Monthly Archives: November 2020

  • Crafting with our Santa Sack HTV kit

    It's a month until Christmas which means festive prep is definitely well under way. Personalising gifts, jumpers and sacks this Christmas is definitely a winner to adding a special touch of happiness.

    We have put together the ultimate kit to fill your time with mindful and fun crafting, whilst creating a gift for yourself or a loved one! Our Santa Sack HTV kit can be tailored to your favourite HTV colours, by picking each colour online and choosing how many sacks you need. The kit contains everything you need to create a unique gift wrap which can be re-used year after year. What's great is there is enough HTV to create even more festive projects in each kit.

    Here are a few amazing Santa Sacks which we sent to wonderful creatives which we just have to share with you! *heart eyes*

    @SteelandStitch

    Emma Friedlander-Collins' work is wondefully curated into beautiful craft ideas from crochet to up-cycle projects which echo colour and consideration. We love her use of materials and ideas, show casing a unique approach to creating playful projects, from jumper up-cycling to embellished cushions.

    Emma created this layered cat design using HappyFlock and HappyGlitter for her Santa Sack and we are in love! The little party hats and bow ties add the finishing touch to making a special wrap for a cat lover. We are definitely FELINE FESTIVE with this design!

    @Sewinthegarden

    Georgina is a sewer who creates gorgeous dresses, tops and more for her me-made wardrobe. Her love for the outdoors and her garden is seen throughout her photography of her creative journey. Georgina also spends a lot of time in her garden growing lots of home-grown vegetables for yummy dinners!

    How adorable is this Nutcracker Santa Sack created using HappyFlex and HappyGlitter HTV? Georgina has put together layers of HTV using a cutting machine to get intricate details. We love the added touch of the holly in each corner too!

    @carrie_can_make_it

    Carrie is a self taught sewist, and all round crafter making projects from cute tote bags to flawlessly finished raincoats. Her creativity also flows into baking yummy cakes and scones. Carrie has recently started a YouTube channel with sewing and craft tutorials which people can enjoy watching along with at home.

    Carrie created this merry Santa Sack with adorable added sparkly buttons and stars perfect for a crafter. She created this sack for herself, everyone deserves to treat themselves to something and it also adds a great decoration to a home this festive season.

    Check out Carries review of our Santa Sack kit and the behind the scenes of her making it in her latest video.

    @jennifergwinnorton

    Jennifer loves homewares, knitting, sewing and crafting. Her beautiful styling of clothing gives everyone inspiring ideas on how to put outfits together. A fabulous project includes her mens jeans to dungaree dress refashion with a contrasting pattern.

    Here is Jennifer's totally loveable Santa Sack created in pastel HappyFlex shades with vintage gold HappyGlitter details. Jennifer hand cut this design creating a drawn template to draw around. We can't get over how adorable the little deer are!

    @mrsmack_metime

    Claire Mackaness is a self taught craftsperson who teaches her brilliant sewing and craft skills in workshops online and in person. From crocheting to dress making she is always making something new and quirky. Claire creates projects from Vinyl crafts to crochet bags.

    We can't get enough of the amazing sparkly bow which glistens leading to the snowman tag adding an adorable feature finishing Claire's unique design. Now it's time to fill it with some personalised gifts!

    @happyfabric.uk

    We created 3 different hand cut designs using our Santa Sack HTV kit which show even more ideas on how you can add a personalised finish using HTV. We hope that you feel inspired by just a few different ideas you could create.

    Check out our videos to see the step by steps on how we made them here:

    How will you decorate yours?

    We have 10% off all our HTV bundles and kits online today only!

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    Valid until Midnight 25/11/20

  • How to: Personalise a giant stocking with HTV

    We are going all out for Christmas this year and what better way to do it than with a giant personalised Christmas stocking! One of our favourite things about Christmas is crafting up decorations to make us feel all jolly and festive! It brings happiness to a home!

