Tips and Tricks for Decorating Rayon with Siser® Heat Transfer Vinyl

It’s no secret Siser® HTV can be applied on rayon! When combined with cotton and polyester the oh-so-popular triblend is created (which we’ve talked about before in this blog post.) When rayon is all mixed up with cotton and polyester like that the adverse reactions from heat application are less visible…most of the time. Polyester and rayon are both heat sensitive fabrics, so they can discolor from the high heat of the press. Not to worry though, you can still decorate those fabrics with Siser® HTV. Keep reading for tips on how!

Oftentimes rayon shirts will be blended with spandex. If the garment has 5% or more spandex we recommend using EasyWeed Stretch HTV for best results. And that’s exactly what I did with this coral J. America t-shirt that’s 95% rayon and 5% spandex. This blend of fabrics is a good choice for designs that will be printed across the chest since the shirt has plenty of stretch that the HTV can move with.

Be careful of that stretch though when you’re laying the shirt on the heat press platen. You don’t want to apply to a stretched out garment. It should lay naturally without any pulling. Additionally, ensure anything that could cause improper pressure is off the platen. In my case the bottom hem was easy to keep off the platen but the deep v-neck and sleeve seams were still on the edge, so I remedied the issue with a heat transfer pillow inside the shirt. The pillow elevates the pressing area above all the seams. Proper pressure is an important aspect in all HTV projects, but firm pressure is especially vital to applying EasyWeed® Stretch. Spending a little extra time adjusting the garment and your heat press will save you heartache from the washer later!

pre press rayon to remove wrinkles and moisture

When everything is situated, cover the shirt with a piece of parchment paper. You can use a heat transfer cover sheet, but it will hold the heat from the press a bit more, and we want to use the lowest heat possible for this delicate fabric. Press the shirt without any HTV for a few seconds at 280°F to smooth out wrinkles and draw out any moisture. A pre-press allows your HTV to stick it’s best.

press first layer of EasyWeed Stretch for a few seconds

Now you probably noticed I mentioned 280°F for your heat press and not the standard 305°F for EasyWeed Stretch. This significant drop in temperature is what’s going to prevent discoloring the fabric. Since the heat is lower the pressing time must be longer, otherwise the heat transfer vinyl will not stick. So after centering your first color (shiny side AKA carrier goes face up) place the parchment paper on top and press for 3 seconds. This will allow the HTV to bond to the fabric just enough to peel the carrier hot.

peel carrier hot from white EasyWeed Stretch HTV

Place the second color (Sweet Mint for me!) and repeat the process above.

how to layer EasyWeed Stretch on rayon t-shirt

After peeling the second carrier the HTV may look and feel bonded to the shirt, but it needs a little more time to really sink in and call rayon “home.” 😉

Press each layer for only a few seconds

Recover the area with parchment paper for one last press. When pressing at 280°F we recommend adding 5-10 seconds to the suggested pressing time. Since these layers have only had 6 seconds collectively, I pressed for another 10 seconds to really bond the HTV to the rayon.

layered EasyWeed Stretch on a rayon v-neck t-shirt

Super soft and light weight EasyWeed™ Stretch looks and feels almost like screen printing!

Take a look at what would have happened if I followed the same pressing steps, but with my heat press set to 305°F. The shirt on the left has an obvious box of lighter color caused by the high heat. The photo on the right shows the results of the pressing process we went over in this post.

heat press heat transfer vinyl to rayon side by side comparison

I know which one I’d rather wear!

When applied properly, EasyWeed™ Stretch will last beyond 30 washes and can even outlast the garment!

This method of heat application is really handy to know for heat sensitive fabrics and the rules can be applied for other Siser® HTVs like Glitter, StripFlock®, and Holographic! Don’t lose these useful tips; pin the image below.

Rayon is stretchy, trendy, and unfortunately heat sensitive. No worries though, this method will save your tops from heat marks and not only works for rayon, but polyester and other heat sensitive fabrics!

If you’re decorating rayon we’d love to see your projects. Use #SiserNA on Instagram and we might feature your post!

By |2018-09-26T08:59:36+00:00September 14th, 2017|EasyWeed Stretch|51 Comments

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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!

