Monthly Archives: December 2019

  • Card Making with HappyFabric Vinyl

    Everyone loves a handmade card right?

    Gluing shapes and layering lettering onto a card can sometimes be really fiddly and messy but what if you could cut out the shapes and just iron them on?  

    With a range of vinyl colours and textures ready to craft with, we couldn’t resist trying them onto card and paper. Finding out what effects you can create with a smooth and mess free finish instantly got our creative juices flowing.

    All you need is an iron, scissors, pen, greaseproof paper and the heat transfer vinyl and you will be creating personalised cards in no time!

    Here are our top cards for different occasions using a variety of vinyl…

    1. Here we have a super sparkly Christmas card created by Jaymie with stand out stars and bubbly lettering. She downloaded the star pattern for FREE on our website. You could print this to use as a stencil to draw around or use the digital file for machine cutting.

    2. Saying a big thank you to a teacher can be expressed through a monochrome, silhouette effect. Our crafter Marnie created this card and we think it has the perfect masculine touch. She used HappyFlex layered up creating a smooth sleek finish. Why not add their name for an even more personalised touch?

    3. A keepsake card to celebrate an engagement with a simple hand-cut slogan has a modern twist. Our crafter Hayley created this card using HappyFlex and added glitter for the diamond. She wanted to create a card, which could also be displayed in a frame as a print too.

    4. Know someone who is feeling under the weather and could do with a bear hug? This bear design is exclusive to HappyFabric and can be downloaded on our website for FREE. Hayley drew this design in her sketchbook with the idea of the arms reaching out allowing the message to reach both paws.

    We hope this has inspired you with some new craft ideas for card making. Many of these ideas could also be transferred to textiles too! For example the bear card could be used popping out of a pocket or the stars could be used to up-cycle a dress. Make sure you tag us in your creations as we love to see your ideas and inspirations.

  • 'Santa STOP HERE' sign DIY

    Make sure he stops at the most important house of all!

    Hi Guys!

    I've been making some quick, Christmassy projects over the past weeks. Here's my Santa STOP sign as seen here on MollieMakes!

    To make this sign, you will need:

    Now, Lets get to making!

    Step one: Print off or draw an octagon shape (I printed half of one to get a bigger size). Cut the shape out to use as your template.

    Step two: Use the template to draw the hexagon shape on to your felt. Cut this out.

    Step three: Use the same template to draw onto the back of the HappyFlex Signal Red vinyl. Cut this out.

    Step 3: Trim the Signal Red octagon to be smaller than the felt (depending on how much of a white border you would like in the end result). I used a ruler to measure 2cm in and trimmed off this much from each side.

    Step 4: Using a stencil (or writing freehand), write out the letters you need (SANTA HERE) onto the back of the White vinyl. Remember to flip your stencil over, or draw the lettering backwards, as you are writing on the BACK of the vinyl.

    Step 5: Once drawn out, cut them all out and repeat for the word STOP on the back of the HappyFlock black vinyl. For my sign, I hand drew the lettering a little bigger than the other letters- you could use a cutting machine if you wanted neater writing.

    Step 6: Turn on your Heat Press to 150 degrees, or your iron to the two-dot setting. Give the felt a little pre-press to remove any creases or moisture.

    Step 7: Once pressed, place the red octagon onto the white felt and cover with grease proof paper. Press for 10 seconds.

    Step 8: Once cooled slightly, peel the shiny plastic carrier from the top of the Red vinyl as shown below.

    Step 9: Place lettering on to the sign (ensuring no letters are overlapping each other) and cover with grease proof paper.

    Step 10: Press for 10 seconds.

    Step 11: Peel the carriers from the individual letters.

    Step 12: Paint the dowel white.

    Step 13: Once the dowel is dry (it made need more than one coat!) attach double sided tape to your ribbon and wrap around the dowel as shown below.

    Step 14: Finally, with a glue gun, attach the dowel to the sign.

    Now it's ready to place in your garden or house!

    Tip: To make extra sure he stops- you could add in your names :)

    -Jaymie x

  • DIY Christmas jumper using Silhouette

    This weekend, Hayley made her boyfriend the perfect Christmas jumper for Christmas tree picking, using HappyFabric vinyl and downloadable artwork from the Silhouette Design Store! Here's how to make your own:

    Hi guys!

