How to Quickly Weed Vinyl
Iron-on vinyl has quickly become one of my preferred materials to work with on my Cricut. It can stick to such a significant number of surfaces, especially those that are hard to use with regular adhesive vinyl, like wood and cardstock. It makes it a lot easier to layer your projects because your material remains attached to your support plastic. You can also cut significantly more intricate designs and not need to complain about using transfer tape, which is a huge headache for a lot of users. You just cut your piece and iron it on.
Oh, wait. There is one major step in between cutting and pressing — you need to weed your vinyl. Today I’m going to use one of my plans from my taco bundle to display some of my best tips and tricks with regard to weeding vinyl.
Weeding iron-on vinyl is the method of removing the excess material that you don’t need on your project. How about we take this Taco Belle document (I heard somebody make this joke recently and it took me far longer to understand than I’d prefer to admit!). I changed the color of the words in Cricut Design Space to cut in white so it would work better on my black t-shirt.
You will use an exceptional instrument called a weeder or weeding hook to remove the excess vinyl. It sounds simple, but the more complex your design, the more consideration you have to take while weeding.
Once we find a good iron-on vinyl design, make a point to mirror it! Since you’re limiting your vinyl, if you don’t mirror your picture, it will wind up in reverse. You can mirror your iron-on vinyl in the Prepare Screen in Cricut Design Space, and if select iron-on vinyl as your material, there will be a warning reminding you to reflect your image .
Okay! Our Taco Belle picture is cut. Now we must weed. If I pressed this onto my shirt as-is, I’d have a major white square on my shirt, which isn’t what I want at all. We must dispose of the negative space.
Many times, the bit of vinyl you use will be significantly bigger than your desired, actual cut. I like to use my rotatating cutter and quilting ruler to cut a straight line over the base. This gives me a pleasant straight edge for my next task! You can likewise trim with scissors or a craft knife.
There are many wedding hooks available. Cricut has an entire line of various weeding tools that give few snares. After a long time of using the essential Cricut weeding hook, it is certainly my top pick. There are many different brands with various shapes. Discover one that works for you and stick with it. The more you use your hook, the more it will feel like an extension of your hand when you weed. Essentially, dig the point of the hook into the piece that you need to remove and lift it away.
The vast majority of the time, I use my hook to weed, as I have quite recently decided that this device works best for me. However, there are other tools, that you may want in your weeding arsenal, including a great pair of tweezers, a straight pin or needle (for pulling up the tiniest pieces), and a craft knife.
If you have an especially multi-faceted plan, you may need to print a copy of what you’re weeding. This way, you can see precisely what should be removed and what is part of the design. This design wasn’t tough, but on complex plans like my ribbon hearts, it’s an absolute necessity.
I think that it’s easiest to weed with my backing material stuck to my Cricut mat. This keeps my project steady and assists with holding down my support material as I weed the vinyl.