Yay, it’s Silhouette Challenge Day! And this month’s theme is FABRIC!
Have you ever cut fabric? Because if the answer is no let me just tell you it is AWESOME!!
Now you’re probably wondering why I made envelopes for a toddler..I mean she’s a smart kid and all, but we definitely have not mastered reading or writing….yet. But don’t you worry, I’m going to teach her to read!! (How Mom-ish of me, right?!) Think about it, that cute little pink mailbox is the perfect place to deposit Learning Letters! Some days will hold the Letter of the Day, others a Number, and maybe even a Color. This should help her learn what she is seeing VS memorizing and repeating me. And at the very least getting mail is fun, and plays right into the playing house kind of thing. And if you are asking why I used fabric instead of store bought, disposable envelopes you must not have a little one in the house. Because let me tell you, their sweet, little chubby fingers are rough, clumsy and prone to accidents. So now I don’t have to clean up her trash or worry about paper cuts. (double win!)
Ok, but now onto what you really want to see…how to cut Toddler Sized FABRIC Envelopes with your Silhouette Machine!
First, I ran over to Cutsey Crafts and watched her video..twice! Then I gathered all my materials. I used:
- 2 fabric prints
- Craft Fusion Interface (but not adhesive)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Silhouette Machine (and you could technically do this with scissors)
First thing I did was make an envelope template to fit the size of her little metal mailbox that was from the Target dollar bin, you can download the template here.
Then I cut the craft fusion and my fabric to be 7″ x 12″, and set my iron to a medium setting, no steam.
Place the interface onto your fabric with the glossy side down. And iron like you normal would (and for those of you that don’t iron that means apply some pressure, and move slow 🙂 ) you’ll be able to tell when the fusion adhere’s. I’d say it took me about 3-5 minutes to set the whole piece.
Once cooled I placed the now sturdier fabric onto my mat with the interface side facing down. I used the thin fabric setting, which was Blade 3, Speed 5, Thickness 33, and I double cut the items. I did have a few spots that didn’t cut but I just fixed with my scissors.. but please note my blade is old so with a new blade you may not have had any issues.
Next, I ironed the envelopes so that the crease was more easily defined. And I glued the three ends shut. (The low setting on my glue gun worked perfectly!)
I cut a slither of Velcro, to help with the closure.
And tada, done! Now I just need to remember to write Jo letters before she checks the mailbox!
Now that you’ve seen my fabric craft, how about you go check out my Silhouette Buddies below!