So we all know how popular these personalized plush animals are during the holidays. The Christmas elves, Valentine’s frogs and puppies, and now that we’re coming up on Easter, it’s time for you to get ready and try this for yourself!
So an easy place to start is the small plush animals available from the Dollar Tree. If you order far enough in advance, you can even have cases of animals delivered to either your local store to straight to your house! They are cheap and easy to practice with, and even turn a profit if you sell in your local area.
When I tried for my first time, I use a smooth HTV I had on hand. I was a little disappointed because I could see the fibers of the animal fur trapped under the HTV, resulting in a less than smooth finish. So this time we got a little smarter and pulled out our Chemica Flocked HTV from SewingMachine.com. It’s a thicker HTV so it doesn’t show all the imperfections that smooth HTV does.
So this process is pretty straight forward. The UpperFlok from SewingMachine.com is a great product to add (for the reasons discussed above), and it cuts with the standard Flocked HTV settings in Silhouette Studio. As usual, you do still mirror the design before cutting.
What I want to talk to you about with UpperFlok is that it weeds about like glitter HTV, in that you have to be more delicate with the cut lines and you may have some (very minor) lifting of the edges. This is not anything to worry about, just something to be conscious of when you are weeding.
Here is an example of the file we weeded with UpperFlok that shows were there was some minor lifting. The dark pink is where the HTV is adhered well, and the lighter pink is where I wasn’t careful and started pulling the HTV from the clear carrier sheet while weeding.
With that in mind, go ahead and size and cut the name (or other design) you want to apply to your plush animal. The cases we ordered from the Dollar Tree are assorted, so some of you have bunnies, other have frogs, ducks or lambs.
Now one of the interesting parts is if you are using a heat press and are ready to adhere the HTV to the plush animal. But it’s easy and painless, regardless of how your plush looks! I know you see where this is going…
So the heat pressing did not hurt the plush, and they are easy to fluff back up. If you are using a household iron, it has a similar effect and you just want to be careful when moving your iron. The iron won’t hurt the plush either, but since it’s a little small and you need fairly continuous movement and lots of pressure, I don’t want you to slide off the plush and touch the iron to a non-heat safe surface, such as your hand.
Here are the heat and care instructions from Chemica US. You can download the entire data sheet from their website, along with other great information.
Naturally, we want the bunny to cool completely before removing the carrier sheet, because the UpperFlok is a cold peel vinyl. So don’t rush it!
But when you are ready to peel, be ready for a little bit of a fight. The fur of the plush doesn’t give up easily, but don’t be alarmed and just stick with it. This is definitely a two-hand project!
But my bunny hung in there and was no real worse for wear after the whole ordeal. Now some people trim down the fur of plush animals before pressing, or even after, to remove the excess fibers. I didn’t find that necessary for this project, but keep it in mind in the event that you purchase plush animals with a longer fur.