51 Comments

  1. Tiffany November 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I have been asked to apply a design to a shirt that is ice silk. Do you know if this type of fabric withstand the heat? It did not come with any care instructions.

    • Lily November 30, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Tiffany! Although we have not experienced heat sensitivity with ice silk, it’s best to err on the side of caution especially if you only have 1 shot at it, so I’d recommend following these tips for applying on heat sensitive items.

  2. Twana February 9, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I have a shirt that is 96% Rayon and 4% Spandex that I need to put a design on at the top. However I don’t have the easyweed stretch just the regular easyweed and I won’t be able to get the stretched in time. I don’t want to ruin her shirt, will the regular htv work? P.S. it’s a maternity shirt and she probably won’t wear it after she delivers but i’m so nervous about the design looking wonky if it’s not stretched.

    • Lily February 12, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Hi Twana, EasyWeed® will adhere to a rayon/spandex blend. However if your design covers an area where the fabric is stretched out, then the HTV may appear to pull/pucker instead of stretching nicely like EasyWeed® Stretch.

  3. Laura Gulledge February 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Do you recommend flipping the Garment and pressing a second time on the inside? Wanting to have a secure bond without color fade or fabric melting.

    • Lily February 22, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Hi Laura! One press will be sufficient to bond the HTV as long as the time, temperature, and pressure are accurate. Adding a second press only increases the chances of overheating the fabric.

  4. Brit February 27, 2018 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I have a shirt that is 97% rayon and 3% spandex. I’ve tried the stretch vinyl and lowered the heat on my dry iron but I can get the vinyl to stick. What can I do?

    • Lily February 28, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi Brit! If you’re pressing at a lower temperature and increasing the length of your pressing time, but the HTV is still not sticking, it’s likely you need more pressure. This blog post explains how to achieve proper pressure. EasyWeed® Stretch likes firm pressure, so ensure you’re working on a hard flat surface. A clean wood cutting board is a good option.

  5. Tracey March 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I have a tank top that I want to put vinyl on but it’s 65% polyester and 35% rayon. Is it possible to heat press it, is so what temperature and for how long? Thank You in advance for any help and tips.

    • Lily March 5, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Hi Tracey! A polyester/rayon blend is likely heat sensitive so I’d suggest pressing at 280°F for 15 seconds.

  6. Charles Dodgson March 16, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for the detailed recommendations. A month ago I was ready to kiss each person who would show me this article. Recently at my job in coolessay my task was to make branded T-shirts for our employees. Of course, to buy a good T-shirt is a simple task, but it was difficult to find a suitable printing house that could correctly apply our logo. As you have already pointed out in this article, the incorrect use of temperature, or other mechanisms, can discolor or ruin a T-shirt. Some trial printers gave the wrong color on the T-shirt or there was not a clear image. For me it became a serious task to find professionals who could fulfill my order.

  7. Lily March 26, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Hi Robin! Sure, Glitter HTV could be applied to a rayon/spandex blend. You would still use the low temperature of 280°F like mentioned in this blog post, but you may need to press a few more seconds when using Glitter as opposed to EasyWeed® Stretch.

  8. Ashley April 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Can Metal be applied as low as 280 as well? I’ve been getting discoloring on some tanks with rayon and was hoping to be able to lower the temperature on it too. Thanks!

    • Lily April 17, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Absolutely! You could even take it down to 270°F if the rayon is particularly sensitive, but remember to increase your pressing time by an additional 5-10 seconds.

  9. Janera April 28, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Will EasyWeed Stretch apply to 60% cotton/40% poly shirts? Or is ThermoFlex plus better?

    • Lily April 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Janera! EasyWeed® Stretch will definitely apply to a cotton/polyester blend shirt. Stretch is thinner than ThermoFlex Plus which allows for a softer hand and lighter weight design. It’s also a hot peel as opposed to a warm/cold peel which is beneficial for a quick production process. Just be sure to use use firm pressure when applying thin EasyWeed® Stretch 🙂

  10. Eve Theriault May 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    will easyweed stretch show the texture of the fabric below it, like regular HTV?

