Monday, November 11, 2013

Sketching on Fabric

I wanted to try something new; to sketch on something I've never sketched on before.  I use paper all the time and I've even tried vinyl and shrinky dinks.  All very fun projects and great uses for my pen holder.  However, I have never sketched on fabric before. 

What you'll need:
Fabric (any size, this is 6.5x6.5)
Pen Holder
Marker (I used Sharpie, but I'm sure there is a thin fabric marker out there that might work better)

So all I did was cut my fabric 6.5x6.5 inches. This is going to be a mini pillow for my daughter's babies but I have a million more ideas circling in my head.
You just load your mat with the fabric on it the same way you would paper or anything else you are sketching on.
Set up your silhouette screen.  I just drew some Xs and Os really quick.  I was originally going to do this 12x12 so that's why there are so many extra. The font for this project is KG Be Still and Know found on You are then going to want to set your settings to thickness of 1, speed whatever you want, I used 10.  And make sure sketch pen is selected. I also have it double cut but my marker is a little dried up.

Then watch it go! This is my favorite part. I always watch my machine work.

All done sketching!  Oh yeah, I should mention.  I grouped the two red ones and told them not to cut first and changed my pen out and reselected them and told them to cut and the black ones not to cut. Got that?

And here it is.  Just cut another piece of fabric and sew it to the back. Sewing would be a whole other tutorial, but it's really easy.  This still needs it's stuffing and the bottom closed, but for you all this is good enough.
So yeah, sketching on fabric...who knew?  I love it. I'm thinking muslin bags, more pillow designs, garden any more ideas for me?
Please take the time to visit these great sites for more project inspiration!
DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board - Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
DIY Flyleafs for Planners or Albums by The House on Hillbrook
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner



  1. I love the look you achieved here! I've been thinking about using the sketch feature on some tea towels, it's great to see that it might actually work!

    1. I'd love to see pictures of it when you're done. I think it would work perfectly!

  2. Shut up!!! I didn't even think about using the pen holder to sketch on fabric. I need one of those ASAP! This is adorable!

    1. There should be a link to purchase if you click the link under things you'll need. Thank you!

  3. I love it! First, I love the pen holder, so so much I can't stand it. Thank you! I love that you are part of our Silhouette Challenge now because you have so much awesomeness to offer. And this project is so cool!

    1. I'm so excited to be a part of the Silhouette Challenge! It is a great opportunity for me to get my blog and pen holder out there more. And it was so much fun! Thank you!

  4. Wow, way to be bold and just try something that you had never tried before! In fact, I've never seen ANYONE try this before, so extra credit points for you! I think there could be so much potential with this method...and I like your idea of sketching on muslin bags. In fact, I have some in my possession that just might be asking for a sketchy project!

    Thanks for participating in this month's Silhouette Challenge and for inspiring us with your creativity!

    1. I'm always up for extra credit! Thank you for this opportunity to get my blog and pen holder out there more. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into this. I can't wait till next month!

  5. Adorable. Although I don't want my little girls to know that mommy could make them their own special design fabric pillows!

    1. Ha ha! Luckily my little girl is not even 2 yet. But I can just see it now...Mom, I need cute letters for my project at school...I need gifts for me teacher...Time to start training them to use Studio now!

  6. I haven't had the nerve to try this yet. I like how you made on a different color to highlight the text. Nice job.

  7. Wow, great idea! Love the design you created.

  8. OMG..what a great way to think outside the box and create an amazing project! I absolutely LOVE this!

  9. I was wondering if you could sketch on fabric!! Thanks for showing me how! What a cool project!

  10. Finally having a chance to go through all the Silhouette Challenge project inspiration-- I'm like a [big] kid on Christmas but earlier!!

    Oh my gosh, you just blew my mind!! #brainsonthewall You've got me thinking of ALL the possibilities!

    Keep on being fabulous!!

  11. This is inspiring. I'd have never of thought to sketch on fabric. Your mini pillow looks terrific!

  12. Is this permanent? Did you heat set it with an iron? Or did/will it wash out in the laundry? Would heat setting it make a difference?

  13. I was wondering the same thing. I would like to try something like this ( ) but am afraid that the sharpie might bleed with wear and washing.

  14. Just tried this on a piece of canvas with a sketch I created in photoshop. Turned out great! It had a lot of detail,so I might slow the speed a tiny bit, but I am so happy, and just wanted to thank you. I'm new to Curio and silhouette machines, and I'm grateful for the help!