Princess Apron

princess apron tutorial

Today’s Silhouette project is designed for all girls who love pink and princesses! I made this sweet and feminine princess apron for my friend’s niece and I am very pleased with how it all came together. I followed my basic apron pattern and added a few princess details.

For a feminine touch, I sewed a sparkly butterfly ribbon to the middle and bottom portions of the apron and added a layer of gathered tule. For a personalized touch, I cut the child’s name (LW Splendid Font) out of white heat transfer vinyl. Be sure to mirror the text before cutting. The Heart Princess Crown was cut using silver heat transfer material.

princess apron bib

As an added accessory, I created this matching oven mitt.

Princess Apron Tutorial

  • Cut this oven mitt shape onto white paper. This served as my pattern.
  • Pin the pattern onto the fabric and cut twice.
  • Hem the bottom opening.
  • Sew some gathered tule and ribbon onto the bottom edge of the mitt.
  • Place wrong sides of the mitt together and sew around the edge, leaving the bottom open.
  • Turn right-side out.
  • Apply the heat transfer material princess crown.

Princess Apron Tutorial

I have used this same pattern to create a girl’s apron.

Girl's Apron

You might also be interested in checking out my kid’s tool apron.

Kid's Tool Apron

Kid’s Tool Apron

Thank you for checking out my post today and happy crafting!

Martha-2

 

 

Girl’s Apron

Girl's Apron

Another apron post! I bet you can guess what all the kids in my extended family are getting for Christmas this year. Kid’s love helping out in the kitchen and playing with imaginary food, so I figured that this would be a great present to help foster their creativity in the kitchen.

This apron was personalized for a girl who has a German Shepherd and a cat. Isn’t it fantastic that you can personalize this project with the Silhouette CAMEO and the simple application of heat transfer material? For a full tutorial on how to make this apron, check out my post on the Silhouette America blog.

Girl's Apron

I added a bow and button detail to the apron bib to hide the stitches. Also, I made the neck ribbon with velcro because I figured would allow my niece to put it on and take it off by herself. This way, her Mom won’t be constantly bothered to tie a bow.

Girl's Apron

And…if you missed my other two apron posts, you can find my kid’s tool apron project and a 50’s inspired apron by clicking on the links.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kid’s Tool Apron

Kid's Tool Apron

About a year ago, I reconnected with my sewing machine and since then, I have made some pretty cute projects-mostly for my kids, no surprise there! Today’s Silhouette project is no exception. This cute Kid’s Tool Apron was an easy project to whip up with my sewing machine and my Silhouette CAMEO.

The apron pattern was found at  Sew Much Ado. The steps are very clear and easy to follow as there are lots of photos to help along the way. Thank you for providing such a great tutorial Abby! The only changes I made to this pattern were:

  • I doubled up the fabric because my blue fabric was a bit thin
  • I added a few extra pockets for tool storage.

To make the row of pockets, I added an accordion fold between each pocket so that the pockets were roomy for the bulky tools. Add a good 5″ of extra fabric to make the accordion fold.

Kid's Tool Apron

Here’s another close up of the accordion pockets. Note that I didn’t place an accordion between the middle pockets.

Kid's Tool Apron

Lastly, I added these cute designs from the Silhouette Design Store:

The designs were cut out of heat transfer material (HTM) using my Silhouette CAMEO. Once weeded with the handy Silhouette hook, the designs were simply ironed onto the apron. Because I used multiple layers of HTM, I found it best to do a quick press for the first layer, just enough so that the HTM released from the plastic backing, and then a final full press once all layers were in place.

My son immediately matched his tools to the corresponding pictures!

Kid's Tool Apron

I am very happy with how the tool apron turned out and I sure hope that the recipient loves it as much as I loved making it for him!

Thanks for checking in today!

Martha

 

Witch Costume | Sewable Fabric Interfacing

Witch Costume | Sewable Fabric Interfacing

 

With Halloween only 2 days away, I was scrambling to put together a costume for my daughter. She wanted to be a purple witch this year and I wanted it to be homemade. I much prefer homemade costumes as I find that they are more creative and are of better quality. I also think that the likelihood of the same costume being duplicated at school is pretty close to nil, which of course is important to my daughter.

So this is what I came up with, thanks to the help of my Silhouette CAMEO. The design for the the shirt was made with Silhouette brand sewable fabric interfacing, the purple zebra print fabric was picked up from Walmart, and the Witch Silhouette design was found in the Silhouette Design Store.

SHIRT

The application of interfacing is very simple:

  • Cut a piece of interfacing about 1″ larger than the design
  • Iron the shiny side of the interfacing to the wrong (back) side of the fabric for 2 seconds
  • Peel away the paper
  • Place the fabric onto the Silhouette cutting mat, interfacing side down
  • Cut the shape with the Silhouette CAMEO
  • Place the cut design onto the t-shirt and lightly iron it for a temporary hold
  • Sew around the edges of the design

IMG_5345SKIRT

I found a simple black skirt at Dollarama for $3.00. I cut waistband close to the outside edge seam to expose the elastic.  Then I cut pieces of tule and zebra print 12×2″, Then, I secured the pieces by folding the fabric in half and created a slip knot around the elastic waistband. Here is a picture and tutorial of how this is done.

