What is flocked iron on and how to use it?

Crafts are a universe full of different galaxies. That is why it is always good to learn new techniques and use new tools.

There are so many things to learn that you can’t get stuck on just one. The best of all is experimentation, try a little of this and mix it with that, to see what results you get.

In this article, we are going to find out what it is about and what is flocked iron on and try to clear up as many questions as you may be asking yourself right now.

So if you are interested in vinyls for the first time or if you have already made crafts with normal vinyl, this type of vinyl will also fascinate you.

Continue reading to find out!

First of all… what is flocked iron on?

When you discover a new method and want to apply it, many questions and doubts arise about it, such as what is flocked vinyl, what is it for, and where can I apply it, among others.

With this article, I will help you clear up some questions that you may be asking yourself and, why not, give you the boost you need to encourage you to do it!

Flock vinyl has a similar texture to suede or felt material. In other words, this variety of vinyl is much thicker than regular heat transfer vinyl and will give a different texture with raised dimension to your craft that will give it more depth and thickness.

Flocked vinyl is a material designed to be cut and applied to different surfaces, including fabrics, plastics, or paper, achieving a soft, elegant and velvety texture.

While you can use flocked iron on vinyl in multiple projects, I advise you always check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you’re doing it right.

But, in general, this type of vinyl can be applied on fabrics whose composition is:

  • 100% cotton fabrics
  • 100% polyester fabrics
  • Polyester/cotton blend fabrics

We already know what is flocked vinyl, but what should I take into account to apply it?

Each manufacturer should detail the cutting and pressing instructions for their particular vinyl. Pay attention to the specifications they offer, however, here I will give you a general guide and tips to do it in the best way.

  • Before doing the project, take some time to do a cutting and crimping test to see if it works properly. If you notice errors in the result, you can take advantage of this moment to make the necessary changes.
  • Before applying the vinyl, pre-press your garment without the transfer to remove any wrinkles and moisture.
  • Flocked vinyl is recommended to be applied at 320°F (160°C) with medium pressure for 15-20 seconds.
  • To remove the backing paper, it is suggested to wait until it is cool to the touch. If you try to remove it while it’s hot, there’s a good chance it will come off.
  • To wash the garment, if you have adhered the vinyl to a fabric, I recommend that you wait at least 24-48 hours. Use cool water and mild detergent. If it’s a shirt, it’s better if you turn it inside out.

Essential materials

  • Flocked vinyl
  • Surface to apply vinyl: cloth, plastic, or paper
  • Cricut cutting Machine
  • Heat Press Flocked vinyl

Step by step to apply a flocked vinyl

As we said before, flocked vinyl can be applied to multiple surfaces. When it comes to fabrics, it is common to see it in bags, t-shirts, pillows, hats or blankets, you just have to take into account the composition of the fabric.

Once the vinyl is cut it is ready to be applied to the surface of your choice with a heat press.

In this case, I will guide you step by step to apply flocked vinyl with a heat press on a t-shirt.

  • Step 1
    Preheat your t-shirt with the heat press to remove any moisture and wrinkles it may have.

    To do this, use medium pressure with a temperature of 320 °F or 160 °C for 15-20 seconds.

  • Step 2
    Place the flocked vinyl that you want to apply on the shirt.
  • Step 3
    Press according to the duration and temperature recommended by the manufacturer of the vinyl you use. In case you don’t have any specification, you can repeat the same graduation from step 1.
  • Step 4
    Apply more heat and pressure if you find that some corners haven’t fully adhered to your shirt.
  • Step 5
    Once the vinyl is fully adhered to the fabric, you will need to wait until it cools before removing the backing.
  • Step 6
    Your t-shirt is ready! Now you can enjoy your own work of art 

In this video you can see the step by step of how to use flocked iron on with your Cricut Explore Air 2 😀

Flocked vinyl project ideas

Now that you know what is flocked iron on, that you know how to apply it and everything you need for the before and after of your project and considering how versatile this type of vinyl is, you are surely wondering where you can use your knowledge both for yourself as to make a gift for someone special.

Here is a list of ideas to inspire you and start creating:

  1. Bag, purse, or toiletry bag

    It is always useful to have a nice bag on hand to go for a walk, go to the beach, do the shopping, keep your money or organize your makeup.

    With the flocked vinyl you can make it personalized for yourself or give it as a gift. Some ideas can be a nice image, a phrase that you like, or your name.

  2. Socks

    This idea is wonderful to do at Christmas time, but it can also be useful for your children to easily match their socks after washing.

  3. Pillowcase

    It is an excellent idea to decorate your bed or your armchair. Personalizing the cover with a phrase or image that you like will give your essence to the place where you decide to place this pillow.

  4. T-shirts

    This is the most classic idea but without a doubt one of the best. You can wear a custom print on your clothes!

  5. Repairs

    This type of vinyl, having a smooth texture, is ideal for repairing clothing. For example, children’s pants or hoodies that tear when playing or falling to the ground.

Finished project!

If you have come this far, I hope you already have your project with flocked vinyl ready or that you are about to do it.

Get inspired and do it! ♥

You can also see this article about how to make screen print transfers by clicking here.

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