Back when I first organized my baking cupboard and created labels with my Silhouette, I didn’t really think about how all the handling would affect the skinny letters. (And there really is a lot of handling. I love to bake!)
I really liked how the (intact) labels looked, but a girl can only live with f our and brown gar and sal for so long.
Last week, Farm Chick Serena posted on her blog about making pantry jar labels out of pieces of fabric or wallpaper which are covered with Con-tact paper and marked with a Sharpie. Seeing her photo finally inspired me. (Aside: I was at Costco last night and saw that they are carrying Farm Chicks in the Kitchen in paperback. Yay! It’s going on my Christmas list.)
I’d been wanting to try cutting fabric with my Silhouette, and I had a piece on hand that was perfect for my kitchen:
|Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet 2 Strawberry Fields in Robins Egg|
I chose this shape because a) I like it, and 2) I wanted to see how cleanly the machine could cut the fabric with those curves and points.
First, I cut a section of fabric to 8.5 x 11 and then ironed on a corresponding piece of Silhouette fabric interfacing. (I used the Sewable simply because I think I’ll be needing that one less and wanted to conserve my package of Clean Cut. Either one would work fine for this project.)
While that cooled, I prepared the Silhouette for cutting. Here are the steps in case you’d like to try it yourself. Just be sure to click on your shape to select it each time, otherwise you won’t be able to modify it.
FOR THE FABRIC PART:
|1. After specifying your page size, choose your shape from the library and open it.|
|2. Open the Scale Window and specify the width & height that you want your label to be. I chose 2.5″ x 2″ for the fabric part. (More on the clear overlay later.)|
|3. Under Object at the top, choose Ungroup and then click & drag the center section off your work area.|
|4. Click on that extra piece and delete it.|
Now you’re ready to cut the fabric using the Thick Media carrier sheet. Put on your pink blade cover and choose Fabric (with interfacing) in the cut settings. Make sure the carrier sheet box is checked. I used regular quilting weight cotton and did not need to double cut.
FOR THE CLEAR LABELS:
I bought my labels at Office Depot since I had a coupon, but you can also find them other places and in different brands. For these, the regular price at my store is $9.99 for 10 sheets.
|1. Open a new file and set your page orientation to Portrait.|
|4. Open the Text Styles Window to add your label text. (I used Antique Type, centered: 48pt for the one-word titles, 36pt for two, and 32pt for three.)|
|5. To make the text solid, open the Fill Color Window, click on a text box, and choose the color you want your letters to be. There will still be a red outline around them, but it will not print that way. Repeat for each text box.|
|6. For the cut settings, choose Label Sheet (with adhesive back) and change from the pink to the blue blade cover.|
|9. The machine will make all sorts of foreign noises, and then ideally you will get a screen that says “Detection of registration marks was successful.” At that point, click Cut page.|