• How to: Halloween HTV t-shirt

    We love a halloween pun in the HappyFabric office and we are just creepin' it real with this project. If you want a way to join in with the Halloween festivities this year, what better way to dress up than with a slogan tee!

    Whether you are having a small party, a zoom call or playing games it will add a little extra fun to October 2020. Let's get straight into it and show you how we created our spook-tacular t-shirt.

    For this project you will need:

    1. Measure how wide you would like your design to be.

    2. Create your artwork using your cutting machine software. We are using Silhouette Studio with our Silhouette Cameo 4 machine.

    Make sure you reverse your lettering ready to cut.

    3. Change the settings to suit the vinyl type. For Silhouette Studio we chose 'Heat transfer Flock' for HappyFlock vinyl. Add the vinyl to the mat shiny side down and insert into the machine. Send your design to cut and watch the machine go!

    4. Weed your design to reveal the lettering.

    If you are hand cutting your design you could draw around a stencil or template and cut the vinyl with scissors.

    5. Always pre-press your fabric before to eliminate creases and moisture. Then add the vinyl shiny side up and add grease-proof paper. Press with an iron or HappyPress for 15 seconds (165c). Make sure each letter has an even amount of heat and time being pressed.

    6. Once HappyFlock is cool to touch, peel away the carrier.

    It's complete! Just leave for 2 days before washing and you can wear this year after year. It's a simple way to dress up without having to go all out with a costume.

    Why not all create a fun t-shirt in your household?

    Who can make the spookiest t-shirt?

    Check out more of our vinyl colours and effects here.

    Don't forget to tag us on our social channels so we can see your spooky outfit this year!

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  • Back to school inspiration

    Getting the kids excited to go back to school after a long break can be hard. This is why we have come up with 10 fun vinyl projects that won't cost the Earth, which will make their first day back a little special!

    Whether it's a name tag in clothing or a cute unicorn themed lunch box, there's something for everyone.

    All you need is our iron-on vinyl, greaseproof paper and an iron or heat press. Our vinyls can be hand cut or used on a wide range of cutting machines including Silhouette, Cricut and Brother ScanNCut.

    Have a look at our top 10 inspiring projects...

    1. School rucksack - HappyFlex Stretch Light Green

    Animal lovers will adore this simple name cut into a shape. It's a simple way to add to an old or new bag making it easier to find amongst the many piles of school bags.

    2. Lunch box - HappyGlitter Rose Gold & HappyFashion Sparkle Silver

    Add some sparkle with a fun unicorn vinyl design on a plain or simple patterned lunch box. It will definitely add a little magic to their day!

    3. Clothing initials- HappyFlex White

    Simple initials added to labels or around the neckline of clothing will help save the hassle of clothing wondering to lost property.

    4. Draw string bags- HappyFlex Grey, HappyFlock Yellow & White

    Cotton PE kits and school bags will work perfectly for an adventurous design. Let the kids hand cut their own design and collage some shapes together for a fun activity.

    6. Craft bags- HappyFlex Black, HappyFlock Pastel Pink & HappyGlitter Green

    Have a lot of small items to take to school such as maths kits and paint brushes? A large craft bag will keep it all in one place and a fun slogan or name can be added in a chosen vinyl effect.

    7. Pencil pots- HappyFlex Yellow, Pink, White & Turquoise

    Pencil pots are a handy one for when the kids are returning home in the evening. You can finally have a fun way of keeping things tidy and make some space for dinner.

    8. Pencil cases- HappyFlex White & HappyFlock Aqua

    A personalised pencil case is a keeper. We added a favourite home village boat to this one and incorporated it into the name. It adds something a little special to keep the children interested in using their stationery.

    9. Hair accessories- HappyGlitter Pale Yellow & Beach Blue

    Hair scrunchies are always handy and cute to match with the school uniform. We added some glitz with some hole punched stars in our favourite colour combination. Check out our tutorial video for our scrunchie here.