    When we saw this giant stocking online at HobbyCraft, we just had to decorate it with fabulously coloured Heat Transfer Vinyl.

    Here is what we created...

    Sparkly Christmas writing, festive bright colours and a design that was very fun to create! Let us show you the steps we took to create it...You could create your very own in different colours, effects, with a personalised name or funny slogan!

    You will need:

    1. Create your first layer design on your vinyl cutting machine programme. We are using Silhouette Studio for our Silhouette Cameo 4 machine.

    2. Place the vinyl shiny side down onto the cutting mat and feed this into the machine. Make sure you select the correct settings for your chosen vinyl. We created this wreath using Lime HappyFlock HTV.

    3. Weed out your design to reveal the cut shapes like the photo above.

    You can also cut out other shapes and words you would like to add too.

    We cut each part of the design separately in different HTV colours and effects. We cannot wait to show you what it all looks like pressed onto the stocking!

    Remember to mirror your design before cutting HTV. This is because you will always need to cut into the back of the vinyl.

    Let's get pressing...

    4. Pre-press your fabric before adding the vinyl. This will eliminate the creases and moisture, creating the perfect surface to add the vinyl to. Add your wreath shiny side up onto the stocking and place greaseproof paper on top.

    5. Press HappyFlock for 15 seconds at 165 degrees. We are using our Happypress 4 Auto-open. If you are using an iron press with even pressure across the design making sure every part of the vinyl has received 15 seconds of heat.

    6. Once the HappyFlock is cool to touch, peel away the carrier to reveal the amazing velvet -like finish.

    7. Continue the pressing and peeling process one layer at a time. Make sure you are using the correct settings for each vinyl type. This can be found on our DIY instruction sheet.

    Here is our giant stocking! It's so big that it fills the office wall with a statement to Christmas. We adore this colour combination for a bit of a brighter feel giving us a jolly, jingly Christmas.

    Imagine this hung on the lounge matelpiece or at the end of the bed. You also could add an initial in the middle of the wreath and match the colours with your Christmas theme!

    Don't forget to tag us in your Christmas HTV creations as we love to see them and you never know we may feature you in our next blog post!

    Check out our range of colours and effects on our website.

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  • Creating a Unique Winter Sweater with HTV

    If you're wanting to add a unique pizazz to your wardrobe with HTV, we have the project for you. Whether you want to up-cycle a sweatshirt you never thought you would wear again, or you want to make something from scratch, we have created a little tutorial video for you.

    Grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax and read more about what inspired us and watch the behind the scenes...

    As it is well into Winter and let's face it, the British weather is very unpredictable, a warm sweatshirt is definitely a wardrobe staple. We decided to sew our own sweatshirt as they can be worn all year round with so many outfits. We were kindly gifted the new Billie pattern by Tilly and the Buttons and we knew this would be a great project to personalise. With an instant excitement of choosing fabric, and a knock at the door from the postie with our package, the sewing could commence.

    Hayley really enjoyed sewing each pattern piece, learning new skills on the way. It's amazing to see how the sweater comes together and once it's completed you just want to make more, in every colour possible. The fabric was so lovely and soft, fairly light and a beautiful colour! AND we cannot believe how well it matched to the gorgeous graphic heart cuffs which we could not resist.

    Here is the final jumper, woohoo! It was the perfect blank canvas for adding some beautiful HTV colours.

    Next up it was time to get planning the personalisation. Hayley knew she wanted to add something to the front, something simple to finish the jumper off. This is the moodboard she put together with the cuffs inspiring heart shapes and contrasting colours. We love starting off with a moodboard especially with the inspiration you can find on Pinterest. Love hearts are always around and bring joy for all ages!

    When Hayley routed through the range of HappyFabric HTV colours (a hard choice) she instantly was drawn to the two colours in the cuff design that matched so perfectly! It was quite literally a match made in heaven. Choosing HappyFlock with a velvety texture really has completed the jumper with a luxury, soft feel. The final colours chosen were Fluo Orange and Pastel Pink. *Heart eyes*

    So here's the moment you have all been waiting for... Tah Dah!

