Monthly Archives: August 2020

  • Back to school inspiration

    Getting the kids excited to go back to school after a long break can be hard. This is why we have come up with 10 fun vinyl projects that won't cost the Earth, which will make their first day back a little special!

    Whether it's a name tag in clothing or a cute unicorn themed lunch box, there's something for everyone.

    All you need is our iron-on vinyl, greaseproof paper and an iron or heat press. Our vinyls can be hand cut or used on a wide range of cutting machines including Silhouette, Cricut and Brother ScanNCut.

    Have a look at our top 10 inspiring projects...

    1. School rucksack - HappyFlex Stretch Light Green

    Animal lovers will adore this simple name cut into a shape. It's a simple way to add to an old or new bag making it easier to find amongst the many piles of school bags.

    2. Lunch box - HappyGlitter Rose Gold & HappyFashion Sparkle Silver

    Add some sparkle with a fun unicorn vinyl design on a plain or simple patterned lunch box. It will definitely add a little magic to their day!

    3. Clothing initials- HappyFlex White

    Simple initials added to labels or around the neckline of clothing will help save the hassle of clothing wondering to lost property.

    4. Draw string bags- HappyFlex Grey, HappyFlock Yellow & White

    Cotton PE kits and school bags will work perfectly for an adventurous design. Let the kids hand cut their own design and collage some shapes together for a fun activity.

    6. Craft bags- HappyFlex Black, HappyFlock Pastel Pink & HappyGlitter Green

    Have a lot of small items to take to school such as maths kits and paint brushes? A large craft bag will keep it all in one place and a fun slogan or name can be added in a chosen vinyl effect.

    7. Pencil pots- HappyFlex Yellow, Pink, White & Turquoise

    Pencil pots are a handy one for when the kids are returning home in the evening. You can finally have a fun way of keeping things tidy and make some space for dinner.

    8. Pencil cases- HappyFlex White & HappyFlock Aqua

    A personalised pencil case is a keeper. We added a favourite home village boat to this one and incorporated it into the name. It adds something a little special to keep the children interested in using their stationery.

    9. Hair accessories- HappyGlitter Pale Yellow & Beach Blue

    Hair scrunchies are always handy and cute to match with the school uniform. We added some glitz with some hole punched stars in our favourite colour combination. Check out our tutorial video for our scrunchie here.

    10. Notebooks- HappyGlitter Pale Yellow, HappyFlock Signal Red, HappyFlex Black

    A little notebook is perfect to write the first day notes in! Why not add some fun vinyl textures to create something personal and stylish?

    Hopefully we have inspired you to get crafting whether it's with the kids or for a fun evening of creating. We would love to see what you are creating for back to school, make sure you tag us in your photos so we can see!

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  • August challenge inspiration

    Who loves a craft challenge?

    Whether you are joining in or watching along, we have had some fun challenges which we hope you will love just as much as us!

    With our crafty up-cycle challenges (before lockdown) spreading a creative buzz in the HappyFabric studio, returning back to work meant we could dive right into some new challenges.

    Having two crafters in the studio equals the best time to have a craft-off and see how different projects can turn out having individual styles. We wanted to bring you more fun challenges you can join in with at home or be inspired by.

    Our first challenge back together was transforming two plain white t-shirts using a bottle of dye and a selection of up to 2 vinyls. We couldn't believe how well our tie dye came out in a beautiful fuchsia colour! Adding the vinyls really finished our items off with the ultimate personalised touch.

    If you missed our behind the scenes videos/ tutorials check them out below.

    Our most recent challenge was making use of foldable polka-dot storage baskets. Marnie and Hayley had such different usage ideas which led to a secret challenge to see how each others would turn out.

    It's amazing how the same project base can be transformed using vinyl!

    Just look at the difference between Marnie and Hayley's baskets! One is made for a baby gift which could be filled with lots of useful goodies as a baby shower gift. The other is the perfect storage for all the crafty tools and fabrics to add to a craft room.

    What challenge would you like us to do next?

    Follow us on our social channels to see what we will be creating next.

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  • Personalising Pyjama shorts using HappyFabric vinyl

    Personalising clothing at home has never been so easy with HappyFabric iron on vinyls. Simply cut out your design and iron it onto your textile projects, to create a totally unique product.

    Decorate projects from outfits, bags and cushions using our range of vinyl effects and colours.

    For more inspiration check out our blog.

    For these handmade pyjama shorts, we added a variety of our vinyls to create a fun design. This one was inspired by the ever changing British weather. The blue fabric initially inspired us to add some cute clouds and then we wanted to add some sparkle. Check out the videos below to see the behind the scenes of us making them.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyFlex: Yellow, Pink, Pastel Purple, Light orange, White

    HappyGlitter: Pale Yellow, Beach Blue, Vintage Gold

    We hope you enjoyed watching!

    What project will you create next?

    Check out our social channels to keep updated with our new projects and releases of fun vinyl effects and colours.

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  • Tie Dye week: Personalising with HappyFabric vinyl

    Want a fun project for the Summer holidays, while on furlough or for a homemade gift?

