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