Monthly Archives: November 2019

  • SIX STEPS TO THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS JUMPER!

    Make your very own Christmas jumper this year, with only a few simple steps and a minimal amount of effort! Using Happy Fabric vinyl, you can add sparkle to jazz up a jumper (old or new) to be the star of any Christmas party.

    Find how to create your own below:

    Find HappyGlitter here!

  • Reusable Wrapping with The Fabric Fox!

    Reduce your waste in style this Christmas with this beautiful re-usable Christmas wrapping! Kirsty from The Fabric Fox visited us with some Santa Sacks made from her fabrics, and we personalised them using our Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl.

    For this project, Kirsty created three beautiful handmade sacks (one each for us to personalise with Happy Fabric!) using her fabrics; details of which can be found at the end of this blog post. In this post, I will be explaining how she created the blue ‘With Love, Santa’ sack.

    You will need:

    Step 1) Measure the bag vertically across and horizontally across to work out the length of vinyl needed (we used 1m of HappyFlex Signal Red).

    Step 2) Draw out two adequate strips of vinyl and cut them. These will be your ‘ribbon’.

    Step 3) Pre-press the bag using a heat press or iron (at 150) to remove any creases or moisture in the fabric and then lay one strip of vinyl in the desired position (either horizontal or vertical, as it fits).

    Step 4) Cover with grease-proof paper and press for 10 seconds using a heat press or iron. After pressing, wait for the vinyl to cool and remove the shiny plastic carrier from the top of the vinyl to reveal a smooth finish.

    Step 5) Lay the next strip in the correct position (as shown below) and repeat pressing process from step 4.

    Step 6) Create a bow with your piece of ribbon and secure to the bag using a glue gun. When dry, sew a small pompom over the centre of the bow, to cover the join.

    Step 7) Using Silhouette Studio choose your font and cut the wording on the Silhouette machine. You could also draw this by hand using a stencil flipped backwards on to the back of the vinyl, then cut using scissors.

    Step 8) Using a weeding tool, pick out the wording (for example, removing the centre of the ‘a’ in Santa). Place the wording in the desired position (taking care not to overlap the carriers) and cover with grease-proof paper.

    Step 9) Press this for 10 seconds and then wait to cool slightly. Peel off the plastic carriers.

    Step 10) Fill with presents!!

    Fabrics:

    For the blue santa sack, Kirsty used ½ metre of: https://thefabricfox.co.uk/christmas-trees-blue-wintertide-figo-fabrics-15-m/

    For the red: https://thefabricfox.co.uk/snow-babies-red-noel-cotton-steel-15-m/

  • DIY Christmas tree skirt

    Is there anything better than a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, with some presents tucked underneath for you and your family?

    Yes. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree with some presents tucked under for you and your family- with a unique personalised tree skirt! Family is what Christmas spirit is all about, and at Happy Fabric, we want to show you how to create the perfect place to sit your tree.

    The first half of this blog will tell you how to create your tree skirt, and the second will show you how to personalise using Happy Fabric vinyl.

    Making the skirt:

    You can vary the size of both the circle and inner hole, according to the size of your tree- in the Happy Fabric office, we have a small, bedroom sized tree! This will be your skirt!

    You will need:

    • 2 metres of fabric
    • Scissors
    • Sewing machine and thread
    • Skirt template

    Step 1: Fold the fabric in half along the length and position the skirt template along the fold. Use the template to draw a quarter circle and flip this over to draw the second quarter- making up the semi-circle as seen in the photo. Then cut this out.

    Step 2: Repeat step 1 so that you have two large circles altogether. Pin the two circles right sides together ready to stitch.

    Step 3: Sew around the outside of the two large circles leaving the middle hole open. Use the hole to turn the skirt inside out and make sure the fabric sits flat and all areas have been pushed out.

    Step 4: Top stitch the circumference of the circle and then neatly stitch together the circle in the middle tucking the raw edges to the wrong side. This will leave you with the base of your tree skirt ready to personalise with your family name or pattern.

    Making the tassels

    You will need:

    • Wool
    • Scissors

    Step 1: First cut a 20 cm piece of wool and wrap across the palm of your hand.

    Step 2: Wrap the wool around your hand 10 times to create the tassel wrap.

    Step 3: The 20cm piece of wool can be moved up to the top of the tassel wrap and secured with a double knot.

    Step 4: The other looped end can be cut to create the tassel and trimmed to the desired length.

