Monthly Archives: March 2019

  • Easter Egg Hunt Map

    Why not join the Easter egg hunt fun, with a map full of clues to where the chocolate eggs are hidden? Let’s face it; we would all love to know.

    This week’s craft is an Easter egg hunt map with our HTV, which is an eggciting project to make at home. I had to, of course, hide some eggs and test the map out. Marnie and I had an eggcellent time hunting for them… and eating them! If you haven’t already, definitely check out our Instagram ‘Easter’ story highlights where you can see how it went.

    The colourful map is perfect for children to recognise different areas in your garden or you could even create a room setting. Crosses can be added to mark where you will hide the eggs in vinyl or you can add them in felt so they can be moved around.

    DIY easter egg hunt map

    Here are some clues on how I made my map…

    All you need is:

    • Happy flex:
      • Pastel green
      • Pastel blue
      • Light orange
      • Brown
      • Yellow
    • Happy glitter:
      • Light gold
    • Scissors
    • Felt (Green and blue)
    • Pen
    • Iron (150 degrees/ 2 dot setting)
    • Greaseproof paper
    • Glue gun or needle and thread

    First up draw all your shapes onto the back of the vinyl this could include any main features in your garden. Our example includes trees, a swing, shed, flower patch, pot, bench and vegetable patch. These were all basic shapes including circles and rectangles.

    Cut all the shapes out ready. Then get the blue felt and measure where you want it to end on the green felt for the sky. I used around 5cm of the blue and stuck this to the top of the green felt with a glue gun or it could be sewn down.

    I then added the first layers of vinyl shapes to the felt and added greaseproof paper on top. With an iron on 150 degrees, which is the 2-dot setting, I pressed the shapes for 10 seconds each. Avoid moving the iron around too much as this could move the design slightly.

    I then peeled the top plastic carrier off the top of each vinyl shape. The rest of the layers can then be added using the same process- pressing with an iron with grease-proof paper on top and then peeling the plastic off each shape.

    Lastly, I added the glitter crosses for where the eggs will be hidden. I added one line of the cross first, pressed this with an iron with greaseproof paper on top. Then peeled the plastic off and added the next line across using the same process. Eggs marks the spot!

    Now it’s time to hide the eggs and let the hunt begin!

    Check out our Instagram for more projects and our Pinterest for DIY inspiration

    DIY easter egg hunt map

  • Crazy Daisy Up-cycle

    Spring has officially sprung. The 20th of March marked the first official day of spring and we are so pleased to finally be able to ditch the dull and gloomy feeling of winter over our heads. To celebrate, I decided to start spring with an up-cycle project of an old dark coloured sweatshirt using our Heat Transfer Vinyl, and turn it into a fresh new spring-themed sweatshirt. Let’s hope that this spreads the spring feeling wherever I go.

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step hero

    Project List:-

    • HappyFlex in White size 33x50cm x2 for the large Daisies.
    • HappyFlock in Yellow size A4 for the inner parts of the daisies.
    • Sketchbook.
    • Pencil.
    • Old Sweatshirt.
    • Iron/Heat Press.
    • Scissors.
    • Greaseproof paper.

    Pre-heat your iron to 150 degrees which is the 2 dot setting on your iron. Ready for fusing.

    Draw out in your sketchbook a large daisy shape. If you feel your hand drawing skills are not too great, then print yourself a daisy shape off of the internet, or let us know and we can send you ours to print off.

    Once you are happy with your daisy design, cut it out. Now you have created your stencil for drawing around.

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step 1

    Pop your stencil to one side and grab your White HappyFlex. Begin to draw around the daisy onto the back of your vinyl. [Tip- The front of the vinyl is much shinier than the back, the back is more matt.]

    Once you have drawn out the number of daisies you think you will need, begin to cut them out. When you cut out the designs make sure you cut within the pen line. You don’t want any pen left on the vinyl as it will transfer to the jumper, so make sure you have cut this all away.

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step 2

    Now put all of your daisies to one side and get your sweatshirt. Give it a quick iron to get rid of the moisture within the fabric. This is a MUST as this will allow the vinyl to really adhere and fuse properly to the fabric.

    After pre-pressing the sweatshirt begin to lay your daisy designs wherever you want them [make sure the vinyl is shiny side up.]

    If you are happy with your placement you can now begin to fuse them into place.

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step 3

    Place the greaseproof paper over the top of the vinyl and place the iron on the top. Hold the iron in place with firm pressure for about 10-15 seconds.

    Once the vinyl has been fused into place, you can peel away the plastic carrier and repeat for the rest of the daisies.

    [Tip - I have cut some of the petals down to fit in against the seam, as I like the way it makes the fabric look like it has been printed before sewing together. I fuse the majority of the daisy down first so I know it isn’t going to move from its position and then make sure you leave the petals you want to cut down unfused. You can then cut the petal down so it will fit in against the seam, then give it one final press into place.]

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step 4

    When all the daisies are in place you can then cut some small circles which will fit nicely in the center of the daisy. We have done ours in Yellow HappyFlock to make it nice and fluffy.

    Fuse these on a slightly higher temperature and peel the plastic carrier away once the vinyl has cooled right down.

    And there you have it - an upcycled ‘Crazy Daisy’ sweatshirt, ready to be worn throughout spring.

    daisy jumper htv tutorial step hero

    Crazy Daisy Cushion…

    For the crazy daisy Cushion cover, I use the same process but I made smaller daisies. I also hand cut ‘Crazy Daisy’ out in Happy Flock in yellow. This is how I created the wording…

    On the computer, I found a nice font which I wanted my ‘Crazy Daisy’ to be in. I then made this fit the size of an A4 piece of paper which I then printed out. Once it was printed I then really carefully cut the wording out. This now acted as a stencil for me to draw around on the back of my vinyl again. [Tip- when using a stencil which is letters make sure you reverse it when drawing around it, as you will be drawing on the back of the vinyl which will be flipped over to be fused.] I then once again cut it out and fused it on, the same way I did the daisies.

    Hey presto! A new cushion cover and an upcycled jumper! We like to match our surroundings!

    daisy cushion htv tutorial step hero

  • Paige Joanna Takeover

    Last week we had our first ever Instagram craft takeover!

    Could you ever imagine having your friend join you for a day at work? Imagine how much fun would that be? Well on Thursday we had the pleasure of having the beautiful human that is Paige Joanna, join us for a fun-filled vinyl crafting day in The Happy Fabric HQ.

    Paige Joanna takeover

    As Paige is a Bride-to-be we wanted to make the day almost like a mini hen do for her because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a hen do?

    We supplied lots of blank projects so Paige could have a good selection of different outcomes to choose from. She loved our rainbow trainers and wanted to create her own. So after teaching her the basics on the silhouette cutter, a rainbow pair of ‘Wifey for Lifey’ trainers were created.

    Paige also wanted to create a little gift ready for her mum for mothers day. After coming up with loads of ‘mum puns’ she settled on ‘ Mum, you’re one in a Melon.’ on a make-up bag surrounded by the ever so trendy watermelon slice. A super cute little pressie. We hope your mum loves it as much as we did!!

    If you want to catch up on our fun filled day and how Paige created these lovely projects, have a look over on our Instagram highlight reel and check out Paige's video below. We had so much fun and loved having Paige with us for the day. We hope to get another date in the diary for more fun soon!!!

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    Who would you like to see join us next? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook or by email.

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