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Sew Your Own DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut

Sew Your Own DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut

Decorating for Christmas can be so much easier when you use your Cricut Maker! This Christmas stocking and holiday pillow are just the things to make your home have holiday spirit!

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This pillow is easy to sew, and decorate with your Cricut Maker.

This post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosures page.

You will love this easy project, simply cut the vinyl and press onto the pillow!

The holidays aren’t far away and I have been inspired to use my Cricut Maker for a couple of fun projects! The first one is an easy to sew pillow that I made from a piece of heavy canvas from my fabric stash. The pillow uses a simple straight stitch and the applique is made from Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl. I used a standard 18″ square pillow form from the craft store, sewed the cover and decorated it with the Cricut vinyl. It’s a fun project, it would also make a great holiday gift idea! Here’s what you will need to make your own pillow (affiliate links are included for your convenience):

Supplies for Snowflake Pillow

1. 18″ square pillow form

2. Cricut Gold Heat Transfer Vinyl

3. 1/2 yard of off white cotton canvas

4. Sewing machine, thread, scissors

5. Cricut Easy Press 2 or iron

6. Cricut Maker with cutting blade

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Weed out the negative space in the design.

Directions

1. Cut the fabric down to a square 23″ wide. Turn fabric right sides together, stitch around the outside edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving an opening at the bottom edge 8″ wide to insert the pillow.

2. Press, turn right side out. Press again from right side.

3. To make the flange, top stitch 1″ from edge all the way around the pillow leaving the bottom open as before. Press.

4. Cut the vinyl on the Cricut Maker according the directions on the Cricut website here. Be sure to use the knife blade on the vinyl setting. Also, be certain to place the vinyl shiny side down on the standard grip mat before cutting.

I used my large Easy Press 2 for this project.

5. Weed out the excess vinyl from the snowflake design. Place the vinyl on the canvas pillow cover with the sticky backing down on the fabric.

6. Pre-heat your Easy Press 2 to 290 degrees, or iron to the high or cotton setting. I loved the using the new large Easy Press 2, worked great for this project! Using a press cloth or Cricut Silicone mat, press for 30 seconds. Turn the pillow over, and press again on the back side for another 30 seconds.

7. Let cool slightly, remove the clear vinyl backing.

Sew the pillow, insert the form. Then close up the seam from the outside.

8. Insert pillow form, stitch bottom opening closed.

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Keep your floss on a ring for easy stitching!

The second project I made is this pretty felt stocking. This is a really fun project to work on your hand sewing and embroidery skills. I haven’t embroidered in a long time, and I really enjoyed working on this project. It’s perfect for keeping your hands busy while watching TV in the evenings. Don’t be intimidated by it, there are only 3 stitches in this entire project. They are the satin stitch, the french knot, and the outline stitch. The Cricut draws the initial embroidery design on the felt, and cuts the stocking out at the same time. As you hand embroider you can use a hoop if you desire. To me, it seemed awkward so I didn’t use one. The felt is quite solid and easy to work with without a hoop. I found this embroidery floss ring organizer at the craft store. It made it easy to find the right color floss and unwind it as needed. Only use 2-3 strands of floss at a time as you work. Excess strands of floss can be re-wound on to the plastic tab until needed. I am working on a video demonstrating the stitches and it will be on my You Tube channel soon.

 

Here’s what you will need for this project:

Supplies for Embroidered Felt Stocking

1. 1 yard White glittered felt

2. Cricut Maker, Cricut Fabric Mat and Rotary Cutting Blade

3. Embroidery floss in these colors: dark green, light green, red, dark blue, light blue, yellow, orange and pink.

4. Cricut fabric marking pen.

5. Embroidery Hoops, optional.

6. Hand sewing needles for embroidery ( I used a large eye needle)

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Embroidery takes a little patience but is well worth the effort!

Directions:

1. Cut the felt to 12 x 24″ as described on the Cricut website here.

2. Insert the fabric pen into the Cricut Maker along with the Rotary fabric cutting blade.

3. Draw and cut the fabric with the Cricut.

4. Remove the stocking from the mat. Embroider according to the Cricut website directions, you can print the pdf document here with the directions.

5. After embroidering, sew a 1/4″ hem on the top edge of each stocking piece.

6. Stitch stocking together by sewing along the outside edges along the marked line.

7. Sew the piece for the stocking hanging loop by folding a rectangle of felt into thirds and stitching along the entire length with a zig-zag stitch.

8. Attach the loop into the corner of the stocking with a single needle top stitch.

9. Spritz the stocking with water to remove the fabric pen marks. Cover with a press cloth, press to remove the marks. You may have to repeat the process a few times until they have all disappeared.

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Remove your fabric pen marks by spritzing the mark with water, cover with a press cloth and press.
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Love how this stocking turned out!

