Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cutting fabric with my Silhouette SD

Well I gave cutting fabric a try this morning with my Silhouette SD.
I ironed on Heat and Bond onto the back of the fabric then I placed it on the heavy mat. I opened a bunch of flower shapes then selected all and then grouped them. I then clicked on the trace tool and traced them all, selected the outside portion to cut and put in my settings. I set it for the thickest card stock which uses the pink blade cap and I clicked double cut.
My first try the fabric didn't want to stay stuck as well as I would have liked and the paper during cutting was somewhat tangling up so I stopped the machine before the second cutting. A few things didn't cut well. I found out that you shouldn't pick thin shaped items to be cut out for sure.
My next try I used my Cricket mat which is MUCH stickier and that helped. I let it do the double cutting. I would still liked it to have stuck down better. I put it fabric side DOWN on the mat so maybe I should try heat and bond down next time.
Here are my results.
 You can see I lost one of the pedals somewhere on the bottom right flower and a few of them ripped right off. Better to stick with thicker floral designs. 

 Here is the biggest design which works best.

 Here is the back with the Heat and Bond showing.

I plan to use my little craft iron if I am going to use these items on cards or scrapbooking but will use my household iron of course if I'm going to add them to shirts or quilts. :)
If anyone has any comments that will help with cutting on the Silhouette SD, please comment. :)


  1. this is wonderful. I just purchased a used Sil and was wondering if I could cut fabric. Great tutorial!

  2. Thanks Sarah. I'll have to check out your blog so I can learn from you. :)


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