Using the Knife Tool in Designer Edition – and FREE Halloween Cut File

With all of my health challenges the past year, I haven’t been able to make much for my littlest (one year old) grandson, Silas — So since I’m feeling better, Halloween is the perfect time!  I loved using the designing tools in Silhouette Studio to create my little ghost in this design!

I’m working in Silhouette Studio, V4.1.201.  First, I selected the Elipse tool and drew a large oval shape — and a smaller oval shape for the ghost eyes.   Just duplicate the small oval by using the keyboard shortcut CMD+D (Mac) or CTRL+D (PC).  Move them apart, then group together.

Next, I moved them over to the larger oval shape in about the place I wanted for eyes.  With both the large oval & the eyes selected, select the align tool & Center.  Then, right click for the dropdown menu & select “Make Compound Path”.  Now you are ready for the Knife Tool.   I am working with the Business Edition — but you need at least Designer Edition in order to have the Wave Cutting option in the knife.  (I’ve filled the oval in  with color to make this easier for you to see. )

Select the knife tool in the left hand tool bar, and then adjust the options in the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of the screen.   First, Uncheck Auto Apply;  next select the Solid Option, and last – select the Wave Option.  Now, draw your knife across the oval a little more than half way down.   If you hold down the shift key while drawing, it will draw a straight line.   You can use the little slider icon in the middle of the wave to adjust the size of the wave, until its the size that you want.   Then, back in the Quick Access Toolbar, click Apply.

Now, your shape has been cut into two pieces.  Simply delete the bottom half!   And at this point, you can adjust the size and shape of your ghost by using the white corner squares when selected.

Finally, just use the font of your choice to type a B and an O for your other letters.   (The font I used in the sample is Desdemona).

To prepare the fabric for cutting, I used Terial Magic to stabilize the fabric, and, since I’m sewing down the fabric, I used Heat n Bond lite on the back of it – Check out this post to learn more about cutting fabric.

After cutting all of the fabric, I pressed the design to the t-shirt and used a narrow, short zigzag to stitch around all raw edges of the design!    Obviously, I cut this design out of fabric — but you can cut it out of vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, foil — or anything else you want!    Download the design here & enjoy!       I would love it if you would post what you make using this design on my Facebook page!

Until next time —

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  1. Cindie Deasey says

    Thank you for the cute design and in[spirat]ion. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. God Bless you always!

  2. Thank you, Terri, I am happy to hear you are feeling better.

  3. Constance Sheehey says


  4. Kathy Bruer says

    Terri, I have just recently heard about your illness. I’m so sorry and pray for healing. Thank you for showing this. I haven’t upgraded yet so I guess it’s time. Thank you again and God Bless.

  5. Thank you so much! I didn’t know we had a “wavy” knife cutting pattern.

  6. This is awesome!