    10. Notebooks- HappyGlitter Pale Yellow, HappyFlock Signal Red, HappyFlex Black

    A little notebook is perfect to write the first day notes in! Why not add some fun vinyl textures to create something personal and stylish?

    Hopefully we have inspired you to get crafting whether it's with the kids or for a fun evening of creating. We would love to see what you are creating for back to school, make sure you tag us in your photos so we can see!

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  • August challenge inspiration

    Who loves a craft challenge?

    Whether you are joining in or watching along, we have had some fun challenges which we hope you will love just as much as us!

    With our crafty up-cycle challenges (before lockdown) spreading a creative buzz in the HappyFabric studio, returning back to work meant we could dive right into some new challenges.

    Having two crafters in the studio equals the best time to have a craft-off and see how different projects can turn out having individual styles. We wanted to bring you more fun challenges you can join in with at home or be inspired by.

    Our first challenge back together was transforming two plain white t-shirts using a bottle of dye and a selection of up to 2 vinyls. We couldn't believe how well our tie dye came out in a beautiful fuchsia colour! Adding the vinyls really finished our items off with the ultimate personalised touch.

    If you missed our behind the scenes videos/ tutorials check them out below.

    Our most recent challenge was making use of foldable polka-dot storage baskets. Marnie and Hayley had such different usage ideas which led to a secret challenge to see how each others would turn out.

    It's amazing how the same project base can be transformed using vinyl!

    Just look at the difference between Marnie and Hayley's baskets! One is made for a baby gift which could be filled with lots of useful goodies as a baby shower gift. The other is the perfect storage for all the crafty tools and fabrics to add to a craft room.

    What challenge would you like us to do next?

    Follow us on our social channels to see what we will be creating next.

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  • Personalising Pyjama shorts using HappyFabric vinyl

    Personalising clothing at home has never been so easy with HappyFabric iron on vinyls. Simply cut out your design and iron it onto your textile projects, to create a totally unique product.

    Decorate projects from outfits, bags and cushions using our range of vinyl effects and colours.

    For more inspiration check out our blog.

    For these handmade pyjama shorts, we added a variety of our vinyls to create a fun design. This one was inspired by the ever changing British weather. The blue fabric initially inspired us to add some cute clouds and then we wanted to add some sparkle. Check out the videos below to see the behind the scenes of us making them.

    Vinyls used:

    HappyFlex: Yellow, Pink, Pastel Purple, Light orange, White

    HappyGlitter: Pale Yellow, Beach Blue, Vintage Gold

    We hope you enjoyed watching!

    What project will you create next?

    Check out our social channels to keep updated with our new projects and releases of fun vinyl effects and colours.

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  • Tie Dye week: Personalising with HappyFabric vinyl

    Want a fun project for the Summer holidays, while on furlough or for a homemade gift?

    Marnie and Hayley are kick starting August with a fun filled tie dye week, to hopefully inspire some new ideas to get crafting for kids and adults too! They teach you exactly how to turn a blank outfit into something to treasure!

    This is the perfect way to transform something you already have in your wardrobe...

    We started off by dunking our projects into a bucket of water, including a jumper, Children's and adult's t-shirt and some white fabric. Dampening the fabric before hand will make the dye soak in easier.

    Don't forget your gloves!

    Once the water was rung out of the clothing, it was time to tie elastic bands in a patterned design. We chose to create a striped jumper by scrunching it up to create a long strip and wrapped the bands into sections creating even stripes. For the fabric and child's tee we went for a traditional ring design. Lastly, for the adult tee we created a swirl by spinning the middle of the t-shirt around and around. This created the swirl shape which we were able to add elastic bands to secure.

    It was finally time to add some water to the bottled dye and start adding the beautiful fuchsia colour. We added the dye to the areas we wanted to have strong colour and wrapped these up in plastic sheeting to soak for 8 hours.