I spent about 15 hours doing the embroidery for this stocking. I found it very relaxing to sew in the evenings when I was too tired to accomplish anything else. It’s great to have a hand sewing project to work on a little each day, you will be amazed at how fast it comes together! If you are a more experienced embroiderer you could probably do it in less time. I haven’t embroidered in many years, and it took me a while to get back into the swing of things. Now that I have done it, I am looking forward to my next hand sewn embroidery project. I love how colorful it is in our kitchen!

Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

If you love this project you can find other Cricut ideas here:

Make a Chill’n Cricut T-Shirt Collection with #YogaLife

Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

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Make a Chill’n Cricut T-Shirt Collection with #YogaLife

T-shirts are part of our everyday wardrobe, here’s how you can make your own #yogalife shirts with your Cricut Maker!

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This fun t-shirt collection has something for the entire family!

 

T-shirts are something we wear every day.

I often wear t-shirts to bed, to the grocery store, and certainly to yoga class. Sometimes I sew my own, but I have found that by using the Cricut Maker I can be creative and not get overwhelmed by yet another sewing project. Making t-shirts has become a phenomenon as you can see if look at the Cricut website. Some folks even make t-shirts as part of their small home businesses. Cricut has been asking me to share my T-shirt collection designs with you, all you have to do is login to Design Space on the Cricut website, and click Make it! This post is sponsored by Cricut. Any opinions given are completely my own, for a complete list of rules see the disclosure page.

 

 

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Camisole style t-shirts can be found at your local Walmart.

Sources for Supplies

My blank T-shirts come from the shelves at Walmart. I am sure you can find them in a store near you. I look for different styles and colors but keep in mind most t-shirts shrink at least 10-20 percent in the laundry. It is best if you can wash and pre-shrink your shirt before putting the graphics on it. The Cricut HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) Iron-On vinyl is a very impressive product. It adhere’s easily and washes well to cotton and blended fiber shirts. However, for durability, drying them on high heat is not recommended. Tumble dry on low or hang dry for the best results with the colored vinyl. The metallic vinyls are more delicate and should not go in the dryer at all. I do not recommend using generic vinyls in any form, they will not hold up as well and you will wish you had used the Cricut brand.

Here’s my process for designing and creating these shirts:

#YogaLife T-Shirt Supplies Needed (affiliate links included for your convience):

White or Black adult sized t-shirts, (mine were size LT)

Activewear camisoles, gold and burgundy (I used size XL)

White Toddler Size T-Shirt (I used a 4T)

White Baby Onesie (mine was a 3T month size)

Cricut Black and White Iron on HTV-Vinyl

Cricut Rose Gold Metallic Iron on HTV-Vinyl

Standard Grip Cutting Mat (green)

Cricut Maker or other Cricut Machine

Cricut Easy Press and pressing mat

 

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This shirt uses Cricut Brand Rose Gold Metallic HTV vinyl

#Yoga Life Adult Shirt Directions:

  1. Chose which shirt you want to make and download the design file from the Cricut website below:

• #YogaLife design file

• Yoga Posse design file

•Yoga is my happy place design file

•White Medallion Circle of Life design file

•Rose Gold Circle of Life Medallion design file

 

  1. Choose your iron on vinyl color. Cut the vinyl to fit on the  12″ x 12″ mat. Place vinyl with shiny side down on the mat. Roll with a brayer to smooth out and remove any air bubbles.
  2. Insert the mat in the Cricut, follow the prompts for cutting the vinyl. Be sure the “mirror image” button is selected for designs with text. Remove the vinyl from the mat after cutting.
  3. Weed out the negative space in the design with the weeding tools. I find it’s easiest to do this under a window with good light. You can tape the vinyl to a bright window for weeding out the medallion designs that are more complicated.

Tip: Weed from the outside of the design towards the interior of the design in a circular motion. This keeps you from getting confused, making a mistake and removing parts of the vinyl that are needed for the design. When the design is more intricate, this is even more important. Those medallions take a bit of patience to weed out! I enjoyed working on them while watching tv.

4. Cut away any excess plastic from around the design. Gently, place your design on your shirt to determine placement. Use 2-3 finger widths as a guide under the neckline determine where to put the graphic. Be sure your design is centered left to right, use the armpit area of the shirt for a visual to center the design.

5. Heat up your Easy Press to 320 degrees, or heat your iron on the hottest setting. Cover the design with a pressing mat or press cloth, press for 20 seconds. Turn the shirt over, cover with the pressing mat and press an additional 20 seconds.

6. Remove the mat, let the shirt cool slightly. Then gently pull off the plastic vinyl backing being sure all vinyl is adhered to the shirt. Your shirt is now ready to wear!

 

Here’s how I design my t-shirts in the Cricut Design Space. It’s very easy to use and so much fun that I had to make a video to show you!

Children’s Shirt Directions:

1.Download your chosen file from Design Space from the link below;

•Child Pose shirt design file

•Warrior pose shirt design file

2.Depending on what size you are making you may have to adjust the size of the graphic a bit larger or smaller for your shirt. Then, follow the directions for the adult shirts listed above. I use the same 2-3 finger placement technique under the neckline to place the graphics.

