11 Amazing Ideas for Heat Press Vinyl Patterns

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Heat transfer vinyl is one of the most extraordinary things that the worlds of clothing and crafts have ever seen. This special type of vinyl can be transferred onto a multitude of different objects (works really well with fabric) in order to create personalized, customized, awesome, intelligent, or whatever you want to call them designs.

It all starts with choosing a pattern and then turning it into the background of your favorite animal, place, quote, palm tree, fruit, or whatever shape you’d like to give it. If you’re short on ideas, we just have a couple of suggestions that we want to throw your way.

Tiger Pattern

Tiger Patterned Heat Transfer Vinyl Iron On Pattern Foil HTV Bundle for T Shirts, 12x10 Inch, Pack of 5 Sheets

Regardless of what the current fashion trends will tell you, animal prints never truly fall out of style. Worst case scenario, they are just taking a vacation and will make a comeback at some point. This is why our first pattern of the day draws inspiration straight from one of the most majestic wild cats out there: the feline tiger king.

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Rustic Pattern

Patterned Premium Vinyl Sampler Pack - 12" x 12" - 6pc - Rustic Lodge, Lumber Jack

There’s something about this pattern that reminds me of the Burberry style (I’m pretty sure you can see it too). That being said, if you’re into a more rustic approach when it comes to heat transfer vinyl, we suggest starting with a combination of red and black, which is a timeless pattern that’s easy to mix and match with casual clothing styles.

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Multicolored Lines

Oracal 651 Patterned Vinyl - Serape

If you’re into a more psychedelic pattern, the visual effect created by these multicolored horizontal lines is something that will definitely find its way onto your fabric of choice. The colors are bright and vibrant, giving plenty of personality to your T-shirt, decorative items, or other personal possessions.

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Buffalo Plaid Pattern

Delokey 2 Sheet 12"x12" Buffalo Plaid Heat Transfer Vinyl - Printed Vinyl Sheets Adhesive Cloth Fabric for Shirt, DIY Craft

Classic, timeless, and easy to match. That’s the best way to describe this type of pattern. It is so versatile that it can be used for craft projects, but also for personalizing a couple of T-shirts and some urban shoulder bags. While these two color combinations are the most popular ones, feel free to customize your chromatic choices with other options that tickle your fancy.

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Black Letters

Duro Decal Vinyl Letters Black, 2 inches

Nothing says “I rule” better than the literal words used to spell that phrase. I’m biased here since letters are awesome and a great part of what I do, but there’s something about personalizing items with actual words that makes me want to rethink my entire wardrobe. Experiment with vinyl letters to create phrases that tell your story.

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Lobstah Pattern

Oracal 651 Patterned Vinyl - "Lobstah"

Lobsters are hip, cool, but can also be kind of cute, especially when you get your hands on a design with such vivid colors. The fade-resistant vinyl is perfect for items that are often used outside the home, like clothing or accessories that are meant to make a statement. Don’t be fooled by the first impression, the image is actually crystal-clear in real life!

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Holographic Effects

Holographic Opal Craft Vinyl 12" x 12" 7 Sheets/Pack for Craft Cutters,Sign Plotters

The amazing visual effects created by holographic heat transfer vinyl emit a young vibe that reminds usage is just a number. Aside from personal use, think of all the amazing gifts that you could craft using this pattern. It’s the perfect choice for people who aren’t afraid to stay young.

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Barracuda Vinyl

Nassimi Symphony Shagreen Barracuda Vinyl

With a very leather-like textured effect, here is an example that’s looking to imitate the Elvis vibe. The uniqueness of this pattern lies in the fact that it stays at the border of flat and deep textures, making it perfect for those who want to be different from their heat transfer vinyl projects.

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Rainbow Swirl

Oracal 651 Patterned Vinyl - Rainbow Swirl

I honestly could not have picked a better name for this example. It is a majestic effect of rainbow colors blending together to give create a trippy effect that will be loved by divas and hipsters alike. The colors are simply vibrant and ravishing, and the abstract effect is perfect for a multitude of different applications.

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Holographic Rainbow

Holographic Heat Transfer Vinyl Rainbow Stripe Multi Heat Press Patterned Vinyl

If you liked the Rainbow Swirl shown earlier but there’s something about it that didn’t quite convince you, maybe this metallic version will make a better case. I can see your next project: a bunch of coffee mugs with motivational quotes and words of wisdom lettered with this holographic vinyl pattern.

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Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns

Oracal 651 Patterned Vinyl - Jack-O

We know that some of you are die-hard Halloween fans, and what’s not to love about that ghoulish and candy-bombarded time of the year? In the spirit of celebrating your favorite holiday all year long, how about opting for this Halloween-themed carved pumpkin design? It’s the desperate faces that get you!

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In the spirit of not making a list that obnoxiously long, we tried to stick with just a few examples of HTV patterns that are trending right now. Of course, the pool of options is greatly more generous than we made it seems, you can opt for flocked, glitter, reflective, 3D, and even glow-in-the-dark patterns. But answer me honestly; what would be your first heat transfer vinyl project if you got your hands on any of these? And, if you’re going to make the leap into heat press crafting, then be sure to get a good heat press machine. Read more  about what we recommend in that department before you buy anything.