Monthly Archives: March 2021

  • DIY Plant Pot slogan using HappyVinyl

    Ever wanted to add your own words or designs to a plant pot, vase or jar?

    Whether you are up-cycling a jam jar or decorating a plat pot as a gift, our New HappyVinyl can transform a simple item in your house into something expensive looking and unique. For today's project we are showing you how to add this Self-Adhesive HappyVinyl in simple steps. You will be labelling and decorating in no time!

    Grab your pot, vase or jar and let's get making!

    You will need:

    • A pot, vase or jar - (Clean, dry and oil free surface)
    1. First you want to measure your item to see how wide and tall you want the writing or design to be.

    2. We then opened Silhouette Studio which is a programme suited to Silhouette cutter machines. However, you could also use an alternative cutter such as Cricut or BrotherScanNCut. Type out your words or create your design. For HappyVinyl Self-Adhesive you do not need to mirror your design.

    3. Place your HappyVinyl colour side up onto the cutting machine mat and load this into the machine. Then send your design to be cut using the setting available on our Downloads page on our website.

    4. Once the Vinyl has been cut remove it from the machine and mat and in the light you should be able to see the cut lines. We cut around our design to save the rest of the vinyl for another project.

    5. Using a weeding tool take away the excess vinyl to reveal the design. This tool is SUPER handy!

    6. Using HappyVinyl Mask cut a piece out to fit over the design. Peel a corner away and start applying it on top of the HappyVinyl. Slowly peel the backing away until all the mask is applied. Use a squeegee to firmly press the tape onto your design.

    7. Next peel away the mask. The Vinyl should be stuck to this, if some areas haven't quite transferred you can use the squeegee to press firmly on these areas and try again.

    8. Place the Vinyl onto the pot in place and use the squeegee to push down on your design. Use a up and down motion making sure it is pressed onto the pot.

    9. Lastly, peel away the mask tape to see your design transferred to the pot.

    Tah Dah! You have a wonderful pot to display in your house amongst other plants or you may want to wrap it up as a gift for a loved one!

    We would love to see your creations with our HappyVinyl or Heat Transfer Vinyl, don't forget to tag us in your posts.

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  • LIVE :- Anna Spurling Design

    We are absolutely loving doing our LIVE chats on Instagram with lovely fellow creatives about their business. This week Marnie was joined by the lovely Anna Spurling who specialises in Textiles design for hair accessories and home textiles. Anna talks us through how she came to have such a signature style for her designs, working through lock down, being accepted as a Not of the High street Seller, and has a cheeky discount for her Etsy shop too (HAPPYFABRIC). Check it all out in the IGTV below.

  • DIY Easter Sign using HappyVinyl

    Fancy jazzing up your home or garden ready for Easter? Then it's time to hop this way! This is the ultimate Easter project to set the scene and make searching for those Chocolate eggs even more exciting. Let us show you exactly how we created it using our new Self-Adhesive HappyVinyl.

    You will need:

    Step 1: Create a design

    Here we are using Silhouette Studio to create our shapes and writing made up of circles and triangles. An alternative cutting machine programme such as Cricut or BrotherScanNCut can be used to cut our vinyl too.

    For hand cutting, you could also use a stencil to draw around, onto the back of the HappyVinyl.

    Step 2: Cut the design out

    Use a cutting machine or scissors to cut your designs out. HappyVinyl is placed colour side up onto a cutting mat. This means your design doesn't need mirroring like HTV does.

    For hand cutting make sure to draw onto the back of the vinyl make sure you mirror you flip your stencil before drawing. You don't want to end up with backwards writing once you flip the vinyl on its right side.

    3. Once the vinyl has been cut on a machine weed away the access vinyl to reveal the design. The Vinyl can then be peeled away from the backing and placed straight onto the wooden sign. Smooth each element with a squeegee.

    4. Apply one layer at a time to build up your design.

    The best way to transfer writing is to use HappyVinyl Mask tape. Simply peel away part of the tape and press onto the starting point of your design. Then slowly peel away the backing until the tape has been smoothly applied. Use a squeegee to press each letter down.

    Peel the mask away- this should result in your letters being stuck to the clear part of the tape. Place the writing sticky side down onto the project and smooth over with a squeegee. Once all the letters have been firmly pressed over, peel the mask away to reveal it stuck to the project.

    Look how cute it is! It's ready to add to the house or garden and the hunt can begin! What's amazing about HappyVinyl is that it can be stuck to almost any hard surface. Just make sure it's clean, dry and oil free. Apply it to glass, Plastic, wood and more!

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  • Instagram LIVE with HouseOfOwls

    How lovely to have a catch up with the wire artist Lorraine from House Of Owls . We had a chat about How Lorraine started out her business, her inspirations and how she has kept going throughout lock down. Catch it below on IGTV. Be sure to watch till the end for a special House of Owls Discount.