I would love to see photos of your shirts on social media! Show them to me using the #chambraybluesshirts for a chance to be featured on Instagram or join our Chambray Blues Facebook group here for more tips and inspiration!

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Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring! Here are some more great ideas to make with your Cricut:

Flock of Flamingo T-Shirts with Cricut

You Make Patriotic Holiday Family T-Shirts

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

15 FAQ You Always Wanted to Know About the Cricut Maker

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

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Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

I have been designing some fun Renaissance costumes with leather trim for Halloween, it’s easy to complete this project with your Cricut!

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These projects are really fun to sew. We love Renaissance costumes and my son and I have always wanted to have a matching set! I made these frocks with a little help from my Cricut Maker. The costumes are made from the Simplicity Patterns line of historical costumes. The sewing isn’t enormously difficult, but the details do take a bit of time to execute. Read on!

The Cricut Maker can cut all kinds of things, but I am excited to try cutting leather with it. Using Geniune Leather calls for a different blade a few special modifications to the cutting machine. This video shows the basics of what to do.

Costume Details & Directions:

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Men’s Costume Supplies:

  • 2 pieces black genuine leather
  • Cricut Maker
  • Deep cut blade
  • Strong grip mat
  • 27 Silver 5/8” grommets
  • 18 nickel 5/16” rivets
  • Rubber mallet
  • Hard surface to work on
  • Scissors
  • Faux leather cording for lacing

Directions for men’s costume:

1. Sew the jerkin according to Simplicity #s4059 pattern directions.
3. Attach grommets to center point of the hexagon shape pieces using the premade holes using a rubber mallot.
4. Attach leather hexagons to hem of the jerkin with rivets. Poke a hole thru the leather and fabric with a large nail, then insert the rivet. Secure by pounding with rubber mallot on a hard surface.
5. Mark placement of holes on center front for lacings with the leather placket. Cut holes with a scissors, insert grommets and attach  thru the leather with a rubber mallet.
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Women’s Costume Supplies:

  • Cricut Carmel genuine leather
  • Nickel colored 5/8” grommets
  • Nickel leather rivets (kit comes with tools for applying)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Chalk pencil
  • Faux leather lacing
  • Rubber mallet

Directions for women’s costume:

2. Clean up any messy leather cuts with a sharp knife.
3. Baste leather in place with spray adhesive. Check fit and placement of appliqué before proceeding.
4. Mark placement of grommets and rivets with chalk.
5. Cut small holes for grommets with a sharp scissors, place leather appliqué in place, then hammer in grommets with rubber mallet. Use a hard surface to hammer on such as a cement floor or hard tile for best results.
6. Repeat above steps for rivets, marking placement with chalk. Use a leather punch to make holes in appliqué and fabric where needed (comes with the rivet kit). Install the rivets and hammer in place with the mallet.
7. Place leather appliqué over center back seam. Mark placement, spray appliqué with adhesive and attach. Make holes with leather punch at critical parts of the design to hold it in place. Install rivets into holes, hammer in place.

Women’s wristlet:

For the wristlet, cut the leather according to the design space directions. Mark placement of rivets ( I used every 1”), then attach. Cut holes for grommets closure, attach grommets and tie closed with faux lacing.
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Tips for working with genuine leather:

1. Use a strong grip mat with leather face down. Tape the edges of with masking tape to be sure it won’t the leather to the mat to avoid shift when cutting.
2. Use the deep cut blade.
3. Select genuine leather when choosing material type.
4. The Cricut Maker will ask if you are finished cutting, check your cuts, if it’s not cut completely cut you can cut it again. There were a couple parts that I had to cut trim with a knife afterwards because it didn’t cut all the way thru the material.
5. Use grommets with “teeth” for the best adhesion. I bought some generic ones that didn’t work at all because they couldn’t grip the fabric and leather. Stick with the name brand to save some frustration.
6. The Maker can cut the small rivet holes too. I realized this too late and used a nail to make them, but the Cricut would do a better job of it. I will update the design so you can have it done right.
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Since the sewing construction details of this project are rather involved, I will cover that in a separate post. Keep an eye out for that post which will be coming soon!
This has been a fun project, we are ready for Halloween or the Renaissance Fair! Our son Ted has always wanted a costume like this, he is very excited to wear it!
Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!
This post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience . By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

 

Here are a few other projects I’ve made using my Cricut:
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Flock of Flamingo T-Shirts with Cricut

Flock of Flamingo T-Shirts with Cricut

These cute t-shirts are easy to make with your Cricut Maker. They are just the thing to go with a light sweater and a pair of your favorite handmade jeans!

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The Cricut Flamingo T-Shirt Collection

T-Shirts made with the Cricut Maker

My Cricut has been getting quite a work out lately! These shirts are hot off the Easy Press and very simple to make. I’ve been designing t-shirts for Cricut on the side and I love how simple they are, they always turn out great! The Cricut HTV vinyl is a great product that is fun to use for just about any t-shirt design. I used purchased T-shirts for this collection, rather than sewing from scratch to speed up the process. You can still be creative and not have to sew all the time! (These projects are great to give yourself a break!)

