Monthly Archives: March 2020

  • 10 Easter crafts for children and adults

    From decorative Easter projects to gift ideas, we have united all the inspiration you need for an eggcellent, fun filled Easter. We have gathered some of our own projects mixed with some gorgeous ideas from Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

    Some felt bunny ears and a woven straw hat are the seamless combination for the Easter bonnet of dreams. Created using our HappyGlitter vinyl and a few HappyFlex details for the flowers, it is the cutest outfit accessory to hunt for those eggs. Why not have a competition to see who can make the best bonnet? It’s a great way to entertain the kids.

    How adorable are these little felt carrots? These could be used to store pencils for children's crafts, knives and folks for table décor or even chocolate lollies. Alternatively, rather than sewn details you could add some of our HappyFabric iron on vinyl to add leaves and lines or even a name along the side.

    Created by: Skip to my Lou on Pinterest

    Who’s ready to hunt for eggs around the garden? Me!

    With a handmade map you can add all your garden details and some vinyl textures for something more exciting. This could be made using HappyGlitter, HappyFlock, HappyFashion or HappyFlex which all have different effects and textures to feel. Add some Gold ‘X’s to mark the spot and you’re away, let the challenge begin!

    A sheep, rabbit and chick made from handprints on Pinterest were too cute not to include. This is similar to our monster tea towel below, we created this using hand shapes. Using HappyFlex we layered up details to make them into characters on fabric. With this idea you could turn hand shapes into anything. What a simple way to create a shape and turn it into a spring farm animal.

    Created by: Kim|The best ideas for kids on Pinterest

    A sweet treat gift bag with a personalised touch is always a winner when it can be reused. Add some vinyl details by ironing them onto a small drawstring bag and fill it with the sweetest treats. Why not add names onto the front and place them under an Easter tree?

    Banners add a cosiness to your home with a fun and creative touch. Whether you hang them on your lounge wall, hallway or play room it will brighten your day with a mix of bright colours. We used felt to cut banner shapes. Then we used a stencil to draw onto the back of the vinyl and hand cut the letters using scissors. This worked really well in HappyFlex as we could layer the black underneath with a bright colour on top.

    Decorate your table with fun napkins for all the family from rabbits to chicks, each napkin could have a different character. Tie them up with some ribbon and display across the plates for a festive look. Children could create their own shapes for their own napkins to reuse all year round. Don’t worry they are washable after 2 days of making, this is so that the vinyl settles on the fabric. There's no need to worry about cleaning them!

    A spring chicken storage basket is perfect to fill with the chocolate eggs or even fresh ones, you choose! With two tones of yellow create a subtle contrast in details like the wings. Create this layered effect using HappyFlex vinyl and a pair of scissors.

    How about a DIY totebag to get you in the Easter spirit?

    We used a blank tote bag to add a HappyGlitter vinyl bunny face and a pop of purple for the ears. We attached the ears by sewing along the hem and couldn’t resist a pom pom for the nose and of course on the back for a tail.

    We found this adorable bunny embroidery hoop made from pin stripe fabric, felt and a giant pom pom tail, perfect to hang on a bedroom wall. This could also be created in our HappyFabric vinyl using HappyFlock or Flex to layer up the rabbits details onto the fabric.

    Created by: DIYcraft500 on pinterest

    For more crafting inspiration check out our Youtube channel.

  • DIY Easter napkins!

    Easter is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some reusable napkins, full of fun character for when eating together! This blog provides a full tutorial on how to create them using Heat Transfer vinyl.

    Whether your children cut out their own fun shapes, or you surprise your family with a little handmade decoration, it will definitely put a smile on their faces. These napkins will be fully washable once the vinyl has settled on the fabric for 2 days. This means they can be used every year, and in my case, all year round!

    To make your own bunny napkins, you will need:

    • Easter bundle of vinyl
    • Scissors
    • Pen and paper
    • Iron or Heat Press (2 dot setting/ 150 degrees)
    • Fabric
    • Needle and thread

    Step 1:

    Draw or print out your design onto paper and cut this out to act as your template. I drew an outline of a rabbit but you could explore other Easter characters such as chicks, fun florals or an Easter egg nest.

    Step 2:

    Draw around your template onto the back of the vinyl (non shiny side) in biro pen.

    Step 3:

    Cut your shape out making sure all the pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid it from transferring to the fabric later on.

    Step 4:

    Pre-press your fabric to eliminate all creases and moisture from the fabric.

    Step 5:

    Add your first design layer shiny side up on the napkin. I added some grass to add a little background.

    Step 6:

    Press the cut shapes with greaseproof paper on top with an iron or heat press for 10 seconds. Be sure every edge has had the heat.

    Step 7:

    Once cool to touch, peel away the plastic carrier. This is the most satisfying part!

