There you have it! 5 easy men's gift ideas. For more ideas on how to use HTV for gifts or everyday textile items, read through our previous blog posts or visit our social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for some step-by-step tutorials!
This entry was posted in Misc on 14. January 2020 by HappyFabric.
Create something special for your footie mad family member or friend by with a personalised present they can carry with them wherever they go! You could even treat yourself- we'll show you how to make a brilliant key ring using HappyFabric HTV and (hopefully) never lose those keys again!
You will need:
This entry was posted in Misc on 13. January 2020 by HappyFabric.
Here at HappyFabric, we love all things Heat Transfer (Iron on) Vinyl, and we use it everyday! To help you get the best out of our vinyl, we have put together a DIY instruction sheet on how to use them, including cutting settings on Silhouette Studio and temperatures and timings for actually pressing them! You can also download these sheets here, under 'HappyFabric Printing Instructions'.
This entry was posted in Misc on 10. January 2020 by HappyFabric.
Blog 1/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!
In the first part (of three) of the challenge, Hayley goes shopping in The British Red Cross shop in Colchester to find her outfit. Back in the HappyFabric studio, she begins the outfit upcycle by adding polka dots to the mustard yellow top.
Hayley chose HappyFlex Stretch vinyl for this, as the material was fairly stretchy and the vinyl moves well with the fabric.
In the next video, Hayley completely transforms the long coat she bought from the charity shop- this is where the sewing machine comes in. Scroll down or click the links below to see how she gets on!
Blog 2/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!
In the second part (of three) of the challenge, Hayley brings out her sewing skills to upcycle the long coat that she found in the British Red Cross shop in Colchester. She cuts just above the pockets to turn it into a more stylish cropped jacket- then adds beautiful HappyFlock stars.
See before and after images below:
Scroll down or click the link below to see how she upcycles the last item in the outfit (jeans!) and find out what secret touches she adds to the outfit at the end!
Blog 3/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!
In the third (and final) part of the challenge, Hayley upcycles the jeans and reveals some secret finishing touches to the jeans and jacket. Using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, she designs a slogan to fit just below the pocket of the jeans, cuts out and irons on.
The finished outfit! What do you think?
This entry was posted in Misc on 8. January 2020 by HappyFabric.
Following a tutorial from the lovely Jenny and Louise (from @cutonepair), Hayley created her very own Lilac Lovers jumper! She used HappyFlex in Pastel Purple, Purple and White (A4 sheets) and cut the writing using our Silhouette machine.
We had such an amazing time with Louise and Jenny when they visited us in the HappyFabric office (below) and they made these fantastic t-shirts dedicated to their favourite colour. We had such a brilliant time, and loved the t-shirts so much, that we just had to join the club, literally.
Gluing shapes and layering lettering onto a card can
sometimes be really fiddly and messy but what if you could cut out the shapes
and just iron them on?
With a range of vinyl colours and textures ready to craft with, we couldn’t resist trying them onto card and paper. Finding out what effects you can create with a smooth and mess free finish instantly got our creative juices flowing.
All you need is an iron, scissors, pen, greaseproof paper and the heat transfer vinyl and you will be creating personalised cards in no time!
Here are our top cards for different occasions using a variety of vinyl…
1. Here we have a super sparkly Christmas card created by Jaymie with stand out stars and bubbly lettering. She downloaded the star pattern for FREE on our website. You could print this to use as a stencil to draw around or use the digital file for machine cutting.
2. Saying a big thank you to a teacher can be expressed through a monochrome, silhouette effect. Our crafter Marnie created this card and we think it has the perfect masculine touch. She used HappyFlex layered up creating a smooth sleek finish. Why not add their name for an even more personalised touch?
3. A keepsake card to celebrate an engagement with a simple hand-cut slogan has a modern twist. Our crafter Hayley created this card using HappyFlex and added glitter for the diamond. She wanted to create a card, which could also be displayed in a frame as a print too.
4. Know someone who is feeling under the weather and could do with a bear hug? This bear design is exclusive to HappyFabric and can be downloaded on our website for FREE. Hayley drew this design in her sketchbook with the idea of the arms reaching out allowing the message to reach both paws.
We hope this has inspired you with some new craft ideas for
card making. Many of these ideas could also be transferred to textiles too! For
example the bear card could be used popping out of a pocket or the stars could
be used to up-cycle a dress. Make sure you tag us in your creations as we love
to see your ideas and inspirations.
This entry was posted in Misc on 17. December 2019 by HappyFabric.
Step one: Print off or draw an octagon shape (I printed half of one to get a bigger size). Cut the shape out to use as your template.
Step two: Use the template to draw the hexagon shape on to your felt. Cut this out.
Step three: Use the same template to draw onto the back of the HappyFlex Signal Red vinyl. Cut this out.
Step 3: Trim the Signal Red octagon to be smaller than the felt (depending on how much of a white border you would like in the end result). I used a ruler to measure 2cm in and trimmed off this much from each side.
Step 4: Using a stencil (or writing freehand), write out the letters you need (SANTA HERE) onto the back of the White vinyl. Remember to flip your stencil over, or draw the lettering backwards, as you are writing on the BACK of the vinyl.
Step 5: Once drawn out, cut them all out and repeat for the word STOP on the back of the HappyFlock black vinyl. For my sign, I hand drew the lettering a little bigger than the other letters- you could use a cutting machine if you wanted neater writing.
Step 6: Turn on your Heat Press to 150 degrees, or your iron to the two-dot setting. Give the felt a little pre-press to remove any creases or moisture.
Step 7: Once pressed, place the red octagon onto the white felt and cover with grease proof paper. Press for 10 seconds.
Step 8: Once cooled slightly, peel the shiny plastic carrier from the top of the Red vinyl as shown below.
Step 9: Place lettering on to the sign (ensuring no letters are overlapping each other) and cover with grease proof paper.
Step 10: Press for 10 seconds.
Step 11: Peel the carriers from the individual letters.
Step 12: Paint the dowel white.
Step 13: Once the dowel is dry (it made need more than one coat!) attach double sided tape to your ribbon and wrap around the dowel as shown below.
Step 14: Finally, with a glue gun, attach the dowel to the sign.
Now it's ready to place in your garden or house!
Tip: To make extra sure he stops- you could add in your names :)
This entry was posted in Misc on 11. December 2019 by HappyFabric.