When I found out that this month’s Silhouette Challenge theme was fabric, I was thrilled! I’m definitely a LITTLE bit of a fabric lover, and had a project in mind that I had been wanting to try for a while.
Ever since I got my Silhouette I knew it would be a great help in applique. Lately I have been all about working on my sewing space, so it seemed only fitting to make some artwork for my wall. I had some old embroidery hoops laying around and thought a great way to put them to use would be a Sew Cute Applique Wall Hanging.
I love it when I have all the supplies on hand for a project. I simple used a fat quarter, white muslin, Silhouette Sewable Fabric Interfacing, thread and the old embroidery hoops. I started by cutting my muslin into circles slightly larger than my hoop using a dinner plate as a template.
I arranged my letters in the software, and realized I had a lot of empty space that I didn’t want to waste. I decided to fill it with hexagons, and create something with the pieces. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love any hexagons and 1930’s fabric, so this project is a wonderful collection of all my crafty loves.
One reason I loved using my Silhouette machine was the nice clean cuts that it created. After they were cut, I positioned them on the white muslin fabric.
Second reason I loved using my machine was the interfacing. It was so easy to use and being able to iron my pieces in place before sewing was such a help. It was great to have one product that did it all and not having to add any additional stabilizer or other adhesive.
I will warn you though, when ironing or rather pressing the shapes on to your fabric it might help to using a pressing cloth, so you don’t burn your fabric like I did.
Then, it came time to actually applique my fabric. I was the most nervous about this part because it was my first applique project. I practiced on some of the scraps leftover from cutting my shapes, and when I felt like I had a good grip on how to do it, I got started.
I set my machine to the smallest blanket stitch and went to work. The toughest part was figuring out how to maneuver around corners. I definitely made a few mistakes, but I was totally ecstatic over how cute it turned out. The only problem was my husband was the only one here, and he didn’t understand the excitement over my first applique project.
After I had finished my sewing, I centered my letters and flower in the hoops. Which now that I’m looking at my picture, it looks like it isn’t completely centered. Whoops, I need to go back to that step.
I trimmed the edges of my fabric, and glued them down to secure my new artwork.
Have you ever appliqued before? Have you tried cutting your shapes with a Silhouette or other cutting machine?
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
- No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
- Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
- Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
- Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
- DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
- Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
- Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
- Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
- Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
- Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
- “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
- Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
- Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
- Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
- “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
- DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
- Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
- Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
- Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
- Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
- Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
- Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
- Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
- DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
- Birthday Challenge by Fadville
- Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
- Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
- “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
- Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
- Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
- Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
- Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
- Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
- Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
- Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
- Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
- Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
- Teddy Bear by Work in Progress