Cutting Fabric Without Backing

beach bumI’m heading to VA Beach this weekend to see my youngest grandson, Nixon!  I’m so excited, since I haven’t seen him since his baptism in April!   And I realized – -I cannot go empty handed!  So, i decided to make him a summer romper – with a beach theme!   They live a block off the beach – and he is truly a little beach baby!

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So, I selected a darling embroidery design from “Planet Appliqué” – and procedeed to cut my fabric with the Silhouette Cameo — In order to do that, I have to import the appliqué cut file into Silhouette.  I’ve shared different ways to do this, (check out this guest blog at Silhouette School),  but in today’s post I’m using Embrilliance software to create my cut files.

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The first step is to isolate the placement stitch for the applique –  To do this, open the stitch sequence widow & select the first placement stitch for one of the surfboard appliqués.    In the bottom window, click on the color block to open the following window:

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Select “Applique Position” from the Style window — and then you have the option to “inflate” the appliqué.  I enlarged the appliqué just a little – .9mm — to be sure that its caught by the tack down stitch.  The Select SAVE — and choose your format.  Of course, because I”m working in Silhouette Studio — I chose Studio format.    That’s it!   Just repeat this process for each appliqué piece.  (If you’d like to see more – check out this video.)    And to learn more about Embrilliance software, just visit their site!   (Stay tuned — in November – Silhouette will launch the new software upgrade that will actually make this proc ess even easier!  We’ll be able to open our Embroidery designs in Studio!)

Once all of the files are created — load them to your Silhouette Studio software & place them n the mat.  I’ve filled these in to make it easier to see —

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Now, its time to place the fabric on the mat —   In order to cut your fabric successfully with the Cameo — the fabric needs to be stabilized somehow.   Usually, I fuse the fabric with Heat n Bond lite – but today I tried a new method.    And I LOVE IT!!   Simply spray this amazing product, Terial Magic, onto your fabric.  Actually saturate it – then let it air dry for about 15 minutes.  Then, simply iron it dry.   It will be stiff — almost paper like!  Its great!  Just place the fabric on your mat, and adhere it well.  No stabilizer needed!  This eliminates the bulk and plastic-y feel that the fusible interfacing causes!


I simply cut using the default settings for Fabric – Thin cotton, and it cut perfect!  This is what you get!


Once the appliqué pieces are cut, its quick and easy to go to the embroidery machine & stitch out the design.   When its time to place the appliqué pieces into the design, I spritz a little temporary spray adhesive on the back to hold them in place, while they are being stitched down.   I love creating appliqués this way — and I save the files to my Silhouette Library — so if I want to use this design again, its just a matter of opening them up & cutting!

So, here’s the finished product!   This little Jon-Jon  pattern from “Creations by Michie'” – goes together so quickly!  I need to cut out several at one time & put them together before my little guys grow out of them!   Can’t wait to see this on Nixon!



Don’t miss out on the first ever “All Things Silhouette Conference” — November 7-8, 2015!  We will have classes on cutting fabric, machine embroidery & so much more!!  Click on the link for more details & sign up now!  Registrations come in daily & we anticipate selling out soon!  Hugs, Terri

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  1. Terri,
    I am so excited to see you use this product to stiffen your fabric. I have heard positive feedback by knowing you had success gives me the confidence to purchase Terial Magic.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  2. Kathy McBroom says

    Terri so cute thanks for the info very helpful. I’ll see you at the Silhouette Conference in Nov. Kathy

  3. I too have had success with Terial Magic. If I decide I need fusible I simply use Bonash to iron it on. First I spritz the fabric with a fine mist of water, so that the BoNash will stick to the fabric. Then I iron it on and save the leftover BoNash by doing the sprinkling in a container. It can then be put back into the can.

  4. This looks adorable! Thanks for sharing your stabilizing tip 🙂

  5. Emily Campbell says

    Will Terial Magic be available for purchase at the conference in November?

    • Emily — Yes! We will have Terial Magic available for sale at the Conference! And I’ll have a class on cutting fabric with your Silhouette! Look forward to seeing you there!


  1. […] 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.) […]