March 21, 2011

Silhouette Studio Know How - Use Your Stuffie Pattern

I'm back with the rest of the tutorial today. My first attempt with the fabric interfacing actually went quite well. But we'll talk about that in a minute. Have you got a pattern ready yet? If not go back to this tutorial and learn how to Make Your own Stuffie Pattern in Silhoeutte Studio. That tutorial will help you to make something like this:

Silhouette Sock Monkey

Hello! So cute!

Now we're going to go ahead and cut out that pattern. I will confess, you really don't need to use the interfacing on the body. To me it seems a waste to actually use it on the body seeing as it won't be ironed on to anything. However, it does cut the fabric for you, so I'm going to leave that up to you.

NOTE: Please share photos of your projects made from my tutorials in my Flickr Pool Maggie Muggins Designs In Action. It's always inspiring to see what other people are creating!


1. Consider Multiple Cuts.
The pattern you created is already grouped into colors. Now you need to think of one more thing. Does anything need to be cut twice. The body needs a front and a back so that one needs to be cut twice. On the Monkey Pattern I chose to do the Hands and Feet on both the front and back - so that needed to be cut twice as well. See below - it is going to look so much better with the extra fabric on both sides instead of just the front!

Front & Back

2. Prepare the fabric.
Click on the object in Silhouette Studio, or the color group and look at the measurements (height and width). Add an inch to each of those measurements and that is how much of each fabric you need to prepare with the Sewable Interfacing. Prepare as directed on the package.
Make sure to pay attention of the direction of the fabric print as you cut it out and iron on the interfacing. You don't want to mess up and have one piece going up and one going down.

Fabric with Sewable Interfacing

3. Cut out the objects from each fabric.
*If you choose not to cut the body on the Silhouette, just print it and cut it out from a double layer of fabric (right sides out on both layers).
I had the settings as follows:  Speed - 3, Thickness - 33, Carrier Sheet & Double Cut selected, Pink Tip. 
Remove the backing from the interfacing before placing it on the cutting mat otherwise it's more likely that you will have shifting, peel back and a huge mess. Just a lesson I learned the hard way.
For each fabric, move the objects that you want to cut onto the mat and remove all other ones to the side. (Don't delete them, just drag them off the mat.)

Cut Next Set

NOTE: If the pattern is not perfectly symmetrical you will need to Horizontally flip the back, as well as those objects that are going on the back.

Cut Body

Flip for Back

As you peel back the fabric, be careful, cut the threads that weren't cut through, don't tug or you could make matters worse. Some fabrics frayed or were more problematic than others.

Monkey Mouth

4. Align and Iron on the Accessories.
To align the eyes and ears I used the negative to place it. The I carefully pulled it away BEFORE ironing.

Use Negative to Align Objects

Eyes & Ears Aligned

Because I used the Silhoeutte to cut the body it has an adhesive on the back. I placed it on Wax paper to iron the other peices on. Otherwise it would have stuck to the ironing board and that would have been a mess. It peeled of the paper easily.

You can play around with the accessories to personalize the pattern, or change the gender.

Sock Monkey Boy

Sock Monkey Girl

5. Sew on the Accessories.
Stitch around the edges of the objects you ironed on to secure them. (Yes. I was too lazy to change the color in the bottom bobbin. Just overlook that please.)

Sew on Accessories

6. Sew Body Front and Back together.
Pin right sides together and sew with 1/4" seam (or your preferred seam allowance) around the edge. Leave an opening large enough to pull the fabric through and stuff. On this pattern I left the opening on one side under the arm.
I sewed with the front of the body up so I could see where the ears, bow and mouth were from my stitches and make sure they didn't get caught in the seam.
(Sorry I missed getting pictures for 6-9. You can see photos on this pattern in steps 3-6.)

7. Check the Seams.
On both sides, check that your seams catch the fabric on both sides. Otherwise, you'll have to turn it back inside out or hand sew repairs right away.

8. Trim the Seams and Clip the Curves & Corners.
In tight spots (like arms and legs, trim the seam a little. On the curved areas, clip the seam very near to the thread, repeat a few times around the curve. Also, in sharp corners, clip all the way in to the seam ( be careful not to go too far). This helps the stuffie turn right side out better and the seams look better.

9. Turn the Stuffie Right Side Out.
On tricky pieces (ie arms and legs on this one) you may need to use a pencil or something that size to help push the piece out, or use a straight pin to grab at it and pull from the outside. Be careful not to push too hard, but be patient and careful as you go.

10. Stuff and Hand Stitch Closed.
Stuff your Stuffie, use a pencil if needed to get the stuffing into the smaller details. Sew the opening closed using a Ladder Stitch.

Stuffed and Sewing Closed


Sock Monkey Stuffie

I think I will have to make another one ASAP. My boys have been fighting over this one already!

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bonkdawn said...

So, so cute! I can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

April said...

I love those sock monkeys! So CUTE!

Jenn said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I have a question for you - When I cut my fabric the interfacing stuck to the mat and I can't get it off. Which Silhouette cutting mat did you use? Did you have that problem?

Maggie Muggins said...

Thanks for the question Jenn! I used the Thick Media cutting mat the first time but I forgot to take the paper off the back of the interfacing so it shifted a few times for me. The paper was a mess to get off that mat. I would suggest the thin media mat. The interfacing should adhere easily to less adhesive.