    Then it was time to rinse and wash the fabric ready to completely dry before adding HappyFabric vinyls.

    We were so pleased with how they came out, we tried them on straight away! It was time to get personalising...

    'Freedom to day dream' jumper

    Choosing a HappyFlock slogan to run across the back of the jumper definitely was the ultimate way to create an edgy, personalised finish.

    Marnie chose this bold, 3D style font which created the perfect outline showing the tie dye pattern through each letter. 'Day dreamer' is one of Marnie's favourite slogans to add to projects using HappyFabric vinyl as it's so versatile, you could add it to any project and it would work.

    A previous project where Marnie added her favourite slogan

    Check out some of the photos below of us adding the design to the jumper with a household iron. We even added a little logo to the front, keeping the day dream theme running. The great thing about HappyFlock is that it has a super soft, velvety finish creating a comforting design.

    'Take it easy' tee

    Choosing HappyFlex vinyl for the t-shirt slogan was another way of creating a three dimensional effect but this time we used a colour layering technique.

    Who can't resist a pink and orange? We are obsessed at the moment!

    HappyFlex is great for layering with as it has a smooth, thin finish which is great for creating staggered colours.

    Hayley drew her bubble writing and imported this into the computer to make it a completely unique design. It really is amazing to see your own hand writing come to life. 'Take it easy' is a relaxing slogan too for lounge wear, perfect for chilling at home in.

    Just look at these close ups of our makes!

    In our new video you can see the real comparison to our plain tee and jumper and how we transformed them. This was such an inspiring project to create as you can be as experimental with the dye and the vinyls. You can really make a completely unique t-shirt and you never know how the tie dye will turn out.

    That's the beauty of the dye and adding a personalised touch with vinyl writing or images. It can create a t-shirt that people will be asking you about time and time again. "where did you get that?".

    You can turn around and say you made it or up-cycled it.

    Check out our video below to see the behind the scenes of us making our dream outfits and to see them close up!

    What do you think?

    Enter our tie dye themed competitions here.

    There are some great prizes to be won!

  • Competition time!

    We have two Summer time competitions to enter where you can win some FABULOUS PRIZES! Sounds like something you would like to be involved in?

    Let us tell you more...

    COMPETITION- Summer tie dye vinyl project:

    Create your very own tie dye project personalised with a vinyl design. This could be a bag, hair accessory, a t-shirt, the possibilities are almost endless. We are super excited to see your entries.

    To enter tag us in a photo of your finished master piece and don't forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We will pick one lucky winner to win our prize bundle. Use our hash tag #HFSummerholiday so we can see your entries. (Entries accepted on Facebook and Instagram)

    The ultimate bundle Prize:

    • Blank tote bag and zip up pouch
    • 6 X A4 HappyFabric vinyl sheets of your choice
    • Vinyl cutting accessory pack ( Cutting mat, HappyWeeder tool and release paper)

    Competition closes: 21st August 2020 10am

    COMPETITION- Design your dream Summer tie dye t-shirt:

    Print our template and design your dream tie dye t-shirt with your personalised vinyl design. Whether you hand draw your design or collage it, we cannot wait to see what you create!

    To enter tag us in a photo of your fabulous design and make sure you are following us on either Facebook or Instagram. We will pick a favourite to win a prize which will make your dream tee come to life! Use our hash tag #HFSummerholiday so we can see your entries. (Entries accepted on Facebook and Instagram).

    Dream t-shirt bundle Prize:

    • A blank t-shirt
    • 3 X A4 HappyFabric vinyls of your choice
    • A tie dye kit (Choice of red, blue or green)

    Competition closes: 21st August 2020 10am

    T-shirt template:

    T&C's: This competition is open to UK entrants only. Adults and children's entries of all ages welcome. You can enter as many times as you would like. This competition is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook in any way. Entries only valid on Facebook and Instagram posts where we are tagged. Both competitions close 21st August 2020 10am and will be announced late afternoon.