    • Keith May 10, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

      EasyWeed Stretch has the same adhesive as EasyWeed with a thinner skin on top. If your application with EasyWeed shows the fabric texture, then an application of EasyWeed Stretch would yield the same look – but with more stretchability.

  11. Juanita June 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Lilly,
    Someone is wanting Siser Glitter pressed on 100% Rayon tshirt hoodie. Is this recommend?

    • Lily June 19, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Hi Juanita! Siser Glitter can be pressed on 100% rayon. You’ll definitely want to use the lower temperature method in this post for best results.

      • SAMANTHA POPCHOCK September 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

        What temperature/time do you recommend for a 95% rayon/5% spandex with the glitter htv?

        • Lily October 3, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

          Hi Samantha! 270°F for 15-20 seconds would be suitable for Glitter HTV on rayon/spandex.

  12. Christian June 24, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

    What is the best setting to use on a shirt that is polyester and elastic, using Siser HTV? Also, if the material sticks and then comes up after a wash (2-3 days later), can I apply heat again to attach it back?

    • Lily June 25, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Hi Christian! EasyWeed® Stretch is going to give you best results on a polyester/elastic shirt. If you’re able to test a small portion of the shirt at 305°F for 10-15 seconds and no marks or scorching occur, then those settings will be fine to use for decorating the shirt. However, if you don’t have a shirt to test press, you’ll want to use the lower temperature method at 280°F for 20-25 seconds. If the HTV lifts in the washer/dryer, then you can re-heat the HTV with a heat transfer cover sheet on top to stick it back down.

  13. Katie Benner July 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Soooo…. how do we feel about putting Siser HTV Glitter on a Rayon shirt?? I have a customer who is adamant that we try it!!

    • Lily July 5, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Hi Katie! Glitter HTV can go on Rayon. For the most part, the application process is the same as in this post. However, Glitter does not need as much pressure.

  14. Brooke July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I have a tank top that is 65% polyester, 35% viscose. Anything special I need to do with it?

  15. Tiffany July 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I have shirts that are 95% rayon/5% spandex and used the siser easy weed stretch htv. This is the 2nd type of vinyl that I have tried now and its still peeling up. I followed the directions to a T. Not sure if I am missing something?

    • Lily July 17, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Hi Tiffany! Sorry to hear you’re experiencing difficulties! If your time, temperature, and pressure are correct, and you’re using a heat transfer pillow then it may be possible that your heat press is causing the issue. May I ask what type of press you’re using? Sometimes heat presses will get cold spots that prevent areas of HTV from applying. You may want to invest in a thermometer gun (they’re relatively low cost at a hardware store) to ensure your heat press is evenly heated across the entire platen.

  16. J July 24, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have several questions.
    1. I have a baby onesie that is 97% rayon of bamboo and 3 % spandex. What is the recommended temperature and time setting?
    2. I am using the print and weed heat transfer vinyl. Will this work?
    3. The onesie also has buttons down the front and I need to apply the HTV on either side… I don’t think I have the pillow you are referring to.

    • Lily July 25, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Hello and thanks for reading the Siser Blog 🙂 I’ll do my best to answer each question fully!

      1. It’s possible the rayon of bamboo is heat sensitive so I’d recommend using the lower temp application method (280°F for 15-20 seconds.)
      2. Siser Print and Cut HTV will work, however EasyWeed or EasyWeed Stretch will give you best results.
      3. If you don’t have a heat transfer pillow, you can use a folded towel or mouse pads inside the onesie to raise the application area above the buttons.

      Good luck with your project!

  17. Janet Palmer July 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I have some tanks that are 88% poly and 12% Spandex can put Siser GLITTER on them?

    • Lily July 30, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Hi Janet! Yes, you can apply Siser Glitter heat transfer vinyl to poly/spandex blend tank tops. However, please keep in mind that the Glitter HTV doesn’t stretch and may pull and/or crack on a form fitting garment depending on the design and placement.

  18. Jenn August 5, 2018 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I don’t have a pillow for my heart press. Can i use a towel? Also for glitter HTV on rayon spandex should i still use 280 deg? Thanks!

    • Lily August 6, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Hi Jenn, thanks for reading! You can use a folded towel or mouse pads in place of a heat transfer pillow. I would recommend using the lower temperature application method (280°F for 15-20 seconds) for rayon blends.

