HappyHide is a paper based material, which has been combined with latex to produce a durable, versatile and washable paper. You might recognised this fabric as labels sewn onto many well-known denim jeans products.
HappyHide Vintage is the “aged” version of the HappyHide Original. It's basically HappyHide original manipulated to create a softer and more distressed look material. A specific tanning process leaves the properties of the material exactly the same but gives the material a wrinkled worn sort of look and feel.
HappyHide is so easy to sew, a bit like sewing leather or paper. You don't need a teflon foot as it will glide just fine though your standard sewing machine foot. I found the best way to sew it is to use a wide stitch as a narrow stitch will perforate it more and that may weaken the seam, as it's not a woven material with threads running through like cotton for example. You can use a standard needle and thread although I found it looks beautiful stitched with a TopStitch thread and needle. Have fun experimenting with HappyHide, there's so many possibilities!
It works really well in combination with other materials like felt or sewing cottons to create unique stylish items. It can be printed, embossed, sewn, stamped and so much more. You can iron it with steam to make it softer to handle or to iron out creases. Do not iron HappyHide Metallic on the foil side, iron on reverse. Project ideas include handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, desk organisers, jewellery, plant pots, storage, bag-making… This list is endless.
It is an environmentally friendly and sustainable material, accredited by both the Forestry Stewardship Council and Oeko-Tex. It is widely recognised as a vegan friendly material and a viable alternative to many leather-based products. High quality product manufactured in Europe.
Frumble Fabrics currently stock a small range of HappyHide including their all nine colours of the Original, Vintage and a handful of the Metallic. The Original series has a smooth, untreated finish.
Sheet Size: 50x75cm or 100x75cm
Colours: White, Paper Bag, Stone Grey, Earth, Honey, Biscuit, Black, Bark & Chocolate
We can also supply 100x150cm sheets but we need to use a courier to send this because it is too large for our standard delivery service. If you require large sheets then please contact us.
Monica has written a blog post here, where you can see how she used the gold HappyHide Metallic to make a label for a pair of handmade shorts!
HappyHide washing suggestions:
Happy Hide can be washed in just water, with soap, washing powder or other detergents. You can hand wash it in the bath or in a sink/container or even in a washing machine (we have washed it at 30 degrees).
The different methods with give slightly different results. As Machine washing is more intense, it will soften the material a little more. The more your HappyHide is washed, the more the paper shows signs of wear (perhaps like a nice pair of jeans) but it doesn't disintegrate, it just becomes softer.
Treating HappyHide gently in the washes will prolong it's life and quality.
The Metallic HappyHide, we recommend a gentle hand wash so it does not damage the Metallic foil coating, scrunching it and scrubbing it will create a distress effect that you may or not want.