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  • ...Make Lemonade

    We have another fruity craft project and this time it’s all about the lemons because on a nice summers day, what’s more refreshing? Lemon themed slogans like ‘Main squeeze’ I absolutely love at the moment. I wanted to create my own take on this with a simple lemon top. I found this pink top, which I love and I knew the yellow and green vinyl would contrast really well.

    Here’s a mood board of lemon themed ideas which inspired my ideas.

    This could be recreated by hand cutting our vinyl or using a cutting machine. I’ve written the steps so you can give it a go at home.

    You will need:

    -HappyFlex: Yellow and Green


    -Iron (2 dot setting) or Heat Press (150 degrees)



    -Greaseproof paper

    Step 1:

    Design your lemon drawing on the cutting machine programme such as silhouette studio along with the text you want.

    Step 2:

    Cut the lemon with ‘Make’ written inside in yellow HappyFlex.

    Step 3:

    Weed your design revealing the lemon and then weed out the letters.

    Step 4:

    Type out ‘Lemonade’ and add your leaf designs to your artboard cutting programme and cut these out in green HappyFlex.

    Step 5:

    Pre-press your t-shirt to get rid of the creases and moisture in the fabric.

    Step 6:

    Add your yellow flex to the t-shirt and add greaseproof paper on top. Press this for 10 seconds with your iron or heat press.

    Step 7:

    Peel away the top layer of plastic and then repeat step 6 with your green flex pieces.

    Now you’re ready to Make Lemonade! This t-shirt would be great to tuck into some denim shorts or jeans for a summer outfit!

    Check out more of our projects on our Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.


    This week, I decided to transform a plain white cami dress into a spotty showpiece, following the recent polka dot craze. Part of this trend, or maybe even the cause, is ‘that Zara dress’. 

    If you’ve managed to miss it, the dress is flowing, white and COVERED in dots! Radio 1 discussed it, thousands of people are following it’s Instagram account @hot4thespot (yes, really!), and all kinds of people have been photographed wearing it. Think Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants; this dress seems to suit everyone. So, inspired by this summer wardrobe must-have, I bring you my DIY dotty dress in just five steps with iron-on vinyl:

    You will need the following: 

    Step 1- Creating my dots! I began by hole punching tiny circles into black HappyFlex vinyl. After I’d made around 100, I decided to mix it up a little and hand cut some circles to make it slightly less uniform (closer to the pattern on the original Zara print). I also added a tiny black vinyl butterfly (also hole punched) to add a Where’s-Wally-esque touch to my design. 

    Step 2- Pre-press the dress! I started by pre-pressing the dress to remove any moisture that might be hiding in the material. This was a really important step as I’d stored the dress upstairs for a long time, awaiting the next summer holiday (long overdue!). When pre-pressing (using either a heat press or iron) I used the heat press at 150 degrees for 10 seconds, which would be the two-dot setting on the iron for the same amount of time. 

    Step 3- Adding the vinyl! When the dress was nicely pressed and crease-free, I started to place my dots where I wanted them and then placed grease-proof paper over the top. Tip: be extra patient and careful, as the dots are a little fiddly and may move as you add the paper!

    Step 4- Press the dots! I then pressed for 10 seconds. When removing the greaseproof paper, I realised that some of the circles had been placed the wrong way up and so hadn’t stuck. This is easy to fix- simply peel them off of the paper and turn them the right way (carrier/ shiny side facing upwards), pop the grease-proof paper back on top and press again. 

    Step 5- Peel and reveal! Lastly, I peeled all of the carriers off of the dots. This can be done with HappyFlex vinyl when it is warm, but I waited until I had pressed the whole dress to peel off so that I could sit down and do them all at once. Finally, my dress was ready to wear!

  • Craft takeover with Thestitchedit

    We recently had the pleasure of Alice-May also known as Thestitchedit to visit us for a day of fun-filled crafts. 

    Alice-May is a children’s book editor, which meant she had a great imagination when it came to crafting with our vinyl! Her love of sewing, crafts and lifestyle posts can be seen across her Instagram, YouTube videos and blog, definitely check them out. Alice-May had a number of design ideas, which was great; as we could work out together what to add them to. Having not used our vinyl before meant it was super exciting to show her all the different ways it can be used. We also introduced her to the Happy Press 3 and Silhouette Cameo 3 cutter.

    Alice-May wanted to create a slogan tee that had a play on words and related to her love of sewing. We absolutely love the placement of the slogan ‘Stitch please’ created using HappyFlex first for ‘stitch’ and then HappyFlock vinyl on top for the ‘please’. This meant it was a mix of smooth and velvety writing which looks so, so amazing and has such a professional finish! We taught Alice-May how to layer with vinyl and this was really effective with the block lettering and elegant calligraphy with light and dark coloured vinyl. We cut the lettering using our silhouette-cutting machine however, you could use an alternative machine or hand-cut your shapes.

