Crafting using Heat Transfer (Iron-On) Vinyl

  • 10 Easter crafts for children and adults

    From decorative Easter projects to gift ideas, we have united all the inspiration you need for an eggcellent, fun filled Easter. We have gathered some of our own projects mixed with some gorgeous ideas from Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

    Some felt bunny ears and a woven straw hat are the seamless combination for the Easter bonnet of dreams. Created using our HappyGlitter vinyl and a few HappyFlex details for the flowers, it is the cutest outfit accessory to hunt for those eggs. Why not have a competition to see who can make the best bonnet? It’s a great way to entertain the kids.

    How adorable are these little felt carrots? These could be used to store pencils for children's crafts, knives and folks for table décor or even chocolate lollies. Alternatively, rather than sewn details you could add some of our HappyFabric iron on vinyl to add leaves and lines or even a name along the side.

    Created by: Skip to my Lou on Pinterest

    Who’s ready to hunt for eggs around the garden? Me!

    With a handmade map you can add all your garden details and some vinyl textures for something more exciting. This could be made using HappyGlitter, HappyFlock, HappyFashion or HappyFlex which all have different effects and textures to feel. Add some Gold ‘X’s to mark the spot and you’re away, let the challenge begin!

    A sheep, rabbit and chick made from handprints on Pinterest were too cute not to include. This is similar to our monster tea towel below, we created this using hand shapes. Using HappyFlex we layered up details to make them into characters on fabric. With this idea you could turn hand shapes into anything. What a simple way to create a shape and turn it into a spring farm animal.

    Created by: Kim|The best ideas for kids on Pinterest

    A sweet treat gift bag with a personalised touch is always a winner when it can be reused. Add some vinyl details by ironing them onto a small drawstring bag and fill it with the sweetest treats. Why not add names onto the front and place them under an Easter tree?

    Banners add a cosiness to your home with a fun and creative touch. Whether you hang them on your lounge wall, hallway or play room it will brighten your day with a mix of bright colours. We used felt to cut banner shapes. Then we used a stencil to draw onto the back of the vinyl and hand cut the letters using scissors. This worked really well in HappyFlex as we could layer the black underneath with a bright colour on top.

    Decorate your table with fun napkins for all the family from rabbits to chicks, each napkin could have a different character. Tie them up with some ribbon and display across the plates for a festive look. Children could create their own shapes for their own napkins to reuse all year round. Don’t worry they are washable after 2 days of making, this is so that the vinyl settles on the fabric. There's no need to worry about cleaning them!

    A spring chicken storage basket is perfect to fill with the chocolate eggs or even fresh ones, you choose! With two tones of yellow create a subtle contrast in details like the wings. Create this layered effect using HappyFlex vinyl and a pair of scissors.

    How about a DIY totebag to get you in the Easter spirit?

    We used a blank tote bag to add a HappyGlitter vinyl bunny face and a pop of purple for the ears. We attached the ears by sewing along the hem and couldn’t resist a pom pom for the nose and of course on the back for a tail.

    We found this adorable bunny embroidery hoop made from pin stripe fabric, felt and a giant pom pom tail, perfect to hang on a bedroom wall. This could also be created in our HappyFabric vinyl using HappyFlock or Flex to layer up the rabbits details onto the fabric.

    Created by: DIYcraft500 on pinterest

    For more crafting inspiration check out our Youtube channel.

  • DIY Easter napkins!

    Easter is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some reusable napkins, full of fun character for when eating together! This blog provides a full tutorial on how to create them using Heat Transfer vinyl.

    Whether your children cut out their own fun shapes, or you surprise your family with a little handmade decoration, it will definitely put a smile on their faces. These napkins will be fully washable once the vinyl has settled on the fabric for 2 days. This means they can be used every year, and in my case, all year round!

    To make your own bunny napkins, you will need:

    • Easter bundle of vinyl
    • Scissors
    • Pen and paper
    • Iron or Heat Press (2 dot setting/ 150 degrees)
    • Fabric
    • Needle and thread

    Step 1:

    Draw or print out your design onto paper and cut this out to act as your template. I drew an outline of a rabbit but you could explore other Easter characters such as chicks, fun florals or an Easter egg nest.

    Step 2:

    Draw around your template onto the back of the vinyl (non shiny side) in biro pen.

    Step 3:

    Cut your shape out making sure all the pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid it from transferring to the fabric later on.

    Step 4:

    Pre-press your fabric to eliminate all creases and moisture from the fabric.

    Step 5:

    Add your first design layer shiny side up on the napkin. I added some grass to add a little background.

    Step 6:

    Press the cut shapes with greaseproof paper on top with an iron or heat press for 10 seconds. Be sure every edge has had the heat.

