Monthly Archives: June 2019

  • The must-have festival jacket

    We have the ultimate festival look, which can be created at home by adding some glitter, rainbows and simple shapes to your denim jacket. And…you only need your iron to attach your design. Follow these simple steps to create your own personalised jacket.

    You will need:

    Happy Glitter:

    • Blue
    • Green
    • Gold
    • Red
    • Fluo pink
    • White

    Happy Flex:

    • Black
    • Yellow

    - Denim jacket

    - Iron (pre-heat on the 2 dot setting/ 150 degrees)

    - Greaseproof paper

    1. Cut your vinyl shapes using a cutting machine such as a silhouette cameo or cricut. Alternatively cutting by hand also work really well. I have cut a star from yellow flex and a moon from black flex. I then cut each letter for ‘Glastonbury’ from a different colour glitter. The glitter colours match the Glastonbury logo.
    2. Pre-press your jacket first to take all the creases and moisture out of the fabric.
    3. Add the moon first and added greaseproof paper on top.
    4. It’s time to press the moon for 10 seconds.
    5. The top layer of plastic can then be peeled off while warm.
    6. Repeat steps 3-5 with the star and then the glitter lettering.
    7. Optional: For the small glitter stars I took the top layer of plastic off of the vinyl and hole punched these. These can then be pressed for 10 seconds.

    diy glastonbury jacket with htv

    The options for designs to for what you could add to your jacket are endless. Why not add your name or date to the back to mark a special occasion. The next project I would love to create is to add some writing or a patch style design to the front of the jacket.

  • Father’s day: Green fingers garden gloves

    We have the perfect project for a garden lover…We found these garden gloves that were just waiting for us to personalise them with heat transfer vinyl. The options are endless for personalisation but we chose ‘Green fingers’. You could add Best Gardener, No. 1 Gardener or even Dad’s Gloves. Here are the steps we took to make ours.

    These are the materials you will need:

    STEP 1:

    Type your wording onto the Silhouette studio programme on your computer. We have created the words ‘Green Fingers’.

    STEP 2:

    Measure your glove to decide the size you want the writing to be.

    STEP 3:

    Make sure you reverse your writing, as you will be cutting into the back of the vinyl.

    TIP: Draw a box around your words to help save the rest of the vinyl.

    STEP 4:

    Change the setting to ‘Heat transfer smooth’ in the Silhouette settings.

    STEP 5:

    Add the HappyFlex White vinyl onto the cutting mat so the shiny side is facing down.

    STEP 6:

    Load the mat into the machine and send your design to cut.

    STEP 7:

    After unloading your mat you can peel away the box around your writing with a weeding tool. This will reveal your words. Weed out any inner parts of the letters.

    OR you could draw your lettering onto the back of the vinyl and hand cut these.

    silhouette cameo cutting letters

    STEP 8:

    Draw onto the back of the Green HappyFlex some leaf shapes and cut these out.

    STEP 9: Don’t forget to pre-heat your iron on the 2 dot setting.

    Pre-press your gloves with an iron. You could use some fabric to cushion out the glove to help the heat spread evenly.

    STEP 10:

    Add your leaf shapes in place and the cushioning into the glove.

    STEP 11:

    Add your greaseproof paper on top and press with an iron for 10-15 seconds. Repeat this for each leaf.

    STEP 12:


    Once cooled to warm temperatures peel off the top plastic carrier off of each leaf.

    STEP 13:

    Cut around your words so there is no vinyl left on the plastic other than the lettering.

    STEP 14:

    Place your words onto each glove and add greaseproof paper on top.

    iron on htv with garden gloves

    STEP 15:

    Press with an iron for 10-15 seconds and peel off the top layer once they have cooled to a warm temperature.

    This is the perfect personalised gift for Fathers day or a garden lover! How would you personalise yours?

    iron on htv with garden gloves hero

  • Spice Up Your Life

    In our latest Craft Takeover, Jen Walker (The Gingerthread Girl) stopped by to learn how to use our Iron-On heat transfer vinyl.

    Products used in the takeover:

    It was a lovely Friday Morning and we had The lovely Ginger Thread Girl in the Happy Fabric Studio to visit. Hayley received a lovely message from Jenny about how she had managed to bag herself some Spice Girl Tickets to their upcoming concert and wanted to create some personalised t-shirts for her and her girlfriends. We had to get in on the Girl Power so invited Jen to come and spend the day with us.

    The lovely Jen was like a breath of fresh air in the studio. She is a Happy Fabric superfan and has been following us on instagram from the early days, so it was so lovely reminiscing with her about old projects I had created - like the Love island Classic ‘100% Loyal Babes’. If you missed these, don’t worry there will be plenty of new love island projects coming up. I’m a big fan! Hehehe.

    So Jen had told us she wanted to create t-shirts for herself and her girlfriends ready for the concert. She didn’t want them to be the classic sparkly concert tee, but something that could be worn again. Jen’s style is very much like ours in term of who she looks to for inspiration. So, of course, the tees needed to look as if they could be sold in Oliver Bonas. While Jen was here she also wanted to learn how to use the silhouette cutter and our amazing heat presses. So this was a perfect opportunity to show her how everything worked.

    We started by deciding on colours and wording for the tees. Jen wanted them all to be the same and then with a slight personal touch as each of her friend has the characteristics of a different spice girl which was handy. The 5 of them make up the whole group. So as feminism is a hot topic we thought ‘GIRL POWER’ might be quite a good slogan for the front of the tee. That way this wouldn’t look dated and could be worn after the concert too. Then in a more handwritten font we cut each spice girls name to go across the back at the top of the shoulders. This looked super effective and VERY Oliver Bonas.

    ginger spice diy t-shirt with htv

    All the text was designed and cut on the Silhouette Cameo which was a lifesaver when it came to saving time. Jen very much enjoyed using the Happy Press 3 and found it super easy to get the designs in place. After creating one tee Jen was completely hooked and cracked on with the others. By the end she was an absolute Heat Pressing Pro! We love to see how much people enjoy using the cutters and presses when they realise how easy they are to use and how much time and effort it can save. Be sure to check them out for yourself.

    We are so so jealous that Jen and her Girlies will be partying up at the Spice Girls Concert and we hope that they have the best time ever!

    We would love to see everyone’s different Spice inspired tees ready for their upcoming concerts! There are so many amazing lyrics that could make a great tee. Here are some to get your juices flowing if you are struggling for ideas…


    girl power diy bag with htv


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