My Family Flock- Silhouette Weekly Shape Challenge

Posted on May 9, 2013 in DIY | 8 comments


DIY T-shirt with Iron-on vinyl

 You can find my video tutorial on

How to Customize a Silhouette Shape Using the Knife and Weld Tools


I couldn’t resist when I saw this week’s Shape Challenge over on the Silhouette blog. Yes, the banners are tempting to work with but those birds are what really caught my eye and I had just the idea for what to do with them. I love birds and this flock immediately made me think of my family. Okay, so I don’t really have ten birds people in my family but I knew I could fix that using a couple of tools in Silhouette Studio.  As luck would have it, I also happened to have some heat transfer and a new t-shirt laying around that would make this project complete.

Here’s how the image started out…


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And here’s what I made it into using my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the altered Banners Set of 6


DIY Family Flock Tshirt with Iron-on Vinyl


By simply cutting off some of the birds, rearranging them and switching out the end of the branch to match I was able to create a custom design that matched my family.


DIY Family Flock T-shirt with Vinyl


Don’t I have the cutest “flock” around?!?  I think I will consider this a Mother’s Day present to myself :)


  1. Love it!!! Can i out an order in?

  2. me too…I want one!

  3. oh that turned out great! I love that it’s not a card or something like the other challenge participants did.

  4. I LOVE how this project turned out! Great job! But I have a silly question, I keep hearing people talking about “heat transfer” for a lot of their projects… what is that? Is that the same thing as Heat & Bond or Wonder Under? Thanks!

    • Thanks, Monica! Heat transfer is also sometimes referred to as “iron on vinyl”. It comes in a variety of colors, you can easily cut it with the Cameo and then set it with an iron. I haven’t worked with heat and bond or wonder under but I think its a different kind of product than that. Basically you make your own iron on decals. They sell it in the Silhouette store but I buy mine at

      • Thank you so much for the info! This helps a lot! So I’m guessing that kind of vinyl is water resistant, is that right? If that’s the case, I’m so glad I asked because I’ve been looking for waterproof vinyl and I didn’t know if that even existed! :)

        • Yes, you can wash it. Depending on what you are thinking of doing with vinyl, there is also outdoor vinyl which is waterproof and holds up quite nicely. You will love working with vinyl whichever kind you decide on!

          • There’s outdoor vinyl?? Thank you! As you can tell I’m a super newbie at this. Got a Cameo recently and it’s so amazing all that it can do! The project I’m actually working on is one of those little yard flags. I had some pretty chevron fabric and ended up stenciling but vinyl would have looked so much better.

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