…a Silhouette project – heat transfer vinyl on slate
It’s the second Monday of the month, and that means it’s Silhouette Challenge time again! This month’s theme is $5 & UNDER with a bonus theme of GLITTER. And, yes, ma’am, I hit ’em both. Be sure to check the end of this post for links to the awesome Silhouette-on-the-cheap projects my fellow challengers created this month.
Now for my Silhouette-on-the-cheap project: A “Free Dobby” sock holder to collect odd socks until the mates can be found.
I disposed of our (very full) odd sock bin before our cross-country move last summer. Hey, if the mates didn’t show up while cleaning and organizing for the movers, they weren’t gonna, right? So in the new house, we started fresh with no odd socks, and a better chance there wouldn’t be any…at least for a while.
Sure enough, it’s taken a year for odd socks to emerge from the dryer. And not just one, but TWO (gasp!) in as many days. The mates are here someplace. What to do with the odd ones until the mates show up?
I’d seen several “Free Dobby” signs float through my Pinterest feed, and since I’m not one to ignore an opportunity to inject a little whimsy and literature into life, decided that’s what I would make.
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What you need…
- 8″ x 12″ x 1/4″ slate base
- Light green Siser glitter heat transfer vinyl (HTV)
- Florist wire – Heavy duty…I used 26 gauge.
- Clothes pins
- ¼” hole punch
- Iron or heat press
- Old pillowcase – or similar fabric
- Silhouette cutting machine – My Cameo is powered by Silhouette Studio Designer Edition version 3.3.451.
The slate base, which I found at my local liquidation store, was originally intended to be a cheese tray, but once I’d forked over a whole dollar (plus tax!), it was mine-mine-mine to do with what I wished. Buh-bye, cheese tray; hello, sock sign.
First up: get out the cordless drill and make a hole in each corner large enough for the wire to pass through easily.
I chose HTV instead of adhesive vinyl for this project because the slate had quite a texture to it and I didn’t think adhesive vinyl would get into all the tiny contours. HTV, on the other hand, melts and gets into cracks and crevices, making for a good vinyl “stick”. If you’re new to HTV or you need a refresher, check out How I Work with HTV for detailed info about using HTV
Before cutting, be sure to mirror the design—alwaysalways when using heat transfer vinyl (to mirror, select the design, right-click, select ‘Flip Horizontally’). Cut the “Free Dobby” words on your Silhouette (use the heat transfer vinyl flocked material setting). Note that the dots aren’t included…they’ll come later.
Weed the design. Set aside the weeded bits (don’t throw them away). Position the design where you want it on the slate, set the iron at its highest setting of about 300º-305º, cover the design with an old pillow case, and press the heck out of it…lots of pressure. I usually use a Teflon sheet instead of a pillowcase, but there was no chance of scorching the slate (my problem when using a pillowcase on other projects) and the pillowcase fabric helped push the HTV into all the nooks and crannies of the slate for a better hold. Carefully peel off the carrier sheet.
Take a regular hole punch to the weeded HTV bits that you set aside and punch six dots…or as many as you wish. Feel free to go dot crazy if you like..
Glittery side up, position the dots on the slate. Press as you did the letters.
Thread three strands of heavy duty florist wire through one of the top holes and wind a 2″ tail around the wire to secure. Repeat with the other top hole, leaving enough wire between the holes to create an eye-pleasing hanger.
The sock part…
Thread three strands of florist wire through one of the bottom holes and wind a 2″ tail around the wire to secure (as you did on the top). Thread clothespins onto the wire. I sent the wire through the spring hole.
If you have a large family with a propensity for odd socks, load up the wire with clothespins. So far, seven has been enough for us, but I can always untwist the wire and add more later if needed.
Once all the clothespins are threaded, thread the wire through the other bottom hole, leaving enough wire between the holes so the socks hang nicely. Wind a 2″ tail around the wire to secure.
At the rate we’re generating odd socks around here, we’ll be able to free Dobby in no time!
Looking for More Silhouette Projects?
A bunch of us Silhouette folks are sharing projects on our blogs today as part of a monthly Silhouette Challenge. Check out the projects below for some cool Silhouette things you can make for less than $5!
1. From Wine to Whine // 2. Creative Ramblings // 3. Adventures in All Things Food // 4. unOriginal Mom // 5. Small Stuff Counts // 6. Alayna’s Creations // 7. Single Yet Married Mom // 8. Comfort and Yum // 9. Tori Grant Designs // 10. Cutesy Crafts // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 13. Architecture of a Mom // 14. Havalah // 15. Create & Babble // 16. A Time For Seasons
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