Do you love the idea of cutting fabric on your Silhouette — but are often disappointed with the results — Today’s blog post will put an end to that! Read on!
This precious boy is my youngest grandson — and he turned ONE in September! He lives in Virginia Beach, along with his Mommy & Daddy — so they decided to have a shark themed party on the beach! I shared about the little shark buckets in a previous post, that were filled with candy for the party favors.
But, my daughter had a photo shoot planned prior to the party & wanted a birthday shirt & birthday banner for the back ground. So, of course, I turned to my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut the fabric.
The first thing we had to do was select the fabrics, and she chose these fun, nautical & primary colored prints. She wanted a shirt that simply spelled out the word, “ONE” to match the banner – -so that’s what we did! Here are a few tips on cutting fabric for fusible projects!
Preparing the fabric: The first thing I did was to stabilize the fabric. Fabric just does not cut cleanly on the Silhouette without some type of stabilization. In the past, I’ve used either the Silhouette brand of interfacing, or Heat & Bond fusible. However, I’ve begun adding one additional step, which I believe gives you a much nicer cut. I use an awesome product called “Terial Magic”. Terial Magic is a spray on fabric stabilizer that washes out of your garment, quilt or project after it’s finished. Once its washed, the fabric returns to its original soft feel – and not stiff at all! But while cutting, its nice & stiff like paper! Here is a video from Terial Arts that shows you how to prepare the fabric. She is cutting petals to create 3-D flowers, but the preparation is the same for using the Silhouette.
At this point, I fused Heat n Bond Ultra to the back of my fabric — since I was going to be fusing it down & not sewing through it. The Heat n Bond does not wash out — so you will have that staying in your fabric. I have found that using the Terial Magic with the Heat n Bond gives a much better result – than Heat n Bond alone. Remove the paper backing of the Heat n Bond & place the fabric on your Silhouette Mat. (If you did not need to fuse the fabric to the shirt, or for the banner — you could cut without the Heat n Bond. Learn more about that in this post.)
Creating the shapes: The word “ONE” was created by simply selecting the Text Tool in the left hand toolbar of Silhouette Studio & typing the word with all lower case. I selected the font Brittanica Bold. After typing, I enlarged the letters to the size I wanted & then ungrouped the letters to separate them, as I was cutting each letter from a different fabric!
So, once the letters were separated, I placed them at different spots on the mat, so that with 3 different fabrics, they could all be cut at once! Once they were cut, I simply lined them up on the shirt & fused! If you wanted, you could stitch around the edges, but it certainly isn’t necessary!
The pennant banners were easy to create – using the Polygon feature in Silhouette Studio. Simply turn on your grid — with “Show Grid” & “Snap to Grid” Selected. Then select the Polygon tool from the left hand tool bar, and click on your grid to form a large triangle. (I’ve filled them in with pattern here, to make it easier to see.) I then duplicated the triangle & rotated it 190 degrees, so that I could cut two at one time.
At this point, I simply cut out all of my triangles. 2 for each pennant. Then, carefully line them up, wrong sides together & fuse. I worked on a teflon press sheet, just in case a little fusible was peeking out. They were beautiful fabric on both sides. At that point, I did sew the pennants down to some rick-rack, using a simple zig-zag stitch. But, if you don’t sew — you could use fabric glue or cut little holes on your pennant & string ribbon through them.
So there you have it!! All set for the birthday photo shoot. And speaking of photo shoot — these beautiful birthday pictures were shot by “Photography by MJ”. If you live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, you want to be sure & check her out!
Hope this inspires you to create your own Fusible –No Sew Fabric projects! Until next time —