    Step 5: Tie a piece of wool a quarter of the way down the tassel to create the tassel head.

    Step 6: The two strays of wool can be tied together in a loop which can then be sewn to the under tree skirt.

    Step 7: Place your tree skirt upside down and pin your tassel loops to the fabric in your desired positions. Then sew these securely to the skirt. We created 12 tassels altogether to spread evenly around the skirt.

    Personalising the skirt:

    You will need:

    Step 1: For the wording, you can hand cut (either writing freehand to create a template or using a stencil to draw on the back of the vinyl) or use a cutting machine. When using either method, always remember that you are cutting out from the back of the vinyl, and therefore any designs must be written backwards to ensure they read correctly when placed the right way up.

    Step 2: For this project, we have used a Silhouette Cameo; choosing a font from Silhouette Studio and then cutting out using the machine. You will then need to weed out the writing . To create the shadowed effect, cut the wording out twice (in a different colour each time). In this design we have used HappyGlitter in Silver and HappyFlex in navy.

    Step 3: Pre-press the skirt fabric (using an iron on the two-dot setting or a heat press at 150 degrees) to remove all creases or moisture. Then, simply place your bottom layer of wording (HappyFlex) in the desired position. Ensuring the vinyl is shiny side up and reads correctly, cover this with greaseproof paper before pressing down firmly with the iron for ten seconds. If the wording is larger than your iron, as in our design, press each area to make sure that all parts of the vinyl receive enough time and heat.

    Step 4: Once pressed, remove the greaseproof paper. When the vinyl is cool enough to touch, peel back the shiny plastic carrier. After this, you can add the second glitter layer of wording to create the shadowed effect as shown.

    Step 5: Repeat the pressing process for this (greaseproof paper, press each part separately, remove paper and peel carrier).

    Step 6: Next we cut snowflake shapes on our Silhouette cutter in HappyGlitter colours that matched our tree decorations (Hot pink, Royal blue, Kelly green). We then repeated the pressing process with an iron.

    TIP: For even more of a Christmas sparkle, peel away the carrier from sheets of HappyGlitter and use a hole punch to create stars to decorate the remainder of your tree skirt. Match colours to your personal décor and tastes to make the skirt extra personal and unique to your family!

  • Christmas crafts with The Fabric Fox

    This week we were joined by the lovely Kirsty, from The Fabric Fox! The Fabric Fox sells bold, colourful and modern fabrics as well as an array of haberdashery and dress making patterns by designers such as Tilly and the Buttons.

    We decided to have a Christmas themed craft day in the Happy Fabric studio, adding our amazing heat transfer vinyl to Kirsty’s beautiful fabrics. The projects we made included Christmas slogan bauble bunting, and some reusable wrapping (in the form of handmade Santa sacks).

    Project one: the bunting!

    Kirsty used baubles templates to hand cut lots of festive shapes from a variety of her pink and red fabrics (links to these at end of blog post). Using HappyGlitter, she wanted to spell out a Christmas slogan on the baubles and attach them to string or ribbon to create magical Christmas bunting! For this, we used the following:

    1. Kirsty hand cut the bauble shapes (4" x 5"  per shape) from the fabric, then ironed on the interfacing to stop them from fraying.

    2) After deciding on vinyl colours and the slogan ‘JINGLE ALL THE WAY’, we used Silhouette Design Studio to choose a font and make everything the correct size.

    TIP: Measure the bauble shapes in inches, so that you can translate the measurements easily to the cutting mat grid.

    3) We flipped the writing on Silhouette Studio (as the wording is cut into the back of the vinyl).

    4) After loading the Silhouette machine with an A4 sheet of HappyGlitter Green (shiny side sticking to the mat) we pressed send on Silhouette studio and the cutter began to create our letters.

    5) When the machine had finished cutting and unloaded the vinyl, we then weeded out the words and cut each letter out so that we could arrange them on individual baubles.

    6) We then drew around the top outline of the bauble shapes and produced basic shapes such as circles and squares. This was to create the bauble crowns (as shown in photo below). These were drawn onto the back of the HappyGlitter Light God and cut by hand.

    7) We set the heat press at 150 degrees (you could also use an iron for the entire pressing process at the two-dot setting).

    8) We pre-pressed the fabric shapes to remove any creases and moisture in the fabric.

    9) After this, we arranged the vinyl lettering (shiny side up) and bauble crowns onto the shapes and covered with greaseproof paper.

    10) The shapes were then pressed for 10 seconds at 150 degrees.