The designs were easy to make with existing fonts and images in the Cricut Design Space. I like to start with a t-shirt template, then add the images. In this case I wanted Flamingos, so I searched for them in Design Space and had lots of designs to choose from. They have thousands of images available to you! After I chose my image, then I added text to go with it. Usually I use one or two fonts before choosing one that I like the best, in most cases I prefer fonts that are easy to read. The majority of my graphic designs have both a print font and a cursive one which gives the design more interest. Sometimes there will be a design all ready made (such as the “I don’t give a flock design”), then you just have to choose your colors for the vinyl. I like simplicity in my design, so I only use 2 colors of vinyl in each shirt to keep it simple. Occasionally the design has to be made larger, which is easy to do in design space with the click of your mouse.

Here’s what you will need to put together your own Flamingo T-shirt collection:

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This t-shirt uses Pink glitter vinyl and an Aquamarine printed vinyl.

This post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosure page.

Flock of Flamingo T-Shirt Supplies

•White or Grey T-shirt, I used XL T-shirt from Walmart

•Pink Glitter Lipstick HTV Vinyl and Aquamarine from the Patterned Iron on Sampler HTV Vinyl collection (order through my affiliate link here)

•Cricut Weeding tools

•Cricut Cutting Mat, cutting blade

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This design is great for adult or youth size t-shirts.

General Directions:

1. You can access this design on my Cricut page here. Download the design to your design space page.

2. Place your first color vinyl on the cutting mat according to the Cricut cutting directions. Be sure to use a roller (brayer) to adhere the vinyl to the mat securely before cutting. Place your vinyl with the shiny side DOWN on the mat.

3. Cut with the Cricut Maker, then weed out (remove the extra vinyl) from the outside area around the design.

4. Cut the remaining vinyl piece while you are weeding out the first one.

5. Cut apart the pieces and place them with the sticky side of the plastic down on the shirt. You can move them around a bit until they are centered from the top (I use 2-3 finger widths from the bottom of the neck as a guide). Be sure the design is also centered from left to right on the shirt (use the underarm seam as a visual guide for this).

6. After the design is in place, cover it with a press cloth or Cricut heat proof mat. Press with your Easy Press set to 320 degrees for 30 seconds. You can also use an iron on the hottest setting if you don’t have an easy press (be sure to iron all parts of the design equally).

7. Turn the shirt over, press again on the back for an additional 20 seconds. Turn shirt to the front, peel off the plastic vinyl backing while it’s still warm (you can tell if your vinyl isn’t set completely it will peel off with the backing. You may need to re-press if it’s not completely adhered to the shirt.)

 

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I am keeping these little children’s shirts for my future grandchildren!

Putting the vinyl on the shirts is more or less the same for each design. The Cricut Maker will tell you which colors to use for each step, just follow the general directions above.

I have already done all the design work, so all you have to do is press “Make It”.

How fun is that??

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Pair your t-shirt with your favorite jeans, a cute hat and fun earings!

It’s so much fun to whip up a new shirt to go with your favorite me-made jeans! More on the jeans later!

 

 

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This adorable design is perfect for toddler sizes.

For this children’s design, I used a 4-5T white shirt that I purchased from Walmart.

Vinyl colors in this shirt are Iron On Light Vinyl in Blush Pink and the Aquamarine from the Patterned Iron on Sampler. You can order them through my affiliate link here.

Your little ones will love wearing their flamingo shirts!

Download this design here!

 

This T-shirt is also an XL adult size, but you can use any adult sized shirt for this project.

The vinyl colors here are the same as above, Iron On Light Vinyl in Blush Pink and the Aquamarine Patterned Iron on Sampler. You can order them through my affiliate link here.

Download this design here for your Cricut Maker!

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Click on the links below for some other great Cricut project ideas:

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut- Part 3

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

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Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

The big reveal is here, my Spinning Wheels Throw Quilt is finished! This project was a breeze by cutting all these lovely Riley Blake Fabrics on my Cricut Maker.

 

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The Finished Spinning Wheels Quilt

 

The big reveal is here! I am pleased to have finished this beautiful project! This Spinning Wheels throw quilt is made from a kit by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs. I can’t wait to cuddle with it on cool evenings out on the porch!

If you recall, I have done two other posts about this entire quilting process. You can read more about how this entire project came together:

Read post 1

Read post 2

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Finished Quilt Size is 54″ x 70″

This post is sponsored by Riley Blake Designs and Cricut. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Quilt top has 35 Spinning Wheel Blocks

The Spinning Wheels Quilt

This project is made from 4″ quilt blocks that are assembled into the Spinning Wheels design. The great thing about it is that the Cricut cuts all those little pieces so you don’t have to. You can read more about that in my original post. Cut the pieces and then it’s a step by step process of sewing them together two at a time. Each Spinning Wheels block has 4 small blocks to make the larger blocks.

