How to: Leopard print shorts

Learn how to create these fun leopard print shorts for a Summer outfit or bed time pyjama set.

Give your shorts a personalised design with hand cut HappyFabric vinyls in your chosen colour palette.

During a fab live instagram video with @sew.craft.megan we discussed some of our favourite projects using HappyFabric vinyls. This has led to us decorating a new project.

We finished our live with a new, exciting project we will be working on next. It was time to create a poll for all our lovely followers to vote for their favourite design idea. The slogan 'Life's Peachy' for Megans beautiful, handmade peach striped tee won the vote. Leopard print won the vote for our newly made pyjama shorts project. Thank you for your votes! Here is our mood board of ideas and colours which initially inspired us.

We wanted to show you exactly how you could create leopard print onto almost any textile using scissors, HappyFabric vinyl and an iron or heat press.

We are a big fan of this technique as you do not have to worry too much about the shapes and placement. Just have fun with it!

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For this project you will need:

Step 1: Draw your inner leopard print spots onto the back (non shiny side) of the HappyFlex vinyl using biro pen. These can be random, fun blob shapes.

Step 2: Cut around your shapes making sure all pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid any pen marks pressing onto your fabric later on.

Step 3: Next repeat the process with the HappyFlock by drawing onto the back of the vinyl. This time make the shapes bubbly 'C' shapes and dots. Cut these out, again making sure there are no pen marks left on the vinyl.

Step 4: Add the HappyFlex shapes shiny side up onto the fabric. Add greaseproof paper on top and press for 10 seconds at 150 degrees.

For an iron press each shape on the 2 dot temperature setting, for 10 seconds on a hard, even surface.

Step 5: Once cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier off of each shape. This is important as this will reveal its smooth texture ready for the HappyFlock layer to be pressed.

Step 6: Add the HappyFlock shapes shiny side up and add greaseproof paper on top. Press the HappyFlock for 15 seconds at 165 degrees. For an iron press each shape for 15 seconds on a hard, even surface. Change the heat setting to mid 2 dot to 3 dot.

Step 7: Once cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier off of each grey shape to reveal its soft, velvety texture.

TAH DAH! How fun are these? Imagine these paired with a mint coloured top or a lilac cami. These could be worn to bed or we would even wear these on a Summers day for a fun, comfy outfit. We love the colour popping mint against the lilac fabric!

What would you add to yours?

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