Crafting using Heat Transfer (Iron-On) Vinyl

  • How to: Hand cut HappyFabric vinyl video

    Have you watched our hand cut tutorial video? It's got tips and tricks for using stencils to hand cut our vinyls.

    We also have a free template so you can make your very own.

    Here is the free template for you to copy and print off at home. You could create your very own lemon print onto your next project.

    Download our PDF template here.

  • June inspiration: Slogan tees

    Slogan t-shirts have to be one of the ultimate ways to personalise an outfit. Whether it's sewing or horoscope related, a fabulous quote or nickname, it transforms an outfit from 'wow' to 'wow, where did you get that top?!'.

    We love all of your HappyFabric slogan tee creations and couldn't resist sharing a few with you that have a variety of design ideas. They all look really fabulous on each creator and are inspiring us to make and up-cycle more from our wardrobe!

    We have linked all the lovely creators instagrams so you can see even more of their fun projects online.

    How awesome is this 'Girl gang' t-shirt created and designed by @selfassemblyrequired? Emily's use of wording inside an image is super effective, creating a fashionable, personalised outfit! It's created a stand out silhouette that would suit every item of clothing in your wardrobe.

    Look at the beautiful match between vinyl and leopard print fabric for @sew.craft.megan 's handmade t-shirt. We love Megan's choice of patterned fabric with swirly, calligraphy style HappyFlock lettering. Especially, with a positive message, it really does make us happy!

    This t-shirt is definitely something to roar about! Kara from @acreativeescape created this fun top for her son and he was over the moon about it (and so are we). We love how Kara has placed the HappyFlex slogan into the dino jaw with explorer style lettering, it's so creative!

    We are obsessing over @nerrisapratt 's outfit combination. Nerrisa created this dreamy, sewist's top in HappyFlock, perfect for a sew and tell meet up. We love the stylised, rounded font that stands out against the grey fabric! Nerrisa has also paired the tee with a beautiful, colour popping skirt and we are here for it!

    Georgina from @sewinthegarden came into the HappyFabric studio for a fun filled day of crafting. This is one of four of her fabulous creations she made on the day! Georgina finished this me-made garment with 'Seamstress', choosing two gorgeous HappyFlex vinyl colours for a 3D shadow effect! We think it works perfectly against the blue fabric. Check out her instagram to what else Georgina created.

    Carrie from @carrie_can_make_it created this sparkly HappyGlitter 'Mama' bear tee. The lettering is super effective cut inside the bear shape, bringing the fabric colour through. It's created a beautiful, proud Mama outfit and the most adorable photo!

    'Don't quit your daydream'.

    We could spend all day admiring the details in @Paigejoannaa 's dreamy tee. Paige has used HappyFlex layered up, creating a beautiful pastel scene behind her bubbly writing, matching her bubbly personality. We do love an inspiring quote, especially when it can be worn everyday! Check out more of Paige's brilliant crafty projects on her YouTube channel and on her blog.

    This is the ultimate t-shirt for the bearded guys out there! The contrast of bold, block HappyFlex lettering with the 'outta' opposing black square, creates a statement tee ready for any personalised quote. The moustache at the bottom definitely finishes it off.

    Look at this little lovely in her Pastel Pink HappyFlock top created by @life.of.moo. This is one of our new vinyl colours along with 'Mint' and it works beautifully for Children's clothing! Marnie has used a calligraphy style font, for her slogan and paired the top with a beautiful layered skirt/dress, which matches perfectly. How adorable!

    Sophia from @sew__jessalli created this fab staple HappyFlex tee, with amazing elongated lettering, reading 'Be creative'. It's the perfect everyday tee, motivating everyone to keep up their creativity and doesn't Sophia look so stylish too? It's inspired us to make one of our own for all our crafting activities!

    We love this t-shirt created by Claudine from @iron_lamb it's such a fun idea! Claudine was inspired by the way the word 'Crochet' looked in different languages. So she decided to create this tee with the word 'Crochet' repeated in a variety of different languages. We can't not mention the amazing combination of pink HappyFlex against red fabric too!

