Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a blessed & Merry Christmas! Now, with all of the hustle & bustle of the holidays behind us, I’m hoping to create more projects for this blog to share with each of you!! This post is from a shirt I made for “My Little Snowman” — my grandson, Noah. The design was inspired by a shirt from Gymboree. I thought it looked adorable on him — and thought “I could do that with my Silhouette Cameo & embroidery machine!” — So off to my computer I went! I actually created the design I’m about to show you with PE Design Next software — but Planet Applique has a great “Simple Snowman” design that would work perfectly for this project — and as of this posting — its only $1.50! She also has a darling “Girly Snoman” that would be adorable when stitching for a little girl!
In my previous post, I wrote about how to create the cut files for the Silhouette from your embroidery designs, but I’ve received quite a few questions — so I thought I’d try to answer some of them here! First, the “Snipping Tool” used to copy your placement stitch is a Microsoft Tool built into Windows. If you don’t know where it is, simply type “Snipping Tool” into the Search function on your computer. When it pops up, right click on the tool and select “Pin to Taskbar” — so it will be available to you whenever you need it!
Once you’ve pasted your embroidery file into the Silhouette Studio — you need to size it —as described in my last post I usually cut multiple copies of the applique at one time — so I will have them ready to do next time I want to stitch the design. I keep them in ziplock bags, with the name of the embroidery design on the bag! So, now its time to prepare your fabric & cut! I fuse “Heat & Bond Lite” interfacing to the wrong side of my fabric. Then remove the paper backing & place it on the Silhouette Mat. Since these files are small, I put both pieces of fabric & cut at the same time. Then “Send to Silhouette” & cut!
I use the blue fabric blade, and use it only for fabric — that will keep it sharp — just like your sewing scissors! And I use the default settings for “Cotton fabric with interfacing” in the Studio Software.Now — at the Embroidery Machine — I fuse “Floriani No Show Mesh Fusible” to the back of the onsie — it prevents puckers & “waffling” on your onsie”. I then hoop “Floriani Perfect Stick” to stick the onsie down. You have to turn the onsie inside out & carefully “babysit” while stitching. This is not one you can walk away from! Once the 1st Color Stop (placement) has stiched out, remove the hoop from your embroidery machine & place the applique pieces over the stitching lines. Be sure the fabric covers up the stitching lines — and use a small craft iron to fuse the applique in place. Repeat this for all of the applique pieces. Be sure the applique fabric is secure before you place the hoop back on the machine. Now — continue stitching the embroidery design & it will cover the raw edges of the applique fabric! Your done! This is sooo much faster than trimming the fabric in the hoop! Trim the excess stabilizer from the back of the onsie, turn it inside out & place it on your favorite little snowman!