Make your own heart elbow patch*

heart elbow patch tutorial

*Sponsored by Happy Fabric

Valentine’s Day is drawing closer and we’re feeling the love! To celebrate, Happy Fabric has shown us how to add some HappyFlock hearts to the elbows of a plain white jumper; so simple, but so cute. Here’s how to create your own.

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You will need:

  • 1 sheet of HappyFabric HappyFlock in Signal Red (A4)
  • Iron or HappyPress
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Jumper
  • Washi tape
  • Paper or card

Heart elbow patch tutorial

Step 1

heart elbow patch tutorial

While wearing the jumper, stick a strip of washi tape where your elbows sit in the sleeves – this marks the point where the hearts will be positioned. Ask a friend for help if you’re having trouble!

Step 2

heart elbow patch tutorial

Draw a heart shape smaller than the sleeve width onto the paper or card, then cut it out to use as a template.

Step 3

heart elbow patch tutorial

Placing the vinyl shiny side down, draw around the template. Cut out the shape, making sure to cut off any pen lines, as these may transfer to the fabric or be visible when pressed. Repeat to create a heat transfer vinyl heart for each sleeve.

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Step 4

heart elbow patch tutorial

With the iron on the two-dot setting (no steam) or the heat press set to 165c, give the jumper a quick press to remove any creases or moisture.

Step 5

heart elbow patch tutorial

Place the sleeve with the tape facing up. Remove the tape and place the heart shiny side up in the desired position. Carefully cover with greaseproof paper, making sure not to move the vinyl, and press firmly with the iron or heat press for 10 seconds.

Step 6

heart elbow patch tutorial

Remove the greaseproof paper and, when cool enough to touch, peel the plastic carrier sheet away from the vinyl to reveal the fuzzy flocked texture. Repeat Steps 5-6 for the other elbow.

Ta Dah! Heart-shaped elbow patches complete.

heart elbow patch tutorial

With the ability to personalise, add sparkle or simply make something unique, HappyFabric iron-on vinyl is ideal for gifts and decorations. All you need is an iron and scissors, or try it with a Cricut or Silhouette if you have one.

Heat-transfer vinyl (HTV) or iron-on vinyl is a fun, fast and easy way to decorate any textile you can iron on to. It can be cut using scissors or a cutting machine, then ironed or heat-pressed on. 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.

*Sponsored by Happy Fabric