    To all the cat Mama's out there, you know how much we love a personalised cat make. Sarah from @likesewamazing not only has the sweetest cat, she also has the perfect top to show off her title. Created in HappyFlex, Sarah's wonderful cat design matches with her sleeve and neckline fabric too. Could this outfit/ photograph be any more perfect?

    You have reached level 9 of t-shirt making! Emma from @thezipperfoot created this playful tee using a variety of vinyls layered up. This was the perfect gift for her 9 year old. Emma makes a Birthday t-shirt every year for a keepsake which is one of the greatest ideas ever! We love the design of this one as it's well suited to his 9th Birthday but could also be worn all year round. We can't wait to see this years one!

    We hope you have been as inspired as us to create a slogan tee whether it's an up-cycle project, handmade t-shirt or a personalised gift, there's definitely something very special about making your very own.

    Don't forget to tag us in your makes so we can see your wonderful creations and share them!

    For more crafty project ideas check out our other blog posts here.

    What slogan tee will you create next?

  • Troubleshooting: Extra tips and tricks for HTV

    Extra pressing and peeling tips for using heat transfer vinyl.

    Pressing:

    • Always pre-press your fabric first to make sure the creases and moisture are eliminated from the fabric. This will give the vinyl a great surface to attach to.
    • If you are unsure on the fabric, test a small area with a piece of vinyl to see if you like the finish as we have a variety of effects.
    • Press onto a hard, even, flat surface. If you are using an iron or a hand held press, try to use firm, even pressure.
    • We recommend using greaseproof paper on top of your design when pressing. This protects your press/iron and vinyl, especially when layering designs together.
    • Make sure all the edges of your design have had even heat.
    • Pay attention to the edges of the vinyl if you are using an iron. As an iron has less of a surface area, some edges and parts of the design can sometimes be missed.

    Peeling:

    • If the vinyl hasn't quite stuck when peeling the carrier away, add greaseproof paper on top and press again as this area hasn't had enough heat. Different presses and irons can vary very slightly.
    • If the vinyl isn't peeling as smooth as it should, then you may need to leave it to cool and then peel it away.
    • If you are layering a design, remember to peel away the plastic carrier before adding the next layer.
    • Optional: Once you have peeled the plastic carrier away from the vinyl, if needed, you can add greaseproof paper on top and give it a final press to make sure every edge has had the heat. Be-careful with high heat settings being added for too long as you do not want to melt the vinyl. You could lower the temperature and press for a few seconds, just for a final press.

    Washing/ ironing:

    • Leave for 2 days before washing so that the vinyl can settle onto the fabric.
    • Wash and iron inside out.

    For more FAQ's visit out page here.

  • How to create a hair clip using HappyFabric vinyl

    We've been dreaming of sparkly, terrazzo style hair clips over the past month or so and have decided to make it happen. We found some scrap felt and decided to go for it with some amazing vinyl colours.

    These are the perfect colours for the nude, pastel trend including a bit of glitter and shine.

    For this hair clip design, you will need:

    -HappyFlex Pink, Rose gold

    -HappyGlitter Vintage gold, White

    -Scissors

    -Felt

    -Iron

    -Greaseproof paper

    -Hair clip

    -Glue/ glue gun

    Step 1: Cut random small shapes in each vinyl colour apart from the Rose Gold. You can't go wrong as each shape can be a completely different shape.

    Cut the Rose gold into the size and shape you would like your hair clip to be. We cut ours into a rectangular shape.

    Step 2: Add your Rose gold strip shiny side up and press with greaseproof paper on top for 10 seconds across the strip. Make sure the iron is on the 2 dot temperature setting with no steam.

    Step 3: Next add the HappyFlex pink shapes shiny side up in a random, scattered pattern.

    Step 4: Peel the plastic carriers off of each shape once cool to touch.

