Beginners guide to HTV – Customised babygrow tutorial*

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorial

*This blog post is sponsored by Happy Fabric

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV for short) is a fun way to personalise any textile you can iron onto. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors and an iron! Just cut out your shape or slogan on the back of the vinyl, then iron on to your fabric in 10 seconds as you would do with a heat patch, using any colour you can imagine, in a design unique to you.

The most common vinyl types you can find are Flex (ideal for block colour designs), Stretch (fab for jersey or polyester), Glitter, and Flock (for a textured velvety finish). And don’t worry, HTV is made to last wash after wash.

To help you get started we’ve put together a beginners’ tutorial using a super cute babygrow, but you could add HTV to T-shirts, bags, cushions and more.

We thought a fluffy sheep and personalised writing on a mini outfit would make the sweetest gift for a little one. And, these iron-on vinyls have been Oeko-Tex approved, meaning they’re totally safe to use on kids’ clothing. It can be washed at up to 60 degrees too, so there’s no need to worry about your washing routine. Check out the simple steps below to create your own.

You will need:

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorial


Step 1

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorialPrint the sheep template and draw on your personalised name. Cut each shape out ready to use as a stencil.

Step 2

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorial

Flip the template shapes over and draw onto the back (the matte side) of the vinyl. Cut these out making sure there are no pen marks left, as these could transfer to your fabric.

Optional: Peel off the carrier from the yellow HappyFlock and hole punch two stars.

Step 3

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorialPress the babygrow to remove all the creases and moisture from the fabric. This’ll prep the surface for adding your vinyl, too.

Step 4

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorialPlace the black shapes onto the babygro shiny side up, place a sheet of greaseproof paper on top to protect them, then press each shape with the iron for 10 seconds.

Step 5

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorialOnce cooled, peel away each shiny carrier from the shapes.

Step 6

Happy Fabrics HTV babygrow tutorial

Add the Flock and repeat Steps 4 and 5, this time pressing with the higher iron setting for 15 seconds.

Voila, your hand-decorated babygrow is ready to be worn by a little one! HappyFlock has a soft, felt finish which is a match made in heaven for this woolly sheep, while the HappyFlex writing gives a smooth finish perfect for layering with. Don’t feel like you have to stick with these shades though – why not try different colour combinations, or create your own fluffy animal templates?

For more creative inspiration or for help and advice, check out Happy Fabric’s Instagram and YouTube tutorials, or just send them a message.

HTV Happy Fabric logoHappy Fabric is a UK craft supplies company that specialises in iron-on heat transfer vinyl (HTV). Their vinyl can be hand-cut or used with a Cricut/Silhouette machine, then ironed on in 10 seconds with either a domestic iron or with a heat press. Happy Vinyl is available in A4 rolls from £1.85 – get 15% off throughout September using code sept15.

*This blog post is sponsored by Happy Fabric