I made a number of step by step videos for this project. Explaining this construction on video is so much easier. For this project, you can see a dozen new videos on my You Tube Channel. Here’s the basic block construction video:

If you have done any quilting before, you know how much easier it is to quilt when all the pieces are cut exactly the same. The Cricut Maker is such a great tool for quilting because all of the pieces are machine cut, they fit together with out a lot of fussing and trimming. Honestly, I would have never attempted this Spinning Wheels Quilt pattern on my own because I know how time consuming and physically draining it would be to cut all those little pieces by hand. With the Cricut cutting the pieces, the entire process is so much more enjoyable!

After the blocks are assembled the outside frame or boarders are added. Once it’s put together with the other layers, it’s time to quilt and then bind it. I enjoy hand stitching the outside boarder in place, it’s a great way to relax while watching tv in the evening.

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The outside quilt boarder is hand finished.

Here are my top tips for stitching the blocks together and quilting:

5 Top Tips for the Spinning Wheels Quilt

1. Assemble the quilt blocks in small sections. Make all 4″ blocks, then go on to the larger ones. If you struggle matching the seams use small strips of fusible tape to hold them in place.

2. Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric on each square. This way the seam allowance doesn’t show behind the white pieces.

3. Starch the large blocks while pressing before assembling the rows. This makes joining seams easier and more accurate and will help the quilting process to go smoother.

4. Use a spray basting adhesive or large safety pins to make the quilt “sandwich” with the backing fabric and fiberfill before quilting.

5. Channel Quilt at 8″ intervals (stitching in the ditch of the seams) with a longer single needle stitch and a walking foot on your machine.

I cover many more tips in my videos, so be sure to check them out!

 

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Remember what the kit looked like before? Such pretty fabrics!

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Spinning Wheels Quilting Supply List

(affiliate links are included for your convenience)

Riley Blake Designs Daisey Days Throw Quilt Kit

Sewing Kit

Cutting Mat and Ruler

Rotary Cutting Tool

Cricut Maker with a Rotary Cutting Blade

This Daisey Days quilt kit can make any one of several different designs as you can see on the package. Some of my blogging friends made the other designs with the same kit! Be sure to check out their projects as well!

SookEe Designs

Sweet Red Poppy

Simple Life Pattern Company

Heather Handmade

Paisley Roots

 

 

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Thanks to Cricut and Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this post!

Here are some other fun things you can make with a Cricut!

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

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You Make Patriotic Holiday Family T-Shirts

We love patriotic holidays, it’s so much fun to dress up and go to the parade or family barbecue in style. Here’s my latest project with the Cricut Maker!

Patriotic at Heart

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I love my Cricut Maker. There are so many great things you can do with this cutting machine! Cricut has selected me and another group of bloggers to design t-shirt collections for their website. Each month a new group of 3-5 t-shirt design files will be chosen from the group and featured on their site for you to make. Not every design will be chosen, just the ones they like. The fun thing is that each collection will include adult and child sized graphics so you can make shirts for your entire family! You can purchase t-shirt blanks without any graphics on them at local craft stores, or Amazon (affiliate link is included for your convenience). For my projects I used some old white t-shirts we had laying around. Why spend money if you don’t have to?

For this Patriotic collection, I designed a number of different patriotic styles but only used the ones I liked the best. The rest will be featured here at a later time. These files are not available on the Cricut site just yet but will be soon if they are approved (cross your fingers!). I also plan to sell my SGV design files in a new shop on here on Chambray Blues which will be coming soon so you can have access to them either way!

Here’s how I made the shirts:

Patriotic T-Shirt Supplies Needed:

• Red and Royal Blue Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl (affiliate link)

• 2-3 White T-shirts in various sizes. I used a 3T baby onesie, and XL and 2XXL adult sized shirts (affiliate link)

• Cricut Heat Press or iron (affiliate link)

•Cricut Heat Proof Matt or ironing board with heat proof cover (affiliate link)

•Cricut Maker (affiliate link)

•Cricut Ironing Shield or press cloth (affiliate link)

•Light grip matt (affiliate link)

Directions:

1. Choose a t-shirt file to make in Design Space. There are a number of patriotic files currently available. Be careful to select files designed for t-shirts, if the design is intended for other purposes you may have trouble cutting it. It could be too small or have lots of layers that will waste your materials and aren’t suitable for use with vinyl.

2. Cut the files as directed by Cricut on your machine. Be sure to place your vinyl on the grip mat with the shiny side DOWN. Also, be sure your design is REVERSED. If not, select the edit button, then the mirror setting. Cut all the pieces for your design before assembling.

3. Trim away excess vinyl. I like to cut away any extra material and save it for another project. It’s too good to waste!

