Tips & Tricks

  • Paige Joanna Takeover

    Last week we had our first ever Instagram craft takeover!

    Could you ever imagine having your friend join you for a day at work? Imagine how much fun would that be? Well on Thursday we had the pleasure of having the beautiful human that is Paige Joanna, join us for a fun-filled vinyl crafting day in The Happy Fabric HQ.

    Paige Joanna takeover

    As Paige is a Bride-to-be we wanted to make the day almost like a mini hen do for her because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a hen do?

    We supplied lots of blank projects so Paige could have a good selection of different outcomes to choose from. She loved our rainbow trainers and wanted to create her own. So after teaching her the basics on the silhouette cutter, a rainbow pair of ‘Wifey for Lifey’ trainers were created.

    Paige also wanted to create a little gift ready for her mum for mothers day. After coming up with loads of ‘mum puns’ she settled on ‘ Mum, you’re one in a Melon.’ on a make-up bag surrounded by the ever so trendy watermelon slice. A super cute little pressie. We hope your mum loves it as much as we did!!

    If you want to catch up on our fun filled day and how Paige created these lovely projects, have a look over on our Instagram highlight reel and check out Paige's video below. We had so much fun and loved having Paige with us for the day. We hope to get another date in the diary for more fun soon!!!

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    Who would you like to see join us next? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook or by email.

  • How to personalise a drawstring bag

    How to personalise a drawstring bag…

    Have you got an old bag that needs a new lease of life for the summer? Or have you got a little one ready to start school who needs a personalised bag (mainly so they don't lose it)? Follow our simple step to creating your very own personalised bag..

    1. Make sure you have all of your equipment to hand. There is nothing worst getting halfway through a project and realizing you have forgotten the essential materials or tools.

    Crafting Ingredients…

    2. Take your A4 design and simply cut it out carefully.

    3. Once your design has been cut out, Flip it over and place it onto the back of your heat transfer vinyl,(matt side). You need to flip your design over to ensure that it will be the right way round when you turn it back over to press.4. Draw around your design on the back of the vinyl with a sharp pencil. If you can't see the pencil you can use a pen, just make sure when you cut your design you get rid of all the ink as you don’t want this to show at the edge of your vinyl’s when pressed.

    5. Cut out your design.

    6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to create your letters using a letter stencil. Why not try and create your own letters free hand.

    7. Once all elements of the design have been cut out, lay out your drawstring bag and work out where you want the placement of your design to be. I find it easier to cut out all your elements first then work out the placement, as it gives you a chance to change any elements you don’t like.

    8. When you are happy with your design and layout, remove the vinyl from the bag and place them to one side.

    9. Lay the bag on a firm surface and give it a press with your iron, or if you have a heat press pop it under and give it a press. This is called a ‘pre-press’. It is very important to always give your surface a pre-press before to start to iron on your vinyl. This will get rid of any moisture in the surface area and allows the heat transfer vinyl to adhere to the surface securely.

    10. Once you have pressed you surface area, begin to add your design onto the bag one layer at a time.11. If you are happy with the placement, cover your design with some greaseproof paper. This will protect your vinyl from the full heat of the iron.

    12. Use our DIY sheet to look at timing and heat instructions for this part, as all of our vinyls differ slightly when it comes to fusing. Some types of vinyl need a higher heat and longer pressing time.

    13. Once you have secured the vinyl, remove the plastic carrier carefully. If you are finding it hard to pick the carried with your nails, pick up the bag and bend the fabric at the edge of the vinyl. You should see the carrier start to come away from the vinyl. If it doesn’t do this you may need to give it another press.14. Now all carriers have been removed you can add your next layer of vinyl’s.

    15. You can use your paper punch to create smaller details that can add an extra flourish to your bag. If you are using a paper punch to create smaller shapes, on Happy Glitter, Happy Flock or Happy Fashion remove the plastic carried before you cut them. The plastic carried makes it harder to cut the shape perfectly. By removing the carrier your paper punch will have a longer happier life.

    16. Once all the little details have been added on, your bag is finished!! You are now ready to go out on the town with your new bag!! Enjoy!

  • Overview Tips 'n' Tricks


    Here we've gathered some useful and helpful tips and tricks for designing your textile.  

    Getting Started with Textile Printing


    You want to create great, individual t-shirts? Give that little something to your bags and cushions? Create cute outfits for your kids? Being the designer of your own clothes is easier than you might think. And the best thing about it: You got almost everything you need right at home! Read on


    Add Materials in Silhouette Studio


    If you want to cut a textile vinyl you will soon note that there are no presets for most vinyls. That's why we want to show you how to add materials in the Silhouette Studio software so can quickly choose them the next time. Read on


    Silhouette Plotter: Cutting with or without Cutting Mat

    Silhouette Plotter: Mit oder ohne Schneidematte schneiden?
    When you get to know your Silhouette cutter you will soon note that it has two functions: cutting with or without a cutting mat. In this post we will explain the difference between the two methods and which es better suited for our textile vinyls. Read on


    Silhouette Plotter – Portrait vs. Cameo 2

    As soon as you know that you want a cutter you will need to decide which cutter is right for you. We've created a table to give you an overview over the most important points of the two Silhouette cutters Portrait and Cameo. This might make the decision easier. Read on

    Where to Place Designs

    Front, sleeve, back? The most beautiful design is useless if you can't really place it on your shirt. Here we show you some example of where to place your design so they look really good! For caps, bags and other stuff as well! Read on


    Mark the Middle of a Bag

    Place a design in the middle of a bag, like a shopping bag?
    No problem with our instructions! Read on


    Mark the Middle of a Sleeve

    We help you find the middle of the sleeve of a t-shirt, polo or other textiles with these instructions. Read on


    Placing Designs with Guidelines

    In this post we will tell you our little secret of how we place our designs perfectly. Tip: It's guidelines ;) Read on

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