    Step 5: Add the next layer of shapes and press using the same process.

    Step 6: Peel the plastic carriers off and then repeat the pressing and peeling steps with the next layer.

    Step 7: Cut around the shape to neaten up all the edges.

    Step 8: Glue your clip to the felt making sure the open end can be parted when trying on the clip.

    Once the glue is dry, you can try it on! There are so many ways you can wear them. What's great is you can create them in the exact colour combination and style that suits you!

  • How to: Make a rosette using felt and HappyFabric vinyl

    As you know Father's Day is around the corner which means a special craft can be made for a Father or Grandad. We have created this adorable 'Best Grandad' rosette for him to wear proudly all year round!

    We thought this rosette would be great to pin to white card to make into a special card and present in one. He can then detach the pin badge and keep this to look back at.

    You will need:

    -HappyFlex Gold

    -Optional: HappyGlitter Vintage gold for the stars and a hole punch

    -Felt

    -Drinking glass to draw around

    -Pen, ruler, scissors, glue (or glue gun)

    -Greaseproof paper

    -Iron

    -Cutting machine or a stencil to draw your lettering

    Step 1: Use your glass to draw 2 circles onto the felt.

    Step 2: Cut around your shapes using scissors.

    Step 3: Use a ruler to draw your ribbon shapes and cut these out.

    Step 3: Glue your ribbon pieces to the back of one circle. Then glue your second circle on top of this.

    Step 4: Measure your circle to decide on how wide you would like your lettering.

    Step 5: Type your lettering out and flip it horizontally.

    If you are hand cutting the vinyl use a stencil to draw around onto the back (non shiny side of the vinyl). Be sure to flip the letters so they are backwards when drawing them out.

    Step 6: Cut your words out using a cutting machine (lay vinyl shiny side down onto the mat).

    If you are hand cutting make sure all the pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid any marks transferring to the felt.

    Step 7: If you have used a machine to cut your design, weed out the access vinyl to reveal the lettering. We decided we quite liked the reverse block style instead of the individual letters.

    Pre-heat the iron on the 2 dot setting.

    Step 8: Place your design shiny side up onto the felt and add greaseproof paper on top. Press for 10 seconds across the whole design.

    As we used the block part of the vinyl we didn't need to peel away the plastic carrier (as this was the access).

    If you have hand cut your lettering or used the cut vinyl with the plastic carrier, peel this away once the vinyl is cool to touch.

    Optional: You could add some scallop shapes to the outer edge of the circle to create a rosette look. We glued these on with a glue gun. We then added extra HappyGlitter stars by taking the plastic layer off of the vinyl and hole punching the shapes. We then used the same pressing process.

    Tag Dah! The rosette is finished and ready to add as a present decoration or to attach to a card. You could add a safety pin to the back so he can wear it with pride!

    For more crafty projects check out our other blog posts and social media channels.

    We also have an FAQ page which may help you with choosing vinyl effects, machines and equipment.

  • Display ideas: for embroidery hoops and wall hangings

    Over the past few months we have created quite a few embroidery hoop and wall hanging designs in our tutorial videos and for our colourful displays, at shows such as 'The Stitchfest", London.

    Our crafter Hayley wanted to show you a few fun ways they could be displayed around the house, whether it's just one on a shelf or hanging lots in a collection together. Check out our 1 minute display video below.

    We also wanted to share with you what vinyl types and colours we had used for each hoop/ hanging. Hopefully this inspires you to combine new fabrics and colours together.

    "Do what you love" embroidery hoop with beautiful blue toned writing in 3 different font styles.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyFlock: Mint

    HappyGlitter: Beach blue

    We first pressed on the HappyFlock and then added HappyGlitter lettering in a smaller size to interlock the flock letters. We love how the quote matches this patterned fabric from Tilly and the Buttons, produced in collaboration with the Craft Cotton Company.