    The hand cut Flock hearts have really transformed the sweatshirt into Hayley's dream jumper. With a textured finish and matching sleeves, we really think it looks better than shop bought! No one will ever have the exact same jumper! But wait...the fun doesn't have to stop there. Hayley added some more HTV to a tote bag to match the outfit, how cute! And that is definitely something you cannot buy anywhere else!

    HTV colours used for the totebag: HappyFlock: Fluo Orange & Pastel Pink, HappyFlex: Royal Blue

    Check out our video here to watch the step by step tutorial on how to make your very own contrasting HTV heart design sweater. You may want to add this type of design to other textiles projects such as wall hangings, cushions, trainers or bags...

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    Products used links:

    Vinyl personalisation- HappyFabric HTV- from HappyFabric UK

    Billie Sweatshirt pattern- from Tilly and the Buttons * gifted item

    Fabric and thread- from Minerva

    Cuffs- from Sister Mintaka

  • HTV Christmas jumper ideas

    Created by Christine from @sewyeah on a visit at HappyFabric HQ

    It's Christmas jumper season, WOOHOO! There's nothing like wearing a snuggly, comfy jumper that gets you in the festive mood, especially when it's personalised the way you like it!

    We are so excited to share with you just a few of our favourite jumpers which are perfect to create at home, over a zoom call with your work pals or to have a family competition.

    There's a variety of project ideas including designs you can cut with scissors as well as cutting machines such as Silhouette, Cricut or Brother ScanNCut. Then simply use an iron or heat press to attach it to your jumper.

    Find our DIY instructions here.

    Let's show you just a few of our ultimate favourite festive jumpers...

    Hand cut HappyGlitter HTV letters:

    • We love how these pastel shades work so well against the bright red fabric!
    • Use a stencil to draw around onto the shiny (glossy) side of the vinyl. A marker pen works really well for this.
    • Then cut your letters out with scissors.

    Hand cut HTV abstract holly created by @sewyeah:

    • Christine from Sew Yeah hand cut a variety of HTV effects including HappyGlitter, HappyFashion, HappyFlex and HappyFlock.
    • Then she arranged these to create an all over design. It's super crafty and also uses up all your scraps! How beautiful are her colour choices?

    Silhouette cut HappyFlex HTV Christmas design:

    • This is the perfect jumper to wear to pick up your Christmas tree or to wear while you are decorating it.
    • Hand draw or download a design online and cut different elements out in different colours of HTV.
    • Watch a whole scene come together with intricate detail.

    Hand cut HTV Christmas lights:

    • Christine from Sew Yeah also up-cycled this fabulous lights jumper above, using a variety of vinyl effects.
    • Simply cut a long wiggly line which you could create in sections.
    • Then cut the tops of the bulbs and then finish with a sparkly bulb.
    • We love how each bulb stands out on this striped fabric!

    Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree:

    • Simple layers can really create an impact especially using different tones of green!
    • Cut out each layer of your design and press and peel one layer at a time.
    • Decorate your tree with extra glitz and baubles. Use HappyGlitter or HappyFlock, take the plastic carrier off the vinyl and hole punch shapes.
    • If you love pastel colours, why not create a sugar plum style jumper?
    • This jumper was hand cut using our template in our new Craftmas guide. This booklet includes lots of festive project tutorials and inspiration from Cushions to wall hangings.

    Beautiful HTV baubles with added embroidery:

    • Sophia from @sew__jessalli created this amazing jumper full of HappyGlitter shapes and beautiful embroidered details.
    • The appliqué and HappyFabric HTV together create a 3D, playful texture.

    Silhouette cut HTV Christmas scene:

    • There was no stopping us up-cycling this sequin jumper decorated with this magical scene from Christmas Eve.
    • Use larger rolls of vinyl to create a statement design like this Christmas scene.
    • Include every detail from windows to the decorative sleigh. We used HappyFlex Silver for this silhouette.

