  • In the Cricut tool kit, you will find a weeder. Use it to remove unwanted pieces from each image. Be sure to leave the liner intact.
  • Take out the transfer tape liner.
  • Put the transfer tape on the images with its sticky side down. You can begin lining it on the center moving outward toward the edges to prevent bubbling. Use the scraper tool to rub the tape onto the images.
  • Peel out the liner at an angle of 45°.

Application Steps:

I recommend heating the images first, as this will help the vinyl set into your t-shirt’s fibers more easily.

Also, ensure that the t-shirt is clean and dry. Note that many sellers treat their apparels with certain chemicals to make the colors appear brighter. You need to take out these chemicals before applying the vinyl. Steer clear of fabric softener when prewashing the garment you’re looking to print on.

Looking for best results? Why don’t you test a piece of the vinyl on an unnoticeable part of the garment first?

  • Set the iron box to the highest temperature and turn off the steam setting. Preheat the area you’re printing on for around 10 seconds.
  • Be sure to place a piece of cloth or thin towel over the garment when applying the heat. You don’t want to scorch your garment now, do you?
  •  Put the image with the liner side facing up onto the garment. Place the iron on the line and apply medium pressure for around 25 seconds.
  • Flip the garment so the printed side faces down and apply medium pressure with the iron for another 25 seconds.
  • Let the garment cool down for a minute or two, and then remove the lining.

Additional Tips for Application:

  • Use an ironing board with light cushioning for best results.
  • A part of the image is not sticking? Just change the liner over the film and iron the piece again for around 15 seconds. Move the iron back and forth with higher pressure over the part that is not sticking.
  • Use a piece of cloth, preferably cotton or linen to protect your garment from burns when heat-pressing the images.

Final Word

Wash the printed garment inside-out to give it the longest life possible.

Are there parts of the design that seem to come off after washing? If so, simply re-iron them using the same strategies we discussed above.

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The Michel Grant

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