    "Always look on the bright side" embroidery hoop with pretty in pink lettering.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyFlock: Pastel Pink

    HappyGlitter: Light Rose Gold

    We first pressed the HappyFlock and then layered HappyGlitter on top. As these vinyls have a textured surface we would only recommend the layering of flock and Glitter together on projects that won't be washed often, like this display hoop*.

    It's surprising how amazing our vinyls look onto printed and colourful fabrics. This is why keeping every fabric scrap is handy because you can make beautiful decorations for your house, without spending too much money.

    *For layering vinyls onto fabric that will be washed, visit our tips on our FAQ page.

    Tropical print embroidery hoop with layered shapes creating a smooth screen printed look.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyFlex: Lemon, Pink, Dark green and Turquoise

    HappyFlex is great to layer with creating a smooth surface. With bold colours and natural shapes, it creates a cute print to add to a living space. this fabric was originally a tea towel which was destined for some colour.

    "Makers gonna make" wall hanging with 3D sparkles.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyGlitter: White

    Wall hangings like these call for a crafty space, whether it's at a sewing table or next to a shelf of handmade goodies; it will add a crafty style to a space. You could make your own banner or purchase blank ones online from places such as Amazon.

    We can't wait to see your displays. Make sure you tag us on our social channels so we can see!

    Happy crafting x

  • 15 Fathers day crafting ideas using HTV

    Need some crafting ideas for Fathers day?

    Look no further, as we have lots of ideas for gifts that will light up any Dad's or Grandad's faces.

    1. A HappyFlex matching top and baby grow is an adorable gift from a little one. You could match in opposite colours or go completely "matchy matchy".

    2. A really simple gift without any need for wrapping would be this sweet treat box which can be reused for storage. Fill it with lots of his favourite sweets/ chocolate or even homemade goodies.

    Created using HappyFlex vinyl.

    3. It's BBQ season, so it's the perfect time to get the ultimate king apron out.

    Why not personalise this with a name or 'Dad'? We have used HappyFlex with HappyFlock star and crown details.

    4. A decorative banner is the cutest way to create a piece that can be hung in the shed, a workspace or pride of place in the living room.

    Created using HappyFlex.

    5. You may want to bake something special. A decorative cake topper or in our case, a cookie topper, finishes them off with a celebratory style.

    Created using HappyFlex.

    6. A great way to reserve the best seat in the house is with this cushion idea in HappyFlex. You could even add a remote control pocket for a bit of fun!

    7. A notebook with a little message will not only help with organisation but he will know which notebook is which too!

    Created using HappyFlex.

    8. A zip up wash bag or bits and bobs pouch is always handy to leave in the car or carry the little necessities in. Yes, maybe a few chocolate snacks too!

    Created using HappyFlex.

    9. Jazzing up a tie is a fun, novelty gift that he can wear with pride.

    Created using HappyGlitter.

    10. Whether he's just got into gardening recently or has always had green fingers; a personalised pair of garden gloves are something that will make him smile while gardening.

    Created using HappyFlex.

    11. A truck or car fanatic would love this detailed t-shirt ready for their road trips. It could be their dream vehicle or the exact image of their own.

    Created using HappyFlex.

    12. A personalised garden sign with 'Dad's or 'Grandad's shed' would be a brilliant way to jazz up the garden. For this sign we used HappyFlex vinyl with a leaf design as an added detail.

    13. A cork coaster for the important tea/ coffee making in the morning could be personalised with his favourite colours or design.

    Created using HappyFlex.

    14. Decorative flags are a fun project for children to get involved in made from felt and HappyFlex vinyl. They could be used to decorate the house or waved around the garden.

    15. A handmade card with a special effect like these would be a great way of using up any scrap pieces of vinyl you may have from previous projects. We have used HappyFashion Multi and we cannot get enough of it! *heart eye emoji*

    We hope you are feeling inspired by our vinyl projects to craft your own gifts. We also have lots more ideas that we pin to our Pinterest boards that may be helpful for your next project.