    Alice-May’s first make was such a success she wore her top all day, it was such a great outfit with her rust coloured skirt.

    For our next make, a pale pink cushion was waiting for us to add some sparkle. A star constellation, Alice-May’s idea, looked good enough for any sofa! We added Leo and Aquarius symbols with glittery stars, which complimented the pink fabric. For this make you could hole punch the HappyGlitter stars and hand-cut the strips of white to join the stars together. Alice-May wants to add this to her lounge along with some beautiful teal and grey colours which sounds so dreamy. Why not add a mustard colour such as yellow flock to create the ultimate colour combo.

    Our final creation was personalising the back of a denim jacket. Rainbow colours just had to be incorporated and what better way to do it than with a cute cloud with colourful rainbow drops. When thinking of quote ideas we thought ‘chasing rainbows’ was the perfect saying to add inside the cloud. This was machine cut and then we used a weeding tool to take away the lettering. This meant the denim showed through the wording and was a great contrast against the white glitter vinyl. We hand cut the drops in a variety of vinyl colours and decided that less is more as we had so many rainbow drops we could have filled the whole jacket. We love how easy it is to transform your clothing and create something exactly how you want it.

    How cool would it be to keep adding to the jacket with even more vinyl mixed with sew on patches? You would have the ultimate personalised jacket, EVER! It was such a great day we could have created even more if we had time! Having Alice-May in was so inspiring and gave a fresh new view on our vinyl creations! We love to see how each creator designs using our vinyl. Make sure you share your makes with us by tagging our Instagram or Facebook page on your creation posts, so we can see your wonderful projects.

    Make sure you have a good read of Alice-Mae's day over on the Stitch Edit Blog.

  • Make Your Own Custom Bridal Sash

    Have you been left in charge of the bridal sashes for the hen party? Are you looking for a custom gift for the bride to be?

    In our latest video, Happy Crafter Beth shows you how to make a bridal sash with our iron-on heat transfer vinyl. So you can have the ultimate hen party accessory in just a few easy steps.

    In this video we used HappyFlex ( and Happy Glitter ( )

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  • Donut Pin Cushion

    Donut worry we have the perfect place to put your pins and decorate your craft room with iron-on vinyl at the same time.

    I have seen so many pattern/ fabric weights in cake and biscuit shapes and I wanted something pastel coloured to add to our craft room. We have some new pins for our craft room and they couldn’t just be sat in a box. So it was time to create our own donut cushion. Check out our steps to see how to make your own with our iron-on vinyl.

    For this make you will need:

    • HappyFlex: Pink, Yellow, Pastel purple, Pastel blue, Pastel green
    • Something circular to draw around (Large for the donut and small for the inner)
    • A4 felt
    • Pen
    • Iron
    • Greaseproof paper
    • Scissors

    Step 1- Draw around your circles to create your donut shape onto the felt. Make sure you draw two and cut them both out.

    Step 2- Draw around your donut shape onto the back of the pink vinyl, this will act as your outline to draw your icing inside.

    Step 3- Cut this out and place it shiny side up onto your donut.

    Step 4- Press with greaseproof paper on top for 10 seconds making sure the vinyl gets even heat. Tip: A hard surface works best to press the vinyl.

    Step 5- Peel off the top plastic carrier ready to add your sprinkles too.

    Step 6- Cut small strips of the colours to create your sprinkles.

    Step 7- Add your sprinkles on top of the icing shiny side up and add greaseproof paper on top and press each sprinkle for 10 seconds.

    Step 8- Peel off the top plastic layers of each one.

    Step 9- Add some stuffing in-between the donut and sew it together with an overcast or blanket stitch.

    Your donut is now ready to add your pins into to keep them safe and look pretty! There are so many possibilities with shapes for your pin cushion, why not try a flower, rainbow or star.

    You can find all our HappyFlex Colours and Shades here.

  • Tips for first-time users

    Hi Jaymie here, I'm new at Happy Fabric.

    Over the past week, I’ve been playing with Happy Fabric vinyl, trialing different methods to spruce up tote bags, aprons, cushion covers.. you name it. I spent my first day's hand cutting shapes and letters, then tried Silhouette Studio (downloading the software and working through the provided tutorials). The Happy Fabric ‘Do it yourself’ sheet became my bible for setting the iron or heat press at the right temperature and remembering timings.
    The four types of vinyl I experimented with were: Flex, Flock, Glitter and Fashion.

    I found the basic process easy to pick up: pre-press, design/draw, cut out, place grease-proof paper, iron/ heat press, peel off carrier. As a complete beginner, there were small stumbles on the way, but I have listed 5 of my lessons learned below: 

    1.Always pre-press!

