Good mornin’, lovelies!
Last week, I shared a tutorial for how to create a custom rhinestone name design using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. As promised, I’m back today to show you my completed onesie along with a tutorial for how to use the Rhinestone Template Kit to apply the rhinestones. But don’t worry, I won’t make you wait until the end to see a photo of the blinged-out onesie. Here she is in all of her glitzy glam glory:
I have at least five friends who are pregnant right now, and at this rate, there are bound to be more, so I figured I’d buy a bunch of onesies to have on hand for making personalized gifts for expectant couples. Now that I have the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio software, it’s just so darn easy whip out a rhinestone design as a cute little embellishment. Today, I’ll show you how I completed the rhinestone onesie project I started last week for our friends who have already named their baby girl Harper. She is due to arrive in a few weeks!
(If you missed Part 1 of this tutorial and would like to see how to create your own custom rhinestone name design in the Designer Edition software, click here.)
First things first, I bought two 5-packs of onesies for $9.99 each at Target, size 6-9 months. I washed, dried, and pressed them.
Next, I cut my custom design of Harper’s name. Here’s a screenshot of the cut-setting. I didn’t change a thing; this is what automatically pops up when you select “Rhinestone Template Material.” You’ll want to set your blade to 6 and do a double-cut.
If you’ve purchased Silhouette’s Rhinestone Template Kit, it comes with a great photo guide for how to take it from here. But I’ll show you my version to satiate the curious…and demonstrate just how fun this portion is.
How to Use your Rhinestone Template Kit
1. First, place your template material (the black fuzzy sheet) onto your cutting mat, and feed it into your machine. Double-cut. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look like anything cut at first. It can be hard to see the cuts through the fuzzy material. They should be there!
2. Remove the template material from your cutting mat, then use scissors to cut out the section with your design. You can save the rest of the template material for a future project. Now, peel the backing off of the template material in one quick motion. The faster, the better! The goal is to leave behind as many of the circle cutouts as possible, but if you have some remaining, just use a toothpick or the Silhouette hook tool to poke them through.
3. Then, affix the template material to the white backing board. Here’s a photo of what you want to end up with:
4. Now, the fun begins! Pop open your bag of rhinestones, sprinkle some onto your design, and use the Silhouette brush that came with your starter kit or a foam brush to help guide the little buggers into the slots. This part is a little meticulous, but proved to be strangely therapeutic to me.
5. Now, it’s time to get a piece of transfer tape (clear sheet) from your kit, cut it to match the size of the your design, remove the backing, and place it sticky side down onto the design. This is another scenario where it’s better to be quick and decisive rather than not. You don’t want to accidentally jostle the rhinestones in the process or pull them up. Give it one solid press down.
6. After you’ve given your transfer paper several good hard presses, you’re ready for the next step, which I affectionately call, No Rhinestone Left Behind. Slowly lift the transfer tape, which should have the rhinestones attached. If you see any rhinestones that remain on the template material, re-affix your transfer tape and do some more pressing. Remember, No Rhinestone Left Behind!
7. Now, place the transfer tape with rhinestones to your onesie or garment exactly where your want it.
8. Place a cloth over the design and iron it on the “wool setting.” Silhouette recommends 45-60 seconds, but mine took more like 2 minutes, perhaps because I used a thicker piece of cloth. If when you start to peel away the transfer tape the rhinestones aren’t sticking to the fabric, continue ironing for longer or on a higher setting.
Then, turn the garment inside out and repeat this process to draw the glue into the fabric. According to Silhouette, washing instructions are simply to wash and dry your rhinestoned garments inside out.
And voila: the finished onesie!
I even purchased a rhinestone bow design from the Silhouette store for 99 cents and whipped up a second onesie for our friends who know they’re having a girl…but the name is a surprise! (I just can’t resist bows.)
And here they are, looking all bling-i-fied together.
Welp, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you’ve used your Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio software to tackle some rhinestone projects, let me know in the comments section; I’d love what you’ve come up with.
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Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a free copy of the Silhouette Studio Design Edition software.