    Happy crafting!

    x

  • How to: use HappyFlex on wood

    We are virtually welcoming you into a garden where the herbs are actually growing, (yay) and the fresh air is making its way to you through this screen. Unfortunately we don't have a 4D option, but what we do have, is a tutorial on how to add a fun sign to your garden or home, with a mini tour of the garden.

    For this weeks blog we thought we would show you the steps to make your very own garden sign using a vinyl cutting machine. You can use our vinyls with a variety of cutters including Silhouette, Circuit and Brother Scan n Cut.

    If you don't have a machine, do not worry, as you could create a stencil by printing out your font onto paper and cutting this out. You could then use this as a template to draw around onto the vinyl. Then using scissors cut your design out.

    Why not make the sign personal to a room in your house too? It could be cooking related for your kitchen or sleep related for your bedroom... Zzz.

    For this project you will need:

    -Flat, unvarnished wooden sign (We found ours from Hobbycraft)

    -HappyFlex A4 Black and Dark green

    -Greaseproof paper

    -Iron (2 dot setting/ 150 degrees)

    -Weeding tool

    -Scissors

    -Cutting machine

    Step 1: Type out your wording using your desired font, then flip it horizontally. Make sure the size of your font will fit on your project. You can check this by measuring your sign and then adjusting the size of your lettering.

    Step 2: Change your settings to to suit HappyFlex. For Silhouette studio we have chosen 'Heat transfer smooth' make sure the force and speed are both at 8.

    Step 3: Place the vinyl shiny side down onto the mat and insert this into the machine. You can now press 'send as is' from your computer and your machine will start cutting.

    Step 4: Weed your design out using a weeding tool to reveal your design. Carefully peel away any access vinyl. Also remember to carefully pick out the centre of the letters 'e' and 'o'.

    Optional: You can cut your words out separately with scissors if you would like to place the words further apart on your sign.

    We then cut out a leaf design on our machine using HappyFlex Dark Green for an extra added detail.

    Step 5: Place your design shiny side facing you onto the wood. Once you are happy with the placement add greaseproof paper and press with an iron (2 dot setting).

    Carefully press all elements of the design for 10 seconds.

    Step 6: Once cool to touch gently try to peel away the plastic carriers. If some areas haven't quite stuck, add greaseproof paper and press again for a few seconds. Sometimes wood can take less time or a little longer depending on what type.

    Your sign is now complete and you can hang it up in a cosy garden seating area or outside your back door. Alternatively, if you don't have a garden you could create a positive quote or a name sign to add to a bedroom door or hang in a room.

    After running around the garden holding it up to every spot, we think this could be where it will live, in this little corner of the garden.

    Here are our plant labels we created in a previous blog post. You can find this here.

    Look at these two little helpers that couldn't resist getting stuck in. They were investigating which plant went to which label and knew instantly that they didn't all match.

    Did you know you can use HappyFabric vinyl onto smooth, unvarnished wood? We have a new blog post which shows you all the steps to make your very own garden sign.☀️??

    Gepostet von Happyfabricuk am Freitag, 22. Mai 2020

    We hope you enjoyed our mini tour and have lots of fun making and decorating your home/ garden!

  • HappyFabric Q&A

    1. What type of vinyl do you sell and what material is it suited to?

    We specialise in heat transfer vinyl which can be applied with an iron or heat press.

    We have many different effects including HappyFlex, HappyFlex stretch, HappyFlock, HappyGlitter, HappyFashion and more.

    It is suitable to use onto a wide variety of fabrics, paper, card, felt and smooth, unvarnished wood.

    2. What do these vinyl effects feel like?

    HappyFlex has a smooth matt surface.

    HappyFlex Stretch has a smooth, soft to touch finish which can stretch very well.

    HappyGlitter is textured with small glitter particles, which do not come off when rubbing.

    HappyFlock has a felt, velvet texture.

    HappyFashion has a smooth, holographic surface.

    3. What do I need to get started with HTV?

    If it is your first time using HappyFabric heat transfer vinyl, you will need an iron, greaseproof paper, scissors, pen and our vinyl.

