Perfect Applique Pieces

Since my post last month about learning to use the Zing to cut fabric applique pieces, I’ve been using both the Zing and Force to practice and learn more about that.  The most important piece of information that I can share with you is that you MUST have a sharp blade to get clean cuts!!!  I struggled for a long time one day and was getting very frustrated trying to cut some fabric pieces until I used a new blade.  What a difference that one thing made!  And, yes, I can see exactly what pieces I cut by the markings on my mat since I neglected to reduce the blade settings when I put in the new fabric blade.

This is a picture of the finished applique on the back of my shirt jacket.  Isn’t he a cute little guy?  Actually he measures just a bit over 7″ square.

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Materials Used:

Quilting weight cotton fabrics with Steam-A-Seam Lite fused to the wrong side.

Settings:

Machine used: KNK Force, blade: Fabric, Blade Tension: 2.5, Passes: 1, Starting/Ending Depth: 10, Cut Speed: 25, Blade Offset: .75, Overcut: .5

Information/Instructions:

The embroidery design is from an Anita Goodesign collection “Casual Friday” that will be released in December.  I am fortunate to work at a store that gets previews of soon to be released designs.

In order to prepare the applique piece cutting files, I open the design in my Viking Premier+ software and manually trace the applique piece shapes.  Then I export those shapes as SVG files.  The shapes are imported into Make The Cut and cut directly to the Zing or exported as SVG files to be used on the Force.  That description makes it sound as if it is a complicated and involved process but after the first couple of times it really goes quite quickly and since I have a background in computer programming, I enjoy doing it.

Here is a screen shot of the applique pieces as they appear in MTC.  As you can see from the picture, a lot of the fabric is overstitched with threads in the embroidery process.

optimized-pieces In order to introduce the store customers to the “cool” way to create perfect applique pieces, I am teaching two classes this week in which they will be making an embroidered pot holder with pre-cut pieces.  They will prepare their fabrics ahead of time by fusing Steam-A-Seam Lite onto the wrong side.  During class, we will cut the applique pieces for them to use in their embroidery using the Zing.

This is what they will be making.
optimized-skillet   And these are the pieces we will be cutting.

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cute purse

I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/news/comments.php?id=1921_0_1_0_C

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. 🙂

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.

 

Promotion gift card holder

I can’t believe my baby boy is promoting from 8th grade and will be attending high school in the fall. I wanted to make him a gift card holder that wasn’t too girly so I came up with this:

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I used that black/gold leaf paper from DCWV and I used maroon paper (worldwide cut mates) since maroon and black are the colors of the school. I ended up outlining the numbers with black puffy paint and as you can see, I’m not the best at it, but the numbers and patterned paper weren’t going too well together.

Here’s a top down picture so you can see the “layers” of what I did:

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The graduation cap was a free svg I found online and I just used a brad and some embroidery thread for the tassel.

I used the Zing for this project. I just drew a rectangle in MTC around 2016 in a serif font, I believe it was times new roman. I used foam tape to stick it on the gift card (I have a sizzix die I used for the gift card holder) and then cut out the graduation cap and stuck it on with foam tape.

 

happy birthday

Isn’t this cute?

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(I didn’t make that). I saw it on this website: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/oh-happy-day-2622736/paper-birthday-cake-box-4332241899

And I thought, I could make something similar with a file I previously created. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a few years. Three years ago, I posted about a hat I made for St. Patrick’s Day. See this post: http://teamknk.com/zing-goes-green/

I took that file and modified it just a bit and came up with this:

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So basically all I did was adjust the base layer so the rim wasn’t as big. I guess you could use the original file and use that part as the birthday cake “plate.”

I also created that fringe around the top and bottom and included that too. If you like the fringe better on the original box, you could use crepe paper and scissors, but I thought this looked just fine.

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When you open it up, you can slip a little gift inside.

I really like the paper straws for candles that were in the original picture, but I used some clear straws I had and made some “flames” that fit easily inside. I cut the straws 2″ to use the flames I included in the file.

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I’m planning to give this to my son with some money, as it is his birthday Sunday.

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The happy birthday border was made using a Martha Stewart punch, but it could easily be made with some block letters and the weld function in Make the Cut.

Remember, this is a free file so depending on the paper you use, you might have to play with the size of the lid a little bit. I used DCWV paper and the top is snug, but it fits.

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Materials:

Make the Cut

KNK Zing

red blade

DCWV cardstock

white copy paper for fringe

washi tape (striped)

 

Settings:

cardstock: f- 95, 10/10

copy paper: f-30, 10/10

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.