    On my second project, the fabric had no creases, so I got straight to playing with the vinyl. When it came to peeling the carrier off, nothing had stuck. After blaming the iron, the vinyl and myself, it dawned on me that I should have pre-pressed the bag itself before starting the project. Oops! Pre-pressing removes any moisture that might be lurking and allows a better base for the vinyl; this can be done by simply ironing the fabric or using a heat press for around 10 seconds. 

    2. Flip it! 

    Especially when using lettering, I had a few mishaps. It usually took drawing a design (either in my neatest possible handwriting or using a pre-cut stencil), cutting meticulously around the letters and digging out the holes in e’s and g’s… to realise that they were all backwards. I think I’d been too excited to get to the finished product or busy chatting away. Even when using Silhouette Studio, with the prompt to check if a design needed mirroring, I overlooked the need to flip. 

    It wasn’t always lettering, either. Some of the animals I created were facing the wrong direction when I placed them onto their new fabric-y home. For me, the key to avoiding this was to work out which parts of my design needed mirroring before even drawing them out, and checking which way up the vinyl would be going before cutting. 

     3. It’s okay to re-press!

    ...No, I don’t mean emotions. Sometimes vinyl needs a little longer; not all irons were created equal and corners can be missed. On my first use of Happy Fabric vinyl, I saw that one corner hadn’t stuck properly, and so peeled it from the other side. This left me with peely corners. Not ideal. When this happens, it’s okay to pop the grease-proof paper back on and give the vinyl an extra bit of time with the iron or heat press. 

       4.  The magic cushion!

    When I used vinyl on a small zip bag, even pre-pressing and re-pressing didn’t seem to help stick down the edge of my vinyl shape. Hayley suggested using a ‘Happy Pillow’ (you could also use a tea towel) underneath to take the attention of the iron away from the seam of the bag and toward the vinyl I was trying to stick down. When creating a design near a seam or uneven area of fabric, a ‘magic cushion’ inside or underneath will make sure it gets the heat it needs. 

    5. Layering up!

    Some vinyl layers better than others, and I’ve been experimenting with this over the past week. A major downfall of mine was forgetting to peel off the carrier of the bottom layer before whacking everything else on top. This lead to the vinyl either not sticking properly, or the carrier of the first layer flapping helplessly under the firmly pressed second layer. You won’t be able to peel this off without ruining your design. Remember to go one step at a time.

  • Cutting some shapes cushion!

    I’ve been cutting shapes in the studio! Dancing as well as actually cutting shapes from our iron-on vinyl. This is the perfect project for you to use all your scraps or you could get the colours to match with your interiors. This make is so easy and it’s perfect for anyone who hasn’t used our heat transfer vinyl before too. It’s a great starter project.

    Here’s some of the inspiration behind this project:

    I absolutely love these warm colours and guess what we have happy fabric vinyl in these colours and they are so great for summer! The shapes are so bold and look hand drawn, which I love! This abstract style is popping up everywhere on the high street but why not create your own with shapes and colours you love onto any of your textiles!

    For this project you will need:

    Step 1

    Draw on the back of each vinyl the shapes you want to add to your cushion. I drew wiggly lines, star shapes, squares, semi-circles and crown shapes. It’s the perfect time to not worry about what you cut and how perfect it is, as this is what gives it the hand made abstract look.

    Step 2

    Cut all your shapes out and place them onto the cushion filling the blank space. Cut some shapes in half and have some running off the edge of the fabric. Any small shapes can be used to fill in the gaps.

    Step 3

    Add greaseproof paper on top of your cushion and press with an iron, on each area for 10 seconds for flex and 15 seconds for flock. The iron is set to just above the 2-dot setting.

    Step 4

    Peel all the plastic top layer pieces off of each shape- the best part!

    The flock will feel fluffy and the flex will be smooth. If you find a shape hasn’t quite stuck down this means the shape may not have had as much heat. Just press it again with an iron, with greaseproof paper on top.

    Tah dah!

    This cushion is perfect to update a room in your house! We have paired ours with a mustard knit and have it in our studio. It is such a great way to add some texture, colour and simple pattern to a room!

    Check out our tutorials on YouTube and Instagram for more.

  • Jeans Customisation Hack - How to Iron Polka Dots On

    Have you ever wanted to own a pair of custom jeans? With our DIY jeans hack now you can. Our crafter Hayley just used our HappyFlock vinyl, a paper punch, and a domestic iron.

    So if you have that pair of jeans at the back of your wardrobe that needs a bit of love or you just want to start from scratch with a new pair. Follow along with our craft tutorial and let us know how you get along.

    Products used: HappyFlock A4 This is our iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl with a velvety finish, but you could try Glitter or Flex too.

