Three Things to Know About Vinyl Sheets for Crafting

Don’t be overwhelmed—knowledge is power!

Woman wearing t-shirt with vinyl print.
Make t-shirts, cups and more with your own vinyl designs.Pexels

If you recently got into vinyl sheets for crafting or are experienced with the medium and want to up your game, it can be daunting no matter your comfort level. With so many types and varieties of vinyl to choose from, plus so many things you can make ranging from mugs, wood working, glass etching and more, there’s much to consider. Take solace in knowing there’s just two basic types of vinyl—adhesive and heat transfer—you really need to understand. Here’s how to decide which you need and why.

Heat Transfer Vinyl White HTV Rolls - 12" x 20ft White Iron on Vinyl for All Cutter Machine, White HTV Vinyl for Shirts - Easy to Cut & Weed for Heat Vinyl Design

For Budding Fashion Designers

This holds up well in the wash without fading, peeling and cracking. It will keep the same color and won't come off after repeated washing cycles.HTVRONT

As a general rule of thumb, heat transfer vinyl (HTV) works on fabrics and materials that will stand up to the heat of your iron or heat press (think t-shirts and tote bags). So you mainly want to consider the look and design for HTV. For example, holographic and metallic vinyl is often stiffer so it’s better for designs made up of smaller pieces rather than large stretches of vinyl. But a stretch vinyl works better on flexible fabric such as spandex and athletic mesh.

Vinyl Sheets, Ohuhu 70 Permanent Adhesive Backed Vinyl Sheets Set, 60 Vinyl Sheets 12" x 12" + 10 Transfer Tape Sheets, 30 Color Sheet for Birthday Party Christmas Decoration, Sticker, Craft Cutter

For DIY Gift Designs

These are BPA and PVC free, making it a safe product for your family—and the planet.Ohuhu

Permanent vinyl is your best bet for projects that must withstand elements such as sun or rain—think outdoor signs, car decals or items like mugs that go through the dishwasher. Most permanent vinyl has a glossy finish and while permanent vinyl CAN BE removable, it’s important to note it may do damage or remove paint.

IModeur Permanent Adhesive Vinyl Sheets (75 Packs, 12"x12") - 38 Assorted Colors Vinyl Sheet (Matte & Glossy) for Most Kinds of Cutting Machines, Car Decal, Deco Sticker

Great for Beginners

This product arrives flat and ready to use with an easy to peel liner.IModeur

Go for a removable vinyl application if you’re working on temporary projects—such as an indoor sign for an event—or a smaller, more intricate project that you may need to edit a few times until it’s to your liking—such as a stencil design. In fact, if you’re a beginner, use removable vinyl for your first projects if you can. It’s easier to work with since it’s not as strong as permanent vinyl. And just a style note, most removable vinyl has a matte finish.

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