Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl: What It Is & How You Can Start Using It

Flocked vinyl is one way to make a t-shirt design stand out – literally!

 

It is a raised and fluffy HTV  which is fun to use every now and again for a special t-shirt. Kids especially have a lot of fun rubbing and patting it!

 

In this article we’ll tell you all you need to know about this furry vinyl, and we’ll give some ideas on how you can start using it to create unique products your friends or customers will love.

 

 

Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl

What is flocked vinyl?

 

It is a type of fuzzy or furry vinyl. Have you seen and felt it before? Felt or suede material has a similar feel. It is a much thicker variety of vinyl than regular Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV). The fuzz means it is raised, adding dimension to your design.

 

What is flocked vinyl good for?

  • Flocked vinyl is a cheaper alternative to embroidery. If you need a professional looking logo on staff uniforms, but have a small budget, this might be for you. It creates a professional look at a much lower price. 
  • It is a great vinyl to use on things like kids clothes. They will love the feel of it!
  • It looks good when used on sports hoodies and tops. It causes numbers and names to really pop.

 

Where To Buy Flocked Vinyl

 

I think the best flocked vinyl is Siser StripFlock – I’m pretty Siser biased because I’ve only ever had a good experience using it. It cuts, weeds and applies so well.

 

And I’m a bit boring as to where I buy Siser StripFlock (and all my vinyl) – Amazon just works well for me. I love the free shipping, short delivery times, and cheap vinyl prices.

 

Here are some of the best flocked vinyl deals:

 

siser stripflock flocked vinyl HTVGenuine Siser Stripflock can be purchased on Amazon or at Expressions Vinyl. These are flocked heat transfer vinyl sheets ready for use in your cutting machine.

It is available in 10 different colors, and Siser is the only flocked vinyl which can be layered.

 

Silhouette flocked vinyl HTV fluffySilhouette (of Silhouette cutting machines) also have a range of flocked vinyl. You can also buy it on Amazon for a great price.

Silhouette flocked vinyl is available in 18 different colors and comes in 12 x 36 inch HTV sheets. It is a high quality vinyl.

 

Firefly Craft Fuzzy Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl Silhouette CricutFirefly Craft Fuzzy Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl For Silhouette And Cricut is another top vinyl flock. This brand is sometimes a bit cheaper, but is still well worth getting.

It is available in 6 different colors.

 

What Materials Can Flocked Vinyl Be Applied To?

 

Always check the specific manufacturer’s instructions first, but the following materials will generally be fine for applying flocked vinyl to:

  • 100% cotton
  • 100% polyester
  • Polyester/cotton blends
  • Leather
  • Sublimated polyester

 

You can also apply it to other non-garment items like cardstock or canvas. In this project on the Siser Blog you will see examples of a variety of HTV being pressed onto cardstock – the last example is flocked vinyl!

 

How Can I Use Flocked HTV?

 

You can layer flocked vinyl on top of other vinyls. For example, it can be pressed on top of regular flat HTV, creating a border around text, an image, or other design. It really makes the design go POP and stand out!

 

Siser Stripflock can also be used as a base layer. With this brand you are even able to press other vinyls on top of the flocked vinyl!

 

In the following video, Joe gives a couple of examples working with Siser Stripflock. You will see the raised fuzziness of the flocked vinyl in the final products. Don’t you just want to run your face on it?

 

 

How To Cut Flocked Vinyl

 

Each manufacturer should specify the requirements for cutting and pressing their particular vinyl. It will also depend on the type of cutter that you will be using.

 

Any of the major cutting machines will be totally fine cutting Flocked vinyl. I use the Cricut Explore Air 2 (and absolutely love it), but you can also use:

  • the Silhouette CAMEO 3
  • the Brother Scan N Cut

 

For a Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting machine, set your machine to ‘Iron On’, and then test to see if this has worked. If it needs to go deeper, change the setting to ‘Iron On/Glitter.’

 

With a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, try a thickness setting of 33 and a blade setting of 2.

 

As with any new vinyl or new machine, before jumping straight to your main product you should do a test. Take a moment to cut a design and see if it has worked. Change what needs changing and then go for it.

 

How To Heat Press Flocked HTV

 

Pre-press your garment without the transfer first to get rid of moisture and wrinkles.

  • Time: 15 – 20 seconds
  • Temperature: 320℉
  • Pressure: Medium

 

Please note that most flocked vinyl requires a cold peel of the backing paper.

 

NEED A HEAT PRESS? The 10 Best Heat Press Machines 2018

 

Iron On Flocked Vinyl

 

Yes, you can iron on most brands of flocked HTV. You can definitely iron on Siser StripFlock

Some tips for using an iron:

  • Do the press on a wooden chopping board or something similar. This will help you maintain pressure for the press.
  • Cover the garment and the transfer a Teflon sheet or parchment paper. Doing so will protect your iron. 

 

MORE INFO? Read Everything You Need To Know About Iron-On Transfers

 

Flocked Vinyl Project Ideas

 

Here are some great flocked vinyl projects to give you some ideas for projects and to better show you how to use this vinyl.

 

CUTE! Flocked vinyl on baby onesies.

 

 

A bit different – flocked HTV on socks.

 

 

A cool (or rad) flocked vinyl kids tee.

 

 

Flocked vinyl for sports jersey lettering.

 

 

And finally, a flocked vinyl throw cushion – love it!

 

 

Thanks for reading this post. Is there anything else you’d like to know about flocked vinyl? What projects have you completed with this product? Leave a comment below.

 

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