4. Weed out any “white space” with the weeding tool. That is, from the wrong side (non shiny side of the vinyl) pull away any vinyl that will not be needed in your design. You will end up with your design and a somewhat sticky backing. View it from the right side, the shiny side to be certain it is correct and that it is all intact.

5. Place your vinyl shiny side UP on your t-shirt (the sticky backing will hold it in place). Be sure your design is centered evenly over the center front of the shirt. It is helpful to fold the shirt in half and mark the neckline with a pin so you can get accurate placement. I recommend placing your vinyl about 2″ down from the neckline on most styles. You may need to hold it up to a mirror and check the placement before going on to the next step.

6. Once your design is in place, cover it with the pressing mat or press cloth.

7. Heat your heat press to 340 degrees F (If you are using a different vinyl you may have to adjust the temperature). If you are using an iron, use the cotton or linen setting with no steam.

8. Press your design in place for 20 seconds (you can set the timer on your Easy Press for this). Press the design a little at a time if you are using an iron, be sure to lift the iron up and not rub it side to side or it will affect your results.

9. Turn the shirt over, cover it with the press mat and press again on the back side for an additional 15 seconds.

10. Turn the shirt over, let is cool slightly. Remove the clear plastic material and reveal your design. Check to be sure all edges are adhered to the t-shirt. You can press the vinyl again if needed, or use a weeding tool to hold it down to the warm fabric until it melts in place. Be careful not to over press your vinyl. I have made this mistake and created scorch marks from the iron. If you have this problem, try dabbing the marks with white vinegar until they disappear.

Not sure you can figure it all out? Watch this FB live video I did! You can do it!

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Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

This simple bow tie is a fun project to make with your Cricut! Simplicity and Cricut are sponsoring me to make adorable this project, any opinions given are completely my own.

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Simple Bow Tie

This bow tie is easy to make with your Cricut Maker! My love affair with this little machine and Simplicity patterns is never ending! The Simplicity sewing pattern for this design is downloaded from Cricut Design Space to your Cricut, and precisely cut! All that is left to do is sew it together! Super fast construction and practically no effort on your part, not at all like cutting out a pattern on your own where there are so many steps to follow! This is the future of sewing!

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Our son needed a fun bow tie to wear to a graduation party. He didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I decided to make him one instead from this beautiful cotton fabric I had in my stash.

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Bow Tie Supplies Needed (affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you when you make a purchase.):

1. Cricut Maker (affiliate link)

2. Simplicity Bow Tie Pattern from Cricut Design Space, and printed pdf sewing directions

3. 5/8 yard woven cotton fabric

4. Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade

5. Fabric Grip Mat (pink)

6. Two sew on snaps

7. Cricut Fabric Pen

6. Sewing supplies, thread, pins, sewing machine

 

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Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker|Chambray blues blog|www.chambrayblues.com

Directions:

1. Trim fabric to be cut 9″ x 15″ for the 12 x 24″ fabric mat (keep the grain parallel to the 9″ side). Place fabric face down on mat, roll with Cricut roller to press in firmly in place FACE DOWN on mat.

2. Read through the sewing directions so you understand how the tie is put together before beginning.

3. Insert fabric grip mat into Cricut and cut the pattern. This pattern is a size 3T, which was a little small for my guy. So, I cut it TWICE from the same fabric and made the neck band longer to fit him. Read on…

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4. Pin bow sections right sides together and stitch along top and bottom long edge, leaving ends free. I measured my pieces to be sure they would be proportioned large enough for my son’s neck. They were a good size.

5. Turn bow Right side out. Stitch ends together. Bring seam to center.

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6. I added a little top stitching on either end of the bow to keep it in place.

7. Fold the band in half lengthwise. With right sides together, stitch raw edges of TWO band pieces together leaving an opening to turn on long edge (band should be long enough to go comfortably around the neck, and over lap by about 2″). Trim corners, then turn right side out and press.

8. Top stitch opening closed on band, or slip stitch with a needle and thread.

9. Turn know right side out, bring seam to center on underside and press in place. Fold in half lengthwise.

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10. Wrap center bow piece around middle of bow and attach to center front of band with slip stitch through all layers.

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11. Sew snaps on by hand at back of band, about 1″ apart.

 

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Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker|Chambray blues blog|www.chambrayblues.com

This tie looks so perfect on him, no one would ever know it’s really designed for a small child. My son had a ball at his party and has requested a couple more ties to go with some of his other outfits. So cool! Thanks to Simplicity and Cricut for sponsoring this post!

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Want to see what else you can make with your Cricut? Check out these other Simplicity Pattern ideas:

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

p>This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

This is such a fun project to make with your Cricut! The Simplicity sewing pattern is cut to size on the Cricut machine and ready to sew in minutes!