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  • Rainbow Love

    Sooo let’s talk rainbows…with Pride this weekend, summer sunshine and happy holidays it’s the ultimate month for colour!

    We are OBSESSED with rainbows whether it’s a classic, monochrome or a tonal colour combination! We’ve got all the colours you need to make a rainbow at Happy Fabric. We’ve brought to you the most colourful and rainbow style projects that we have been creating over the past couple of months.

    We have nine different projects that you could recreate at home using Happy Fabric vinyl and they are ideal for up-cycling old clothing, creating personalised gifts or designing your own accessories.

    A free downloadable Pride artwork sheet is available which you could use as a stencil or use to cut your machine. Find it on our website here:

    rainbow project with heat transfer vinyl

    Pennant flags are super easy to create by cutting triangles from felt. We hand cut our vinyl by drawing our lettering in reverse on the back and cutting this out with scissors. We think this would be perfect to add to your crafting room, children’s bedroom or for party decorations. Adding your own slogan has never looked so good!

    Twinkly trainers are a must have and what better way to create them than with a handful of colour and sparkle. We have created hand cut rainbow and hole punched star trainers, which give them a jazzy, personalised touch. (Watch the vide here)

    Our recent festival jacket (HERE) project was themed around Glastonbury and we went all out, using happy glitter colours that matched the Glastonbury logo. The best part is that you can transform a jacket into something that no one else will have.

    Rainbow jumpers that you could create with your bestie are the most fun to design together. This is a creation we did with Louise and Jenny from Cutonepair who came in for a day full of fun crafts (MORE HERE). Their design came to life when we transformed their jumpers into a colourful rainbow with silhouette cut lettering on the front- ‘On Mondays we wear rainbows’. Louise and Jenny look so fab wearing these! How cute would this be to wear with your bestie?

    Leopard print in bold colours with a touch of glitter transformed a laptop case into a case worthy of being a cute clutch bag. We created this with Jane from Tea and crafting who equally loves leopard print just as much as we do! (READ MORE). What colour leopard print would you create?

    Colourful tops and rainbow pocket shorts are simple ways to add some colour in less than 30 minutes. An amazing way of creating instant shapes with happy glitter would be to take off the top layer of plastic and hole punch your glitter. It’s a great way to add small details to your textiles and it takes minutes.

    Need some more inspiration? We have created a rainbow pinterest board full of all things colour. Check out our pinterest board below.

    Don't forget the free downloadable Pride artwork sheet is available which you could use as a stencil or use to cut your machine. Find it on our website here:

    Whether you are hand cutting, hole punching or using a cutter such as a silhouette or cricut machine you could create your own rainbow design onto a variety of textiles. Remember to tag us in your creations on our social channels as we love to see your recent projects! We may even feature some of your projects.


    I have seen so many floppy summer hats on the high street but not with the slogan or colours I want. This is when I thought, why not make my own?

    The inspiration behind these colours came from a bright orange bikini. I wanted to match the slogan with this to create a fun holiday outfit. I love the fact that the vinyl worked so well onto this flat woven summer hat. The possibilities with slogans or names made it hard to choose but keeping all the scraps means I can create even more!

    For this project you will need:

    • HappyFlock Fluo Orange
    • Pom pom trim
    • Needle and thread
    • Summer hat
    • Scissors or cutting machine
    • For hand cutting, you will need a pen and card
    • Iron ( 2 dot setting)
    • Greaseproof paper

    Step 1:

    Measure around your hat to get the measurements of where you want your writing to go. I measured around the middle of the hat.

    Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 1

    Step 2:

    For hand cutting:

    Draw out a circle this size onto paper and draw your letters around the curve. Cut these letters out to create your stencils.

    For machine cutting:

    Draw your circle on your cutting programme to the size you need and type the lettering to fit around the curve. Then reverse your writing and cut.

    Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 2

    Step 3:

    For hand cutting:

    Draw around your letter stencils on the back of the vinyl making sure the letters are reversed. Remember to cut all the pens marks off to avoid it transferring to your hat.

    For machine cutting:

    Weed your letters ready to be pressed.

    Step 4:

    Place your lettering in the exact position you want it on the hat and add greaseproof paper on top. Then with an iron press with an iron for 10-15 seconds checking the hat.

    Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 4

    Step 5:

    Make sure each letter/ word has even heat. This will mean you need to hold the iron in certain areas carefully lifting the iron and pressing. I then peeled away the top plastic layer off of the vinyl.


    Step 6:

    I then added a pom pom trimming around the hat to give it a finishing touch and stitched this together acting as a band.

    Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 6

    This is a great way to personalise your hat with your own words, shapes and colours. It could be your name, a polka dot, love heart or your favourite place to go on holiday! The possibilities are endless and you can have a unique hat that no one else will have!

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