I love finding fun vinyl patterns to use for my projects! I’ve put together a list of where you can buy patterned vinyl to give your craft projects a completely different and unique look.
Sometimes I just want something different than a sheet of colored vinyl. Glitter is nice, I love flocked vinyl, and a simple color is great for some projects but sometimes I just want more. Because rainbow vinyl just looks better for certain projects.
Patterned vinyl isn’t new but it’s something a lot of the mainstream vinyl stores didn’t have for a very long time. This type of vinyl is a pattern printed on to a piece of printable vinyl (you can do heat transfer or adhesive/permanent vinyl) and you can use it like you would any other type of vinyl!
It’s my favorite type of vinyl to use when I just want to give a project a pop of color or do something different with it!
If you’ve never used patterned vinyl before you probably need ideas on what you can use it on! Don’t worry, I have a few ideas for you that’ll get those creative ideas rolling. Once you start using it you just won’t be able to stop.
This vinyl life is addicting guys. I’m warning you now.
Check out these fun projects to use patterned vinyl for!
Patterned Vinyl Monograms
For this mandala mug I bought the file from MLM Design Studio on Etsy and the Patterned Vinyl from New Chance Vinyl (called Watercolor 2). I used a solid color for the monogram and it really stands out against all the colors in the mandala!
Patterned Vinyl Monogram Projects:
- Patterned Mandala Monogram Decal from Jen’s Vinyl Decals
- Iron On Monogram Pillows
- Stainless Steel Wine Glass Tumbler with Name and Patterned Vinyl
Patterned Vinyl Home Decor
Sometimes solid color vinyl just isn’t enough, and in those times I really glad we have tons of options for patterned vinyl. How cute is this layered design from A Girl and a Glue Gun? The polka dot pattern on the pumpkin is cute by itself but by layering solid colors underneath it it makes the patterned vinyl stand out even more!
Patterned vinyl home decor projects:
- Kitchen Cut Files (made with patterned vinyl!) from A Girl and a Glue Gun
- Cookies for Santa Plate from Simply Made Fun
- Can’t Touch This Cactus Print from Persia Lou
Patterned Vinyl Tote Bags
Who doesn’t need a tote bag? Whether you’re heading to the beach, running after kids, or just want to take one to the library or book store (guilty) they always come in handy. And what better way to decorate them than with fun prints!
This is another craft where you want to use thick designs so that you can really see the patterns of the vinyl!
Patterned vinyl tote bag projects:
- Mom Tote Bag from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
- Beach Bag from Clarks Condensed
- Canvas Zipper Bag from Whipper Berry
Patterned Vinyl T-Shirts
Y’all know how much I love making t-shirts. I have a whole category on the blog about it because I’m obsessed! I’ve used patterned vinyl on a few of the shirts and I always love how they come out! To get the best result always use fat/large letters so that you can really see the pattern!
Patterned vinyl t-shirt projects:
- DIY Incredibles Shirts from Play Party Plan
- Cactus T-shirt from See Vanessa Craft
- Floral BB8 Shirt from Eclectic MomSense
Sometimes patterned vinyl is just the better choice for projects. It gives everything a unique look plus it gives you an opportunity to use a new material and add something different to whatever you’re making. I love shopping for fun and unique patterns!
Tips for cutting patterned vinyl
- + Never mirror your design when cutting with heat transfer patterned vinyl! (this is true for most patterned vinyl you’ll buy but double check to make sure there’s no carrier sheet before you cut just to make sure!).
- To cut, put the pattern up on the mat (looking at you).
- You do not need special cut settings, it’s the same as smooth vinyl (those are the settings you’ll want to use).
- Heat Transfer Patterned Vinyl does not come with a carrier sheet on top of it (which is why you don’t need to mirror the design before cutting heat transfer vinyl). What I typically do is cut a design with regular htv and then use the carrier sheet from that project for my patterned vinyl.
Patterned vinyl is something different to use if you’re tired of solid colors, glitter vinyl, or flocked vinyl. Browsing the internet will send you down a rabbit hole of colorful patterns and crazy designs. There’s something for everyone!
But if you don’t want to spend hours searching and just want someone to tell you where to look for the patterns, I’ve got you covered. Here are my six favorite shops to look at when I’m searching to buy patterned vinyl!