Coloring Page Baby Bibs

Baby

Our Littlest Princess

I recently hosted a baby shower for this sweet little princess and her mommy. Since there were several young girls there, I wanted to have something fun for them to do. I decided to make some coloring page baby bibs that they could color for the new little one.

Materials:

  1. Baby Bib Blanks
  2. Fabric Pens
  3. Black ThermoFlex Plus
  4. Red-capped Blade
  5. Make The Cut Software
  6. Coloring Page SVG (Outline with lots of white space)
  7. Heat Press or Iron

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1

Steps:

  1. Import or download a file from MTC
  2. If outlines are too thin, use the shadow function to make them the appropriate thickness. Edit > Shape Magic > Shadow LayerColoring Page Baby Bib - Adjust the Outline
  3. Cut and weed ThermoFlex Plus
  4. Use heat press or iron to apply to baby bib. (Follow manufacturers instructions and/or look here for more details.)
  5. Use the fabric pens to color the pictures.Coloring Page Baby Bibs

The coloring page bibs were a great success! The girls loved coloring them. I wish I had pictures of them decorating them, but I somehow missed capturing that during the baby shower.This turned out to be a great shower activity, and although I geared it for the younger crowd, I’m sure the women would have enjoyed it just as much.

Create Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags with KNK

Photo of Shrink Film Luggage TagI love Shrinky Dinks!  It’s so much fun to put them in the oven and watch them do their thing. Since I’m going to be traveling next week, I thought I’d make some Shrinky Dink luggage tags.

  • Materials:

  1. Ribbon
  2. Red Capped Zing Blade
  3. Ultra Fine Sharpie
  4. Shrinky Dink material (or other shrink film)
  5. Make The Cut softwareScreen Shot of Registration Shape and Layers
  1. Force – 6 to 15
  2. Offset –  0
  3. Speed – 9
  4. Multicut – 1 or 2
  • KNK Zing Settings for Blade

  1. Force – 120
  2. Offset – .25
  3. Speed – 9
  4. Multicut – 2 to 5 (I needed 5 for the white Ink Jet Shrinky Dink)KNK Zing Drawing on Shrinky Dink
  • Steps:

  1. In MTC, put cut shape on one layer
  2. Put sketch design on another layer. If you are using two colors, put each on its own layer.
  3. Draw a “registration shape” at origin corner and put on its own layer.
  4. Put Shrinky Dink on mat and insert into Zing. Put pen and holder into Zing.
  5. Turn off cut layer and keep “Pen” and “Registration” layers on.
  6. Adjust settings and “cut”.
  7. Replace pen with blade.
  8. Turn off “Pen” layer.
  9. (If you are not using a pen holder, you may want to keep your cut layer off and only have the registration shape layer on. This will allow you to test to see if you have everything lined up and manually adjust if your blade doesn’t cut exactly your registration shape exactly where the pen drew it. If you have a pen holder, you should be able to skip this step.)
  10. Turn on “Cut” layer, adjust settings for blade and cut.
  11. If you want to draw on the other side, you can carefully remove the cut tag, turn it over and replace in opening. Make sure you do not remove the mat and that you line it up exactly where it was for the original cuts.Shrinky Dink in Oven
  12. Heat oven to 275 – 350 degrees. You’ll want to check directions on your shrink film. I used both Ink Jet Shrinky Dink, and Grafix brand Matte Shrink Film.
  13. When oven is at temperature, place shrink film on pan and cover lightly with tin foil or parchment paper. (This will reduce the curling as it shrinks. I didn’t do that the first time)
  14. Leave in oven according to directions (about 3 – 5 minutes).
  15. When it is done curling and has flattened out again, carefully take out of oven and lay on flat surface to cool. If it is not completed flat, you can flatten carefully with a spatula.
  16. Tie a cute ribbon through the hole.

Completed Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Three Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

I found that I had best luck with the Grafix brand shrink film. I am not sure exactly why that is. It may be because I had practiced a couple of times with the Shrinky Dink brand first. Or, possibly it’s because I made a aluminum foil “folder”, and slipped it in that before putting it in the oven. That helped keep it flat.

I’m not sure there is any way to keep the shrink film from getting somewhat out of proportion as it shrinks. I suppose this is especially true with bigger pieces. (I used half a sheet for these tags.) But that’s okay… I think it’s still pretty cute, and lots of fun.

Don’t be fooled into grabbing the wrong luggage! Go create some of your own Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags and add a little practical fun to your next trip!

 

 

 

DIY Baby Shoes

DIY Fabric Baby ShoesOur newest little princess is due in a few weeks. That gives me a perfect excuse to try a new sewing project. I downloaded a pattern from Etsy for an adorable pair of little DIY baby shoes.

I used my Zing to cut the fabric and interfacing. I also cut heat transfer vinyl to add a little message to the bottom of the shoes.

  • Materials:
  1. Yellow Cap Blade for Fabric
  2. Red or Blue Cap Blade for HTV
  3. Sticky Mat
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Sewing Pattern
  6. Lightweight Cotton Fabric
  7. 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch Elastic
  8. Light – Medium Weight Interfacing
  9. Cotton Quilt Batting
  10. ThermoFlex Plus
  11. Iron
  12. Sewing Supplies
  • KNK Zing Settings:
    • For Cutting Fabric:
      1. Force – 100
      2. Multicut – 3
      3. Speed – 9
    • For Cutting HTV
      1. Force – 20
      2. Multicut – 1
      3. Speed – 10
  • Steps:DIY Baby Shoe Process
  1. Import or copy pattern into Make The Cut. (I imported pattern into Inkscape, ungrouped, and copied into MTC.)
  2. Apply fusible interfacing per manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Stick to mat, interfacing side down. Rub or brayer to make sure it is stuck down thoroughly.
  4. Apply masking tape around edge of fabric to secure to mat.
  5. Load mat and cut.
  6. Apply HTV to soles of shoe before constructing shoe.
  7. Follow instructions for sewing.

