This year I’m early. Last year I didn’t get the neighbor gifts completed until after Christmas. Check out the TP Snowmen & the file I shared a couple weeks ago from last year HERE.
This year, I decided to create something that I’ve seen pop up over and over the last few years. They are customized oven mitts with a cookie mix and spatula added to them.
I love that with the Silhouette machine you can customize anything and make it unique and your own.
– Siser white HTV
– Pocket Oven Mitt – found mine at Dollar Tree
– Cookie mix
– Heat press or iron
– Funny Christmas Pot Holder Bundle or other designs
How to Create
Measure the area where HTV would be applied.
Open the Silhouette Studio Software.
Using the Draw Rectangle Tool on the left side, draw a rectangle and then resize it to the size you measured. Use the Transform Panel – Scale Tab or Scale Tool in the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of the software to resize the rectangle.
This will give you an idea of the size you have for your design to fit in. I use basic shapes as templates all the time to gauge the size for my designs.
Open the design and then scale it down to fit in the template space you drew with the rectangle. Use the Align Tools to Center the design to get a feel for how it will look.
Now, we no longer need the rectangle that was drawn, unless you want to use it as your weeding box. This can make it easier to weed a design, especially when cutting multiples at a time. Check out more on Weeding Lines HERE.
You can either move the rectangle off the cutting mat or resize it to fit around the design better.
Duplicate your design as needed.
I like to start cutting with 1 or 2 of the design needed, just in case there are any issues I’ll run into, I can catch them before I’ve tried to cut 12 of the same design.
I also highly recommend test cutting prior to sending the design to cut.
Check out the “Silhouette Secrets Beginner HTV Tips and Tricks” post HERE for tips on cutting and creating your own test cut.
After my initial cuts and things were cutting well, I duplicated it a few more times for the number I needed.
This time, to maximize the HTV usage, I cut without a mat and used the roll feeder on the Cameo 4.
Check out tips for cutting without a mat in this post –
Let’s Explore the Silhouette Roll Feeder HERE
Or if you have an older model check out this post –
Cutting without a mat on the Cameo HERE
After cutting, weed out the design carefully. This means to remove the excess HTV from around the design.
If you happen to come across an area that didn’t cut well, don’t scrap the entire design. If you can save it, just recut the portion of the design that messed up.
This was the only part that didn’t weed well on this one cut piece. When I was finished weeding, I used a scrap of white HTV and cut just the part I needed.
I used a bin I had hanging around the house to keep them all in a quick location to be able to grab them as we need them.
And neighbor gifts are done for 2021.
I’d love seeing what you are creating with your Silhouette machines or software.
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