DIY Motivational Soft Shell Jacket

Can you believe we’re halfway through January 2018?! Have you stayed strong on your New Years resolution? Or maybe your one of those whose motivation is fizzling. Either way this quick craft is sure to get you back on track! Especially if your resolution involves outdoor activity.

The sooner we get started the sooner you can keep crushing your new goals! Start by placing a sheet of EasyReflective™ HTV on  the cutting mat. The shiny reflective side goes face down, so the duller gray side is face up. Load the cutting mat and make sure to mirror the artwork before sending it to cut. Our recommended cut settings for EasyReflective can be found here. However, keep in mind that the age and condition of your blade will effect your ideal cut settings, so don’t be afraid to make adjustments if necessary. A test cut can help you judge your settings without wasting a lot of vinyl. Click here for how to test cut on Cricut, here for Silhouette, and here for Brother machines.

how to cut EasyReflective HTV on the Cricut Explore Air

After cutting, use your Siser® Weeder to peel away the excess vinyl around the artwork. EasyReflective is the only reflective HTV that comes on a pressure sensitive carrier (just like EasyWeed®!) So weeding is easy, and the little dots over the “i” are never lost!

weeding EasyReflective excess from the pressure sensitive carrier

After weeding, cut the clear carrier to separate the transfers and position them on the sleeve, so the message will lay across your wrists. Ensure you’re pressing on a smooth, flat area by positioning the transfer away from any seams or cuffs.

EasyReflective heat transfer vinyl on fleece sleeve

EasyReflective heat transfer vinyl transfers before application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When using an iron to apply HTV, we usually recommend the “Cotton” setting which lingers around 300°F and is suitable for most Siser materials. However, sometimes fabric can be heat sensitive and react negatively to a high temperature. Don’t worry! You can still decorate those fabrics with a lower heat setting and longer pressing time. That’s exactly what I did after observing the shiny heat mark that was left behind after test pressing the inside cuff on the “Cotton” setting. I lowered the setting and continued test pressing until the iron produced no ill effects.

Once I found the ideal setting (Polyester) for this 100% polyester soft shell jacket, it’s time I get my EasyReflective on! Cover the sleeve and HTV with a heat transfer cover sheet then press for 10 seconds.

how to heat apply EasyReflective HTV with a home iron

Use firm pressure and do your best to avoid pressing on top of seams which will prevent you from achieving proper pressure.

heat sensitive polyester fleece soft shell coat

The “Cotton” iron setting left a heat mark behind during a test press on the inside cuff of this soft shell jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the HTV rest for a moment and the carrier will peel off easily. If any portion lifts with the carrier instead of sticking to the fabric then re-cover and press for 5 seconds.

EasyReflective HTV is a warm peel

Peel EasyReflective's carrier while it's warm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now whenever you look down on your run, walk, bike ride, etc you’ll be reminded to keep going forward towards your goals.

reflective sleeves on a soft shell jacket for new years resolution motivation

Don’t give up on your goals or on reflective HTV! If you’ve tried other reflective heat transfer vinyls in the past, you may have been tripped up by the removable liner and static carrier, but EasyReflective has neither of those and is so simple I couldn’t resist adding a bit more to my jacket!

diy reflective soft shell jacket with motivational sleeves

Is it just me, or do cute work out clothes make you want to work out more? Combine cute with motivational plus extra safety and I’d call that more than just a win-win! Download the free Keep Going arrow cut file as a .svg here or .jpg here, and keep moving forward closer to your goals whether they be fitness, business, or craft related!

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A simple way to be safer while fulfilling your New Years Resolution. Apply EasyReflective heat transfer vinyl with a home iron to turn your polyester soft shell jacket into a reflective, motivational fleece hug.

Have you made anything with EasyReflective? We’d love to see it! Tag us on social media with #SiserNA and we just might give you a shout out!

By |2018-03-08T14:18:26+00:00January 12th, 2018|Crafters|1 Comment

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!

One Comment

  1. Kim January 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you , I’m going to try this with my heat press.

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