HTV on Faux Leather

HTV on Faux Leather:

Exploring New World of Creative Possibilities

You are never too early or too late to start another artistic exploration – especially not in your enthusiasm to advance your skill in applying HTV on Faux Leather.

Fusing HTV with Faux Leather is a surefire way to produce head-turning ideas. If you’re ready to score admiration for this creative outing, simply walk your way through the end…

Can you put HTV on Faux Leather?

Faux Leather has gained a complicated relationship with Heat Transfer Vinyl. This particular medium is a heat-sensitive material which means that any prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cast a damaging effect on the surface of the substrate.

So, does this obstacle mean we can’t apply HTV on Faux Leather? 

The answer is NO!

Along with the probability of getting the surface burned, scorched, or discolored is the chance to craft delightful art pieces. Whether it’s a bag, purse, or any other faux leather-based product, there are certain ways and techniques that can help you triumphantly put HTV on Faux Leather.

Can you put HTV on Faux Leather Earrings?

I bet at the beginning of your HTV adventure you also have never thought of Faux Leather Earrings as a substrate. I was equally astonished by this discovery. I honestly thought HTV was only meant for shirts and here I am now, sharing with you the joy I’ve found in adhering HTV to this ultra-chic material.

Heat Transfer Vinyl is a definite way to elevate any Faux Leather Earrings. Adding HTV as backing to your Faux Leather Earrings will seal the earrings with a more polished and stylish appeal. 

Taking on this project is nothing but pure fun. You can practically make whatever shape, color, or pattern you want. The wide variety of outputs you can make out of this perfect pairing will surprise you more than any other material applied with HTV. So take these tips & key points to help you work your way through Faux Leather Earrings.

  • Don’t Throw that Scrap!

Still got no idea what to do with the piles of HTV or faux leather leftover you’ve got? Then crafting Faux Leather Earrings with HTV is the answer! This is an imaginative way to make something out of the scraps you have from other projects. Even with small pieces, you can start making polished earrings.

  • There’s another way

Unique artworks sometimes undergo different creative processes such as the case of making HTV Earrings. There’s another way to ensure the two materials are perfectly combined.

Cut your Faux Leather and HTV in the same shape and size. Then heat pressed the HTV at the backside of the faux leather. This technique will guarantee a symmetrical cut in both HTV and Faux Leather, rather than separately cutting the two.

  • Apply the Heat-Resistant-Tape Method

Although the “apply first before cutting method” is highly recommended to yield good results, its applicability is not absolute. There are complex designs that are impossible to cut out once HTV is already applied on Faux Leather. But worry not! There’s still a way to make the impossible possible-Heat Resistant Tape.

First, we need to extract the main shape of your design so we can print it on faux leather. In your design software of choice, make two copies of the design. Ungroup the first copy to delete the intricate details; leave only the main shape so you print it on the faux leather.

Mirror the second copy, the one that has the complete details, and then print it on the HTV.

Next, use the heat-resistant tape to precisely align the two. This method will ensure that the HTV won’t move or shift away during the pressing.

  • Less is the Best!

We’ve already informed you that faux leather isn’t made to withstand the extreme temperature that is required in the usual recommended heat settings. For this substrate to survive this important process, it’s a must to adjust to lower heat settings and to lessen the pressing time to 10 seconds. Keenly observed the status of the faux leather, we don’t want any melting or damage on it.

Best if you’ll perform a test press on a small piece of faux leather to configure what’s the best setting to use.


See, creating Faux Leather Earrings with HTV isn’t that difficult. But we are just starting; more tips are coming your way. Read on to have a solid understanding of how to heat press HTV on Faux Leather.

How Do You Heat Press Vinyl over Faux Leather?

Applying HTV on faux leather slightly varies on the type of product you choose to make. From purses, bags, earrings, or even journals, each requires an approach that is unique to the material itself. Here, we round up the general and the most common knowledge that is necessary to successfully transfer vinyl of your faux leather bag.

Here are the things that you’ll need:

  • Easy Press
  • Towel
  • Cover Sheet
  • HTV
  • Faux Leather

Let this step-by-step guide teach you how to do it correctly using Easy Press.

  1. Preheat Easy Press on the recommended heat setting.
  2. On a solid surface, lay a towel before putting the faux leather.
  3. Fill the bag with a towel to elevate the body and to save the zipper from being directly exposed to heat.
  4. Preheat the faux leather for 5 seconds.
  5. Place your HTV design on where you wanted it to get pressed. Gently add a layer of cover sheets like Teflon sheet or parchment paper. Secure the entire area covered by the Easy Press to prevent any undesired burning of the faux leather.
  6. Follow the suggested temperature setting. If you’re hesitant to give it a go, start with a lower temperature but increase the pressing time by about 5 to 10 seconds.
  7. Regardless of the peeling instruction, always remove the carrier slowly and carefully.

