I have been quilting for just about a year now (like I need another hobby – lol). I got started with quilting so that my mom and I could craft together whenever she is staying with us, but found that it is very relaxing and enjoyable. I use Make-the-Cut to create my quilt top designs (when not using a store pattern). Since I am so familiar with the software, it makes this step very simple!
For Christmas almost all of my gifts were handmade. I tried and tried to make nice, embroidered and sewn tags but I failed miserably. I just couldn’t get the words to turn out legible. I’ve used iron-on vinyl for my mom’s quilts in the past, but as of yet haven’t used it on any of mine. Well, I recently had the opportunity to play with some Shrinky Dink material, and inspiration struck!
Here is one of the mini-quilts I made for Christmas gifts:
I decided to make some cute little buttons using shrink film to add to my quilts. They can become part of the quilt top design, or I can tuck them in a corner on the back side. The first step was to decide the size of the button I wanted. Shrink film shrinks in half so it is easy to then double the desired ending size to create the cut file. I then added the wording, and used my Maxx Air to write on the shrink film with an extra fine Sharpie. Next, Maxx cut out the buttons and I embellished them with some permanent splash ink. A few minutes in the oven, and Voila!
- Shrink Film
- Standard (red cap) blade
- Extra fine Sharpie marker
- Heat tool or oven
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Sharpie – core inserted into Pen Tool
- f = 6
- v = 225
- p = 1
- Standard (red cap) blade
- f = 114
- v = 250
- p = 2
As an afterthought, I added the year by hand. I also added some extra lines with the Sharpie to make it look like that slash across my shrink film was intentional. Then I splashed the back of the buttons with color – cool pool, gold shimmer, silver shimmer, and cranberry.
A few minutes in the oven at 325°F and they were good to go. The buttons are 3/4ths of an inch across and 1/16th of an inch thick.
Finally, I added buttons to my quilt projects.
- Design your button in MTC. It needs to be twice the final desired size.
- Insert the pen tool with the marker core, and ‘write’. Remember to set offset to “0”.
- Replace the pen tool with the blade holder, set the offset for the standard blade you are using, and cut.
- Color or embellish as desired.
- Use a heat tool or oven and heat to 325°F. The shrink film will curl up and then lay flat again – that is the indicator that it is ‘done’.
- Attach to fabric.
I love that I have a practical and creative new use for my Maxx Air and the Shrink Film that has been on my shelf for, oh, quite a while!