As soon as I saw this sample in the Silhouette booth at CHA Summer 2012, I knew that I would do something similar to my own machine’s cover when I finally got one. It’s a nice subtle piece of decoration that adds some fun and style to an otherwise mostly functional cover design, but without being too fussy. (I wish I knew who the designer was so I could give credit!)
Now I finally have a Portrait machine, and Silhouette gave me the opportunity to try out their fabric interfacing. I knew just what project I wanted to try! I went to my local quilt shop and bought a couple of fat quarters to work with to create my flowers!
I started by ironing the Silhouette Clean Cut interfacing to the back of my fabric, allowing the fabric to overlap like the interfacing instructions call for. The interfacing ironed on really quickly and easily. They aren’t kidding about it only taking two seconds to adhere!
After letting the fabric cool, I cut off the overlapping fabric and was left with this – fabric with the paper backing. The paper needed to be peeled off before putting the fabric on my cutting mat. It came off easily, like peeling a sticker up off its backing. It left behind the fabric with a backing that had a slight vinyl feel to it.
All loaded up and ready to go cut with my Portrait! The instructions warn to keep your fabric away from the rollers on the mat. And don’t forget to put in a fabric blade, since cutting fabric will dull your regular blade.
When I took the mat out of the machine, the cuts were barely visible. I was skeptical that they could be good, clean cuts all the way through the fabric. The fabric looks barely scratched!
But I got a surprise! When I started peeling back the waste fabric off the mat, I was left with perfectly cut flowers!
After the flowers were cut (I experimented with a couple different sizes and colors before settling on a final combination), I assembled them into a stack. The flower is finished off with a button from my stash, and the whole thing is adhered to the Portrait cover by stitching it down with baker’s twine.
Supplies | Digital Cutting Files: Lori Whitlock for Silhouette (petal flowers, 5-petal flowers). Fabric: Sweet Love by Maywood Studios (yellow), unknown (pink). Baker’s Twine: Doodlebug Designs Doodle Twine (Brights Assortment). Other: Silhouette Portrait Cover (Grey), Silhouette Clean Cut Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing, Silhouette Fabric Blade.
This was so quick and easy to do! I couldn’t believe how simple the interfacing was to use! I do not like fussy techniques, but this is something that I will definitely be using again. I’m planning to make a tote bag soon for my daughter to tote all her “gadgets” around in. I think I’ll try the sewable version of the interfacing on that project to create some appliques to decorate her bag!
If you’d like to try out the fabric interfacing and see what you can make, check out the fabulous special offers below from Silhouette! They are great offers!
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