Personalise an apron with your Brother ScanNCut

Date Posted:14 February 2020 

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They say it's the thought that counts - and that's why personalised presents are so special. Now you can easily create custom gifts at home using your very own Brother ScanNCut cutting machine. Created with care and meaning it will show you’ve put a little extra thought into your gift.

In this project we'll look at how to apply flex iron-on transfer media using two FREE designs we have created.

Download the files for this project →

These include:

  • "King of the BBQ" (.fcm)
  • "Queen of the kitchen" (.fcm)

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What you will need:

When working with flex fabric transfer media it is important to remember that your design will need to be mirrored before it is cut. This is because flex transfer media is cut from the back. When we iron the cut media to the fabric, the design is flipped making it display correctly once on the apron.


Preparing your surface:

It's best to give your apron a quick iron to remove any creases and provide a flat surface to minimize any wrinkles or bubbles in the media when applied.

NOTE: The item must be cool before applying the flex fabric transfer media, otherwise the heat will activate the fabric adhesive before you have correctly positioned the item.


Instructions

  1. Download the ScanNCut files (.fcm) for your project and save these onto a USB to plug directly into your ScanNCut machine.
  2. Install the Standard ScanNCut Blade into your ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide.
  3. Place a piece of white flex fabric transfer media in the top left-hand corner of your Standard mat; making sure the media is large enough for the required design. Ensure the flex transfer media is stuck with the clear protective backing facing down (shiny side down) using a brayer will help make the media stick.
    Apply Flex Media on ScanNCut Mat
  4. Load the mat into the ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide (remember to hold the mat level while loading)
  5. Load the design from the USB (2)
    Load Media on the ScanNCut
    • Firstly we need to mirror the design by selecting your design and clicking Object Edit
      Edit Object ScanNCut
    • Select the flip design icon (SDX pictured)
      Flip Design on ScanNCut
    • When active the design will be flipped and the button will be highlighted. Click OK to continue.
      Flipped Design on ScanNCut
  6. Do a scan of the mat to ensure that the design does not go over the edge of the mat and is within the flex fabric transfer media.
  7. We suggest doing a test cut to ensure you have your settings correct for the media you are using. On the main screen choose the ‘test’ button. We usually use the ‘triangle’ test and place it towards the edge of the media so that you can check if the cut was correct.

    SDX Settings: The SDX models feature a ‘Half Cut’ setting. We recommend using this setting with flex fabric transfer media so that it will cut through the first two layers and ensure the clear protective backing remains intact. The thickness of the transfer media can vary so you may find you need to adjust the ‘Cut Pressure’ for the ‘Half Cut’ setting.
  8. Once you have the design lined up on the media, choose the ‘cut’ option and select ‘Start’ or press play to cut out your design.
  9. Once the machine has completed cutting the design, unload the mat from the ScanNCut and gently peel off the transfer media sheet off as a whole.
    Remove media from ScanNCut Mat
  10. Starting from one corner of the media, peel the unwanted coloured layer away from the clear backing (also known as ‘weeding’).
    Peel off excess media
    Tweezers or fine scissors may be helpful to get into the inner parts of the design or are often helpful to get you started.
    Use fine scissors excess media
  11. Keep peeling the unwanted sections away, leaving the finished design stuck to the clear protective backing. For this particular design, we have removed the crown so that it can be done in a different colour.
    Use tweezers
  12. Repeat the above steps with the yellow flex vinyl media in order to finish with a yellow crown.
  13. Place the design onto your apron and position the design to achieve your desired outcome.
    Press media onto apron
  14. Use a domestic iron set to “cotton” with no steam for 17-20sec, pressing down firmly and evenly whilst moving the iron back and forth over the design. Alternatively, you can use a heat press at 160°C (warm iron) for 12 - 15 seconds.

    Note: Flex cannot tolerate heat without the clear backing sheet so ensure you have covered the whole design as you cannot go back over it once the clear backing sheet has been removed.
    Peel off excess media
  15. Once the design is cooled, gently peel away the clear backing sheet and you're done!
    Peel off excess media
  16. Now why not have a go at creating your own design in CanvasWorkspace.

Customise Apron Using Brother ScanNCut

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