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What You Need to Start Creating Vinyl Shirts on a Budget!

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Necessary Supplies:

Vinyl Cutting Machine

There are several on the market to choose from

Personally, I use the Cricut Air 2.  It’s reasonably priced and cuts beautifully.  Plus there are cool colors to suit your style.  You can find it for under $230.



Heat Press 

I’ve had this PowerPress 15x15 Heat Press for about 3 years now and it has seen me through hundreds of shirts.  You can find it for under $170.



Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Siser HTV Starter Bundle 

Siser Easyweed has a great reputation for a reason.  Easy to weed, layer, and press.  This bundle includes the 6 most popular Siser EasyWeed colors on the market! Get Black, White, Silver, Royal Blue, Red and Fluorescent Pink for under $25.



Teflon Sheet 

Teflon Sheet 3 pack for under $7!

These sheets make sure that your vinyl doesn’t stick to the top of your press and get deformed.  These 16x20 sheets are big enough to cover your entire press.



My Favorite Extras:

Metallic Heat Transfer Vinyl 

This is my favorite Rose Gold HTV.  It includes 5 sheets for under $13  These are easy to weed and super shiny and foil like.  It presses beautifully.  They have a ton of colors.  My favorites so far are the rose gold and aqua.




Strong Magnets 

The easiest way to never forget to use your teflon sheet when layering vinyl - make sure it’s ALWAYS on your press.  Personally, I use these super strong magnets on my press to keep my teflon sheet in place.  Plus it keeps my kids from walking away with my teflon sheet.  I’m always ready to craft.  This set comes with 12 magnets for under $9.



Pressing Pillows

These pressing pillows are perfect to press HTV onto items with buttons, thick seams, or zippers.  They ensure that even pressure is applied to the vinyl. Grab this 3 pack for around $16.



Heat Transfer Vinyl Remover for Fabrics 


Mistakes happen (Don’t be me, running to the store at 11pm to find another shirt for the next day)  This solvent removes adhesive vinyl so you can any oopsies for around $20.




Thanks for reading my blog post!  Be sure to leave any comments or questions below.




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  • Ruthann Guidry

    Thanks for this blog…received it from a different post to get 8nfo on a heat press, but found it very helpful…for all my other questions.

    Sep 12, 2019 at 11:19
  • Karen

    Thanks for the tips! I can always use them! Good luck with your blog!👍

    Aug 30, 2019 at 21:45

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