  • How to: Leopard print shorts

    Learn how to create these fun leopard print shorts for a Summer outfit or bed time pyjama set.

    Give your shorts a personalised design with hand cut HappyFabric vinyls in your chosen colour palette.

    During a fab live instagram video with @sew.craft.megan we discussed some of our favourite projects using HappyFabric vinyls. This has led to us decorating a new project.

    We finished our live with a new, exciting project we will be working on next. It was time to create a poll for all our lovely followers to vote for their favourite design idea. The slogan 'Life's Peachy' for Megans beautiful, handmade peach striped tee won the vote. Leopard print won the vote for our newly made pyjama shorts project. Thank you for your votes! Here is our mood board of ideas and colours which initially inspired us.

    We wanted to show you exactly how you could create leopard print onto almost any textile using scissors, HappyFabric vinyl and an iron or heat press.

    We are a big fan of this technique as you do not have to worry too much about the shapes and placement. Just have fun with it!

    Come craft with us...

    For this project you will need:

    Step 1: Draw your inner leopard print spots onto the back (non shiny side) of the HappyFlex vinyl using biro pen. These can be random, fun blob shapes.

    Step 2: Cut around your shapes making sure all pen marks have been cut away. This will avoid any pen marks pressing onto your fabric later on.

    Step 3: Next repeat the process with the HappyFlock by drawing onto the back of the vinyl. This time make the shapes bubbly 'C' shapes and dots. Cut these out, again making sure there are no pen marks left on the vinyl.

    Step 4: Add the HappyFlex shapes shiny side up onto the fabric. Add greaseproof paper on top and press for 10 seconds at 150 degrees.

    For an iron press each shape on the 2 dot temperature setting, for 10 seconds on a hard, even surface.

    Step 5: Once cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier off of each shape. This is important as this will reveal its smooth texture ready for the HappyFlock layer to be pressed.

    Step 6: Add the HappyFlock shapes shiny side up and add greaseproof paper on top. Press the HappyFlock for 15 seconds at 165 degrees. For an iron press each shape for 15 seconds on a hard, even surface. Change the heat setting to mid 2 dot to 3 dot.

    Step 7: Once cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier off of each grey shape to reveal its soft, velvety texture.

    TAH DAH! How fun are these? Imagine these paired with a mint coloured top or a lilac cami. These could be worn to bed or we would even wear these on a Summers day for a fun, comfy outfit. We love the colour popping mint against the lilac fabric!

    What would you add to yours?

  • How to: Shoe bag

    Shoe-a-holics this project is for you! Shoes can be hard to store away especially if they not ones you wear everyday, where do you put them all?

    How about this shoe bag made for all your special shoes which can be stored in a cupboard or wardrobe? This is the most handiest bag to hide the shoe clutter.

    For this project you will need:

    Step 1: Create your image in Silhouette studio or your cutting machine programme. Alternatively, you could print off a template to draw around and cut out.

    Step 2: Place the vinyl shiny side down onto the cutting mat and send your designs to be cut.

    If you are hand cutting the vinyl, draw around your template onto the back (non shiny side) of the vinyl. You can then cut this out with scissors making sure all the pen marks have been cut away.

    Step 3: If you have machine cut your design, weed out the access vinyl to reveal your shoe.

    Step 4: Peel the plastic carrier off of the HappyGlitter vinyl and hole punch some stars in different sizes. This will add some extra sparkle to your project.

    Step 5: Decide on your placement for the vinyl to get an idea of the positioning.

    Step 6: Pre- press your bag to eliminate all creases and moisture within the fabric. Then add your shoe shiny side up onto the bag, add greaseproof paper and press.

    Heat press: Temperature: 150 degrees. Time: 10 seconds

    Iron: Temperature: 2 dot setting. Time: 10 seconds across the design in sections.

    Step 7: Once cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier.

