Monthly Archives: October 2019

  • 5 Easy Halloween Crafts

    Get ready for spooky season with these five easy Halloween crafts, using Happy Fabric vinyl! Decorate everything from the house to yourself with these easy makes- tutorials available on our Instagram stories (See @Happyfabric.uk).

    Pictured: Ghost leaves, Cat costume, Little monsters tea towel, Ghoul shoes, Vampire cloak. 

    Ghost leaves: Mixing up those chilled autumn vibes with the spookiness of Halloween! 

    All you need:

    Cat costume: A really simple, classic costume! 

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    Little monsters teatowel: For a personalised tribute to your little terrors! 

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    Ghoul shoes: Run away from the monsters in style- The perfect addition to the spooky season! 
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    Vampire cloak: A project for you to really sink your teeth into! 

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    Tutorials available on our Instagram stories (See @Happyfabric.uk).

  • 3 Simple DIY Fancy Dress Costumes

    Any excuse to dress up, am I right?

    Whether it’s for freshers week at university, Halloween or just a bit of fun, I’ve created three simple costumes: teletubby, army camo and a classic lifeguard t-shirt using Happy Fabric iron-on vinyl. 

    3 simple fancy dress costumes

    Costume 1: Teletubby.

    You will need: 

    T-shirt (in red, green, purple or yellow) 

    Iron or heat press

    Greaseproof paper 

    A4 sheet of HappyFashion Spectrum* vinyl 


    Optional: headband and pipecleaners (in same colour as shirt) 

    Step one: Pre-press the t-shirt by running the iron over (or using heat press) to remove all creases.

    prepressing teletubby t-shirt with iron

    Step two: Place vinyl sheet onto t-shirt (shiny side facing up) and cover with greaseproof paper. 

    placing happyfashion spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt
    placing greaseproof paper on teletubby t-shirt

    Step three: Press down with iron (or heat press) for ten seconds. 

    ironing spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt

    Step four: Wait to cool, then remove plastic carrier from vinyl. 

    peeling off carrier from happyfashion spectrum iron on heat transfer vinyl on teletubby t-shirt

    Optional: 

    Wrap the pipe cleaners around the headband and twist to create aerial shape according to which teletubby you are making. 

    wrapping pipe cleaners for teletubby costume
    diy teletubby costume t-shirt

    *Please note Spectrum has a repeating pattern, some sheets may have a small line, this is not a defect.


    Costume 2: Army camo 

    You will need:

    you will need to make your own army como costume

    Green t-shirt

    2- 4 A4 sheets of HappyFlex vinyl 

    (I used Olive Green, Green, Brown and Cream

    Greaseproof paper

    Scissors

    Iron or heat press 

    Step one: (Optional) Cut t-shirt into a cropped version 

    cutting army camo t-shirt to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step two: Draw cloud-like shapes onto the back (matte side) of the coloured vinyl sheets and then cut out.

    cutting olive green happyflex vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step three: Prepress the t-shirt using an iron on the two-dot setting or a heat press

    prepressing t-shirt to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step 4: Arrange a selection of vinyl shapes onto the t-shirt (do not layer them yet!) and cover with greaseproof paper. 

    placing happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt
    placing greaseproof paper to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step 5: Press for 10 seconds, then wait until the vinyl is cooled. Peel off the plastic carrier from the vinyl. 

    peeling carrier on happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step 6: Place on the next layer of shapes, overlapping the first layer in areas. 

    placing happyflex iron on heat transfer vinyl to make diy army camo t-shirt

    Step 7: Add greaseproof paper, press again for 10 seconds, and repeat cooling and peeling process. Keep repetition of the layering and pressing process until the desired effect is achieved. 

    Tip: take care to layer slowly, and always peel off all carriers before overlapping. 

    diy camo army t-shirt using heat transfer iron on vinyl

    Costume three: Lifeguard

    You will need:

    you will need to make diy lifeguard t-shirt costume

    Yellow T-shirt 

    A4 sheet of HappyFlex Red 

    Scissors, pen and stencil (optional: use of cutting machine or draw freehand) 

    Iron or heat press

    Step one: Use a stencil to write ‘LIFEGUARD’ onto the back of the vinyl sheet. You could also use a cutting machine or draw them freehand- just remember to flip the writing so the lettering is the right way around when you turn the vinyl shiny side up. 

    drawing letters on back of happyflex red heat transfer iron on vinyl to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Step two: Cut the lettering out. 

    cutting out letters on back of happyflex red heat transfer iron on vinyl to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Step three: Pre press the t-shirt with an iron (on the two dot setting)  or using a heat press. 

    pre-pressing t-shirt to make diy lifeguard costume

    Step four: Place the lettering onto the t-shirt and then cover with greaseproof paper. 

    placing letters of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt
    placing greaseproof paper on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Step five: Press for ten seconds using an iron or heat press. This can be done in sections, going over edges to ensure all of the lettering receives enough heat. 

    pressing letters of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Step six: Let cool slightly and then peel off the plastic carrier from each letter. 

    peeling off carrier of happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Step seven (optional): Use the remaining vinyl to personalise the back of the t-shirt! 

     happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt
     happyflex red heat transfer iron on t-shirt to make diy lifeguard t-shirt

    Check out more of our projects on our InstagramPinterest, and YouTube.

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