Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • Heat Transfer Vinyl Cushion Tutorial

    Hand cut by Cotton Clara

    We recently sent the fantastic Cotton Clara some of our samples to play around with and she has put together this cushion tutorial. She has used a mix of our vinyl materials for some lovely colour combinations.

    Products used in this tutorial are:

    cotton clara cushion

    To take part in this tutorial, all you will need is:

    • Happy Fabric Heat Transfer Vinyl
    • Scissors
    • Pen
    • Paper or thin card
    • Iron
    • Cushion cover

    To read the full tutorial click here

  • How to make your own Halloween skeleton costume

    Hey Ghosties and Ghouls!

    Can you believe that it’s October already? When did that happen? On the plus side, it’s the month of Halloween and I have a few spooky projects under my cape for you!

    First up is my costume ready for a Halloween party. It’s the Skeleton!

    how to make a skeleton costume

    Shopping list:-

    • Black long sleeved top
    • Black trousers
    • Heat transfer vinyl - I am using HappyGlitter in White and Red for the heart. Available here
    • Iron
    • Grease Proof Paper
    • Scissors
    • A large bit of paper

    How to make your costume

    • First up, draw around your T-shirt on a large bit of paper, so you can draw your pattern pieces to the right size.
    • Once you are happy with your skeleton design, cut out the paper pieces.
    • Use these paper pieces as your stencil to draw around onto the back of the heat transfer vinyl.

    skeleton costume template

    • Cut out the vinyl pieces and place them in the correct order to one side.
    • Give your T-shirt a pre-press.

    (Look at the Heat Fabric DIY sheet for heat settings)

    • Place the vinyl bones into place on the T-shirt facing the right way up. (Glitter side up!)
    • Once you are happy with your placement carefully cover the vinyl over with greaseproof paper or baking paper.

    skeleton costume with iron

    • Then with your iron apply pressure for 10-15 seconds.
    • Then peel off your plastic carrier. If you are adding a heart like I have, make sure you fuse this on first and remover the carrier before adding the bones on top.
    • And there you have it, your body of bones.
    • Repeat all step for your arms and trouser legs.

    We would love to see your handmade Halloween costumes. Send us pictures over to with the subject title ‘HappyHalloween’ to be in with a chance of winning some goodies!

    Heat transfer vinyl used in this project was HappyGlitter in White for the bones and Red for the heart. Available here

    how to make a skeleton costume


    Happy Halloween HF Crafters

    Marnie x

  • Marnie gets back to her roots

    Hey Guys Marnie here, I wanted to let you know about how I have been getting back to my roots.

    Recently I went back to Colchester Institute, my old University where I studied Fashion and Textile Design. My lecturer had got in contact with me as she wanted to know more about Happy Fabric vinyl, as she was interested in using them in a new exciting project.

    In August I met up with Val Jacobs (Fashion and Textiles Course leader) to learn about the exciting project that she and the other course lectures were undertaking over the summer. Val, Becky and Louise had been inspired by the Beatrix Milhazes Exhibition to curate some inspiration for their collaborative collection and put on a show in September.
    Once they had all of their imagery to work from, I spent the day with Val where we discussed how to best use shape and colour. I taught Val how to use our vinyl’s alongside the heat press and a Silhouette cutter. Val then chose her colours and materials that she wanted to apply to her fashion designs.  Becky would then mix complementary colours for screen printing and create digital prints to work with these. The next time we met I was on hand to apply Val's pre-cut vinyl’s had to her pattern pieces ready to be constructed into garments. Louise then used her amazing fashion construction skills to put together the pattern pieces which has been adorned in different vinyl materials.
    Once everything had been made, it was exhibited at The Minories in Colchester Town Center. It is open to the public to view the showcased work of all the design lectures from Colchester School of Art and Design. It was a great exhibition and it was lovely to see the collection in all its glory. Scroll down to see some of the finished pieces.

    Following on from the exhibition, myself and Beth were invited along to the University to do a workshop/lesson with the 1st and 2nd years who had just visited the exhibition. They were expected to make their own patterns and designs from the inspiration they gained from the lecturers collections. I taught them how to use heat transfer vinyl and showed them how to fuse it onto fabrics. I also gave them a crash course in how to use the silhouette cutter so they can create their own shape and text to use in future projects.

    It has been great to work with the students as they all have completely different styles and use the vinyl in completely different ways. It has been so much fun introducing new creatives to the vinyl’s and I can’t wait to see what they create over the years to come.

    Don't forget to tag us on Instagram and Facebook with all your creations.

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