    Step 7:

    Once cool to touch, peel away the plastic carrier. This is the most satisfying part!

    Step 8:

    Repeat the pressing process with your next layer. Remember to peel the plastic layer off of the vinyl before adding the next layer. I added some details to my bunny rabbit with a pink nose, mouth and some eyes. I also had to add a little round belly because look how cute he looks!  


    Add some sewn details such as french knots for the eyes and long stitches for whiskers and the lengths of grass.

    Your napkin is then ready to tie up with pretty ribbon and placed onto a table ready to dress for Easter. Add some hand picked flowers to the table and get stuck into some dinner and of course chocolate. Yay!

    Hayley x

  • Curtain upcycle: 'Under the sea'!

    To brighten up some plain IKEA curtains, we added some HTV sea creatures- and added their names. These would be the perfect addition to any playroom or child's bedroom.

    As the curtains were so long, we trimmed them and will be making some matching projects (maybe a pillow or two?) from the remaining fabric. Scroll down to see the curtain transformation!

    Make sure to check out the tutorial on our Instagram page (uploaded as an IGTV)- you can find it HERE.

  • Learn a new craft at home!

    Crafting is a brilliant thing: it improves mental wellbeing, creates a community, allows us to make things exactly how we like them- and it's fun!

    Social media is a great place to research and learn new craft skills, and here at HappyFabric, we're helping you to do just that! In this blog, we'll share with you some great places you can find online tutorials.


    We've teamed up with some of our favourite crafters to introduce our 'SkillSwap' series on YouTube. So far, we have discovered how to crochet and how to sign basic words and phrases in British Sign Language! In return, we have taught how to use HTV at home and How to choose/ use a Heat Press. These tutorials can be seen below (more links to tutorials at the very end of this blog post):

    More tutorials worth checking out:

    YouTube: A range of general tutorials (for example, jeans, trainers, teepee, gardening gloves, bridal sash) can be found HERE

    YouTube: Upcycling projects (involving sewing and HTV) can be found HERE

    YouTube: PaigeJoanna made a brillaint 'How to' of a jumper involving our HTV and pompoms (perfect combo)! You can find it HERE.

    Other sources of tutorials:

    Instagram: Our own tutorials for things such as: Aprons, tennis ball, Easter basket, can be found: HERE

    Blog: If you browse through the archives on this blog, you will find step by step tutorials including making personalised keyrings, simple decorative cushions, creating leopard print and amazing rainbow converse!

    Looking for even more? Here's some great other sources:

    Mollie Makes: Beginners guide to HTV (making a babygrow) can be found HERE

    SewDainty: Customising T-shirts (as a beginner) with HTV can be found HERE

  • What can you use HTV with?

    Here at HappyFabric UK, we specialise in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV), and we use it everyday on different projects! This blog tells you 10 things (some of which may surprise you!) that work with our HappyFabric vinyl- tried and tested by our team.

    1. Wood!

    Yes, HTV can be applied to wood! Just make sure the grain is smooth. For this project, we used an iron to apply the vinyl to an IKEA wooden crate.

    2. Clothing and pillows!

    Clothing and cushions are one of the most popular choices for applying HTV. These are especially effective if you layer the vinyl- for example, using HappyFlex as a base layer and then adding HappyFlock (with a soft texture) to add details.

    3. Tennis balls!

    Yes, tennis balls! For an exact 'how to', we've uploaded an IGTV here.

    4. Sports and swimwear!

    Got a stretchy or sporty project in mind? For this type of materials, you can use HappyFlex Stretch, which moves with the fabric.

    5. Jute bags

    Dependent on the width of the weave, our HappyFlex HTV presses onto hessian or jute materials beautifully!

    6. Shoes!

    That's right, you can even HappyFabric on to shoes! Pro tip: stuff the shoes with fabric and use the tip of the iron to press.

    7. cork coasters!

    HTV adheres really nicely to cork! We've used it to make Christmas tree decorations, coasters and place-mats so far.

    8. Paper and card!

    Paper and card are ideal for HTV! No glue required :)

    9. Denim!

    HTV works beautifully with denim. Just remember, with a denim jacket there are a lot of seams- so you may need to pad it out with a heat pillow or some fabric to make sure the vinyl gets enough heat.

    10. Faux leather!

    Even faux leather! Our recommendation here would be to not use a heat press with this- test a small area with your iron first and go carefully.

  • Personalising with Tilly and the Buttons!

    Here at HappyFabric, we're all about the craft life (personalising, upcycling and embellishing in particular). We're always on the lookout for new ways to use our iron-on vinyl: In the past weeks, we've been working with Tilly and the Buttons fabric, patterns and team on some amazing projects!

