Monthly Archives: September 2019

  • What Happened at The Handmade Festival?

    Last weekend we packed our things and headed to Hampton Court for the Handmade festival. We brought the weather with us, and had a brilliant time meeting and catching up with other lovely stallholders and customers! 

    Our stand this year was as bright as ever, bringing the colourful pegboards from our Happy Fabric office, and displaying our magical selection of coloured heat transfer vinyl. One side of our stand housed our brand new Happy Press 2.1 and a Silhouette cutter. The other had a demonstration area, with a Happy Press 3 and our show exclusive packs designed by our Happy Fabric crafters Marnie, Hayley and Beth. Manning the stall was our newest team member Jaymie along with Beth, Hayley, Andy and Martin- the dream team!

    Of course, we couldn’t go to The Handmade Festival without tracking down Kirstie Alsopp and Liz Earle! We created handmade gifts for each lovely lady (pictured below) including an adorable sloth cushion for Kirstie and a stunning cosmetics bag for Liz. Here you can see Kirstie with her cushion and Hayley giving Liz a quick demo of how our vinyl works and the many ways to use it in your masterpieces.

    The final thing to mention is our brilliant evening event to launch the Happy Press 2.1. This took place at a venue called Henry’s kitchen just minutes walk away from the festival. Some of our favourite crafty friends joined us for an evening of food, drinks and crafting- the perfect trio! They made some incredible napkins and tote bags, some of which we saw them wearing the next day. 

    Here are some of the great makes from our evening and the festival: 
    Find us next at the Knitting & Stitching Show in October or on our social channels.

  • Craft Take-Over with Sewinthegarden

    Warning may contain party rings…

    We had the wonderful Georgina also known as Sewinthegarden visit us for a crafty take-over at Happy Fabric with our iron-on vinyl.

    Georgina walked into the Happy Fabric room in her handmade outfit, which instantly caught our eye! Her dungarees with red top stitching… were just sew amazing!

    Find out more about Georgina here

    A sweet treat was our first stop while we discussed all our crafty ideas, which may have contained a few cakes and party rings. A great surprise was that Georgina had made three tops in a beautiful blue fabric ready to add some vinyl designs to! Her idea was to have three sewing slogans in different font styles. Looking through our vinyl colours, pastel was a favourite and we all knew it would work perfectly onto Georgina’s tops. We chose a curly, block and rounded font for each slogan and cut these out on our silhouette cutter. The chosen slogans were ‘Sew Happy, Seamstress and Sewing Club’ and we even layered HappyFlex with HappyFlock on top to create a shadowing effect.

    Check out our action shots…

    Look how cute they are? There’s nothing like a handmade outfit and these tops are totally unique and personalised.

    Our last project was up-cycling a pair of canvas trainers, which had a completely different theme to sewing. We had so much fun creating these ‘Crime scene’ graphics.

    Our first step was to create the yellow tape to fit the shoes. We used greaseproof paper to wrap around the shoe and then outlined the shoe. This became our template to draw our tape inside. After cutting our templates out we were able to draw around these onto the back of the vinyl to hand cut. This was definitely a great way to get the right size for the shoe.

    We then measured the yellow tapes widest part and created our crime scene writing on silhouette studio to fit inside. Once this was cut we had all the components to craft! We cushioned out the shoes with a Happy pillow and placed the yellow Flex shape into place. Greaseproof paper was then added and we placed the iron on carefully pressing for 10-15 seconds making sure each part of the vinyl had even heat and pressure. Once cooled a little, we peeled off the carrier and added the next text layer in black HappyFlex. Repeating the process we continued this on the other shoe.

    Adding HappyGlitter blood splatters to the opposite sides added a little fun sparkle. Designing your own footwear can add the ultimate personal touch! We would just love these for Halloween too!

    Finished with cake and fun question games it was great having Georgina in to find out more about what inspires her within all her projects. Check out our YouTube video where you can see more behind the scenes.

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