How to Heat Press Shoes? Step by Step Guide

Today, I will go over how to heat press shoes. A mini-heat press is perfect for use at home and is excellent for applying small designs. I’ve seen a lot of popular canvas shoes with transfers lately. Today, I will show you how to apply them.

The material you need:

  • Mini press/ Heat press machine
  • Parchment paper
  • Microfiber towel
  • Heat resistant tape

Create your design

The first thing you want to do is make sure that the design you want to heat press onto your shoes is ready. You can use Adobe Photoshop or other software like Canva, Design Space, or Silhouette Studio. for this purpose.

Transfer the design to heat transfer paper

Once the design is ready, you can use your vinyl cutter to cut it and transfer it to the heat transfer paper.

Place the transfer paper on your shoes. 

Once the design on heat transfer paper is ready, place it in whatever area you like on your shoes. I also recommend using heat-resistant or heat-sensitive tape to hold everything in place.

Set up temperature

Once you have placed the design on your shoes, It is time to set up the temperature on the Cricut mini-press or any other heat press you have. Cricut mini has low, medium, and high-temperature settings. I am going to select the 3rd one.

Setting temperature on cricut mini

Apply some pressure

Now pick up the heat press machine, place it on the transfer paper, and apply pressure. I’m going to be using parchment paper. It will help keep my fingers safe while I am pressing. Now, press for around ten seconds – lift it after that and move to the next spot to heat press.

Applying some pressure

Let it cool down

Rub gently to ensure all edges are secure. Wait for your design to cool down. Use the microfiber towel to ensure that the design transfers perfectly.

Letting the design to cool down

Peel the transfer paper

Wait for two minutes so that the transfer design has been cooled down. Then remove the backing paper to start peeling in a circular motion starting at the edge.

Peeling the transfer paper

Repress using parchment paper if it comes off

I’m going to press it a little more because I see that not all the edges were coming off. You should make sure that it stays on once the film is off. Use the parchment paper again and repress it if the design comes off.

There are tons of different designs on Etsy. Since the transfers are so much fun to do, you can get creative and try various things. Don’t forget to order your transfers for more awesome designs!

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