    This weekend was one of my favourite festive events - choosing a Christmas tree for our house! Yipeee. There’s nothing like the excitement of choosing and decorating a tree to make your home the cosiest place before Christmas (or even the cosiest place for your cats to sleep).

    I was super prepared as a few days before I decided to make a Christmas jumper that would remind us of picking up our tree every year. I made this one specifically for my boyfriend, as I know how much he loves his silver truck and after all this was the only way of getting the tree home (my car could just about fit a small potted plant).

    Having just received our new Silhouette Cameo 4 a few weeks ago, I was very, well maybe a bit too excited to hear that there was a design store for silhouette that I had not explored properly yet! I signed up and received a small amount of credit where I could download some artwork free of charge, which was brilliant. Scrolling through the themed design section was a treat! This is where I came across this truck design with a tree in the back. Obviously this was an instant download and I got making straight away. Just to mention too, there are many free downloads over the Christmas period so definitely keep an eye out for those!

    For this jumper you will need:

    Follow these steps to create your very own:

    Step 1: Choose your artwork- I purchased and downloaded this artwork from the Silhouette Design Store.

    Step 2: Open the artwork in the Silhouette Studio software.

    Step 3: Click and drag over the design to highlight it. I then flipped the design horizontally so that when cutting into the back of the vinyl later on, my design would be in the correct direction. While the artwork is still highlighted, right click and press ungroup design. Your design will now be separated into its colours as below. You can then move the design pieces you do not need off of the grid- for example I cut the truck shape and snowflakes first so this was the only artwork on the grid.

    Step 4:  Place the vinyl shiny side down onto the sticky surface of the cutting mat. Make sure it is placed in the area matching the artwork on your grid on your computer screen. Place the top against the metal roller in line with the left hand side arrows. Press the arrow pointing up on the right hand side panel. This will feed your mat and vinyl into the machine.

    Step 5: Change your settings to Heat transfer smooth making sure the settings match the DIY sheet. Then press send and send as is.

    Step 6: Once cut, wait a few seconds and press the arrow pointing down to release the mat. The vinyl can then be peeled away and the design can be weeded. This means to take away the access vinyl leaving you with your final design.

    Step 7: Repeat step 3-5 using each piece of coloured artwork for each vinyl colour.

    Step 8: Now all of your design has been cut! Next pre-press your jumper to take away any moisture and creases within the fabric.

    Step 9: Place your Silver truck into place on the jumper. The shiny side should be facing you. Place grease proof paper on top and press with a heat press for 10 seconds.

    TIP: If you are using an iron make sure each area of the vinyl gets even heat for 10-15 seconds.

    Step 10: Once cool to touch slowly peel away the plastic carrier off of the jumper.

    Step 11: Repeat step 8 and 9 making sure you press one colour layer at a time. Note: none of the vinyl should overlap the plastic carriers.

    Step 12: Your jumper can then have a final press with greaseproof paper on top; this will help to make sure all the vinyl edges have been fused to the jumper.

    There is nothing like a personalised jumper and honestly he seemed pretty chuffed with it. It had everything in it that was Christmassy but also was the exact image of us taking home our tree. This will definitely be worn every year!

    Hayley x

  • Hayley’s Christmas jumper upcycle! #thecraftyupcycle

    Hayley’s jumper already had a beautiful sequined neckline, which reminded her of a magical starry sky. Using this idea, she sketched out a skyline of houses with Santa Claus in his sleigh flying overhead.

    You will need:

    NOTE: This design could be hand cut by drawing a design on to paper or card, then cutting out and using this as a template to draw on the back of the vinyl. For a detailed tutorial of how to hand cut a design, visit our Instagram page!

    Step 1) Hayley roughly drew out her design and cut this out, using it as a template to get an idea of sizing and layout.

    Step 2) She then purchased a similar design from the Silhouette Design store (for free, as we had just purchased the amazing new Silhouette Cameo 4 cutting machine*!).

    Step 3) After measuring the width of the jumper, Hayley cut the design in half on Silhouette Design Studio as the overall size was too big for our cutting mat. She then flipped the design as this would be cut into the back of the vinyl and therefore backwards.

    Step 4) After cutting both sides of the design into the Silver vinyl, Hayley weeded them out as shown below.

    Step 5) Hayley placed both sides of the design side-by-side onto the jumper to ensure they matched up.

