No Sew Autumn Banner | Natalie Ballard | Silhouette UK BlogSilhouette UK Design Team
Start by purchasing, downloading and importing the designs into Silhouette Studio.
I used designs 301461 and 301460 as they are both bold and easy to weed.
The screen printing sheets measure roughly 18×12”.
You want to size and place your designs into the centre of the sheet.
Use the inner dimensions of the deckle (28cm x 20.5cm/ 11” x 8” approximately) as a maximum area for your design.
Sending Design To Cut
Cutting the HTV is a little thicker than regular HTV, so push the blade setting up one notch from the preset.
You can cut the HTV on a 12×12” mat, allowing the extra to fall off the bottom edge of your mat.
Weeding The Vinyl
You need to weed your design.
For this design, that means removing the larger banner pieces leaving the outside area intact along with the inner details.
IMPORTANT: keep the piece you remove ready for colouring your banner.
Preparing The Screen
Press the HTV onto the screen following the instructions included in the kit.
I would advise working onto a solid heatproof surface and cover the silkscreen with a Teflon sheet to prevent your iron becoming tacky.
Assembling The Screen Onto The Frame
Lie the frame over your prepared screen.
Trim a square at each corner inline with the grooves on the side of the frame.
Fold up each edge and clip in the frame sides.
Tighten the nuts of your frame frequently.
Preparing The Screen
Cover your work surface with scrap paper.
Place the frame onto your fabric with the screen side face down.
Squeegee the black fabric paint included in the starter kit through the screen.
Let The Layer Dry
Carefully peel away the frame while holding onto the fabric.
You can print multiple tiles.
Once all tiles are printed, allow to dry fully for 24 hours.
The Colouring Screen
Press the banner pieces you removed onto another screen piece using the original screen as a guide.
Lightly press to partially bond the pieces, then lift gently to slide out the original screen.
Place the frame carefully over your design and align it with the existing print.
Brush the colours through the screen onto the fabric.
Use the lightest colour for that object all over.
You can then lightly stipple any shading you wish to add.
Allow to dry completely overnight.
Cut out your panels around the painted area.
Use fabric glue around the edges and adhere back to the calico.
Allow an inch between designs horizontally and 2 inches vertically.
Cut with a ½” border around the sides and bottom and allow 1.5” to the top.
Glue just the top edge and roll over to form a channel for your cord.
Feed your cord through to complete your banner and decorate with flowers and more if you wish.