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  • 5 DIY Customised Mens Gifts

    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!

  • DIY Personalised Football Key Ring- step by step!

    Create something special for your footie mad family member or friend by with a personalised present they can carry with them wherever they go! You could even treat yourself- we'll show you how to make a brilliant key ring using HappyFabric HTV and (hopefully) never lose those keys again!

    You will need:

    HappyFlex in Black, HappyGlitter in Blue, Scissors, Fabric. thread, cotton wool/ material for stuffing, pen/pencil and a needle. Optional: cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo used in this tutorial)

    STEP ONE:

    Use something with a round base to draw around onto the fabric. You will need to do this twice to end up with two circles. The circles should be slightly larger than you want the key ring as you need to make allowance for stitching.

    STEP TWO:

    Cut out both circles using the scissors.

    STEP THREE:

    Using Silhouette Studio (the design software for Silhouette Cameo) or by hand drawing onto the back of the vinyl, create your design. Above, I have written Uncle Jack backwards as the letters will be cut from the back of the vinyl. Then add some pentagon shapes for the football aspect.

    STEP FOUR:

    Cut the design out on Silhouette Cameo (you can use any cutting machine) or by hnd with scissors. Reember to cut the same lettering from both HappyFlex Black and HappyGlitter Blue, as this is how we are going to create the shadow effect.

    STEP FIVE:

    If cut using a machine peel away the excess vinyl from the design: this is known as 'weeding'.

    STEP SIX:

    Remember the two circles of fabric? It's time to pre-press them. Give them a quick press using a heat press or iron to ensure no moisture or creases are in the fabric (this means the vinyl will stick properly).

    STEP SEVEN:

    Now that the fabric is warm, place your design onto each piece. Only place the first layer of the design on at this stage.

    STEP EIGHT:

    Cover with greaseproof paper (be careful not to disturb your design) and then press for ten seconds at 150 (if using an iron, this is the 2 dot setting).

    STEP NINE:

    Once cooled enough to touch, peel away the plastic carrier from each letter/ shape to reveal the smooth surface. Then, add the HappyGlitter layer over top as show above- but slightly to the right so that you can see the black shadowing behind. Cover with greaseproof paper and repeat pressing process.

    STEP TEN:

    Take your two finished circles...
    ... and face them toward each other. You may want to pin them closed (as shown in the next photo) as we will begin to sew.

    STEP ELEVEN:

    Now, carefully sew the two circles together, but make sure to leave a gap big enough to turn the whole thing inside out in the next step!

    STEP TWELVE:

    Once you're finished sewing, turn everything inside out, to reveal the vinyl.

    STEP TWELVE:

    You can now stuff the football. Gently push the stuffing into the areas that you can see need more roundness to help create the spherical shape.

    STEP THIRTEEN:

    Close the gap to seal the stuffing inside and trim any edges. Sew on a ring or loop some thread to enable the football to be attached to set of keys!

    STEP FOURTEEN:

    Present your creation to it's intended recipient- or keep it to admire every time you leave the house!
  • How to use HTV (cheat sheet)

    Here at HappyFabric, we love all things Heat Transfer (Iron on) Vinyl, and we use it everyday! To help you get the best out of our vinyl, we have put together a DIY instruction sheet on how to use them, including cutting settings on Silhouette Studio and temperatures and timings for actually pressing them! You can also download these sheets here, under 'HappyFabric Printing Instructions'.

  • DIY Upcycle Polka Dot Top #thecraftyupcycle

    Blog 1/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!

    In the first part (of three) of the challenge, Hayley goes shopping in The British Red Cross shop in Colchester to find her outfit. Back in the HappyFabric studio, she begins the outfit upcycle by adding polka dots to the mustard yellow top.

    Hayley chose HappyFlex Stretch vinyl for this, as the material was fairly stretchy and the vinyl moves well with the fabric.

    In the next video, Hayley completely transforms the long coat she bought from the charity shop- this is where the sewing machine comes in. Scroll down or click the links below to see how she gets on!

    Blog 2: the jacket!

    Blog 3: the jeans!

  • DIY Upcycle Jacket #thecraftyupcycle

    Blog 2/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!

    In the second part (of three) of the challenge, Hayley brings out her sewing skills to upcycle the long coat that she found in the British Red Cross shop in Colchester. She cuts just above the pockets to turn it into a more stylish cropped jacket- then adds beautiful HappyFlock stars.

    See before and after images below:

    Scroll down or click the link below to see how she upcycles the last item in the outfit (jeans!) and find out what secret touches she adds to the outfit at the end!

    Blog 3: the jeans!

  • DIY Upcycle Jeans #thecraftyupcycle

    Blog 3/3 from our latest #thecraftyupcycle challenge YouTube video. In this challenge, Hayley was tasked with finding an entire outfit from our local charity shop to transform using our HappyFabric Heat Transfer (iron on) Vinyl and a sewing machine!

    In the third (and final) part of the challenge, Hayley upcycles the jeans and reveals some secret finishing touches to the jeans and jacket. Using a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, she designs a slogan to fit just below the pocket of the jeans, cuts out and irons on.

    The finished outfit! What do you think?

  • Joining the #lilaclovers club!

    Following a tutorial from the lovely Jenny and Louise (from @cutonepair), Hayley created her very own Lilac Lovers jumper! She used HappyFlex in Pastel Purple, Purple and White (A4 sheets) and cut the writing using our Silhouette machine.