    Step 6) Once Hayley was happy wtht the match, she took the jumper over to the press and pre-pressed the material for 10 seconds at 150 (if using an iron, this can be done for ten seconds on the two-dot setting).

    Step 7) Placing the left side of the design onto her jumper, Hayley then covered the vinyl with greaseproof paper and pressed for ten seconds.

    Step 8) After the vinyl cooled slightly, Hayley peeled away the shiny plastic carrier as shown below.

    Step 9) Hayley carefully matches up the right side of the jumper and covers with greaseproof paper. This is then pressed again for ten seconds.

    Step 10) After peeling the carrier off, Hayley carefully re-presses both sides to ensure it has fully bonded with the jumper and has a consistent texture (as this is a knitted jumper, the vinyl will press into the weave of the fabric and show the texture of the knit).

    Step 11) To add some extra sparkle, Hayley peels the plastic carrier from the unheated HappyGlitter Silver vinyl and hole punches circles, which she places along the bottom of her design.

    Step 12) She then covers with greaseproof paper once more and presses for ten seconds.

    Step 13) THE JUMPER IS READY!

    * Free One-Month Subscription To The Silhouette Design Store when you buy Silhouette Cameo 4!

  • SewYeah #thecraftyupcycle

    Making Christmas jumpers from our charity shop finds!

    In October, we embarked on our upcycling journey with #thecraftyupcycle challenge! The sole idea of this challenge is to take some bargain items from local charity shops and transform them into unique treasures. This could be anything from sewing up a small hole to turning a dress into a clutch bag or pair of jeans; our preferred upcycle method is (you guessed it!) using Happy Fabric heat transfer vinyl to add beautiful details to items.

    For our second #thecraftyupcycle, we were joined by Christine from SewYeah to create some Christmas jumpers!

    We had a selection of jumpers from our local British Heart Foundation shop (in Braintree) and Christine brought a lovely stripy jumper from Cancer Research UK. After a brainstorming process, sketching out ideas and perusing colour choice in our vinyls, we were ready to create!

    Christine's jumper!

    For her Christmas jumper upcycle, Christine wanted to add a colourful string of Christmas lights across the back. After she finished the back- she loved it so much that she replicated her design onto the front, too!

    Heres how she created the jumper:

    You will need:

    OPTIONAL: Cutting machine

    Step 1) Christine drew her design on to sketch book paper and cut out the different shapes to check sizing and visualise the finished project.

    Step 2) When happy with her layout and design, she recreated the lights on Silhouette design studio to cut out multiple quickly. (Alternatively, you could use the sketch book shapes as templates and draw on to the back of the vinyl, then cut by hand).

    Step 3) Christine cut out a number of lights on the Silhouette machine, from each of the vinyls labelled ‘lights’ in the “You will need” section above. Hayley and Christine then weeded out the lights and cut them out individually.

    Step 4) For the light crowns, Christine cut a strip of HappyFlex Gold vinyl into pieces, and then trimmed them to have a curved edge.

    Step 5) Next, she measured from corner to corner of her jumper, and drew the string for her Christmas lights (on to the back of the Black HappyFlex) to this measurement. Christine then cut this line thicker to create the string (as shown below).

    Step 6) For the final details of her design, she cut small, rectangular strips from the HappyGlitter Light Gold to create rays of light coming from one of the bulbs.

    Step 8) Using a heat press at 150 degrees, she pre-pressed the jumper all over to ensure no moisture or creases. This can also be done using an iron on the two-dot setting.

    TIP: Whether using an iron or heat press, the time and settings are the same for each step.

    Step 9) Christine then arranged the Black HappyFlex onto the jumper, covered with greaseproof paper and pressed the left side of the string for her Christmas lights (as the entire length would not fit under the press). She pressed this for ten seconds, then repeated the pressing process on the right side of her jumper.

    Step 10) Once the vinyl had cooled slightly, she peeled away the shiny plastic carrier to reveal the smooth HappyFlex finish.

    Step 12) Now she could add her second layer! Christine placed the coloured lights along the string and covered with greaseproof paper to press them.

    Step 13) Once she had pressed these for ten seconds and removed the plastic carrier, Christine added her final layer of the crown of the bulbs and the rays of light for one of the Fluo Green bulbs.

    Step 14) After peeling away the carriers, Christine decided that she loved the design so much, that she repeated the process for the front of the jumper!

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