Sunday, January 24, 2016

Valentine Onesies- So Sweet!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner...a perfect time to make something for my sweet twin grandchildren's first February 14th.  My daughter-in-law saw something similar to these and wondered if we could make them.  Can you guess what my answer was?

I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut the letters and shapes.  Cutting fabric designs with the Cameo is a piece of cake!  You do need to interface your fabric with a paper backed fusible web before you begin cutting.  Silhouette sells their own fusible interfacing which works quite well but for this project, I decided to use Whisper Web Plus from Innovative Crafts.  This is an ultra sheer fusible web that is very soft- - perfect for babies!

After choosing my fabrics, I fused the web to the wrong sides.  I also drew the letters using the Silhouette Sketch Pens so I could check the size.

From the Silhouette Design Store, I chose the SimplyPut font for the lettering.  The heart came from Hearts Set #21188 and the beetle came from Ladybug #9162.

After cutting the first set of letters, I decided that they should be a bit larger so...back to the computer to resize.  The size that I finally settled on each of the words was 1.8"x 5.4".  The beetle size was 
3.1"x 4" and the heart was 2.9"x 3.9".

After cutting, I carefully removed the paper backing, positioned the designs and fused with the iron on wool setting and a damp press cloth.

The Whisper Web packaging says that the fuse is permanent and can be laundered but I decided to stitch around the cutouts with a tiny zigzag stitch.  I had the feeling that two wiggling, wrestling, crawling 9 month olds might just peel off those designs.

Stitching around the letters took some time- no speed stitching here...but I think the results were worth the time spent.

If you don't have a Silhouette machine, you could still do this project.  After fusing the web to the fabric, simply draw your letters and shapes in reverse on the paper backing.  (Stencils would work well for the letters.)  You could then cut them out with a small pair of scissors. 

Wouldn't your little love bugs look adorable in these?


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