Feb 4, 2012

Ballerina Clip Holder

So...Remember how I WON that awesome silhouette machine last year?  And how excited I was?  And how I promised I would show you all the amazing projects I was going to make with it?

Yeah, if you've been reading my blog for a while...that was a FAIL.

The awesome machine came with a program that I am sure is awesome, but it's not intuitive, and I didn't feel like sitting down for hours to learn how to use it.  It's super complicated because it does a ton of stuff.  What it can do blows my mind.  So does the program...literally, too. That is, mind blown with confusion the first time I opened the program. I opened it, couldn't get simple things to work right, there wasn't a great tutorial anywhere that came with it, and I got frustrated.  Auto quit.
For months.
Until I decided if I can learn photoshop CS3 really well (I have), then I can master this one too.
So I did, and I now know quite a bit and am no longer afraid of the dang thing.  
So, I dipped my foot in the waters and cut out a little ballerina fused to heat and bond to make this hair clip holder for a two year old's birthday. I added some lace and a little bow in the hair.  I sewed it on a piece of felt, made it into a pillow with ribbon hanging down and WAHLAH.  Hair clip holder.
 I whipped up some fast hair clips to put on it (two each for pig tails you know), and called this project done.  A couple felt hearts finish off the ribbon the bottom.
I know.  You were expected something rather more amazing with the silhouette weren't you?  Hey, well, I got it to work.  That's all I'm sayin'. I got it to work.  I mean that's some success story right there.


  1. Cute cute cute! I've always wanted one of those, but just can't bring myself to part with the cash.

  2. Jen, did you cut the felt with the silhouette? I have seen it said that you can't and I haven't been brave enough to disobey the internets. Totally cute btw.

    ~ Chrissie

    1. No, the silhouette won't cut through felt. It will cut through cotton fabric backed with heat and bond but that is as thick as it will go (thus the ballerina is cotton and heat and bond). I cut out the felt with pinking shears in just straight rectangles, but I also have a sizzix machine which cuts felt when I want to cut felt shapes or thicker material.