I have really been craving some craft time, so I signed up to participate in this month’s Silhouette Challenge. But, of course, as the weekend approached I had absolutely no idea exactly what I wanted to craft…yikes!
Then I saw this hybrid challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs’ May Pinterest Portfolio Challenge.
Immediately, I knew that this would be my inspiration for this month’s challenge!!!
For an extra challenge, I decided to use fabric instead of paper for my Spring Hoop. This would be my first time cutting fabric with my silhouette and I was terrified!!!
Everything that I used in this project was craft materials that I had on hand or got from a friend…it cost absolutely nothing!
I used an old pink baby sheet as the background fabric which went right into the embroidery hoop. I also decided to washi tape the outside of the hoop instead of painting it. I am kind of in love with washi tape right now.
I decided to cut out the outline of a bird from one of my digital scrapbooking kits. One of my favorite things about the silhouette is that I can use my huge digital scrapbooking stash with it. This is the biggest reason that I decided to trade in my Cricuit for a Silhouette.
I used an adorable bird from Zoe Pearn’s How Tweet It Is kit…so stinkin’ cute!!!
I just opened the image that I wanted to use in the Silhouette software and traced it to get the outline of the bird.
For cutting fabric with the silhouette, first I placed fabric interfacing on it. I had some Wonder Under fabric interfacing and just went with using it, hoping all the while that it would suffice and it did!
To use the fabric interfacing, first you need to iron the rough side of it onto the wrong side of your fabric. Use a dry iron (no steam) with the wool setting. I held the iron in place for roughly 20-30 seconds in each area of the fabric until it was all ironed on.
Next place the fabric on the cutting mat (right side up) and load it into the Silhouette.
In the Silhouette software choose the cut settings for “fabric cotton print w/fabric interfacing”. The speed was set at 5, thickness at 33, and blade was 3. I did use a separate fabric blade for this project.
I admit I had to take a few deep breaths before hitting the “Cut” button. I was so scared that something would go wrong!
But I really had nothing to fear…the silhouette worked it’s magic and I had a beautiful bird shape that I adore!
You’ll need to gently pull the paper backing from the fabric and iron the cut fabric onto your background fabric. I got busy working and forgot to take pictures of this step. Actually I completely forgot to pull the paper backing off until I ironed a bit and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t sticking to the background fabric. DUH!
I decided to pull out my sewing machine and sew the bird shape applique onto my background fabric. This gave some added dimension and it helps to keep the cut fabric in place.
I had a little audience watching me sew!
After sewing the cut shape on, all I had left was to place it in the hoop and add embellishments…the really fun part!
I did a print and cut with the word strips. They’re also from Zoe’s How Tweet It Is digital kit. The “Smile” letters, butterflies, flowers, and butterfly came from a friend’s craft stash. (thanks so much, Jenn!!) They were all hot glued on.
I also hot glued on a button eye for my little spring bird.
This is one of my favorite projects ever!
My Spring Hoop is hanging on the wall in my kitchen and I love the “spring-y” feel that it adds!
This post is a part of a super fun group posting event called The Silhouette Challenge, started by the lovely and creative Lauren of The Thinking Closet. Each month we’ll be posting a different project we made using our Silhouette cutting machine. This month I am joining four other bloggers in sharing our projects. Check out their lovely creations below!
I Heart Labels: Flour & Sugar Jar Edition – The Thinking Closet
Bleeding Heart Card with Free Flower Download – Creative Turn
A Numbers Game – Learning Numbers with Your Preschooler – Lil Mrs. Tori
My First Silhouette Challenge Group Project – Tanya’s Creative Space
Girly Superhero Decor – Coley’s Corner
“A Cup of Tea” Customizable Art Printable – Tried & True
The Lady in Hat “Thinking of You” Card – An Elegant Touch
Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? We’d love to have you. Simply contact Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email.