How to Iron Glitter HTV on Fuzzy Socks
Finding the perfect gift is hard. So why not make the perfect gift instead?! Fuzzy socks are cozy and come in all kinds of colors and patterns to suite anyone’s taste. Plus they can be found almost anywhere this time of year (including the dollar store!) Thoughtfully decorating the toes with a wintery saying or holiday image adds a special sparkle the recipient will surely enjoy. Finish them off with a ribbon and tag then they’re ready to stuff a stocking or gift them to a teacher, mail carrier, or anyone else on your list! Here’s what you’ll need to get started…
Supplies for DIY Fuzzy Socks
- Pair of Fuzzy Socks (most are about 98% polyester and 2% spandex)
- Siser® Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Craft Cutter (ie, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Brother ScanNCut, etc)
- Siser Weeder
- Ruler/Measuring Tape
- Home Iron
- Heat Transfer Cover Sheet
Start by measuring your sock. I want my text to lay above the toes, so about two inches up from the bottom seam. Measure the width to know what kind of dimensions you’ll need to stay within.
How to Edit Fonts in Silhouette Studio For Better Cutting
I found the perfect curly font to decorate my fuzzy socks with, but the only problem is it’s very thin. Thicker fonts are easier to cut, especially at the small size of 3″ x 2″. Luckily there’s any easy work around! I’ve mentioned the Offset tool before as a way to add extra interest to your designs, but it also works well to thicken fonts.
While in the “Offset” window select your text and click “Offset.” A second set of cut lines will appear that can be adjusted with the “Distance” slider bar. I added a .015 offset to my text and clicked “Apply.” Then drag your new text away from the old.
Just a little thicker, but it will make a difference! I used the point editing tool afterwards to clean up a few unnecessary cut lines like the tiny cavity in the center of the “m”
Flip the text horizontally, so it’s a mirror image and then you’re ready to cut it out! To cut HTV with your Silhouette always place the material with the shiny side down and the duller side facing up. Load the mat into the cutter and determine your best cut settings with the test cut function. Everyone’s cut settings will vary, so it’s best to do a test cut to make sure you’re achieving a clean cut before possibly wasting a sheet of heat transfer vinyl. My cut settings were Blade: 4, Speed: 5, Thickness: 20.
How to Iron Siser Glitter HTV on Fuzzy Socks
When your design has been cut out remove the vinyl around it. The Siser Weeder helps to remove the little bits lefts inside the letters. Trim the clear carrier close to the Glitter and set them up for heat application. When using an iron to heat apply Siser HTV remember these two important things: a firm surface to work on and no steam on the iron.
You will want to use a high setting if not the highest setting on your iron. I used the “Cotton” setting. Before ironing, place a heat transfer cover sheet (multipurpose paper or some scrap fabric like I used work as well) over the Glitter HTV. Then press firmly for 20 seconds. Wait a few moments and carefully remove the clear carrier sheet. Recover with your heat transfer cover sheet and press for an additional 10 seconds.
You’ll notice the fibers of the fuzzy socks look a little funny after ironing. They’ve just been flattened by the iron and easily fluff back up with your fingers. Sparkles sure look great with a fuzzy background!
Wrap em’ up or slide em’ on to warm your own mistle toes! It’s a good thing they make fuzzy socks that come in packs of two, in case you fall in love with them and need a pair for yourself.