My daughter outgrew her favorite pajamas. This would normally be cause for alarm, but I had the perfect solution in mind. I took a piece of it and made it into a special cuddle-pillow. I don't sew, so the outcome of this project nearly brought me to happy tears.
You will need the following materials:
Heat transfer vinyl
Silhouette fabric stabilizer
Silhouette CAMEO 3 cutting machine
Draw and trace. Draw your design on a piece of paper and scan into your computer as a jpg file. Open the jpg in Silhouette Studio and open the Trace menu.
For this design, I used a modified baby chick from the Silhouette Design Store (I used Cute Chick Envelope, design ID#26644) and a hand-lettered design of my own.
Adhere fabric stabilizer. Follow the directions on the back of the fabric stabilizer package for best results. I used an iron set to cotton setting to press onto my fabric.
Fabric stabilizer does two things
- It creates a sturdy and even backing on the fabric that makes cutting a cinch
- The new backing instantly turns your fabric into heat transfer material
Cut the fabric. Cutting fabric with the Silhouette CAMEO 3 was a trial and error process for me. Choose a shape that is not intricate, along with fabric that is relatively lightweight* for best results. Place the fabric onto the cut mat and use a fabric blade or a brand new blade that you will designate for fabric only.
*I used a thick, organic cotton for my very first try. I had to play with the cut settings a little to get it right, eventually opting for a slower speed and higher blade setting.
Cut the heat transfer vinyl. Cutting fabric and regular vinyl is a straightforward process. Cutting heat transfer vinyl requires a mirror image. Do not forget to select your design in Silhouette Studio and then flip it horizontally to come up with a mirror image of your original work.
Press the fabric and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) onto the pillow case. I own a heat press, but for this tutorial I used my household iron on a cotton setting to press the fabric chick design and my HTV lettering design onto the pillowcase. Voilá! Magic!