IMG_5347MAGIC WAND

My daughter created her own magic wand with a stick she found and then taped some shiny garland to the stick. She made it all by herself and she is very proud of her creation. I think it perfect too!

wand

FINISHING TOUCHES

A pair of purple leggings and a purple and black spiderweb witch hat completed the costume.

My daughter LOVES the skirt the best since it’s poofy and very girlish. I like her magic wand the best 🙂

I hope this has inspired you to make your own costume this year! Let me know how you used your Silhouette CAMEO to create your Halloween costume. If you are interested, you can also take a look at the Fireman costume that I made for my son. This is another great project that I created with my Silhouette CAMEO.

Thanks for stopping by!

Martha

Fabric accessories

Hello and welcome back!

Recently, I began sewing clothes for my daughter and son. I don’t know why I had waited so long to take up this rewarding hobby. It is very satisfying in change a couple of meters of fabric into something functional and 3 dimensional. I then thought, why not try cutting fabric with my Silhouette CAMEO. It cuts like a charm and I can now create lovely embellishments and accessories for many of my sewing projects.

Here are two examples of fabric accessories made with the Silhouette.

IMG_3320 - Version 2Fabric flower hair band

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Different coloured fabric flower hair band.

dress join
A dress I sewed for my daughter, embellished with a flower accessory.

NOTE: When using the Silhouette to cut fabric, fabric interfacing MUST be applied. I used Heat n’ Bond for the projects listed above. Silhouette America sells fabric interfacing, both sewable and clean cut. I have yet to use it, but based on all the other Silhouette products I have used, the quality is top notch so I would expect nothing less of the Silhouette brand fabric interfacing. To apply fabric interfacing, follow the directions that come with the product.

FABRIC FLOWER HAIR BAND

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Headband
  • Fabric Interfacing
  • Glue gun
  • Silhouette CAMEO (or PORTRAIT), spatula, cutting board
  • 3D Flower Design #57543

In the Silhouette Studio software, open 3D Flower #57543 and adjust the dimensions of the shape to 3″ x 3″.  Next, ungroup the flower shape so that the center piece of the flower can be moved off of the cutting board. Ensure that the small cutlines remain connected to the flower.

With just the large flower on the cutting board, proceed to click the Cut Settings icon. Select Fabric under Material Type. Choose between thin or thick fabric. In my case, I chose Thin Fabric like Cotton Prints. Adjust the blade setting as indicated and be sure to conduct a test cut to ensure that the blade will cut through the fabric. I had to adjust my blade settings.

This screen shot shows the steps listed above:

Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 9.01.20 PM

Once the main flower is cut, repeat these steps for the center piece of the flower. Adjust the blade if you are using a different weighted material.

As an aside, I recommend sticking to smooth textured fabrics. I used a slightly bumpy fabric for the center piece of my flower and it was a bit of a disaster. It did not stick to the cutting board well, and the blade did not cut through the extra texture.

Next, I glued the two pieces of the flower together with a glue gun. Because the flower is symmetrical, be sure to aline the flower pedals when gluing. I then added a small dollar store gem to the center of the flower.

I am very pleased with the results of this headband and most importantly, my daughters loves it! She wears the green headband a lot.

IMG_3320 - Version 2

 

FABRIC FLOWER BELT ACCESSORY

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Fabric Interfacing
  • Silhouette CAMEO (or PORTRAIT), spatula, cutting board
  • Flower Card Design #25363
  • Glue gun
  • Button
  • Safety Pin

In the Silhouette Studio software, open Flower Card Design #25363. Delete the card and borders, leaving just the 3 parts of the flower. Adjust the dimension of the largest flower to 2.896″ x 2.896″, the medium sized flower to 2.218″ x 2.231 and the smallest to 1.479″ x 1.488″. Before cutting, ensure that fabric interfacing has been applied to the wrong side of the fabric, a 4″ x 6″ rectangle just big enough for this project.

Click the Cut Settings icon and select Fabric under Material Type. I chose Thin Fabric like Cotton Prints based on my fabric choice. Adjust the blade setting as indicated and be sure to conduct a test cut to ensure that the blade will cut through the fabric.

This screen shot shows the steps listed above:

Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 9.33.24 PM

 

Next, I ironed the 3 pieces of the flower together. The stickiness of the interfacing provided an excellent bond. If you want a more dramatic 3D look, consider gluing the flower together with fabric glue or a glue gun. Be sure to accurately line up the pedals of the flower before bonding. I then added a white button to the center of the flower, attaching it with a glue gun. I safety pinned the flower onto the belt so it can be removed for washing.

close up belt flower

The weather has not been nice enough for a sundress, but it certainly hasn’t stopped my daughter from wearing this one! She puts on leggings and a shirt to keep warm. This to me says that the dress and its accessory are a hit. She just can’t wait for the nice weather!

Take care everyone,

Martha