I love digitizing and stitching Appliques! There is so much you can do with fabric to create awesome shirts, pillows, wall hangings, quilts and lots of other items.
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One of my first business endeavors was a creating appliqued towels, table runners and sweatshirts and wholesaling them to gift shops. Believe me, I spent many, many hours tracing and cutting appliques!
So a few years ago, when I heard about the (affiliate link)
Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I knew I had to have one!
The Silhouette machine will cut ALL of the fabric shapes that I need for my applique design! It’s amazing to watch!
After you digitize your applique design, you can isolate the placement lines, copy them and export them as an SVG file to be traced in the Silhouette Designer Edition software.
Next to my sewing machine and my FTCU software, the (affiliate link) Silhouette Cameo has been the best purchase I have ever made for my sewing adventures!
There are two parts to creating appliques and using a cutting machine so I have written each part as its own tutorial.
Part One is “How to create SVG files in Floriani FTCU”.
- This first tutorial shows how to copy the applique placement lines and export as a SVG file.
Part Two is “How to use Floriani FTCU SVG files in the Silhouette Cameo”.
- The tutorial shows how to open the SVG file into the Silhouette Designer Edition software and how to trace and cut the appliqué shapes.
- Part Two can be found HERE.
If you would like a PDF written copy of this tutorial, click on the link at the end of this tutorial and it will be emailed to you!
Isolate and Copy the placement line for each appliqué shape:
- Open your appliqué design in Floriani FTCU
- Note: This can be either a design that you digitized or a purchased design.
- In sequence view, highlight the placement line for the appliqué shape.
- in this design, the blue run stitch is the placement line for the bird shape.
- right click and choose COPY from the menu.
- open a NEW page (using the icon on top tool bar )
- right click and choose PASTE from the menu.
- repeat the copy and paste for the placement line of each appliqué shape – adding each shape to a new page.
Note: You can add multiple shapes to one page if they will be cut on the same fabric and there is enough space on the page – remember the Silhouette mat is 12 x 12 inches
Your new page will look like this with the shapes that are the placement lines:
Edit each shape to make sure they are a closed shape:
NOTE: Sometimes the shapes are not completely “closed” and there is a gap. This will cause a double trace red line in the silhouette program.
I always check each shape before saving as an SVG file. (Sometimes the gap is very obvious, but sometimes it can be a very slight opening.)
Here is how to check for gaps in the object:
- separate any shapes that may be nested together by clicking on the shape and dragging it to separate the pieces
- click on one of the shapes to highlight. (or click on the segment in the sequence view)
- click on the SHAPE EDIT icon (on left tool bar)
- edit the outline to connect the lines and to close the shape.
- click on blue node and drag to close the shape.
- or, on the left tool bar, click on the CLOSE SHAPE icon
- enlarge the view, if necessary, and check to make sure the shape is closed.
- repeat the shape EDIT for each appliqué shape to close any gaps.
Save Artwork as a SVG file:
- click on FILE > SAVE AS > EXPORT ARTWORK
- navigate to the folder where you would like to save the applique shapes.
- name the file and make sure that the file type is: SVG files
- click Save
Creating SVG files is easy when you follow this process.
The next step is to use the SVG file in your Silhouette machine to cut your applique shapes.
You can find the second part: Tracing and Cutting the SVG files in Silhouette here.
Hope this tutorial helps to simplify the steps to creating and cutting your applique shapes!