Saturday, 2 February 2013

Fabric Art with Silhouette Cameo

I've mentioned that my husband bought me a Silhoutte Cameo machine for Christmas.  My son and I have been using it for various projects today.. Here's one I did for myself that I'm excited to share..

I used it to cut fabric!  And made this simple wall art:

I used the Cameo to cut the sewing machine shape out of a cotton duck scrap I had.  The shape is on sale this week from the Silhoutte store.  I removed a lot of the detail from the image as I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

I purchased some extra blades to have one soley for fabric.  The "fabric" blade that is sold is apparently the same as the normal blade just a different colour so you can tell the difference. 

Here's what I did..

The fabric needs to be interfaced and Silhouette sells their own kind.  I had some double sided Heat and Bond that I had already. I read online that it worked, so figured I'd try.


I ironed some onto a scrap piece. with the rough side against the fabric. You might notice it wasn't ironed on very well. After taking the photo I realized and ironed it again.
Now the instructions I came across said to remove the paper backing and place fabric on the mat.  I did NOT remove the backing.  I wasn't sure I was going to use the cut piece straight away so didn't want the adhesive exposed..
The settings I used for the Cameo were:
Blade - 5
Speed - 2
Thickness - 36   33 (oops)
Tutorials I read or watched used different settings but were cutting lighter weight material, so I adjusted with what I thought (guessed).
Pressed cut! And crossed my fingers..
Once removed I was excited to see I cut some nice clean cuts.
I pealed it off.. The paper backing pealed off.. oh well..  and this was the result.
Some of the thin thread details didn't make it.. it was just to thin and unraveled.. There was thread coming from the spool, into the needle and then the curl at the end was longer.  But  still, I was really happy how it turned out.
Since the backing paper was removed I needed to do something with it.. I have some art canvases lying around.. so I simply ironed it on..

Here's a closeup of the needle area.. you can see were the thread to the needle broke off.
So now I have another piece of DIY art to go in my future sewing/craft room

Really, this was such a quick thing to do.. much easier than the Valentine project I'm doing with my son that involved many hours this morning, an injury and a possible broken part.. but stay tuned for that!
I'll be linking up to some parties on my party page.


  1. That's great! And being black you could just draw on the thread where it broke off with a black marker :)

  2. Nissa,, I love your project, I have seen these machines before and always had doubts about the possibility of using fabrics, now I see your project and you've convinced me it's worth having one. I think it will be my next purchase, thanks for the info!

  3. Fabulous project! Love it!Thanks so much for sharing tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. Oh man - that is super cute! I love it! What a fantastic idea. I guess you're lovin' your cutter? :D

  5. what a great idea! looks really cool :)

  6. Cute lil' sewing machine! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

  7. I never knew you could iron something onto a canvas. How cool. I love the sewing machine. Super cute. Thanks for linking up to the weekly creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  8. Oh I need this machine too! Congratulations, I think you project is beautiful!

    Visiting from Sugar Bee

  9. What a great machine! I can see endless possibilities for applique quilts with that!

  10. You already know how much I love this. Do you buy dies for it or is it an electronic file you link up to it or something?
    Can't wait to see what you applique!

  11. What a great craft! I love it.
    I have a question: you said you set the thickness to 36, my cut settings won't allow a setting beyond 33. Did you do something special to change it? I have cotton duck that I really want to cut for a project, it's pretty thick, 10oz natural.

    1. ah yes sorry.. it was 33.. the default for fabric was 32 and I went up a notch.. I will correct in my post.

  12. Hi Nissa
    Just found your blog via Happy Hour Friday! I really like your sewing machine fabric applique. I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading up on your older posts. Hope you can visit and say hello.


  13. Thank you for linking up your awesome project! We've already got our next Showcase up, so come stop by and link up another project!

    Have a great week!


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