DIY Cosmetic Bags with EasyWeed® Electric & EasyWeed® Stretch Rose Gold

New Rose Gold HTV is every metallic lovers dream! Whether you choose EasyWeed Electric or Stretch you can decorate common garment fabrics as well as felt, burlap, and even faux leather! Since rose gold always makes me feel glam, I decided to add a pretty pink sheen to some faux leather cosmetic pouches.

While most real leathers will do fine applied at the standard 305°F, like these journal covers from PersiaLou, faux leather is almost always heat sensitive. What does that mean? If you use too much heat you can end up melting, burning, or discoloring the material. Just like I did when I tested applied the rose gold with an iron on the “Cotton” setting. It became quite clear that I’d need to dial back my temperature for round 2.

HTV test press on faux leather cosmetic pouch

The areas under high heat melted and discolored while the carrier left a deep impression.

If you’re ever unsure if an item is heat sensitive, get two just in case your first attempt ends up like mine. But I’m sure you want to know…

How Do I Prevent Faux Leather from Melting and Discoloring?

To put it simply:

  1. Lower Temperature
  2. Higher Press Time
  3. Consistent Pressure

how to heat press faux leather with EasyWeed HTV

The first and second requirements are easy enough to fulfill. Set your heat press to 280°F and add 5-10 seconds additional pressing time to make up for the lower heat. Did you know you can press Siser® heat transfer vinyl lower than 280°F? We don’t recommend it too often since the pressing time will get pretty drawn out, but it’s good to know for heat sensitive materials!


how to iron on HTV to a faux leather bagSince all iron settings range in temperature it’s best to start low and bump up the temperature if the HTV is refusing to stick. I found the “Polyester” setting had enough heat to apply the HTV without harming the faux leather.

However, the third component can be tough to accomplish with an iron simply due to human error. Pressing on one side of the iron more firmly than the other will leave you with spots that are not applied enough and others that are over applied. This is why a heat press will give you best results when working with faux leather… and any material really!

No matter what your heat application tool of choice is, there’s one accessory you always want when decorating faux leather. A heat transfer cover sheet may seem plain but it works double duty protecting your upper platen (or iron plate) and the item you’re applying on. You can also use parchment paper (like for lining baking sheets) or a thin cotton cloth (like a tea towel or pillow case.)

a heat transfer cover sheet protects your platen and bag

Make sure the zipper hangs off the lower platen

protect the faux leather from direct heat with a cover sheet








What am I protecting the platen from you ask? If you’re HTV no longer has a carrier (think first HTV applied in a multi-layer project) adhesive residue can transfer to the platen on the second press if there’s not a cover sheet to block it. Additionally, errant pieces of HTV can stick to the platen, as well as dyes released from the fabric (like the photo below.) All these things can get transferred to projects down the road if they’re stuck to your upper platen, so it’s best to keep it clean by protecting it!

dyes released from faux leather during heat application

The heat drew out the faux leather’s dyes onto the carrier sheet. If I pressed the bag again without a carrier or a cover sheet I’d end up with dyes on my upper platen or iron.

Speaking of carriers, my final tip is to press the material for just a couple seconds (what we call “tacking”) at first and peel the carrier hot. You may have a lifting edge or two but that’s ok, because the next step is to cover everything with a heat transfer cover sheet and press for the remaining time. This method removes the risk of a box outline from the carrier impressing itself into the soft faux leather.

peeling the carrier hot from EasyWeed Electric

EasyWeed Electric and EasyWeed Stretch are hot peels.

When the HTV is applied correctly it will take on the pebbly texture of the faux leather. Rose Gold looks beautiful in EasyWeed Electric or EasyWeed Stretch, and for most projects you can use them interchangeably. However, if the fabric has 5% or more spandex you’ll want to go with Stretch for best results.

I bet you can’t tell which one is Electric and which one is Stretch! Pin this post, so when you decorate faux leather you’ll be armed with all the best tricks!

Need to know tips for heat applying HTV to faux leather, so your project comes out perfect! If you have a home iron or heat press you can decorate faux leather with Siser® Heat Transfer Vinyl in our latest color Rose Gold!


By |2018-03-08T15:06:44+00:00September 7th, 2017|EasyWeed Family|11 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. September 14, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    The cosmetic bags of this type are the best option for any purpose. We can adjust the size that will be most suitable for us.

  2. Beth Swanson September 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Very interesting! Thank you. Would these same tips apply to Holographic vinyl on faux leather (like the Walmart bags)?

    • Lily September 19, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Yes, Beth! Just remember that Holographic is a cold peel, so wait to remove the carrier until it’s cooled off.

  3. Kelly October 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Love this and I think it’s a great gift idea. We love our Cricut EasyPress for making Heat Transfers! Thanks for the fun idea!

  4. Wow, this lather purse is very special and I want to order it. I have small collection of such bags!

  5. Rebecca McCoy November 16, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tip! I have some bags I want to decorate for Christmas gifts. This answered all my questions!

  6. I really liked your master class on how to make your cosmetic bag magnificent and unique.

  7. Lia December 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Not sure if this has been asked or not. I am new to the vinyl world- I have lots of regular Siser HTV vinyl. Can it be used on rayon, poly, poly-blends, modal etc… at lower temp with increased press time? And is there a HTV vinyl that can be used on the types I mentioned (including cotton of course)? Thanks in advance.

    • Lily December 26, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Absolutely, Lia! Siser heat transfer vinyl can be applied to rayon, polyester and poly blends, modal, and more heat sensitive fabrics if you use a lower temperature and a longer pressing time. Any Siser HTV can be adjusted to the method outlined in this blog post on heat sensitive items. Cotton and cotton blends are always safe for Siser HTV as well.

  8. February 26, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    It’s very cool that now thanks to your article, I know how to decorate independently those things that I like.

  9. Kendall Ansley May 25, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Wow, I like your idea. I use my leather bags. I am glad to find it. There are so many developers working on this part but this is one of the best innovative post ever. Thanks for such post.

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