    11) Once cooled slightly, we were able to peel away the shiny plastic carrier form the vinyl to reveal the crushed glitter texture.

    12) We then arranged the bauble shapes in order, to spell out JINGLE ALL THE WAY and organised them with spacings to test how much ribbon we would need to hang them.

    13) The ribbon was then cut to the correct size, and we used a glue gun to secure the baubles along the length of the ribbon.

    14) The last step was simply to hang the garland and take some beautiful photos!

    Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming blog post, where we’ll be telling you how we created these amazing Santa Sacks (reusable wrapping)!

    Here are the links to the fabrics Kirsty used for the bauble garland!

    Pink with red stars, Red with pink Christmas trees, Pink with white polka dot and Pink with multi colour stars !

  • Christmas Pyjama How-To

    No Christmas is complete without some cute pyjamas to wear. This winter, you can keep cosy in your very own snuggly set, with some super sweet Happy Fabric (heat transfer vinyl) detailing!

    In this blog post, we’ll reveal how we turned these plain PJs into a wonderful wintery penguin themed pyjama set.

    You will need:

    1. HappyFlock in Signal Red (A4 sheet)
    2. HappyFlex in White (A4 sheet)
    3. HappyFlex in Black (A4 sheet)
    4. Free Penguin Template
    5. Card/ paper, scissors, pen and iron (or heat press)
    • Firstly, we hand drew a penguin! The exact drawing by Hayley is available for you to download as a template here.
    • We then cut this out to use as a template for the vinyl. Using a pen, Hayley drew around the template on to the back of the vinyl sheets (the non-shiny side) and cut all the pieces out by hand- making sure to cut off all pen marks to stop them transferring when the vinyl is pressed.

    TIP: When drawing and cutting the hat, ensure that you flip the template over before drawing around it (so that it is leaning the correct way when the vinyl is pressed). Using an iron at the two-dot setting (or a heat press at 150), pre-press the pyjama pocket and area that the vinyl will be placed; this is to remove all creases and any moisture that might be hiding in your fabric.

    TIP: When drawing and cutting the hat, ensure that you flip the template over before drawing around it (so that it is leaning the correct way when the vinyl is pressed).

    • Using an iron at the two-dot setting (or a heat press at 150), pre-press the pyjama pocket and area that the vinyl will be placed; this is to remove all creases and any moisture that might be hiding in your fabric.
    • Place the first layer of the penguin (the White HappyFlex body) onto the pocket in the desired position. Carefully (so not to move the vinyl) cover this with greaseproof paper.
    • Press down firmly with your iron (or use a heat press) for ten to fifteen seconds.

    TIP: No need to wiggle or move the iron- this could move or alter your design!

    • Remove greaseproof paper and allow vinyl to cool for around 5 seconds. Once cool, you can peel back the shiny plastic carrier to reveal the smooth finish of the HappyFlex- this can now be layered up with the rest of your design!
    • Arrange the wings, eyes and beak on top of the body and cover with greaseproof paper.
    • Press again for 10 seconds.
    • Remove the greaseproof paper and wait for the vinyl to cool. Once cool, peel the carrier off of all the features of the penguin.
    • For the Santa hat, add only the White strip onto the penguin’s head and repeat pressing process (add greaseproof paper, press, remove carrier).
    • Lastly, add the hat and hat bobble (taking car not to overlap the hat and bobble) and repeat pressing process.
    • After peeling off the last carriers, your pyjamas are ready!
    • Place the first layer of the penguin (the White HappyFlex body) onto the pocket in the desired position. Carefully (so not to move the vinyl) cover this with greaseproof paper.
    • Press down firmly with your iron (or use a heat press) for ten to fifteen seconds.

    TIP: No need to wiggle or move the iron- this could move or alter your design!Remove greaseproof paper and allow vinyl to cool for around 5 seconds. Once cool, you can peel back the shiny plastic carrier to reveal the smooth finish of the HappyFlex- this can now be layered up with the rest of your design!

    • Arrange the wings, eyes and beak on top of the body and cover with greaseproof paper.
    • Press again for 10 seconds.
    • Remove the greaseproof paper and wait for the vinyl to cool. Once cool, peel the carrier off of all the features of the penguin.
    • For the Santa hat, add only the White strip onto the penguin’s head and repeat pressing process (add greaseproof paper, press, remove carrier).
    • Lastly, add the hat and hat bobble (taking car not to overlap the hat and bobble) and repeat pressing process.
    • After peeling off the last carriers, your pyjamas are ready!

