Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial)

Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial) via liblueboo.com


Have you tried out Silhouette’s heat transfer material yet? It’s a super easy way to add some decoration to a piece of clothing!  I started out with the heat transfer starter kit which has heat transfer paper samples, a pick tool and a package of template downloads:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


I decided to spruce up this cute little skirt that I bought for Boo. Boo chose the free bicycle graphic that comes with the starter kit.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


If you are doing an image with text make sure to mirror it on the screen so that the text looks backwards. Insert the the heat transfer material into the Silhouette with the clear plastic side on the bottom. You don’t need to use the cutting mat….although it doesn’t hurt either. Make sure to select “flocked” or “smooth” transfer material in the menu before cutting. The clear side of the transfer should be face down.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Once the image has been cut, peel off all the negative space from the clear backing:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Use the pick tool to pull off small pieces.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


The finished cut out:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 4 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Place the design face down on the surface you want to iron it onto. I placed it on the side of the skirt so it would wrap around:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 5 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Place a cloth over the design and place a heated iron on top of it (cotton setting). Press firmly for 45 to 60 seconds.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 6 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Gently peel up the clear transfer sheet. The transfer should be adhered to your surface now. If the transfer still sticks to the clear sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply more pressure:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 7 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


An easy heat transfer applique!

Easy Heat Transfer Applique finished (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com


Click here to see other projects I’ve done with the Silhouette Machine!




  1. says

    So neat! Very cool (or hot) way to embellish something. You always have the best gadgets and I am always wanting to buy them… :)

  2. says

    ooooh. I’ve been lusting over a silhouette machine since they came out. It’s just not been in the budget. One day I WILL have one. That is an awesome skirt.

  3. Natosha Zachary says

    Make me wish I had a little girl! So cute! Of course I DO have a boy who could rock some cool tees made with the transfer paper.

  4. Heather Kelling says

    Question for you…could I do this with a print and cut picture of say Stitch from Lilo & Stitch? If so, would I use the printable heat transfer for light material? Is that material clear so the multi color pic would come out correctly? Please give me your thoughts.


  5. Kara says

    Super cute! Never knew anything about it but I am following both now! Thanks
    For the info even if I dont win.:)

  6. Kit says

    Love It! Was wondering what You would do with it. Now I want one even more than I did yesterday and the day before and the day before, etc!! You always have the best gadgets and create the neatest pieces of wearable art with them!
    Oh also love and follow Casey’s blog and pinterest boards. Love the Art Studio she has for kids…they create some of the best pieces of Art!

  7. Bev says

    love that! especially love that it shows how easy it is to personalize off the rack clothes for really very little effort.

  8. says

    I would love to win!! I’ve been wanting one of these machines for so long now. Thanks for the the chance to win one. Love Boo’s skirt. The color combo is perfection. I’m now following both pinterest and their blog. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  9. Brittany says

    Wow! This would make for so many cute new outfits. I am now following on pinterest and the blog [FINGERS CROSSED]. =)


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