  • Instagram LIVE with The Sewcial Circle

    Join us for a crafty catch up with Katie from The Sewcial Circle. From Pom pom making, sewing kits, workshops and more, watch along with out Q&A. We hope you enjoy watching!

  • DIY Spring Bunting using HTV

    HOORAY, Spring is on it's way! To celebrate the flowers blooming, Easter around the corner and warmer weather we have created this fun bunting tutorial. It's a great way to decorate your home and add a pop of colour to a room.

    Are you decorating for Spring?

    Why not make your bunting Birthday, floral or personal using HappyFabric HTV.

    Let's get started...

    You will need:

    1. Create triangle shapes to match the inner edge of the bunting. We created our triangles 9cm across and 11cm down to the point. This will create a white fabric frame around the vinyl once pressed onto the bunting. We then added the letters to the middle of the triangles and changed these to the colour of each vinyl. Make sure you mirror or flip the letters horizontally as HTV always needs to be cut into the back (non shiny side).

    2. First add the triangles and letters to the cutting machine design programme (we are using Silhouette Studio) for the first colour of vinyl. For example, here we have added the 'H, O, I" to cut in Magenta Pink HappyFlock.

    3. Add the vinyl shiny side down onto the mat and cut the design. Repeat this process with each triangle and letter until you have all the colours cut on your machine.

    4. Use a weeder tool to take each letter out of the triangle and create the outer shape. You may need to bend the vinyl slightly in the light to see the cut markings in order to weed the vinyl effectively.

    5. Pre-press the fabric to eliminate all creases and moisture. Then add the vinyl in place shiny side up and place HappyRelease or Greaseproof paper on top.

    6. Press for 10 seconds at 150 degrees/ 2 dot setting with a heat press or an iron. Make sure every part of the shape gets even, firm heat.

    7. Once HappyFlex is fairly cooled peel away the clear carrier to reveal the vinyl texture. For HappyFlock peel the carrier once completely cooled.

    8. Repeat the pressing and peeling steps until you have your whole design reading "Hello Spring".

    Now it's ready to add to a room full of Spring decor to create a cosy feel. Why not try out a different slogan or create personalised decor for a Birthday too! Choose your own colours and design to make it exactly how you visioned.

    Don't forget to tag us in your photos of your creations as we love to see what you have been making! You can find us on:

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  • Maker Swap Online Event

    Our Maker Online Event 2021 has spread the creativity of handmade with talented makers including Pot Punk, Bunny and Bloom Crafts, Creative Pursuit and Crafty Sew and So, all joining us for our exciting week.

    Watch our tutorials including combining ceramics, embroidery and fabrics with our HappyFabric Vinyl. Also check out our exclusive interviews to learn more about how they got started in their speciality craft.

    Pot Punk

    Henry from Pot Punk, Henry designs and creates wonderful ceramic pieces from vases to mugs available on his website. Henry releases pieces every few weeks, so keep an eye out for his next release. You may recognise him from the Channel 4's Great Pottery Showdown.

    Handmade vase decorated with HappyVinyl

    Watch our full Vase making video tutorial and exclusive interview below

    Bunny and Bloom Crafts

    Hope designs the most beautiful DIY embroidery kits with nature inspired designs and joyful colours on her online Etsy store. Find out more about Hope's latest new products in our Maker Swap video.

    Decorative HTV and embroidered Banner

    Watch our full Banner making video tutorial and exclusive interview below

    Kreative Pursuit

    Shikira is a leading Print and Surface pattern designer, teaches craft workshops for parties and events. Watch our project come to life through embroidery and vinyl prints in our video.

    Decorative HTV, applique and embroidered Tote Bag

    Watch our full Tote bag making video tutorial and exclusive interview below

    Crafty Sew and So

    Sarah, Freya and team Crafty Sew and So have a shop in Leicester, UK and an online store full of Fabric and Crafts. They also run a variety of award winning workshops! Watch our collaborative sewing with vinyl decoration tutorial in our video.

    Handmade Make-up Bag with HTV decoration

    Watch our full Make-up bag video tutorial and exclusive interview below


    We hope you enjoyed watching and feel super inspired to get making and combining techniques for your next project!

    HappyFabric Craft products used:

    Heat Transfer Vinyl:

    Self-Adhesive Vinyl (Sign Vinyl)

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    Accessories:

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  • Instagram LIVE :- Emily Dawe

    Dont't you just feel so much better after you have had a chat with a fellow like minded Crafter? Catch our instgram LIVE below with our crafter Marnie and the lovely Emily Dawe. They talk all things crafty. From Calligraphy workshops, Heat Transfer Vinyl projects, Motherhood Struggles and working self employed. Thanks for watching!

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