You Got the Write Stuff DIY Pencil Pouches. Make your own fun pencil pouches with HTV and this free hand-lettered cut file!
You Got the Write Stuff DIY Pencil Pouches
?You got the right stuff, baby! ?
We’re paying homage to NKOTB today with a little lettering pun! I was totally Team Jordan and I even had a Ken doll version of him. It had a rat-tail braid and I remember cutting that off…because, no, just no. ?
Back to current day reality. One of my favorite ways to use my lettering is to create Silhouette Cut files to make DIY handmade goodies!
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up these babies:
- Silhouette CAMEO
- HTV (I used glitter and foil. The glitter is much easier to use and yields the best results.)
- Hook Tool
- Light Pad (Optional but handy for weeding. I use an A4 Huion Portable Light Pad.)
- Iron or Heat Press (I use this mini iron that gets super hot and works great for HTV.)
- Pressing Cloth or a sheet of Parchment Paper
- Blank Pencil Pouches (I love and use the Augbunny brand pouches.)
- You Got the Write Stuff Cut File (Personal use only. Anything you sell with this design on it is considered commercial use. You can purchase a limited commercial use license for use on handmade items you sell for just $5 here in my shop. ?)
Now, let’s get to work making our pencil pouches!
Step one: Open Silhouette Studio. Go to File>Open and select the file you just downloaded. Size the design to fit your pencil pouch.
IMPORTANT: With HTV you must mirror the image. You can do this by selecting the design. Click Object>Mirror>Flip Horizontally as shown in the below screenshot.
Step Two: Place your sheet of HTV clear plastic backing side down on the cutting mat. The cutting mat is optional, but I prefer to always cut on a cutting mat. Send the design to the machine so it can get to work cutting it. I find these cutting settings work best for glitter HTV.
Step Three: Using your hook tool, weed your design. I light to use my light pad since it’s hard to see the cuts on glitter HTV.
Step Four: Place your weeded design on your pencil pouch (with the plastic film now on top, and the lettering reading correctly). Place your parchment paper or pressing cloth over the design and iron until adhered. I find that once it’s well adhered, the plastic film “pops” right off the HTV.
Step 5: Allow to cool and fill with pencils. These make great teacher gifts!
A Note on the HTV Types Used in this Post
Sadly, I wasn’t impressed with the Silhouette Foil HTV. Although it’s very pretty, it’s super finicky to work with. I’ll stick to the glitter HTV. It cuts well and applies easily. Glitter for the win!
More Cut Files!
Shop my Silhouette Design Store Collection HERE!
Check out my selection of $3 SVG Cut Files (handmade commercial use included!)
Cut File FAQs
I’m getting an error message when I click the Studio3 file and it won’t open.
Yep, that’s because your computer doesn’t know what program to use to open it. To open it, you need to open Silhouette Studio first. Then go to File>Open and select the file from your desktop (or wherever you saved the cut file). Voilá! It works!
How Do I Use the SVGs?
You will need the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio software to open an SVG file. You can get it on Amazon here. They sometimes have it as low as about $25 which is about half of retail and was available at the time this posted. If you have the Designer Edition of the software, here is a video tutorial on using SVGs.
How Do I Get the Designs into My Silhouette Studio?
Unless you’re buying from the Silhouette Design Store, designs won’t automatically download to Silhouette Studio. Whomp, Whomp. But don’t worry, it’s still easy to save them to your library! Here’s how:
- First, save the downloads to a folder on your desktop.
- Then, open Silhouette Studio.
- From within the software, Go to File>Open and select the design(s) you want to use.
- Once you have them open you can go to File>Save>Save to Library to save them in Silhouette Studio.