    Step 8: We then added the stars in place and added greaseproof paper and pressed again as before.

    You now have the perfect personalised bag for all your special shoes to keep neatly stored away. It's almost like a special dust bag. This would be adorable for children's shoe bags too, whether it's for ballet pumps or football boots. We couldn't resist adding the disco balls to the ends too as an extra touch for all the party shoes.

  • How to: Hand cut a flamingo design

    Did someone say pink, glittery flamingos?

    If you love pink glitter this is definitely the project for you or someone you know. Once you've pressed it onto your project you can admire the glistening colours in the light.

    We have put together the steps for hand cutting a flamingo, which you could add to a t-shirt, cushion or notebook.

    Here is what you will need:

    Flamingo paper template (image available at the bottom of the blog)

    HappyGlitter Pink

    HappyFlex Grey & Pastel Pink


    Iron/ heatpress

    Project of choice, we have chosen a notebook (From Ikea)

    1. Cut your flamingo template out. Here are the different sections you will need for each colour.

    2. Draw around your template onto the back (non-shiny side) of the vinyl. We have used a biro pen ad reversed our flamingo template so when it is flipped the correct way it is the direction desired.

    3. Cut around your shapes making sure all the pen marks have been cut away.

    If you leave the pen marks on the back of the vinyl this may transfer to your project when ironing it on.

    Here are all the shapes together ready to be pressed onto the notebook.

    4. Add the legs shiny side up onto the notebook and place greaseproof paper on top.

    Press for 10 seconds at 150 degrees. We are using our HappyPress 3.

    If you are using an iron press for 10 seconds across the design making sure all the edges have had the heat. The temperature setting needed for the iron is the 2 dot setting.

    5. Once the HappyFlex is cool to touch peel away the plastic carrier.

    6. Repeat the pressing and peeling steps with each section.

    We then decided we wanted to add some lettering to the book. We thought 'Fab like a' and the glittery flamingo image would add a really fu element, especially for a gift.

    7. We drew straight onto the plastic carrier using a marker pen and then cut these out carefully. The hand lettering adds a little personal touch which would be totally unique.

    We love how simple this project was to create and of course the gorgeous glitter that pops against the light pink!

    Another fab thing about HappyGlitter is that then you touch it, you don't get glittery hands as it is all compact in the vinyl.

    What will you add HappyGlitter to next?

    Check out our full range of colours here.

  • How to: create an initial glitter purse

    Ever remember those personalised gifts you used to find as a kid in shops, where you could spin the stand around, looking for your name on a headband or keyring?

    We are reminiscing those times wanting to personalise handmade items or specially bought gifts with a name or initial to add the final touch. We thought, how cute it would be to personalise a purse to store receipts and loose change in.

    In 5 easy steps you could add an initial in less than 15 minutes to your project and here's how:

    You will need:

    • Iron
    • Greaseproof paper
    • A fabric purse

    How to:

    Step 1: Measure your purse to get an idea of what size you would like your letter to be. We chose 2.5 inches for our purse.

    Step 2: Choose a font on your cutting machine programme (we are using Silhouette studio). Make sure the letter fits your chosen measurements and flip it horizontally ready to cut.

    Alternatively you could hand cut your letter using a stencil to draw around onto the vinyl or use your own handmade template.

    Step 3: Weed out your design to reveal your letter attached to the plastic carrier.

    Step 4: Place your letter shiny side up onto the purse and add greaseproof paper on top. Press with an iron (on the 2 dot setting) for 10 seconds across the letter. Make sure you pay attention to all the edges too.

    Step 5: Peel the plastic carrier away while warm and you have a personalised purse ready to gift or may be you might want to make one for yourself too!

    Here's a close up of the glitter and we are obsessed with how sparkly it is! The black against this calico coloured fabric creates a great minimal look that would match with any bag or outfit. You could also go bright and choose some funky colour combinations and even try layering a shadow underneath using HappyFlex.

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