    Glittery goodness:

    Hole punch HTV stars:

    • A jumper that is so simple to create! The stars are a fun and amazing effect to add to your jumper using HappyGlitter.
    • Simply peel away the plastic carrier from the glitter and use a hole punch to create cut shapes.
    • Arrange into shapes such as a Christmas tree or wreath or maybe all over.

    Animal lovers jumpers:

    • What an adorable Festive feline jumper created by Joy from @pinkcoatclub. It has the most adorable sparkly HappyGlitter hat too!
    • Make your Christmas jumper even more personal by adding your favourite pet, animal or a simple reindeer and get them dressed up for the season.

    Traditional reindeer with a red nose:

    • Outlining a design is a great way to show the fabric through your design, like this reindeer head.
    • Why not combine different vinyl effects like HappyGlitter and HappyFlock to create texture and sparkle?

    What Christmas jumper will you make this year with HTV?

    Don't forget to tag us in your creations on our Facebook or Instagram as we love to see what you've been creating!

    Check out all our HTV colours and effects online at www.happyfabric.co.uk

    Christmas kits and bundles are available here.

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  • How to: Christmas letter holder using HappyFabric vinyl

    Let's Deck the halls with a festive feature for your home adding a handy storage area for Father Christmas' letters. Not only can you keep them safely tucked away but it can also take pride of place in the living room or hall way.

    Did you know you can add our vinyls to crafting wood such as this plain plywood letter box?

    This little letter box has a great flat surface to add some vinyls to the front. Whether it's for Christmas decor, a house warming gift or to keep your office organised, the options for personalisation are endless!

    With this tutorial you will be well away adding vinyls to your crafting wood whether it's using a cutting machine, hole punch or scissors to cut the vinyl. You could also choose from our wide range of colours and effects to match your home colour scheme!

    We have chosen some gorgeous HappyGlitter vinyls to include some glimmer and shine for the festive season.

    • Weeding tool (optional)
    • Star hole punches (optional, ours are from HobbyCraft)

    Let's get started...

    1. Measure the area you want your design to be pressed. Make sure this a flat surface where an iron can fit.

    2. Type out your lettering on your cutting machine programme in your chosen size. Flip this horizontally as you will be cutting into the back of the vinyl. Make sure you change the settings to suit your vinyl choice. For example we have chosen 'Heat transfer glitter' in our Silhouette Studio programme.

    3. Place your vinyl shiny side down onto the mat and load this into your cutting machine. Send your design to cut.

    4. Once your vinyl is cut you can roughly cut around your design saving the left over vinyl for a different project. Using a weeding tool peel away the background revealing the lettering. Then make sure you weed out any details within the lettering like the loops in letters.

    5. Add your vinyl design to the letter box shiny side facing you. Place greaseproof paper on top and press with an iron (2 dot setting) for 10-15 seconds in sections making sure each letter gets even heat.

    6. Carefully peel away the plastic carrier while warm, making sure the letters have attached. If a few letters haven't quite stuck, this means it needs a little more heat. Simply add the greaseproof paper on top and press again for a few more seconds.

    7. To add a little pop of colour we peeled away the carrier off of the vinyl and used 2 different sized star hole punches. This created the perfect stars to add either side of the writing.

    8. Press each star for 10 seconds (2 dot setting).

    It's finished!! Now you can bring joyful character to a room along with some dazzling decorations. It really does get you into the spirit and excitement to come!

  • How To:- HTV HobbyCraft Blank Advent Calendar

    It may only be November but some Christmas Crafting has to start early in readiness for the Christmas countdown come December. Follow our step by step tutorial to create our beautifully scalloped advent calendar, using our fabulously fuzzy HappyFlock.

    What you will need...

    1 First of all you must always pre-heat your iron. As we are using HappyFlock we will be setting the temperature slightly higher at 165degrees. Be sure to also give your advent calendar a good press with NO STEAM. giving the advent calendar a pre press will remove the moisture from the fabric which will allow the vinyl to adhere.