    Tilly and the Buttons are a company that 'create gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns, books and online workshops for the new wave of DIY dressmakers'.

    At the launch of Tilly's new book! We held a personalisation station for guests to decorate a t-shirt of fabric item using HappyFabric Heat Transfer Vinyl.

    See the below photos for what we've created using their beautiful new fabrics!

  • Making the Nora top with a twist!

    Did someone say dress making with a personalised touch?

    Introducing my new favourite me-made project to date!

    I have been so incredibly excited to tell you about my most recent make. I have been creating more and more sewing projects recently from cropping jackets to now making our first t-shirt in the HappyFabric studio.

    I had been eyeing up the Tilly and Buttons new fabric collection for a while now and I finally made a decision on three fabric designs. Yes, it took a lot for me to choose my top three, as I love them all. My plan was to make a simple t-shirt that I could make in a few hours to get back into sewing again as I haven’t made a garment since leaving university.

    We were kindly gifted the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Nora’ pattern (everything used is linked in the tutorial section of this post) and I chose to create the long hem, narrow neckband and short sleeve version. The pattern also has many other elements where you could add a high neckband, long or elbow length sleeves. It is the perfect pattern to get started on with such a versatile style. Sewing this was the best thing I could have done as it has definitely given me the confidence to push myself further to sew more. Plus, how amazing would it be to personalise your own me-made outfit with your own design?

    I particularly liked this Rainbow Breton black cotton jersey as the pastel colours are my absolute favourite and I had a vision in my head to create a retro style slogan across the top in our vinyl. As I was planning I realised that some of our BRAND NEW COLOURS worked gorgeously against the fabric and I just fell in love, what a happy(Fabric) accident.


    You will need:

    -Tilly Buttons ‘Nora’ pattern

    -Rainbow Breton black cotton jersey


    You will need:

    -HappyGlitter: NEW Watermelon, NEW Pale yellow

    -HappyFlock: NEW Mint

    -HappyFlex: Pastel Purple, Light Blue

    -Vinyl cutting machine such as Silhouette Cameo OR Scissors

    -Heat press/ Iron

    -Greaseproof paper

    Included within the Nora pattern are easy to follow instructions to make your T-shirt. Once you have sewn this together you are ready to add your design.

    Cutting the design:

    Step 1:

    Use a cutting machine to cut your design out into the back (non shiny side) of the vinyl. We have chosen to curve our font and cut a variety of coloured vinyls to layer with.

    Tip: Remember to reverse your design before cutting.

    Alternatively you could draw onto the back of the vinyl (non shiny side) and cut your design out by hand.

    Tip: Use a stencil to draw around onto the back of the vinyl – remember to reverse the design and make sure all pen marks have been cut off.

    Step 2:

    If you have used a cutting machine weed out your design- taking the access vinyl away to reveal your design.

    Layering the design:

    Step 3:

    Pre- press your t-shirt to eliminate all creases and moisture from the fabric.

    Step 4:

    Lay your first layer onto the top shiny side up. We used the stripes of the fabric to line up our wording and measured either side to make sure it was central.

    Step 5:

    Press for 10 seconds on the 150 degree (2 dot setting) with greaseproof paper on top.

    Step 6:

    Once cool to touch peel the plastic carrier off of the vinyl to reveal your design.

    Step 7: Repeat steps 4-6 using the black vinyl lettering, for this effect we staggered the black over the white to create a shadowing effect.

    Step 8:

    Place each letter on top of the outlined lettering (in white and black) shiny side up. We placed them so that black and white lines could be seen for a highlighted and shadow effect. This is something new we hadn’t tried before and it works so effectively.

    Step 9: Peel the plastic carrier off of each letter once cool to touch (the glitter can be peeled while warm).

    Step 10:

    Give your design a final press for 10 seconds across the top with greaseproof paper on top- This is a must as without the paper on top this will melt the vinyl!

    You now have a completed rainbow top full of gorgeous colours of the retro rainbow, woohoo!

    Now wear it with your favourite jeans or a skirt for a dressy feel.

    Lots of love, Hayley x

  • Embroidery and HappyFabric HTV

    Our wonderful customers have been experimenting with their HappyFabric vinyl and embroidery- and we are seriously impressed! Our Heat Transfer Vinyl is ironed or pressed onto the fabric, and can then be embroidered into to create stunning designs. Whether it's for a garment or just decoration, this trend is seriously cool.

    Image credit: @Egreenillustration

    In this blog we'll be showing you some fantastic examples of 'Mindful embroidery', decorative HTV hoops, Embroidery and HTV (outside the hoop!) and mixed media 3D embroidery hoops!

