How To Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to a Coffee Mug

Craftey HTV on a mug

A few weeks ago we posted September's free hand-lettered cut file from Bossy Brushstrokes and showed you how to apply her adorable coffee themed design to a pocket tee (you can find that post here). Well, that post was originally supposed to walk you through how to apply that design to a coffee mug using HTV and a heat gun - BUT when our heat gun broke right in the middle of the project - womp, womp - we had to put it that idea on hold. 

Well, friends, our new heat gun has arrived and we're ready to tackle this project - so let's get started! 

You’ll need:

In case you missed our original post, here is a quick recap of how to cut and weed your design: 

Step 1: Design

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Design Space 1 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Design Space 2

Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your shirt.  We sized our file to 2.5” tall x 3.165" wide to fit our pocket. After you resize, you'll want to select all of the layers in your layers panel and Weld.   

Step 2: Cutting

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Ready to cut 

Apply your vinyl to your mat, being sure to place the shiny side towards your mat. Mirror your design so that it is cut in reverse and then let your machine get to cutting! *HINT: Don't forget to mirror your vinyl when working with HTV*

Step 3: Weeding

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Ready to Weed  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes - Weeded Design

After your machine has finished cutting the design, remove the HTV from your mat. I like to cut away any excess material around my design so I can reuse it on another project (yes, I'm a scrap hoarder!). Then use your weeding tool to remove all the negative pieces.

Step 4: Use Your Heat Gun to Apply Your Design

See - easy, peasy! A couple notes on the care of your new mug: we recommend letting the design cure on your mug for 24 - 48 hours before use. We also suggest handwashing your mug to preserve the longevity of the vinyl.  

As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at and be sure to follow her on Instagram.



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