    We had such an amazing time with Louise and Jenny when they visited us in the HappyFabric office (below) and they made these fantastic t-shirts dedicated to their favourite colour. We had such a brilliant time, and loved the t-shirts so much, that we just had to join the club, literally.

    To make your very own, visit their blog tutorial here: https://cutonepair.com/diy-tutorials/lilacloversclubtee

    The HappyFlex iron on vinyl needed can be found HERE on our site!

  • How to Hole Punch HTV

    Hi guys!

    Ever wondered how to get the perfect polka dot or patterned finish with HappyFabric vinyl: HappyGlitter or HappyFlock?

    With nothing but a hole punch, sheet of HappyFabric vinyl, greaseproof paper and an iron, you could make any textile item fun and unique. For example, these beautiful polka dot jeans:


    OUR TIP:

    Always peel away the plastic carrier sheet from the vinyl, as shown in the photos below. This ensures that the punch will be able to cut through and it will not blunt your hole punch.

    Here are some of our favourite hole-punched creations:

    Star trainers, created by Marnie here at HappyFabric- watch her tutorial here!
    We used a smaller circle punch to create the little Children in Need inspired polka dots for the gingerbread man's bow tie!
    Here, we've actually used HappyFashion Spectrum to create a lovely starry make up bag.
    The famous Christmas jumper that's so easy to make- full tutorial here
    The cute button nose and stars on this mask were hole punched from HappyGlitter Multi to add some sparkle to a Halloween costume.
  • Card Making with HappyFabric Vinyl

    Everyone loves a handmade card right?

    Gluing shapes and layering lettering onto a card can sometimes be really fiddly and messy but what if you could cut out the shapes and just iron them on?  

    With a range of vinyl colours and textures ready to craft with, we couldn’t resist trying them onto card and paper. Finding out what effects you can create with a smooth and mess free finish instantly got our creative juices flowing.

    All you need is an iron, scissors, pen, greaseproof paper and the heat transfer vinyl and you will be creating personalised cards in no time!

    Here are our top cards for different occasions using a variety of vinyl…

    1. Here we have a super sparkly Christmas card created by Jaymie with stand out stars and bubbly lettering. She downloaded the star pattern for FREE on our website. You could print this to use as a stencil to draw around or use the digital file for machine cutting.

    2. Saying a big thank you to a teacher can be expressed through a monochrome, silhouette effect. Our crafter Marnie created this card and we think it has the perfect masculine touch. She used HappyFlex layered up creating a smooth sleek finish. Why not add their name for an even more personalised touch?

    3. A keepsake card to celebrate an engagement with a simple hand-cut slogan has a modern twist. Our crafter Hayley created this card using HappyFlex and added glitter for the diamond. She wanted to create a card, which could also be displayed in a frame as a print too.

    4. Know someone who is feeling under the weather and could do with a bear hug? This bear design is exclusive to HappyFabric and can be downloaded on our website for FREE. Hayley drew this design in her sketchbook with the idea of the arms reaching out allowing the message to reach both paws.

    We hope this has inspired you with some new craft ideas for card making. Many of these ideas could also be transferred to textiles too! For example the bear card could be used popping out of a pocket or the stars could be used to up-cycle a dress. Make sure you tag us in your creations as we love to see your ideas and inspirations.

  • 'Santa STOP HERE' sign DIY

    Make sure he stops at the most important house of all!

    Hi Guys!

    I've been making some quick, Christmassy projects over the past weeks. Here's my Santa STOP sign as seen here on MollieMakes!

    To make this sign, you will need:

    Now, Lets get to making!

    Step one: Print off or draw an octagon shape (I printed half of one to get a bigger size). Cut the shape out to use as your template.

    Step two: Use the template to draw the hexagon shape on to your felt. Cut this out.

    Step three: Use the same template to draw onto the back of the HappyFlex Signal Red vinyl. Cut this out.

    Step 3: Trim the Signal Red octagon to be smaller than the felt (depending on how much of a white border you would like in the end result). I used a ruler to measure 2cm in and trimmed off this much from each side.

    Step 4: Using a stencil (or writing freehand), write out the letters you need (SANTA HERE) onto the back of the White vinyl. Remember to flip your stencil over, or draw the lettering backwards, as you are writing on the BACK of the vinyl.

    Step 5: Once drawn out, cut them all out and repeat for the word STOP on the back of the HappyFlock black vinyl. For my sign, I hand drew the lettering a little bigger than the other letters- you could use a cutting machine if you wanted neater writing.

    Step 6: Turn on your Heat Press to 150 degrees, or your iron to the two-dot setting. Give the felt a little pre-press to remove any creases or moisture.

    Step 7: Once pressed, place the red octagon onto the white felt and cover with grease proof paper. Press for 10 seconds.

    Step 8: Once cooled slightly, peel the shiny plastic carrier from the top of the Red vinyl as shown below.

    Step 9: Place lettering on to the sign (ensuring no letters are overlapping each other) and cover with grease proof paper.

    Step 10: Press for 10 seconds.

    Step 11: Peel the carriers from the individual letters.

    Step 12: Paint the dowel white.

    Step 13: Once the dowel is dry (it made need more than one coat!) attach double sided tape to your ribbon and wrap around the dowel as shown below.

    Step 14: Finally, with a glue gun, attach the dowel to the sign.

    Now it's ready to place in your garden or house!

    Tip: To make extra sure he stops- you could add in your names :)

    -Jaymie x

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