    2. Once you have given everything a pre press measure how big the pockets are width ways. This will be your measurement to create the scallop trim at the top of your pocket.

    3. Once you have your measurement draw a rectangle which will be about a inch in height. Then along one of the longer edges use something small and round to draw around to create the scallop detail. We have used a cotton reel. Repeat this shape on all of your coloured vinyl's for every pocket.

    4. Once you have drawn our all of your scallop trims, cut them out and place them onto the Advent Calendar.

    5. Once you are happy with the order of the colour etc fuse into place. Make sure that you use release paper between the iron and the vinyl. This will protect your vinyl from direct heat. When fusing the vinyl be sure to apply firm pressure to the iron for the recommended time. For HappyFlock this is 15-20secs.

    6. Once you have fused all the vinyl's allow it to cool before peeling away the plastic carrier. Once peeled away it with reveal the fabulously fuzzy HappyFlock.

    7. Now its time to create the number for each pocket. Decide what colours you would like each number to be, I used scrap vinyl to help me envisage how the colours will look under different coloured scallops.

    8. When you have decide on definite colours, grab your vinyls, stencil, pen and scissors. Flip your stencil over so it reads in reverse along with your vinyl ( you will draw on the matt side of the vinyl.) and draw your letters on like so...

    9. Cut all of your numbers out. Once you have cut all your numbers out repeat the fusing technique onto your Caldendar, and enjoy the peely peely part to reveal your beautiful numbers.

    10. Hang your HappyFlock Masterpiece up with pride and fill it with your favourite treats ready for the Holly Joy Season.

    I hope your enjoyed our Tutorial and that it has inspired you to create your very own advent calendar to keep for every year. Tell me, what do you fill your advent calendar with? This year we are filling it with a beautiful selection of our vinyls!

    Much Love, and Merry Christmas x

  • Claire Mackaness crafting with HappyFabric HTV

    Let's kick start this week with a guest blog all about the wonderful Claire Mackaness. Claire is a self taught craftsperson based in Brentwood, Essex.  She specialises in making ‘Beautiful Things’ as gifts for you and your home. Claire shares her skills and techniques in her fun classes and workshops.

    We first met Claire at the well known 'Knitting and Stitching Show' London, earlier in the year. Chatting all things crafty with Claire, she mentioned her exciting plan to create a rainbow project in neon HTV colours. Anyone who knows us well, will know we adore a rainbow project, from glittery trainers to wall hangings.

    Claire later transformed a t-shirt and pair of joggers, showing how the vinyl can be hand and machine cut, creating this beautiful rainbow design!

    Look at that amazing finish using our fabulously bright Fluo HTV bundle.

    Since our last show, the months have whizzed past and suddenly we are just over a month away until Christmas! This is a very exciting time to craft and make wonderful decorations and gifts. It's the perfect excuse to find time to relax and learn something new, especially as we are spending more time at home.

    We sent Claire our brand NEW Santa Sack HTV Kit which we launched just over a week ago, WOOHOO! As you may know it includes everything you need to personalise and create your own Santa Sack.

    Here are Claire's chosen colours above, which remind us of a dreamy, pastel Winter Wonderland!

    What's great about our kit is that there are pre-cut vinyl designs included, which is a great way to start personalising your sack! Claire shared with us her decorated Santa Sack and we are obsessed with her sparkly bow and little snowman design!

    We are so pleased Claire enjoyed using our kit, testing out hand cutting our vinyl as well as layering techniques! The beautiful Green HappyGlitter bow really glistens, giving us the ultimate festive feel. And we can't forget the little snowman tag, adding an adorable feature finishing Claire's unique design. No one else will have the same Santa Sack making it a special keepsake and gift to fill with lots of goodies!

    Check out Claire's social channels for more fun crafty projects!

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    Check out out Christmas HTV Kits online.

  • How to:- Create and decorate your own Christmas Tree Wall Hanging.

