DIY Modal T-Shirt with Rainbow White Glitter

and New Rainbow Holographic

Rainbows follow rain and smiles follow rainbows! There’s something about those bright beams that make me grin before I even realize it. Same goes for babies! So you can bet I was all smiles while decorating this modal t-shirt with gorgeous Rainbow White Glitter and our latest dazzling Holographic HTV: Rainbow!

Before jumping in to this tutorial, I feel I need to make it clear that this is not an announcement of any kind! I’m very happy with my current Aunt status. This t-shirt design was inspired by the friends and family I know who’ve experienced the loss of a child followed by a new little miracle. A rainbow baby is truly treasured, and this t-shirt would be a wonderful announcement or gift!


Step 1: Design

I started this project by creating the cut file in Adobe Illustrator. AI files aren’t compatible with Cricut Design space though, so I saved it as an .svg before uploading to the cutter software. Remember that Design Space will sort each color onto a separate cutting mat, so be sure that your design elements are colored accordingly. If your word is welded together like “Rainbow” is then it’s ready to cut, but if you have separated pieces that you want to stay lined up, like “hello” and “little” then you need to select those pieces and Attach them. Otherwise, when you select Make It the pieces will still be on their coordinating color mat, but they’ll be all jumbled up and not in the order you have in the Design Space.

Hello little, rainbow cut file in Cricut Design Space

Step 2: Cut

Now that the design is ready to cut, I can place the heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat with the carrier side down.

Place Glitter heat transfer vinyl on the cutting mat with the carrier side down Holographic HTV always goes color side down on the cutting mat








Slide the Cricut mat under the guides on either side and push the arrow button to load the mat. Turn the dial to Iron On + to cut Glitter HTV and Light Cardstock to cut Holographic. We find these settings typically do the trick, but everyone’s blade is different and a test cut should be performed to ensure you’ll have the best cut. This blog post goes into more detail about test cutting.

How to cut Glitter heat transfer vinyl with the Cricut Explore Air How to cut Holographic HTV with the Cricut Explore Air








Step 3: Weeding

After cutting, unload the mat and use scissors to trim the cut pieces away from the rest of the heat transfer vinyl sheet. Grip your Siser Weeder and use the sharp hook to peel up a corner of the vinyl and remove the outside excess. Afterwards you can pick out the inners or “cavities” as we call them.

Use the Siser Weeder to remove the outer excess HTV Use the Siser Weeder to pick out the centers of letters








Notice that Rainbow Holographic’s effect changes depending on how you place it on your cutting mat. You can either have horizontal or vertical color striping. It was a hard decision since I think both are striking, but I settled on the horizontal ombre effect.

Rainbow Holographic striping in two ways Cut and weeded Glitter and Holographic HTV pieces








Step 4: Heat Application

With everything weeded, I’m ready to decorate my modal t-shirt! I did a 10 second test press at 320°F (the suggested temperature for both Glitter and Holographic HTV) to show that this fabric is similar to rayon since it’s also heat sensitive and gets a shiny, discolored mark when exposed to high heat.

Modal is a heat sensitive fabric

To avoid this heat mark there are a few things you can do…

3 Tips for Heat Applying Modal Fabric

1. Lower the heat press temperature to 270°F & increase your pressing time by 5-10 seconds.

2. Use as few presses as possible.

3. In extremely sensitive cases, use parchment paper instead of teflon as a cover sheet.

To achieve #2 I’m cutting the plastic carriers as close to the HTV as possible so I can press the Glitter and Holographic at the same time. If any HTV overlaps a carrier instead of fabric, it will adhere to the plastic instead of the shirt, so be sure to take a close look before pressing!

Cut carriers closely with scissors Get close to double check that there's no overlapping HTV and carriers








Lay your t-shirt on the heat press and make sure that all neck and sleeve seams are off the lower platen before arranging the HTV pieces. If it’s impossible to get all the seams off the platen, then you can use a heat transfer pillow to create even pressure. Top the HTV with a heat transfer cover sheet or parchment paper which doesn’t hold as much heat as teflon sheets do.