  19. Julia September 4, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Hi I have a 90% cotton, 10% spandex shirt. I already cut my design on HTV but didn’t press it yet. Would you recommend using the stretch instead? If I can proceed with my already cut design, what temp/time. I have an easy press.

    • Lily September 5, 2018 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Hi Julia! Since you’re using an EasyPress, I’d suggest sticking with regular EasyWeed® HTV. EasyWeed® Stretch is thinner and requires more pressure that can be hard to regulate with the EasyPress. We’ve found setting the EasyPress to 335-340°F and pressing for 10-15 seconds has the best results. Remember to always use a heat transfer cover sheet of some kind on top of the HTV during application.

  20. April October 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I have no actual question – I just want to give a shot out to you, Lily! I have been reading all of the comments to help one of my client’s figure out if she could do a cotton/modal blend and I am just so impressed by how helpful you are. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond back to everyone so carefully. You are a rare gem on the internet and Siser is very lucky to have you!

    • Lily October 4, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Hi April! Thank you for reading the Siser Blog and for leaving this super sweet comment! I’m so glad my writing has been helpful to you and your customers. I feel lucky to work for Siser 🙂

  21. Paul October 23, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I have an order for tank tops which are 60% ringspun cotton and 40% polyester and im using regularbsissor ginyl. What a good temperature and length of time to press them?

    • Keith October 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Paul, 305° for 10-15 seconds. Peel hot or cold.

  22. Sam October 23, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Wow thank you so much for your blog posts! I’m reading through your posts and getting so much information from them. I am layering heat transfer glitter Siser vinyl (using the knockout method) to two different v-neck shirts that are 1) 60% cotton and 40% model, and 2) 95% cotton and 5% spandex. I will be using a regular iron. Is this correct: So I will be using wood/polyester setting for the lower temperature, preheating garment, applying medium pressure for ~5 seconds to bottom layer and peeling after a few moments. Then putting top layer over, and pressure for about 10 seconds. One of the Siser youtube videos for iron on technique said all taking carrier sheet off, put parchment paper/cover paper back on and go over design with an iron while moving iron around. And add 5-10 seconds to the time for the shirt with 40% model. Whew!

    • Lily October 25, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

      You got it, Sam! Since iron time and temps are variable, you may need to do that last press with a cover sheet if any areas are still lifting.

  23. Sarah H October 26, 2018 at 2:29 am - Reply

    So I have jackets they are 78% polyester 20% rayon and 2% spandex. What is the best siser to use for these? And any other special tips are greatly appreciated like temp? Press time? Etc. thanks

    • Lily October 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah! EasyWeed® Stretch will have the best results since there’s spandex in the blend, but really any HTV will work. I’d suggest using the lower temperature method from this post, 280°F for 15-20 seconds.

  24. Shantel Hutchins November 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Hi! If I have a 92% polyester and 8% rayon top will the easyweed stretch work best? Also if yes what temperature? Thank you!!!

  25. Erin November 14, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

    so I’m doing an order and they brought me pants that are 87 polyester 13 spandex. I had already gotten regular htv, do I need to buy a different kind of htv. in case it matters I do use a heat press. hopefully I’ll get a fast response as I have to start and finish them tomorrow

    • Lily November 15, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Hi Erin! You can still use standard EasyWeed® heat transfer vinyl, but it may pucker due to the spandex. If you can get EasyWeed® Stretch for this project, I’d recommend it for best results.

  26. Al November 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hello! Thanks so much for this post! Will your recommendations on foil or metallic HTV? My shirt meets the 5% spandex note you mentioned. I’m also using an Easy Press. THANK YOU!

    • Lily November 15, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

      Hi there! EasyWeed® Foil and Metallic HTV can be applied to garments containing spandex. While they will stretch a little, they don’t have the necessary re-bound for spandex so the HTV may appear over-stretched or puckered. To apply the HTV with your EasyPress, I’d suggest 340°F for 10-15 seconds (no need to flip and press the reverse side.)

      • Al November 16, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

        I meant to say it’s 95% rayon and 5% spandex. So 340 for 10-15 secs or your recommendation of 280?5

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