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How to Apply HTV to a Yoga Mat

Posted on 26th June 2018

How many of you are trying to lose weight by exercising this summer?  I'm always struggling to find the motivation to get my butt in gear.  You know what helps though?  Cute workout gear!!

Did you know that you can add vinyl to a yoga mat?  I've heard of people adding regular adhesive vinyl to the mats before but I wanted to see if heat transfer would work too.  I just don't know if I would trust the adhesive version to stick for a long period of time and constant use.  So, of course, I had to try it out and record the results for you!

The Supply List:

  • Yoga Mat

  • Heat Transfer Material

  • Heat Press or Iron

  • Weeding Tools

  • Cricut Maker or similar electronic cutting machine


First, you have to start by designing the decal in Design Space.  I'm using an exercise quote SVG from the Love to Craft Vol.2 Bundle.  Start by uploading the file by clicking on the upload image on the left-hand side of the screen.



Select the correct file.



Now that it's been uploaded hit "insert images" the green button in the lower right-hand corner.



The image is now in!



You can resize it to fit your project.  There's a toolbar along the top of the screen where you can input the exact size.



With the Cricut design space, the color you use for your project determines which mat it gets grouped on.  This makes multicolor projects a breeze when you go to cut them out.  Once you're ready, click the green "make it" button in the top right corner.



As you can see it sorted them for me.  Hit the green "continue" button in the bottom right corner.



Since we are working with heat transfer you need to mirror the image.  Select edit below the mat and turn on the mirror option.



Now follow the prompts on the screen to set up the cutting materials and send it to be cut.  Place the heat transfer on the mat and load it into the machine.



Repeat the process for each mat then weed the excess vinyl away and cut the words apart since they aren't in order.



Arrange the vinyl onto the mat and make sure it's all lined up.



I made sure to trim away the extra carrier sheet edges so they don't overlap and placed it at an angle in the heat press.  I originally had the heat set to 205 but it wasn't hot enough to melt the vinyl.  I bumped it up to the normal 305 which I think was a bit too hot.  If I were to do this again I'd probably go with a temperature of 260 or something around there.



You know it's a good press when you see the texture coming through the vinyl.  It's not a good press if there's a clear glue line around the edges, then you've over-pressed it.



Now you're ready to go workout with your new cute yoga mat!!





Now go make yourself a cute yoga mat and start your new healthy routine!



 

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