I am so pleased with the results of my experiment, that I decided to share a tutorial on how to make it! A Silhouette Cameo makes it so quick and easy, but if you don't have one, you can still make this cute key chain. My tutorial tho, will show how to make it using the Silhouette Cameo.
I LOVE the software that comes with the SC - very easy to learn! I imported the shape I wanted my key chain to be, and since I needed one for the top and one for the bottom, I duplicated the shape.
I chose two scraps of fabric and ironed them down on Heat 'n Bond lite.I then peeled away the paper from the back of the fabric. This leaves a rubbery back to the fabric, which is an adhesive when I iron it later.
I placed the two scraps of Heat 'n Bond backed fabric to my cutting mat.
Then loaded it in the Silhouette Cameo and started cutting.
When the machine finished cutting, I peeled away the fabric!
Here is the top and bottom pieces to my Key Chain!
I went back to my software and created an "L", choosing a nice
fat font. I first made sure that the L would fit in the scalloped
circle, then removed the circle and sent the L to the Silhouette Cameo.
Using felt, I ironed Heat 'n Bond lite to the back and peeled away the paper.
I positioned the felt to the cutting mat
...and loaded it in the Silhouette Cameo! Since this is felt,
I had to set the cutting blade to #10 and had it run 2 passes.
Once it finished cutting, I peeled the excess felt away
...and now I have a perfect letter "L"!
Now it's time to head to the sewing machine!
I wanted another piece of felt between the two printed fabrics. Note: I could have cut another scallop circle out of the pink felt, but truth is, I got tired of running up and down the stairs because I was working in two different rooms on this project - remember this was just an experiment! It actually did make it easier sewing with the pink felt being left in a square tho.
I ironed the scallop circle and the "L" to the felt to secure.
I chose a thread color
...and set my machine to stitch a triple stitch.
I stitched just inside the "L" all the way around the letter.
The "L" is completed!
Now it's time to trim away the excess pink felt,
following the scallop all the way around.
I cut about a 4" length of Grosgrain ribbon,
which is to loop around the key chain.
Fold the ribbon in half and sandwich it between
the layers. Make sure the bottom layer has the
Heat 'n Bond lite side up.
Press all layers together with iron.
Head back to the sewing machine and using the
triple stitch, stitch all the way around the scalloped
circle, following the scallops.
Completed Key Chain! Now wasn't that easy?!
I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo and I am looking forward to experimenting with it for machine applique!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that it has inspired you!