    When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, do you like it to be done in a particular way? Do you rearrange what the kids have done once they head for bed? Well stress no more! The kids can have their very own Christmas Tree to decorate while you get on with the big boy!

    Don't forget to add the star or angel.

    What you will need...

    • HappyPress4/Iron
    • HappyFlock - Green (Tree)
    • HappyGlitter - Brown (Pot)
    • Ready made Felt Decorations.
    • Sticky back Velcro
    • 1metre of calico
    • Sewing machine

    Begin by having all of your materials to hand, and pre heating your iron or HappyPress4 to 165 Degrees, which is the 2 dot setting on your domestic Iron.

    Cut your calico into a banner shape have ever large you want it to be.

    When you are happy with the shape hem around the edges to make the banner look lovely and neat.

    Hem your Banner

    Fold the top edge over and sew another seam leaving enough gap to slide some wooden dowel through for the banner to hang from.

    Give the banner a pre press to remove all the moisture from the fabric before starting to fuse your vinyl.

    Lay the banner out flat and then lay your green vinyl on the top. With a marker pen draw out the shape of your Christmas tree.

    Once you are happy with your Christmas tree shape cut it out.

    Then fuse onto the banner.

    Once the whole tree has been fused into place, peel away the plastic carrier sheet on your HappyFlock. This will reveal you fuzzy HappyFlock underneath.

    Now is the time to grab the felt decorations that you may have decorated in the past. Lay them on to the Christmas to get an idea of where the Velcro should go on your tree.

    Begin to add the Velcro in place of the decorations and stick one side down.

    Add the other side of the Velcro onto the back of the decorations. Don't forget your Star at the top of the tree.

    Add any extras that you might want like stars for the background or a HappyGlitter Pot for extra sparkle.

    And there you have it! A great way to keep the little hands away from your perfectly decorated tree. And the great thing about it is, that the kids can change it up when ever they get bored.

    We would love to see what decorations and tree banners you create so be sure to tag us and send us pictures of your Christmas master pieces!

  • How to: Personalised memory scrapbook

    A personalised memory scrap book is a great way to record and craft up thoughts, ideas and memories. We decided to personalise this scrap book to record memories of 2020, as many of us have and are spending more time at home due to the lockdown. This could be filled with Children's drawings, photos and important memories of the year.

    Whether you've been baking, crafting, gardening or having a daily walk. This little book could be a diary for the year to look back on.

    For this project you will need:

    1. If you are using a cutting machine, start by creating your design. We added 'Lockdown memories' and mirrored this as we will be cutting into the back (non shiny side) of the vinyl. We added the vinyl shiny side down onto the mat and cut this out of the black HappyFlock.

    2. We also created a rainbow design ready to cut each arch separately using the different HappyFlex rainbow colours.

    3. We cut one arch at a time on our Silhouette Cameo 4 machine.

    4. Once cut we used a weeding tool to peel away the excess vinyl and reveal the arch shapes.

    5. Next we placed the first arch onto the book shiny side up, added greaseproof paper on top and pressed this with an iron.

    Pressing-

    Time: 10 seconds across the design in sections

    Temperature: 150 degrees/ 2 dot setting.

    6. Peel the carrier away before pressing the next layer.

    7. Repeat the pressing and peeling stages until you have a full rainbow.

    Here is what the rainbow will look like altogether. We love these colours and the smooth finish on the book.

    8. Next add the last part of the design shiny side up. We chose to cut each 'Lockdown' letter separately to create an arched shape around the rainbow. As we chose to use HappyFlock for the writing we pressed each letter for 15 seconds at 165 degrees.

    9. Once cool to touch we peeled away the carrier from each HappyFlock letter, revealing a velvety texture.

    Tah Dah! Here it is ready to add photos, drawings and things learnt during lockdown. Maybe it will help plan projects you want to create. For example you could create a project or drawing a day on each page. It is something to fill and keep busy crafting with.

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