Can I Use Home Iron to apply HTV on Faux Leather?

In case you are wondering, yes you can use a home iron but you need to be extra careful. Home iron is not your best guy to do the job because there’s a chance for uneven distribution of heat during pressing.

Although this does not mean you can’t have an outstanding result with it, we just want you to be aware of the risks of using home iron for such heat-sensitive material. Don’t worry we are not here to scare you; we are here to guide you. So here are some tricks for you to try.

Since there’s no exact way to tell the temperature the home iron gives, we recommend that you begin with a low heat setting. You may prefer the silk setting as your starting point. 

The same instruction goes here; fill the bag or purse with a towel to elevate the body and to save the zipper from being directly exposed to heat. Position HTV and use a cover sheet enough to shield the entire size of the bag.

Start pressing for not more than 5 seconds in each portion of the HTV under light pressure, look if the design adheres, if not, press again for at least 2 seconds. Check if it works this time. If the vinyl finally stuck, do the final sealing. Peel off the carrier sheet; place a cover sheet then press for another 5 seconds. There you have it! Just remember that the trick here is to not over-expose it to intense heat.

Heat, Time, and Pressure Settings of HTV on Faux Leather

Different Heat Transfer Vinyl has different recommended settings. There’s no such thing as a universal setting when it comes to HTV. Each product has a unique requirement. To cut you time for finding this information, we’ve generously researched the needed heat, time, and pressure settings for every HTV you can use on Faux Leather. Check the table below to enjoy this comprehensive guide courtesy of Cricut Easy Press:

Heat Transfer VinylTemperatureTimePressure
Regular HTV / Metalic300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Regular HTV Mesh300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
HTV Glitter300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Glitter Mesh300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Holographic HTV300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Holographic Sparkle300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
HTV Patterns300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
HTV Designs300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Smart HTV300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Smart HTV Glitter300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure
Smart HTV Holographic300°F/ 150°C40 SecsFirm Pressure

Can You Put HTV on Faux Leather Journal?

No other material can offer quite a range as extensive as Faux Leather. From earrings to bags, there are so many avenues to explore here. Just when you thought you’ve already known everything, there comes a new idea to blow your mind. This time it’s Faux Leather Journal’s turn to wow us!

Yeah, you’ve got it right! You can also use Heat Transfer Vinyl to glam up and personalized a boring and plain-looking journal cover. This can be a great gift that has all the potentials to win the hearts of both the young ones and young at hearts. But the best thing about it is it’s not a laborious task. Just follow these steps and in no time, you’ll have your own personalized Journal.

Regardless of the heat source tool you prefer to use, just make sure to never go beyond the recommended heat settings and never forget to add a layer of heat transfer cover sheet. To seal the design, do a final press after removing the carrier sheet. It’s that quick and simple.

Tips to Applying HTV on Faux Leather

Without a solid grasp of how to work on heat-sensitive materials like faux leather, one can get easily discouraged by minor roadblocks. To keep you away from such a sad event, we are happy to remind you these tips that can upgrade your skillset in using Faux Leather.

  1. If you’re uncertain of how the outcome will turn out, you can always adjust your heat setting to a lower level. Then slowly increasing heat till you find the right mix for your material.
  2. Always conduct a test press using small scraps of HTV and faux leather.
  3. It never hurts to not forget the heat protection. Never forgetting about the cover sheet is like ensuring a successful heat transfer. Cover sheets like Teflon sheet and parchment paper prevent your heat source and material from inflicting damage with each other, your heat source is protected from accidental gunk, and the faux leather being saved from scorching, burning, and discoloration due to exposure to high temperature.
  4. Make sure that you begin peeling the carrier sheet from the bottom and up to reduce, if not completely avoided, the forming of bubbles and wrinkling in the HTV.

These simple yet preventive tips are an important addition to your already rich arsenal of HTV knowledge. Following these pieces of advice will certainly give you an advantage and a superior understanding of how to seamlessly use HTV on Faux Leather.

We sincerely hope that the learnings you take with you today will spark enough inspiration and motivation to venture on more creative discoveries. 

We can’t wait to marvel at the artistry of your creation! Go, make this world a better place one HTV artwork at a time.

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