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How to Layer Iron-On Vinyl on a Faux Leather Totebag

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Personalize a faux leather tote bag with layered iron on vinyl for a classy look on a budget!

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MATERIALS (contains my affiliate links)
– Iron on vinyl (also called Heat Transfer Vinyl, or HTV)
– A Cricut protective sheet, a pillowcase, a doubled-up pressing cloth, or a Teflon sheet http://shrsl.com/1cpww
– A pressing mat or a hard surface for pressing (no ironing boards!) http://shrsl.com/1cpwv
– A way to iron on your vinyl (I used the Cricut EasyPress 2) http://shrsl.com/1cpwu
– A way to cut your vinyl (I used the amazing Cricut)
– My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns available in my free resource library (Design #130)—sign up and get the password free at https://jennifermaker.com/library


Upload the file(s) to Cricut Design Space.

IMPORTANT: Remember to MIRROR your designs when cutting out iron on vinyl!

Cut out your iron on vinyl using your Cricut. Remember, iron on vinyl needs to be placed FACE DOWN (shiny side up) so it cuts the vinyl not the carrier sheet.

Once your vinyl is cut out, carefully weed out the parts you do not want in your design. I find it helps to hold the vinyl up to a light source at an angle to see the cut lines… and use a weeding tool.

I set my Cricut EasyPress to 300 F for 30 seconds in order to adhere my vinyl to my faux leather bag, but your temperature and duration may vary. Check the Cricut EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide to see what temperature is best for your vinyl and material. https://tracking.tapinfluence.com/trk/rkZpi/0yfrK/c?p=EhLIV&i=2UlIr&r=EKz2YnLEsB50TC74Vx7Wnv08eb5%2B0IiloUVHBVQocjFmlDnaFCgZsMVpoOZIPqRPQgIP52Yguy8%3D

Note: Be sure to use some sort of protective sheet, pillowcase, pressing cloth, or Teflon sheet between the EasyPress and the bag to protect the surface of the bag.

Also, I found it helpful to pre-heat your faux leather totebag with the EasyPress before you actually press your iron on vinyl onto it. I heated mine up for 30 seconds with the EasyPress.

The first layer to go on is the bottom layer.

After your first pressing, allow the vinyl to cool for 5-10 seconds before gently pulling off. It should be warm, not hot. If you notice that some vinyl is not adhering, replace the carrier sheet and press it again. You may need to do this several times to get all of your vinyl to stick. I had to press my black layers 3-4 times to get it to stick on this faux leather. If it has adhered, continue to slowly and gently remove the carrier sheet.

Then work from there building up layers as you go. The big key to remember in layering vinyl is to not do any two touching colors at the same time. You can do multiple layers at once so long as they aren’t touching.

Once you have mastered a simple, two-layer iron-on vinyl design like this, you’re ready to try something more complicated like my multi-layer “Good Things” design.

Like before, place a protective layer on top of your vinyl and tote bag and press with your EasyPress. Again, I pressed at 300 F for 30 seconds.

Check that your iron-on vinyl has adhered, and if not, replace the carrier sheet and press again.

Once your base layer is adhered to your tote bag, you can begin placing the next layer up. Remember, you can do multiples so long as they are not touching one another. For this design, you may need to cut the carrier sheets very close to its edge of the vinyl to ensure it’s not touching another carrier sheet or vinyl bit.

Once you have your layers in place, cover again with your protective sheet and press with your EasyPress. I did the same temperature and duration as before — 300 F for 30 seconds.

Continue layering your iron on vinyl.

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