Flocked vinyl is one way to make a t-shirt design stand out – literally! This raised and furry HTV is fun to use every now and again for a special t-shirt. In this article we’ll tell you all you need to know about this suede-like vinyl. We’ll also give some ideas on how you can start using it to create unique products your friends and customers will love.
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What is flocked vinyl (or, vinyl flock, as it is sometimes called)?
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.
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 to make the numbers really pop.
What Materials Can Flocked Vinyl Be Applied To?
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions, but the following materials will generally be perfect for pressing flocked vinyl:
You can also apply it to other non-garment items like cardstock. 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 Vinyl?
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!
Vinyl manufacturer Siserhas created a special type of flock which 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?
What Settings Do I Need For Cutting & Pressing 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.
Set your cutter to a medium setting if you have this option.
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.
Pre-press your garment without the transfer first to get rid of moisture and wrinkles.
Time: 15 – 20 seconds
Please note that flocked vinyl requires a cold peel of the backing paper.
Can I Iron On Flocked Vinyl?
Yes, you can iron on most brands of flocked vinyl. Though always check the sellers instructions before giving it a go.
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.
However, we recommend using a heat press so that your finished product will last a lot longer. Click here to read our article on three reasons to use a heat press instead of an iron.
Flock Inspiration (AKA Flockspiration)
Here are some further videos to give you some ideas for projects and to better show you how to use this vinyl.