Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From Applique to Paper to Cupcakes

I love to do different kinds of crafty things. My studio downstairs is divided into two rooms. One is for my embroidery, and one is for papercrafting. The lines are always being crossed. Here is a really good example. I created a set of 6 animal appliques for my grandson. They were used on bibs and the largest version became wall art for the nursery.

Then I discovered that my embroidery software, Embird's Studio, will export in SVG format. With a little tweaking, I was able to turn Lincoln Lion into a cutting file. Here is a table decoration I created, using my Black Cat Cougar. Wouldn't it be cute on a table at a baby shower? It would make a really cute card to go with that quilt you are giving the new mom too.

My daughters were decorating cupcakes for a baby shower. They needed some baby animals to put on them. I edited the applique file in Studio a bit more. I had to simplify the design for such small decorations. They used their Cricut Cake to cut the shapes out of fondant or gum paste. I can never remember which. Their cupcakes turned out so cute, didn't they? Try cutting those out by hand.

You will find the Jonathan's Room applique designs on my website - Pegboardcrafts. I purchased my Black Cat Cougar at KYCuttersClick HERE for the Lincoln Lion cutting file. Everything you need to make the free-standing card, and more, is there. You just need to get creative. If you enjoy using it, let me know. If I receive enough interest I will make cutting files for the rest of the set. You can view more of my daughters' handiwork on Facebook. Look for Katey Kim Cakes. Their cakes taste just as yummy as they look. Sorry, but the cutting files for the cupcakes belong just to them.


  1. Woohoo - you did it! Way to go Peggy!!!

  2. Hey, so it takes me a little while .... it eventually gets done.

  3. What is a "cutting file"?

    1. Sorry to be so long answering. A "cutting file" is one used by software to send to an electronic cutting machine (one that cuts paper, etc). It lets the cutting machine do the work for you - like our embroidery machines do all of our sewing for us. I used on to cut the stand up lion and my daughter used a modified version to cut out the fondant for the cupcakes.

  4. Could you share your tips for opening in Embird Studio and tweaking the design? I cannot figure out how to accurately enlarge an existing design just a tad bigger to make it the right size for the applique so that all the edges get caught during the zig zag stitches --- have been banging my head against the cutter for several days now! :-) Thanks!

  5. It seems to work best when I create the SVG file from a fill shape. You can use your purchased design as a template to create new fill shapes, then delete the original design. Use Design > Export to save the SVG file then take it to your cutter software. There I try to make the size of the SVG objects very close to the size they were in Studio. Then I use the SHADOW feature to make the shapes just slightly larger than the tackdown stitching for the applique. It only takes about 2-3mm larger to get it fit right. I also print out a paper template of the original design in Editor so I can compare test cuts (done with paper) to see how things are coming along. A light table is great for this,BTW. Hope it helps!