Silhouette Heat Transfer Sewable Fabric Interfacing Tutorial and a Little Giveaway

I knew once I had a Silhouette machine, there would be endless creative possibilities.   Now the Silhouette machine cuts fabric!  Using scrap material, I made my daughter a doxie (Niski!) pillow.  
Here’s how I did it. 
I hope to make my own pattern but until I figure out how to do that, I purchased a doxie shape from the Silhouette online store and sized it.  I did cut out some other shapes including an ear and some flowers for appliques as well. 
My doxie was approx. 6 x 9 inches long so using a piece of cardstock as a pattern, I cut a 6×9 piece of the heat transfer fabric interfacing.
Iron on to fabric (rough side of heat transfer interfacing paper to back side of fabric).
Cut out the 6×9 heat transfer paper fabric interfacing once it’s ironed (cooled) to the fabric.
I used my Silhouette cutting mat.  This will work best if your cutting mat isn’t very sticky (not new).  The heat transfer fabric interfacing paper backing sticks to the mat so I had to clean that off/peeling bits and pieces.  The other option would be to make sure your fabric is at least 8 inches wide going through the feed (so it doesn’t move around).  Stick the paper side to the mat, fabric side up.  I always stick to the right side.
Feed mat into the machine. (I always insert mat and vinyl on the third line from the left as the machine cuts closest to the right margin on projects shorter than 12″ unless you make adjustments in the software).
Change to the pink cutting tip. 
Send the image to the Silhouette for cutting.  My settings were 3 for speed and 33 (the highest) for thickness.
Cut image.
Unload and remove ‘negative’ fabric.
Lift up fabric doxie – instant iron on applique! How cool!
Iron fabric into place on 1 side of the right side of pillow to be sewn (or whatever you’re creating). 
Once it’s ironed on, it’s temporarily in place and ready to sew.  Sew close to the edge of the fabric applique. For rounding corners, make sure needle is down through fabric, lift foot and turn as needed. Lower foot and resume sewing. 

The back side will look like this:
Add extra iron ons for texture and depth, a button for an eye.
I got caught up in my project and didn’t photograph the remaining steps but I made a pillow cover.  Pin right sides together and sew three sides of the pillow cover.  Snip corners of fabric up to the seam. Turn right-side-out. Insert pillow and hand or machine sew the opening shut. 
Front Side:
Back Side:
So cute!  I’m not crazy about the shape of the dog (it seems a little distorted to me), but for first time test…it’s cute and my daughter loves it.
Now onto my Silhouette giveaway!  (This was so much fun last time I did it and I hope to share a picture of the previous winners’ projects soon…if they’re willing to ‘show off’.)  No machine giveaway this time…sorry! But I love sharing my Silhouette with you by helping you with your DIY project in the meantime!

Comment below what you’d want to make with a Silhouette machine.
Vinyl Art?
Vinyl Lettering for a DIY sign?
Iron On?
Fabric Applique?
Scrapbook supplies?
A special card?

Here are the projects I’ve made using my Silhouette if you need some ideas:

1 comment/entry per person.
I will choose a handful of readers, based on my materials and ease of your project. 
I will be purchasing some more vinyl and images for the purpose of this giveaway.
Giveaway is open to US DIY Show Off readers/subscribers only. 
Comment now through Wed. 3/23 at midnight EST.
Winners must respond to winner announcement at the end of the week.

Good luck!

March Promotion for DIY Show Off readers:  Purchase a Silhouette SD, one of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for $229.  Also, readers that already have a Silhouette can get 25% off fabric interfacing. The March promotion will run from the 21st through the 27th.  
Use promo code “SHOWOFF” 

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