    Shopping List.

    1. HappyFlock in Signal Red (A4 sheet)
    2. HappyFlex in White (A4 sheet)
    3. HappyFlex in Black (A4 sheet)
    4. FreePenguin Template
    5. Card/ paper, scissors, pen and iron (or heat press)

    Join us next week to see how we make a custom tree skirt.

  • #thecraftyupcycle challenge

    At Happy Fabric, we love giving people the materials and inspiration to create something unique! Whether you’re jazzing up an old pair of jeans, or transforming a worn armchair pillow to a decorative cushion- we love an upcycle. And what’s better than turning old into new? Supporting a brilliant cause along the way! From this idea, our #thecraftyupcycle was born.

    For our #thecraftyupcycle challenge, we visited our local charity shop, The British Red Cross in Halstead, where we were excited to meet their lovely staff members! We gave ourselves:

    • A budget of £10
    • A time allowance of 30 mins

    To find and buy some items that we could take back to the Happy Fabric office and upcycle using our amazing heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl!

    While in the store, we found SO many items that we loved! Some already had embroidered pieces on them, some were perfect blank canvases that we could imagine as perfect projects... but we stuck to our £10 budget and managed to choose three brilliant bargains.

    Once we arrived back at the office, Hayley created a mood board for each item:

    Upcycle 1: Floral print top!

    Hayley decided to highlight this top’s floral print by creating larger flowers (using velvet textured Signal Red HappyFlock vinyl). She drew the shape first, and then used this a template to draw onto the back of the vinyl and cut out using scissors. In our video, Hayley also highlights (in the Youtube video) that you could use a Silhouette Cameo or cutting machine to cut multiple flowers quickly.

    When all of the flowers were cut out, Hayley gave the material on the top a quick pre-press with the iron to remove any creases or moisture that might be hiding in the material. After placing the flowers onto the top (shiny side up) she then covered the flower with greaseproof paper and pressed with the iron for ten seconds (at 165 degrees).

    Once the flowers had cooled slightly, Hayley peeled away the plastic carrier from each of them to reveal their velvet (flocked) texture. Voila! The top had a new splash of colour!

    Upcycle 2: Autumnal cushion!

    Autumnal colours never go out of style- and so are rainbows; they add character and warmth. When we found this lovely blank cushion, we knew exactly what to do.

    Hayley drew out her rainbow on to some sketch pad paper and cut out the three arches. Using these as templates, she then drew onto the back of the vinyl sheets (all A4 HappyFlock) and cut the arches out.

    To ensure that everything presses correctly, Hayley removed the cushion insert from the cover and pre-pressed the cover for 5-10 seconds to remove all creases and moisture from the fabric.

    Using the iron just above the two-dot setting (165 degrees), Hayley then placed the largest arch onto the cushion cover, covered with greaseproof paper and pressed down on each area for 10 seconds. Using the first arch as a guide, Hayley then placed the second largest inside the first and repeated the pressing process. Lastly, she added and pressed the smallest arch.

    Before placing the cushion insert back into the cover, Hayley peeled the plastic carriers off of the rainbow arches! This left the cushion with a lovely flocked finish and as the perfect addition to any home!

    Project 3: The ‘lovely’ top!

    For this chequered print top, we originally envisioned red writing lopping across the front, but eventually we settled on white HappyFlex Stretch. Due to the stretchiness of the fabric, HappyFlex Stretch was a perfect choice and would move with the fabric.

    To achieve the curly, neat handwriting that Hayley wanted, she used the Silhouette Studio software to design her wording. After deciding on the word ‘lovely’, she flipped the writing (as it would be cut into the back of the vinyl) and sent it to the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, which was loaded with the A4 sheet of White vinyl. The machine then cut the word into the back of the sheet, and Hayley simply had to weed out the word as shown below:

    Hayley then uses the iron (at 150 degrees) to pre-press the area of the top that the wording will be placed. After this, she positions the vinyl onto the fabric, covers with greaseproof paper and presses each area for ten seconds to ensure the entire design receives the correct amount of heat for the correct amount of time.

    Once pressed, Hayley peels back the shiny plastic carrier from the vinyl to reveal the smooth finish.

    To add some extra detail, Hayley decided to hand sew a light pink pom-pom onto the design, in the middle of the letter ‘O’.

                    This added a small but quirky detail to the top, transforming it from a blank canvas to a ‘lovely’, unique addition to a wardrobe.

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