The silhouette cuts fabric!

I have wanted to try cutting fabric with my silhouette for awhile.  The motivation and the deadline came together last week with the Silhouette Challenge and a request from my 3 year old.  This month 44 people have signed up to participate!  After you are done here go and check it out.  Many of the projects, even mine, can be done without a silhouette machine.  The silhouette just makes it a little easier and more fun because who doesn’t love a great tool?! Links will be at the bottom of my post.

SilhouettechallengecollageIn November, my middle son had to be rushed to the ER with a gash on his head after a crash into the corner of the counter in our kitchen.  Three staples and a teddy bear later and he was home healing and healthy.  His youngest brother loved the teddy bear that his older brother got at the ER.  Since then every time my youngest has had an inkling of being sick he has asked to go to the ER to get a teddy bear.  We keep telling him that he doesn’t want to be that sick(and isn’t that sick) but he just wanted his own teddy bear. The teddy bear is a simple pattern – just two pieces of fabric sewn together so I told him I would make him one and plotted to use my silhouette to cut the pattern out.  It worked!  Though not without a little trial and error.  First I had to create my silhouette cut file.  I tried tracing a few patterns but I just got a bunch of bumpy lines.  Finally, I found a bear silhouette instead of a pattern that gave me a clean trace.  I let my son pick out the color flannel that he wanted me to use.  I ironed freezer paper(used as a removable stabilizer for the fabric) to the back of the red flannel he chose, stuck it to my mat, and set it to cut my design on the low thin cotton fabric setting.  And it didn’t cut the fabric at all.  I tried to run it through for a second cut but my mat slipped and went all crazy and still didn’t cut the fabric.  It just scratched it up and weakened it so I decided to start over with a new piece of fabric and the thicker fabric cut setting.  teddybearfreezerpaperThis time it worked like a charm.  So remember- a lightweight flannel is not a light cotton fabric and use the higher setting.


It cut cleanly for the most part.  I just had to clip one small area with scissors.


I continued to make mistakes of the silly variety.  IE I should have embroidered the face at this point before sewing it up.  And my sewing isn’t spectacular.  But my 3 year old doesn’t care.


I had him help me stuff the bear and pick the colors for his eyes, nose, and mouth.  Then I sewed him up and gave him his new bear.  He loves him and we are both happy that he no longer wants an ER visit.


So that’s it.  That’s how easy it is to cut fabric with your silhouette!  The freezer paper worked as an excellent stabilizer that left no residue.  Just make sure you get freezer paper and not wax or parchment paper.  I love it for stencils too.  Now go check out some other awesome projects!  I know I will.

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress


30 thoughts on “The silhouette cuts fabric!”

  1. Danielle, this is awesome! Little S. is soooooo cute! This little bear reminds me very much of one that I have in my hope chest, I loved him to pieces when I was little, and I still smile every time I see him. I would not have thought to cut flannel with the Silhouette…or to use freezer paper as the stabilizer…brilliant! And thanks for the heads up on the settings! Great job!

    1. This is such a sweet little bear! He looks like he will treasure that for years. Thanks for letting me know about the freezer paper stabilizer that is good to know! Great project:)

  2. Visiting from the February Fabric Silhouette Challenge!

    Oh my goodness, so glad to hear your middle one is doing much better- I know I would have freaked (as an Auntie that is)!

    What an adorable teddy bear! And you’re a super genius to use freezer paper as the stabilizer. Job well done my friend!!

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