The first step was to create the applique, I found a picture to trace around and pulled it into my Bernina Artista Embroidery Software, and created the applique.
Note: I resized the Chocolate Lab after I took this screenshot - I ended up making it quite a big larger and had to hoop up to my mega-hoop with the dog rotated. I then saved the applique as a .jpg file.
I opened the .jpg into a drawing program. I used the program Eazydraw, which is a drawing program that I L.O.V.E! I use that software for soooo many sewing-related things, including drawing my ePatterns!
After tracing the applique, I removed the .jpg, which revealed my line art.
Since the bandana would be another color fabric, I grabbed it and moved it to another area on the page.
The next step was to fill the applique shapes with solid black. I then saved the entire sheet of shapes as a new .jpg file.
Next step was to open the Silhouette Software and import the .jpg into my library. I then opened the design onto the page.
You will need to trace around the images to create cutting lines. From the Silhouette Software, choose "trace".
When all parts are traced, it will look like this! My next step I forgot to take a screenshot, but what I did was move the bandana back onto the dog. I then selected all the parts as one and resized the image so that it was just barely under the size that the applique is in my embroidery software. You have to make certain that the applique parts in the Silhouette Software are as close as possible to the same size as your applique in the embroidery software. Once you get it to the correct size, then select the bandana and move it out of the way, like I have shown above.
Before I placed the fabric on the cutting mat, I ironed Heat 'n Bond to the back of the fabric. I used a very fine featherwale brown corduroy for the dog and a red cotton for the bandana.
Load the cutting mat with the fabric into the Silhouette Cameo.
I did a double cut, since the brown featherwale is a little thicker fabric. The parts cut out like a dream tho! It's now time to head to the sewing room! Hoop the fabric and let the machine stitch the outlines first, then add in the cut parts and let the machine satin stitch around the part!
I love, love, love how this was working out for me - each piece added was a HUGE time-saver for me!
Love the precision!!!
Later this week I will show you what I am making with my sweet Chocolate Lab!
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!