Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be joining Lauren and the rest of the wonderful ladies of The Silhouette Challenge this month!  I’ve been playing around with the machine a bit and the one thing I had trouble learning was how to use my own images to cut. Well, I finally figured that one out just in time to make an adorable onsie for my newest nephew.

I had some leftover fabric from pillowcases I made and thought they would make a cute anchor.

I searched for a basic anchor shape I liked online and stumbled upon this one:  anchor

Just a basic anchor shape nothing fancy. You can find lots of free clip art from this site: Open Clip Art . I downloaded and saved the image as a .PNG file.

I opened up my Sihouette Studio software and opened the image.


Select the Trace button from the top menu.


Then you will want to Trace the Area by highlighting your image.

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Now you can move your original image off and you should have an outline of your image.

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                              I deleted my original image and am now ready to cut my fabric!


I cut out a square piece of fabric 12×12 to fit on my cutting mat.  I then prepped my fabric using an iron on transfer adhesive. I picked mine up from the local fabric shop. I can’t remember the brand but I’ve heard Heat N’ Bond works well too.  Once the adhesive was pressed I put the fabric on the cutting mat and loaded it in the Silhouette.



                                                                            Ta Da! Cute little adhesive iron on anchors!!



So you will want to peel the paper backing off the transfer.  Place the applique on your shirt and iron it on.  Now you can stop here. The transfer will stay put once it has been pressed but I wanted to add some stitching.  I think it gives it a little something extra. 🙂


I just loved how it turned out and can’t wait to send it to my sister!


I’ve added the cut file down below. That is the actual cut file for the anchor I used.

Anchor’s Away Cut File 

 And for some more silhouette inspiration check out these projects from my Silhouette Challenge buddies:

Budget-Savvy Spring Sihouette Make – We Love Cards

D.I.Y. Canvas Date Art – The House on Hillbrook

Paint Chip Spring Ornaments – Coley’s Corner

D.I.Y. Vertical File Folders (Martha Stewart Home Office Knockoff with Free Cut File) – Whole New Leaf

D.I.Y. Subway Art Canvas & Free Cut File – The Thinking Closet

“Different Is Good” Autism Awareness Tee – Tried and True

A Gift! – For ‘Just a Little Nutty’ – An Elegant Touch

Mother’s Day Celebration – Creative Turn


Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  We’d love to have you.  Simply contact Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email.


I am linking up to these great parties!