Sewing, Silhouette & SVG files – and Silhouette Promotion!

Luv2sew keychain

Most of you know —  I LOVE TO SEW!  Sewing has always been my first love in the “creating & crafting” realm of my life!  My grandmother (Ma-ma) was the one who taught me to sew, and she and I have been the only ones in our family who do!  (One of my sisters once told me she had to take a valium to thread a needle!)  I took every “sewing” class in High School (when there were actually sewing classes in school) — and then after I had taken all of them, I became the student assistant for the sewing teacher!  So, its in my blood!

And cutting machine embroidery appliqués was how I got involved with the Silhouette – -and the rest is history!  Now, the really cool thing is that they work together beautifully!!  Many machine embroidery designers are now including SVG files with their embroidery designs!  One of my personal favorites (and dear friend) is Hope Yoder!   Her new “Sew Chandelier Embroidery Collection” is adorable & includes SVG files, as well as embroidery files!  And with the “Silhouette Designer Edition Upgrade”, you have the capability of opening SVG files in your Silhouette Studio Software!  

Hope Yoder's Sew Chandelier Embroidery Collection

Hope Yoder’s Sew Chandelier Embroidery Collection


This adorable “Luv 2 Sew” file is from Hope’s “Sew Chandelier” collection – that I used for my keychain!  But, before I share the Keychain Tutorial with you — Let me tell you about this month’s TREMENDOUS promotion from Silhouette!    Simply Click the image below & use the promo code TERRI to take advantage of these awesome savings!


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NOW, here  is how I created this fun “Luv 2 Sew” Keychain –

1)  Open the “Luv2Sew” SVG file from the CD — Size it to fit your keychain

2)  With the design selected, open the “Cut Style” Window, and click on “Cut”.  Dark red cut lines will appear around your design elements.

Cut file window

3)  Close the Cut Style Window – and with the design still selected, “Ungroup” the design.  This can be done by right clicking on your mouse and selecting “Ungroup” in the drop down menu.  Or, a keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+U on a PC, or Cmd+U on a Mac.  

4)  Once the elements of the design are ungrouped, then you can select both of the green parts, and Group them together, then the pink parts & Group them together (Ctrl+G on a PC, or Cmd+G on a MAC)   Move the 3 parts of the design on the mat.  Grouped Parts of Design

5)  Now, place 3 squares of the vinyl onto the mat – and cut!  After the design is cut, weed (or remove) the excess vinyl from each color.  Then layer transfer tape over each segment of the design.

luv 2 sew 1

6)  Now its time to place the design on the keychain.  Start with the black, then place the green & finally the pink – being sure to smooth it down & “rub” out all of the air bubbles!!

sew layer 2

Now you’re done!  Just add your keys & you are all set!  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial & be sure to take advantage of the Silhouette promotions!  Hugs, Terri

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  1. Breanne clemmensen says

    This is adorable, where did you get the keychain. I see Christmas presents in my future.

  2. Tracy Wade says

    Where do you reccomend ordering acrylic blanks from?

  3. Cathie V. vaughn says

    Hey, Terri, I am really looking forward to the retreat in April. I didn’t include this in my form but I’d sure love to learn more about cutting fabric appliques cut on my cameo. I know you have some detailed lessons you gave on this site, but I am so a visual learner! ThanksCathie

    • Cathie — Not to worry — We are going to have demonstrations & handouts on creating fabric appliqués — Plenty of opportunity for visual learning & questions! Terri

  4. in your tutorial, you mention getting the pieces to work on the design from the cd??? I don’t know which cd you are referring to. Is there any other place to find the cd?