This entry was posted on 14. January 2020
Handmade gift inspiration for men!
Guys can be hard enough to buy for- even harder to make for! Not everyone loves the frills and bows that crafters enjoy putting onto their makes...
but HappyFabric is for everyone, so we decided it's time to create some more masculine pieces! Here you can find 5 easy ideas for DIY mens gifts using
HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl.
'Reserved for' Pillow
This pillow could be personalised to suit any member of the family, or a friend that's always hogging "their spot" on the sofa. We used HappyFlex in White (1m roll) and cut the design using our Silhoutte Cameo 4 machine. Then, we simply removed the cushion from the cover, ironed on the design, and popped the cushion back inside. Ready to reserve!
Union Jack Laptop Case
Using HappyFlex in Blue, Signal Red and White (A4 sheets), I hand drew a Union Jack flag onto the back of the vinyl, and cut with scissors. I then pressed the vinyl using a heat press and greaseproof paper (layer by layer). I wanted the case to resemble a distressed or vintage style Union Jack design, so I folded and scratched a little at the vinyl; This will also help the case to age well, as it may not have stayed so beautiful and polished for long, being sat in a backpack/ transported often.
Personalised football key ring
Using some fabric scraps in the studio, I used HappyFlex in Black and HappyGlitter in Blue to decorate two circles, then they were hand sewn together and filled with cotton wool for stuffing. Then, simply add a key chain! Check out our full tutorial for this project here!
'Man stuff' wash bag
Save the frustration of 'can I just put this in your bag?' when you go on holiday! This would also work well for a pencil case. Here, we used HappyFlex and HappyFlock to add a little texture- the design was cut on the Silhouette Cameo 4 machine, although you could easily draw the lettering onto the back of the vinyl and cut out using scissors (TIP: if you do handcut, make sure to write backwards or flip a stencil so that your writing will be the correct way when pressed). Tutorials for hand drawing and cutting with HTV can be found on our blog.
Number 1 Dad flag
This felt flag can be personalised using HappyFabric HTV to suit any mancave- why not take it to a footie game to show they're not the only ones with fans?
There you have it! 5 easy men's gift ideas. For more ideas on how to use HTV for gifts or everyday textile items, read through our previous blog posts or visit our social media accounts such as
Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for some step-by-step tutorials!