Position modal t-shirt and arrange heat transfer vinyl pieces on top Top HTV and modal t-shirt with a heat transfer cover sheet








Lower the heat press handle until the top platen locks into place. You know it’s locked down, because the timer will automatically start for you on the Siser Digital Clam Press. Since I can apply both colors in a single press, I set my timer to 20 seconds. A 10-15 second press is typically recommended for Glitter and Holographic, but since I’m using a lower temperature, a longer press of 20-25 seconds is required. When time’s up, the press will beep and you can lift the handle on the upper platen.

Take the shirt off the press and let it rest for a moment before removing the carrier from the Glitter HTV.

Peel the plastic carrier for Glitter HTV while it's warm

Siser Glitter heat transfer vinyl is a warm peel, but Holographic is a cold peel. Peeling the carrier from Holographic too early could results in pieces lifting away from the fabric. I know it’s hard to be patient, but it pays off with Holographic!

Peel the plastic carrier from Holographic HTV when it's cold Wait until the carrier is cool before removing it from Holographic HTV








Soft t-shirt, sparkly HTV – just how I like! It’s hard to capture the rainbow sparkles in the Glitter HTV, but in person you can see how being near the Rainbow Holographic makes the sparkle colors pop.

DIY Rainbow Baby Modal T-shirt with Glitter and Holographic heat transfer vinyl

This shirt was a lot of fun to make, but I think it would be even more fun to give! I love heat transfer vinyl because it allows you create unique and special gifts that make people smile in the present and are often treasured far into the future.

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By |2018-09-06T14:14:39-04:00September 6th, 2018|Heat Transfer Vinyl, Mixed Materials|13 Comments

About the Author:

Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. Well versed in Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily embraces the methods and materials to deliver creative content week after week!


  1. Latrice September 11, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Do you mind sharing your heat press brand?

    • Keith September 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Latrice, that is the Siser Digital Clam press.

  2. Katie October 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Wow, I need to find some of this rainbow HTV vinyl – my daughter would absolutely love a t-shirt made with this. I just purchased the new Cricut Easy Press 2 and can’t wait to make a new shirt with it for her!

  3. Jen October 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Love this shirt! Could you share what font the word “rainbow” is?

    • Lily October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Thanks Jen! The Word “Rainbow” is in Kite Script.

  4. Rachel Love November 27, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I have a large project I’m working on and wanted to cut all my HTV, weed it, then press it all after finishing weeding all the colors.

    I cut and weeded one sheet and the next day was hoping to press it, but overnight everything had peeled off the carrier sheet. So frustrating! Is there any way I can avoid this or do I have to cut-weed-press each individual sheet right away so it doesn’t have the time to peel?

    I’ve never had this problem before, having always done small, 1-4 cut projects, but this is a huge time-consuming project.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Lily November 28, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hi Rachel! I’m sorry your HTV is lifting from the carrier after cutting! For this project, I’d suggest pressing the layers immediately after cutting. It sounds like you may have received material that experienced manufacturing issues. Please email me directly at with your shipping information as well as the color, width, and length of the HTV, so we can get replacement material headed your way.

  5. Roxane Soto January 2, 2019 at 11:44 am - Reply

    What type of fabric can this be applied too? I recently used a cricut holographic vinyl to a cotton/spandex blend and it ripped. Does siser holographic work on all fabric blends?

    • Lily January 3, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Hi Roxane! Holographic can be applied to most fabrics, except for nylon. Although it can be applied to spandex, it will not stretch with the garment and may rip if overexerted. Using designs that are more broken up instead of one big shape can help avoid ripping the HTV once applied.

  6. Donna March 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Great product

  7. Stephanie May 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I recently bought the Holographic silver and applied it to my grosgrain ribbon to make a hair bow (completely covered on 1 side). I didn’t realize that it would be so stiff that I can’t bend to make the bow. Did I do something wrong? First time using HTV.

    • Lily May 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Stephanie! Holographic is one of our more rigid heat transfer vinyl, so yes it should feel stiff when in one piece. Holographic can feel lightweight if it’s cut in multiple pieces for a design.

  8. Regina Smith July 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I am new to cricut and htv I have been reading all the comments and have found them to be very helpful.


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