I am all about larger HTV projects lately! My first one was this DIY Split Monogram Pillow I made for my grandma as a Christmas gift. After I made hers, I went on to make two more for my brother and sister in law for a gift as well. I am sensing some wedding gifts coming from that file, too! I decided to attempt another project for our new home using a larger HTV file. Have you seen those cute projects with the state outlined and the name of the state along the border? I decided to download a file from a Facebook group I’m in, and attempt it to hang on the wall in our downstairs bathroom!
When working with a larger HTV cut, I learned a few things that will make your life easier, too! I want to share some tips on cutting and applying a larger piece of HTV in hopes that you will have confidence in cutting larger HTV designs and creating fun decor for your home!
First, choose a simple cut file. I have to say, my DIY Split Monogram Pillow file was NOT the simplest of them. Maybe that is why I only made one :). On the pillows for my brother and sister in law, the design was a simple “H”, split in the middle where I could add “HURST”. It suits them, and it was much easier on me. It doesn’t have all the swirls and intricate cuts that the fancy monogram does. So choosing a simpler file is a great way to go.
Second, cut as much as the carrier sheet off as you can, and then begin weeding. I had a lot of red left on the outside of my Ohio State outline. So I cut that off first, and trimmed down almost to the cut line before I started weeding.
Don’t forget to mirror the image! This is SO important when you are working with heat transfer vinyl. Especially when there are words involved.
Peel up the carrier sheet very slowly after you have ironed it on. I found that working with a large, but thin edged design, I need to peel very slowly. I did have a few spots that were not quite ironed on as well, so that gave me the option to stop right then and iron over those loose spots again.
Do a test cut before you cut the whole design. Honestly, I don’t do this for smaller files. However, for this one, I needed to. That is a lot of HTV to waste if it wasn’t going to cut properly. Silhouette Design Edition recommends a blade setting of “2”. But, perhaps because my blade is getting old, my test cut showed I needed to set it on a “3”.
I love, love, love this design! Have you attempted anything this large with your cutting machine? I know it can be intimidating, but there is no harm in trying!