    Marnie and Hayley are kick starting August with a fun filled tie dye week, to hopefully inspire some new ideas to get crafting for kids and adults too! They teach you exactly how to turn a blank outfit into something to treasure!

    This is the perfect way to transform something you already have in your wardrobe...

    We started off by dunking our projects into a bucket of water, including a jumper, Children's and adult's t-shirt and some white fabric. Dampening the fabric before hand will make the dye soak in easier.

    Don't forget your gloves!

    Once the water was rung out of the clothing, it was time to tie elastic bands in a patterned design. We chose to create a striped jumper by scrunching it up to create a long strip and wrapped the bands into sections creating even stripes. For the fabric and child's tee we went for a traditional ring design. Lastly, for the adult tee we created a swirl by spinning the middle of the t-shirt around and around. This created the swirl shape which we were able to add elastic bands to secure.

    It was finally time to add some water to the bottled dye and start adding the beautiful fuchsia colour. We added the dye to the areas we wanted to have strong colour and wrapped these up in plastic sheeting to soak for 8 hours.

    Then it was time to rinse and wash the fabric ready to completely dry before adding HappyFabric vinyls.

    We were so pleased with how they came out, we tried them on straight away! It was time to get personalising...

    'Freedom to day dream' jumper

    Choosing a HappyFlock slogan to run across the back of the jumper definitely was the ultimate way to create an edgy, personalised finish.

    Marnie chose this bold, 3D style font which created the perfect outline showing the tie dye pattern through each letter. 'Day dreamer' is one of Marnie's favourite slogans to add to projects using HappyFabric vinyl as it's so versatile, you could add it to any project and it would work.

    A previous project where Marnie added her favourite slogan

    Check out some of the photos below of us adding the design to the jumper with a household iron. We even added a little logo to the front, keeping the day dream theme running. The great thing about HappyFlock is that it has a super soft, velvety finish creating a comforting design.

    'Take it easy' tee

    Choosing HappyFlex vinyl for the t-shirt slogan was another way of creating a three dimensional effect but this time we used a colour layering technique.

    Who can't resist a pink and orange? We are obsessed at the moment!

    HappyFlex is great for layering with as it has a smooth, thin finish which is great for creating staggered colours.

    Hayley drew her bubble writing and imported this into the computer to make it a completely unique design. It really is amazing to see your own hand writing come to life. 'Take it easy' is a relaxing slogan too for lounge wear, perfect for chilling at home in.

    Just look at these close ups of our makes!

    In our new video you can see the real comparison to our plain tee and jumper and how we transformed them. This was such an inspiring project to create as you can be as experimental with the dye and the vinyls. You can really make a completely unique t-shirt and you never know how the tie dye will turn out.

    That's the beauty of the dye and adding a personalised touch with vinyl writing or images. It can create a t-shirt that people will be asking you about time and time again. "where did you get that?".

    You can turn around and say you made it or up-cycled it.

    Check out our video below to see the behind the scenes of us making our dream outfits and to see them close up!

    What do you think?

    Enter our tie dye themed competitions here.

    There are some great prizes to be won!

  • Competition time!

    We have two Summer time competitions to enter where you can win some FABULOUS PRIZES! Sounds like something you would like to be involved in?

    Let us tell you more...

    COMPETITION- Summer tie dye vinyl project:

    Create your very own tie dye project personalised with a vinyl design. This could be a bag, hair accessory, a t-shirt, the possibilities are almost endless. We are super excited to see your entries.

    To enter tag us in a photo of your finished master piece and don't forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We will pick one lucky winner to win our prize bundle. Use our hash tag #HFSummerholiday so we can see your entries. (Entries accepted on Facebook and Instagram)

    The ultimate bundle Prize:

    • Blank tote bag and zip up pouch
    • 6 X A4 HappyFabric vinyl sheets of your choice
    • Vinyl cutting accessory pack ( Cutting mat, HappyWeeder tool and release paper)

    Competition closes: 21st August 2020 10am

    COMPETITION- Design your dream Summer tie dye t-shirt:

    Print our template and design your dream tie dye t-shirt with your personalised vinyl design. Whether you hand draw your design or collage it, we cannot wait to see what you create!

    To enter tag us in a photo of your fabulous design and make sure you are following us on either Facebook or Instagram. We will pick a favourite to win a prize which will make your dream tee come to life! Use our hash tag #HFSummerholiday so we can see your entries. (Entries accepted on Facebook and Instagram).

    Dream t-shirt bundle Prize:

    • A blank t-shirt
    • 3 X A4 HappyFabric vinyls of your choice
    • A tie dye kit (Choice of red, blue or green)

    Competition closes: 21st August 2020 10am

    T-shirt template:

    T&C's: This competition is open to UK entrants only. Adults and children's entries of all ages welcome. You can enter as many times as you would like. This competition is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook in any way. Entries only valid on Facebook and Instagram posts where we are tagged. Both competitions close 21st August 2020 10am and will be announced late afternoon.

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