Silhouette send some of their new Sewable Interfacing and a Fabric Blade to one of our Fabric Designers, Tiffany Hood, so she could have some fun creating with them. Tiffany created this adorable no-sew shirt for her little girl and she even put together a step-by-step tutorial for all of us to see exactly how easy it was to do!
"Silhouette No Sew T-Shirt Applique", by Tiffany Hood.
I was super excited to try out the Silhouette Fabric Blade and Sewable Interfacing, and I was so excited with the results. The Silhouette blade cuts through fabric perfectly! And the details you get are the same details you get when you cut layered designs with paper!
For this project I used the “Sunny Happy Skies” and “Puppy Park” fabric lines by Bella Blvd. I used a cut from Miss Kate’s Cuttables called “Polka Dot Flowers” that I thought would be so cute on a little outfit for my daughter. When using fabric, be sure to soak it in water and dry it first to pre-shrink it before sewing anything that might be washed again later on.
I started by importing the image into Silhouette Studio and sizing the entire thing so that the largest background cut would be about 5 inches wide.
Then I “Ungrouped” the image and separated it, grouping each cut into color. That way I can put several individual colors of fabric on the mat at a time and cut them all at once.
I trimmed each color of fabric to fit the section it would go on on my mat, and then I placed them all onto Silhouette’s Sewable Interfacing with the back of the fabric facing the glue side of the interfacing sheet.
Iron the fabric pieces onto the interfacing with the back of the fabric facing the sticky side of the interfacing. The purpose of the interfacing is to make the fabric stiff and cuttable. Without interfacing the fabric won’t cut, it will slide around the mat.
You can then cut apart each square using regular paper scissors. You’ll want to remove the paper backing from the interfacing before placing the fabric pieces onto your mat. I forgot to do this and everything still cut great but it took a while to peel the backing pieces off my mat afterward. And it probably dulled my fabric blade a little.
Place all fabric pieces onto the mat where the corresponding cuts will be. Showing the grid on your software makes this an easy process, and the Silhouette is very precise.
Change your cut settings in Silhouette Studio to “Fabric with Interfacing.” Notice it recommends a blade depth of “3.”
Replace your blade with the Fabric Blade. A blade that has cut paper will not be sharp enough to cut cleanly through fabric. Adjust the blade to “3.”
To adhere without sewing, I used “Steam A Seam” which you can buy in a package at Hobby Lobby. You can also use “Wonder Under” the same way.
Place the Steam A Seam on your cutting mat and cut all shapes again.
I lowered my speed to 2, blade depth of 3, and used my paper blade instead of my fabric blade.
Then, to bond, place your base piece down first (this picture has two already fused).
Then, place your cut piece of Steam A Seam that correlates with your next piece on top of the bottom layer.
Remove the paper backing.
Place your next layer on top (should be the same size as the Steam A Seam).
Then press with a hot iron. Make sure you are doing the right layer in the right order. This is not like adhering paper. The Steam A Seam is permanent once ironed and cannot be removed.
Repeat with all layers.
And your cut is complete! Add the Steam A Seam to the back and iron onto the front of the shirt after first washing and drying the shirt to make it shrink.
Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette Fabric Blade; Silhouette Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing- Sewable; Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies and Puppy Park Fabrics; Digital SVG- Polka Dot Flowers by Miss Kate's Cuttables; Iron and ironing board; Steam A Seam or Wonder Under; T- Shirt
Fabric Summer Skirt and Headband, by Tiffany Hood.
After I made the cute shirt with the Silhouette Fabric products, I wanted to make a complete matching outfit. I whipped up a fun summer skirt, layered in Bella Blvd's Sunny Happy Skies fabrics and trimmed with a black pattern from the Puppy Park fabric line. And every little girl's outfit needs a matching hair piece, so I made her a headband that ties in the back, and is embellished with Bella Blvd's darling Crochet Hearts and Crochet Flowers.
Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies Fabrics by Riley Blake; Bella Blvd Puppy Park Fabrics by Riley Blake; 3/4 inch elastic; Crochet Hearts: Punch; Crochet Flowers: Daisies, Dahlia, Juniper
If you head over to the Silhouette site, they are having some great deals on fabric bundles, with and without the Cameo/Silhouette Portrait machines. You can check out the deals HERE, and use the promo code BELLA to take advantage of these savings. The promos are good thru Friday, May 31st.