    Step 8:

    Repeat the pressing process with your next layer. Remember to peel the plastic layer off of the vinyl before adding the next layer. I added some details to my bunny rabbit with a pink nose, mouth and some eyes. I also had to add a little round belly because look how cute he looks!  

    Optional:

    Add some sewn details such as french knots for the eyes and long stitches for whiskers and the lengths of grass.

    Your napkin is then ready to tie up with pretty ribbon and placed onto a table ready to dress for Easter. Add some hand picked flowers to the table and get stuck into some dinner and of course chocolate. Yay!

    Hayley x

  • Curtain upcycle: 'Under the sea'!

    To brighten up some plain IKEA curtains, we added some HTV sea creatures- and added their names. These would be the perfect addition to any playroom or child's bedroom.

    As the curtains were so long, we trimmed them and will be making some matching projects (maybe a pillow or two?) from the remaining fabric. Scroll down to see the curtain transformation!

    Make sure to check out the tutorial on our Instagram page (uploaded as an IGTV)- you can find it HERE.

  • Learn a new craft at home!

    Crafting is a brilliant thing: it improves mental wellbeing, creates a community, allows us to make things exactly how we like them- and it's fun!

    Social media is a great place to research and learn new craft skills, and here at HappyFabric, we're helping you to do just that! In this blog, we'll share with you some great places you can find online tutorials.

    YouTube

    We've teamed up with some of our favourite crafters to introduce our 'SkillSwap' series on YouTube. So far, we have discovered how to crochet and how to sign basic words and phrases in British Sign Language! In return, we have taught how to use HTV at home and How to choose/ use a Heat Press. These tutorials can be seen below (more links to tutorials at the very end of this blog post):

    More tutorials worth checking out:

    YouTube: A range of general tutorials (for example, jeans, trainers, teepee, gardening gloves, bridal sash) can be found HERE

    YouTube: Upcycling projects (involving sewing and HTV) can be found HERE

    YouTube: PaigeJoanna made a brillaint 'How to' of a jumper involving our HTV and pompoms (perfect combo)! You can find it HERE.

    Other sources of tutorials:

    Instagram: Our own tutorials for things such as: Aprons, tennis ball, Easter basket, can be found: HERE

    Blog: If you browse through the archives on this blog, you will find step by step tutorials including making personalised keyrings, simple decorative cushions, creating leopard print and amazing rainbow converse!

    Looking for even more? Here's some great other sources:

    Mollie Makes: Beginners guide to HTV (making a babygrow) can be found HERE

    SewDainty: Customising T-shirts (as a beginner) with HTV can be found HERE

  • What can you use HTV with?

    Here at HappyFabric UK, we specialise in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV), and we use it everyday on different projects! This blog tells you 10 things (some of which may surprise you!) that work with our HappyFabric vinyl- tried and tested by our team.

    1. Wood!

    Yes, HTV can be applied to wood! Just make sure the grain is smooth. For this project, we used an iron to apply the vinyl to an IKEA wooden crate.

    2. Clothing and pillows!

    Clothing and cushions are one of the most popular choices for applying HTV. These are especially effective if you layer the vinyl- for example, using HappyFlex as a base layer and then adding HappyFlock (with a soft texture) to add details.

    3. Tennis balls!

    Yes, tennis balls! For an exact 'how to', we've uploaded an IGTV here.

    4. Sports and swimwear!

    Got a stretchy or sporty project in mind? For this type of materials, you can use HappyFlex Stretch, which moves with the fabric.

    5. Jute bags

    Dependent on the width of the weave, our HappyFlex HTV presses onto hessian or jute materials beautifully!

    6. Shoes!

    That's right, you can even HappyFabric on to shoes! Pro tip: stuff the shoes with fabric and use the tip of the iron to press.

    7. cork coasters!

    HTV adheres really nicely to cork! We've used it to make Christmas tree decorations, coasters and place-mats so far.

    8. Paper and card!

    Paper and card are ideal for HTV! No glue required :)

    9. Denim!

    HTV works beautifully with denim. Just remember, with a denim jacket there are a lot of seams- so you may need to pad it out with a heat pillow or some fabric to make sure the vinyl gets enough heat.

    10. Faux leather!

    Even faux leather! Our recommendation here would be to not use a heat press with this- test a small area with your iron first and go carefully.

  • Personalising with Tilly and the Buttons!

    Here at HappyFabric, we're all about the craft life (personalising, upcycling and embellishing in particular). We're always on the lookout for new ways to use our iron-on vinyl: In the past weeks, we've been working with Tilly and the Buttons fabric, patterns and team on some amazing projects!

    Tilly and the Buttons are a company that 'create gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns, books and online workshops for the new wave of DIY dressmakers'.

    At the launch of Tilly's new book! We held a personalisation station for guests to decorate a t-shirt of fabric item using HappyFabric Heat Transfer Vinyl.

    See the below photos for what we've created using their beautiful new fabrics!

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