ScanNCutDX: For Costume!

So I’m off to GenCon with Brother (the usual disclaimer here that I work with them as a paid consultant, but all ideas and opinions shared by me are my own) and I’ve been using my ScanNCut to help me craft fun outfits!

As you can see above – my desk is one big mess! Today I want to share the ways that I’m using my SNCDX to help me craft my costume pieces, and hopefully give you some ideas to expand your craft supply use!

  1. Cutting around embroidered designs (this one above purchased at
  2. Cutting paper templates and stencils to see if my crazy ideas work.
  3. Cutting out felt, fabric, vinyl, and more for shaped pieces for my aprons
  4. Scanning in customized designs to then cut out of another material for use on my outfits
  5. Creating small scale paper versions of ideas to prove concept and if my wild ideas work

My daughter Rebecca has been helping with art and ideas for me – above you see an idea we have with playing cards on my apron – concept will include machine embroidery on the jacket combining the power of my sewing machine plus my ScanNCut. A few tips for DIY clothes and costumes:

  1. Sketch *even if badly* and mock up your ideas before you cut into pricey material. Better to be sure things should work before you hack into something expensive!
  2. Test cut on paper – I like to use notebook paper, scrap, and used journal pages for this. When done I recycle them
  3. Measure 3x! Whether it is being sure of a width or checking that you have space – always be sure!
  4. Don’t be afraid to go partial with your DIY. In my case I’m adding details to pre-made clothing items in some instances, or topping an outfit with a homemade or semi-homemade apron. It doesn’t always make sense to start from scratch.

When I am back from GenCon I’ll share some tutorials, photos, and how-to for the outfits and accessories I created for this huge event. If you’ll be there stop by and see me at the Brother booth! I’m excited to demo both embroidery and the ScanNCut. When I’m combining them the limit really is just my imagination!

If you use your ScanNCut or other craft supplies to help with clothes or costumes I’d love to hear your tips, ideas, and tricks!

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