TIPS:

I could not get the pattern to import the way I wanted into Make The Cut, so I imported into Inkscape, ungrouped the sizes, and copied the pieces I needed into MTC. There may be a better way to do this, but I couldn’t figure it out. This process was very simple and worked great.

Make sure you use a sticky mat and tape the edges when cutting fabric. My interfacing was medium weight and required multiple cuts. (The fabric cut nicely but the interfacing was more difficult for the blade to cut through cleanly. It worked fine, I just had to pull it apart slightly after cutting.)

Next time, I will try a lighter weight interfacing. Not only did it require extra passes for cutting, it also created a bit too much bulk for such a small item. Since I made the shoes in the 0 – 3 month size, they are pretty tiny and the extra bulk made it difficult to turn them right side out and get a nice smooth look.

I like the idea of adding a message to the bottom, but next time I will make the font size a little smaller. It looked good when I created it in MTC, but after the shoes were completed, I felt the font was too big.

I can’t wait to make more of these sweet little shoes!

Baby shoes with text, "I was worth the wait".

 

 

 

No Sew Fabric Applique

Photo of fabric applique heat transfer vinylWhen I saw the last Team KNK post, “Fused Fabric Applique” by Candace West, I was so surprised and pleased. I had already planned to experiment with a “no sew” fabric applique project, and she explained the fabric cutting portion of the project so well.

Candace completed her project using her sewing machine. But if you are not a sewer, or just don’t want to get out your sewing machine, it is possible to accomplish a similar effect using heat transfer vinyl.

I won’t repeat the excellent instructions that Candace posted, so for more on cutting out the fabric, look here.

  • Materials:
  1. Lightweight Fabric
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Yellow-Capped Blade
  4. Red-Capped Blade 
  5. Fusible Fabric Adhesive (I used Heat N Bond brand)

 

  • Zing settings – Fabric
  1. Force – 60 to 90 (I got best results around 90)
  2. Offset – .75
  3. Speed – 10
  • Zing settings – HTV
  1. Force – 15 to 20
  2. Offset – .25
  3. Speed – 10
  • Steps:
  1. Create design, cut, and fuse to garment
  2. Create outline of design (I found approx. 3mm is a good width for outline)
  3. Mirror outline in MTC and cut
  4. Weed vinyl outline
  5. Carefully place on top of design, vinyl side down, so that it covers all raw edges
  6. Use iron or heat press to apply (follow instructions provided by vinyl manufacturer)
  7. Peel off clear transfer sheet

My applique was applied to a Gerber brand baby Onesie. Because it was applied to a baby garment, it was quite small. I had to experiment to get an appropriate width to my HTV outline. The first outline I designed would have covered the raw edges very well, but I felt it was too wide and detracted from the small fabric letter. The second outline I designed was much thinner and I really liked the look, but when it was applied it didn’t completely cover the raw edges. So I created a third outline which was thinner than my first attempt, but a bit wider than the second. I applied this over the HTV that I had already applied. It still looked fine but was wide enough to cover the edges.

I do not have a heat press so used an iron to apply the outline. My iron does not get as hot as some, so I really had to press firmly and then went back using the tip of the iron to make sure that the vinyl stuck firmly to the design fabric and garment.

Now, to make a cute little ruffle skirt to match!

DIY Gasket with KNK Zing

Photo of completed gasketA DIY gasket is probably not high on your to-do list. However, it is simple to do, and might just make that hubby of yours a happy guy. Especially so, if he happens to be the household mechanic and fixer of all things, as mine is.

The particular gasket that I cut was for a Polaris Razor. It seems to me that such an item would be common enough that the local dealer would keep them in stock. However, such was not the case, so we simply stopped at the nearest auto parts store where Hubby picked up a roll of gasket material.

My husband uses TurboCAD for his drawing needs, so he created a DXF file of the simple gasket. I was not able to open it directly into Make The Cut, or change it to an SVG using Inkscape as I thought I might be able to do. But it was a simple matter to quickly retrace it by hand in Inkscape and copy and paste into MTC. (There may be a better way to accomplish this. In fact it could probably be drawn right in MTC, but this worked for me.)

  • Materials:
  1. Gasket Material
  2. Blue Capped BladePhoto of roll of gasket material
  3. Cutting Mat (Not too sticky)
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Make The Cut Software

 

  • Settings for KNK Zing:
  1. Force – 120
  2. Multicut – 3
  3. Speed – 10
  • Steps:
  1. Clip of drawing of gasketUse MTC or other program to draw gasket .
  2. Stick piece of gasket material to mat and use tape on edges to hold down securely.
  3. Extend blade to allow for thickness of material.
  4. Cut
  5. Remove from mat. (Make sure no gasket material is pulled off when removing from mat. This is important to ensure a good gasket seal.)
  6. Show gasket to your “household mechanic” so that he can be amazed at your skill and expertise! 😉

Photo Collage of Gasket Making Process

As you begin the new year, here is my wish for you:

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

~ An Irish Blessing