    Our vinyls can also be cut on a cutting machine and attached using a heat press.

    4. Do you have any tutorials on how to use your vinyl with ideas?

    Yes, we have tutorials on our Youtube channel which can be found here.

    We create regular stories and IGTV videos on our instagram page.

    You can find videos and photos of our latest creations on our Facebook page.

    We also have weekly ideas and step by steps on our blog. Different projects can be searched using the monthly tabs at the side.

    5. What cutting machines can I use your vinyl with?

    You can use HappyFabric vinyl with any machine that can cut vinyl including Silhouette, Circuit and Brother Scan n Cut.

    6. What heat press would you recommend?

    We sell a few different types on our website including the Happy press 3, 2.1 and pro.

    7. What are the differences between the heat presses?

    We sell 3 main different types. This includes a mobile hobby press, professional press and textile business press. You can find all our information on our heat presses here.

    8. Do you sell tools and mats for cutting machines?

    Yes, we sell mats, weeding tools, cover grips, heat pillows and more under our accessories tab.

    9. Do you sell starter kits?

    We sell vinyl bundles which are great for starting out, with a range of colours and effects. We also sell cutting machines and heat press bundles too at a discounted price, which can include a starter vinyl pack.

    10. What settings do I need to use with HappyFabric vinyls?

    You can find our DIY sheet with pressing, cutting and washing settings here.

    11. What do I need to consider if I am washing my fabric for the first time after pressing vinyl onto it?

    The pressed vinyl should rest for 2 days before the first wash - the glue must dry completely and soak into the textile.
    For a longer durability of the design, the textile should always be washed inside out, at max. 40c.

    12. Do I need to mirror my design when using a cutting machine? 

    When using a cutting machine the vinyl needs to be placed shiny side down which means you will be cutting into the back of the vinyl. This means you will need to flip your design if it has a certain direction or if your design uses wording.

    13. Is there anything I need to do to the fabric before pressing the vinyl on?

    Always pre-press your fabric with an iron or heat press to eliminate creases and moisture within the fabric.

    14. How do I hand cut vinyl?

    You can use a stencil to draw around onto the back of the vinyl with a biro pen (make sure you flip your design backwards).

    We often use shaped hole punches which work best with HappyGlitter or HappyFlock, this is because they are thicker vinyl types. Just take the plastic carrier off of the vinyl and then hole punch. Press in the same way with greaseproof paper on top.

    You could print off your design and cut this out to act as a stencil too.

    15. How do I use an iron to attach the vinyl?

    You can use the same pressing motion as a heat press. Simply add your greaseproof paper on top of the design and press onto an even, flat surface. Apply even pressure and make sure every part of your design gets the heat.

    Important: Make sure you iron is on the no steam setting.

    To see an iron or heat press in action check out our previously linked videos in question 3.

    16. Why is there a clear plastic sheet attached to every vinyl sheet?

    Once the vinyl has been cut using a cutting machine the excess vinyl can be peeled away (weeded) and your design will be left on the plastic clear carrier. This is then ready to add to your project.

    Whether you have hand cut our vinyl or machine cut it, once the vinyl has been pressed you can then peel away the plastic carrier to reveal the texture of the vinyl.

    To see this in action check out our previously linked videos in question 3.

    17. Which vinyls are suitable to layer with?

    HappyFlex is the best type of vinyl to layer with as it has a smooth surface.

    A textured vinyl like HappyFlock can be layered on top of the HappyFlex as the very top layer.

    We recommend this way round because if you layer on top of the textured vinyls you may see the texture come through. For example, HappyGlitter with HappyFlex on top will show the glitter texture through.

    18. What is the delivery time on your products?

    Our delivery time is 2-3 days. With the current situation due to Covid-19, we are taking all precautions to keep everyone safe for our staff and customers. We are despatching orders everyday as normal. Due to the current situation slight delays may occur in the postal services by a couple of days.

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