I have been dabbling in the fabric world lately, and pretty much caught the bug. Great! Now not only am I collecting beautiful paper, I need fabric too. Here's a great way to use your scraps though. Fabric flowers. You can cut them out on the Revolution or Epic and use them as hair accessories, brooches, or home decor. I used this little arrangement to spruce up the QK croproom.
Then I got to thinking, there must be a way to cut bigger fabric shapes in the Silhouette. My first attempt was the "Art" board. I covered a canvas in cute fabric and then cut out the letters for "Art" in vinyl. (You'll want to mirror the image first) Then, I peeled up the vinyl letters and stuck them to the back of the fabric so I could use it as a stencil and cut around the letters. The vinyl peels right off the fabric afterward and you can use a fabric glue to hold it in place while you stitch it to your canvas.
When I made the "Create" board, though, I actually cut out all the fabric pieces in the Silhouette. I first applied a ribbon stiffener to the fabric. When it was dry, I sprayed an adhesive on the back and stuck it to my Silhouette cutting mat. The fabric was then stiff enough and secure enough to have the blade cut through it. When I peeled up the flowers, the spray adhesive had dried causing the petals of the flowers to naturally curled up at the edges. I layered three flowers together and stitched the center to the canvas. "Create" was cut out in the same way, but I adhered it with a fabric glue. I love having that splash of color in my croproom.
Amy Walton (QK Design Team Coordinator)