    'Mindful Embroidery'

    Here are some beautiful examples of embroidery with HappyFabric Heat Transfer Vinyl by the lovely Christine Leech (@SewYeah), from her 'mindful embroidery' workshops!

    Image credit: Christine Leech (@SewYeah on Instagram)
    Image credit: Christine Leech (@SewYeah on Instagram)

    This wonderful combination of HTV and embroidery inspired Megan from @sew.craft.megan to try mindful embroidery for herself! Check out her incredible blog detailing her inspiration and process here. 

    Image credit: @Sew.craft.megan. Source: Blog

    Decorative HTV hoops

    Marnie (@life.of.moo) from HappyFabric has always loved leopard print; and so this beautiful leopard print hoop was born! Some of our amazing customers gave it a go, too!

    Image credit: Holly (@hrf81 on Instagram)
    Image credit: Holly (@hrf81 on Instagram)

    Embroidering with HappyFabric (outside the hoop!)

    Check out these beautiful examples of how you can combine HappyFabric HTV and embroidery- outside of the hoop! We love how each project is completely different but all are so effective.

    Image credit: student's work from @Colchesterfashionandtextiles
    Image credit: @cotton_clara
    Image credit: Christine Leech (@SewYeah on Instagram)

    Mixed media 3D embroidery hoops

    Emma Green from @egreenillustration has created several beautiful hoops combining HTV with embroidery- some major talent in the photos below!

    Image credit: @Egreenillustration
    Image credit: @Egreenillustration
    Image credit: @Egreenillustration

    Hopefully we've given you some inspiration to create a masterpiece! Break out those hoops and get making!

    For more inspiration, visit any of our social media channels, including our Instagram page, Pinterest, Youtube or Facebook.

  • Valentines day craft inspo!

    We give you our best valentines day craft inspiration and colour tips for Feb the 14th.

    Valentines day display of crafts

    The day of love is just around the corner, and whether you're spending it with a partner, friends, pets or having a day of self love- we have you covered craft-wise. We've put together this valentines day inspiration blog to help spread the love in the crafting world this week!

    Below are some of our favourite Valentines makes (past and present) and our top colour schemes from each type of HappyFabric HTV. -This includes photos of our cutest little team member at HappyFabric, Marnie's beautiful little Polly and our heart elbow patch jumper as featured on MollieMakes!

    Our top picks in valentines vinyl colours!:

    Our 'GirlyGirl' bundle is a brilliant mix of vinyl types and shades of pink: taking all of the difficulty out of decisions:

    valentines day inspo girly girl bundle

    Have a favourite type of vinyl? Here are our top picks from HappyFlex, HappyFlock, HappyFashion and HappyGlitter:

    For more valentines day inspo, visit our social media pages, where we'll be uploading projects on the day.

    To shop HTV vinyl, visit

  • SKILLSWAP: How to HTV at home

    The New Year has started in the best way at HappyFabric: skill swapping with Emma from Stitching Me Softly! We learnt how to crochet, and taught Emma how to use our HTV (Heat Transfer/ Iron On Vinyl). Scroll down to see the video, or visit our 'How to Crochet' blog to see the other side of the SKILLSWAP!

    How to use HTV

    We taught Emma all about our HTV and started by decorating a crochet bag for her equipment.

    Emma from stitching me softly with hayley from HappyFabric looking at HTV colours

    HappyFabric HTV is vinyl that can be ironed or pressed on to nearly any textile: anything from T-shirts and wall hangings to wooden signs and shoes! It comes in a brilliant selection of colours and textures (glitter, flocked, etc).

    For the crochet bag, we decided on a design I had previously hand-drawn (a ball of wool). Emma also liked the idea of the word ‘Crochet’ joining up to the wool graphic; as if it were spelt out with wool. This was pressed in HappyFlex Pastel Purple and then layered with HappyFashion Spectrum. It’s a great way of personalising storage and making it your own, it’s definitely giving us a 90’s vibe.

    Emma from Stitching Me Softly made these projects using HappyFlock, HappyFashion, HappyFlex and HappyGlitter vinyl from HappyFabric

    Emma’s next project was a cute little top for her daughter. She drew and hand-cut a rainbow in a variety of vinyls, and how lovely does it look? I hope her daughter loves it just as much as we do! Now it’s time to make an adult sized one!

    Check out the video here to learn a new skill- using HTV:

    So, what are you waiting for? Learn something new! We're using the hashtag #hfskillswap on Instagram to keep all of our SKILLSWAP creations in one place- use the hashtag if you want to get involved so that we can see your makes too!

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