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 Sew a Denim Ruffled Purse

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


My Cricut has been going non-stop lately. I have been cranking out the projects and pushing my little machine to it’s limits. Cricut and Simplicity Patterns have sponsored me for this campaign, and I am so excited to share this project with you! Cricut has a great partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns, there are many options available in Cricut Design Space for sewing patterns that you can use with your Cricut Maker. This Ruffled Purse project is easy to download and cut out in minutes. My fabrics for this project came from my large scrap bag of old jeans and a remnant of a cotton batik pillowcase. The legs were removed from the jeans, flattened and cut to fit on the Cricut mat. Here are my top tips for making your project a success!

This is the future of sewing! Simplicity and Cricut are hard at work to develop and release more sewing patterns in the near future. Having the patterns cut on the Cricut machine is so much more efficient, saving time, fabric, and energy! Can’t wait to see what else they will come up with in the future!

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How to Use Recycled Denim (or other recycled material) in the Cricut:

1. Remove bulky seams as much as possible. For this project it was helpful to view each cutting layout in Design Space on the mat before it was cut. I was able to plan out where the denim seams would fall (and place them in between pattern pieces), and keep them out of the way of the cutting knife as much as possible. The Cricut Maker can cut through a lot of material, but cutting through the bulky denim seams is rather risky. I had to restart my machine once or twice when it got stuck on the seam. My machine was able to cut through the side seam of my jean leg, you can see it in the photo above at the center front and back of the purse. It looks very natural, like it was planned to be there!

2. Use a clean fabric mat. Denim shreds a lot of debris when cut. By using a clean mat, or even a new one each time the pieces were cut I was able to achieve crisp adhesion and get clean cuts with the fabric blade. Be sure the fabric is truly stuck to the mat, I used a Cricut rolling tool to be sure it was adhered as much as possible.

3. Place fabric right side down on the mat. As per cutting directions, the right side of the fabric should be face down.

4. Use a dark colored pen for marking. I realized too late that my blue fabric marking pen is too light in color to show up on the denim fabric. Use a dark colored fabric pen in the Cricut machine for marking when using denim.

Ready to start?? Here we go!

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Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included for your convenience):

• Cricut Maker

•Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade

•Simplicity Ruffled Purse Sewing Pattern

•One pair old denim jeans legs removed, about 5/8 yard total (can be several different pieces)

•Cotton batik printed fabric for ruffles and purse lining, about 5/8 of a yard

•Pellon Craft Fuse Interfacing, 1/2 yard

•Thread

•Fabric Grip Mat 12 x 24″

•Hook and loop tape (optional)

 

 

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Cutting Directions:

  1. Download and print the pdf sewing directions for the Simplicity Ruffle Purse Pattern from Design Space.
  2. Hand cut the denim pieces to fit on the mat. Keep in mind the direction of the grain as specified for each cut.
  3. Cut one 9 x 23″ piece of interfacing.
  4. Cut 10 x 16″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse lining with grain running parallel to the 10″ side.
  5. Cut one 8 x 20″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse ruffle with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  6. Cut one 12 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  7. Cut one 4 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running to parallel to the 20″ side.

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Purse Assembly:

1. Apply fusible interfacing to wrong side of purse front and back pieces.

2. Sew long ends of ruffle with a 3/8″ narrow hem.

3. Gather ruffle with a 5.0 basting stitch, sewing along marked center line. Stitch to front of purse with 3.0 top stitch along center of ruffle.

4.Apply interfacing to denim purse handles. Stitch ends of handles together.

5. Sew purse front and back in place on handles, matching circles and notches. Clip curves, press.

6. Assemble lining, repeating step 5. Attach lining to purse with right sides together matching circles and notches, leaving opening at bottom for turning.

7. Turn right side out, top stitch bottom opening closed. Press seams. Tie ends of straps together.

8. Hand sew hook and loop tape on purse for closure if desired.

Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post!

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My little Ruffled purse will be a great addition to my collection of Cricut made projects, this denim hat is another Simplicity pattern that is available for the Cricut. Don’t forget to Pin these projects! You can read the full Woman’s Hat tutorial here:

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

 

 

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Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

This cute hat uses recycled denim, cut up your old jeans and make them into something fun and new!

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I have a large pile of old denim jeans for making unique sewing projects. This cute hat is made from a Simplicity pattern for the Cricut Maker. Using denim in the Cricut machine was a bit of a challenge, but it worked out quite well. Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post! Curious as to how this works??? Read on!

My Cricut Maker has become my indispensable tool in my sewing room. I have used it for many things, the options are endless.  Simplicity has a number of great patterns for the Cricut machine. You can see the complete list of options here in the Cricut Design Space.  To make the Woman’s Hat, you will need the following supplies:

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Supplies:

(affiliate links are included for your convenience)

Cricut Maker

Rotary Cutting Blade

Pink Fabric mats

2 pairs of old jeans in different shades of denim (one light and one dark), about 1/3″ yard of each

Thread

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Upcycled Denim Hat|Chambray Blues blog|Chambrayblues.com

Directions:

  1. Purchase the Simplicity Woman’s Hat pattern and print off pdf sewing directions.
  2. Cut the legs off of the jeans. Cut the legs open along seam line, remove extra seam leaving a smooth fabric for the machine to cut. It was helpful to look at how the pattern pieces will be cut on the mat by previewing the pattern before you actually cut. Cut the light colored denim first for the top and sides of the hat. Cut denim fabric to size as per pattern directions. Lay the denim WRONG side up on the fabric mat, press in place with a roller or by hand to smooth out any bubbles.
  3. Insert the mat into the Cricut, be sure to select the HEAVY DENIM FABRIC setting when cutting.
  4. Remove mat and cut pieces. Clean mat with the scraping tool before applying the next fabric, the denim sheds a lot of debris when cut.
  5. Next cut the sides of the hat as directed by the Cricut design space, again use the light colored denim.
  6. Cut the dark denim last, for the hat brim.

Tips for cutting denim:

1. Keep the mat clean so the denim will stick to it. I found that when the mat was dirty it wouldn’t hold the fabric in place. Using a new fabric mat seemed to work the best.

2. Try to position any remaining seams so the are between the pattern pieces as the machine cuts it. The Cricut was able to cut through about 70% of my denim seams, I did have to restart it once or twice because it got stuck on the thick fabric and cut through the rest of the seam by hand with a scissors after the piece was removed from the machine. The Cricut does an amazing job cutting, asking it to cut through such thick, heavy material repeatedly is probably not the best use of the machine. Cricut sponsors me to go where no user has gone before, and I enjoy pushing my machine to the limit of it’s capability. Please, just be aware that if you decide to cut through impossibly heavy seams you could potentially risk having damaging your machine.

3. There were some denim fabrics that cut easier than others. Fiber contents are all different, and behave differently in the Cricut machine. You may have less trouble cutting thinner, stretchy denim than the old fashioned thickly woven denim fabrics. I used the heavier type denim for this project because that’s what I had available.

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Sewing Directions:

1. Stitch the side seams together from the 1 and 2 the pattern pieces by placing a #2 in the middle and attaching piece #1 on either side. End seam at the circle at top.

2. Repeat for the back side of the hat.

3. Stitch front and back together, ending seams at circles.

4. Sew the sides of the hat together using piece #3, and attaching piece #4 on either side stopping stitching at circles. Repeat for the back side.

5. Pin top of hat to the sides, matching circles and dots. Stitch together to form crown of hat. Press seams open.

6. Assemble brim, sew center back seam together. Repeat for facing (I did not use any interfacing because the denim was plenty sturdy).

7. Sew brim pieces with right sides together. Turn right side out. Press. I added a row of top stitching 1/4″ from top edge for a crisp look.

8. Apply brim to WRONG side of hat, matching notches. Stitch. Turn brim to outside of hat. Press in place.

9. Tack brim in place at center back seam if desired.

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This hat was a fun project. It is a rather small size finishing about 22 1/2″ around. When I make this pattern again I will cut a few extra pieces to add to the sides and crown to make it larger. The originally Simplicity pattern called for fleece fabric which has a bit more stretch than the denim. To add to the fun hat, I pinned a vintage broach on the brim. Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post!

If you are a blogger and are interested in the Cricut affiliate program, click here.

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Love this project? Try these other ideas:

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

How to Sew a Sunny Raincoat

 

 

 

 

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5 Step Easy Headband

5 Step Easy Headband

This headband is easy to make with the Cricut Maker! Just 5 steps to a finished project that will take less than 1/2 hour to make!

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5 Step Easy Headband

It’s super easy to make a headband with the Cricut Maker! This project is already in the Cricut Design space so it doesn’t take long to download it and put it together. I made this headband from some fabric scraps leftover from my last project. You will need about 1/4 yard of cotton fabric for this project, and 6″ of 1/2″ narrow elastic.

 

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The Cricut Maker cuts fabric, HTV, paper, just about anything!

Directions:

Download the Simplicity Headband pattern to your Cricut Maker.

Apply your fabric to your pink fabric cutting mat. Cut the pieces with your Cricut machine. It’s really easy! Then you are ready to sew!

Sewing Directions:

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  1. Stitch along the long edges of the large rectangle with 1/4″ hem. Turn and stitch again over your first row of stitching.
  2. Gather the ends of the rectangle with a basting stitch, pull up threads.
  3. Make the elastic casing. I changed the construction slightly from the Simplicity directions, just fold the small rectangle into thirds with the elastic inside and zig zag stitch over the top. Easy Peasy!
  4. Attach large rectangle ends to ends of elastic piece with a single needle stitch 3.0.
  5. Fold the small square pieces into thirds, secure over the seam where the elastic is attached to the headband with a few more zig zag stitches.

5 step easy headband|Chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com

That’s all there is to it! This project is perfect addition for your self care routine. Hold your hair back when you are washing your face, applying makeup, having a facial, etc. You can also wear it to the grocery store on those bad hair days! My Cricut blogger friends have gotten together to post about some other self care ideas that you can make with a Cricut. Click on the link below to see what else you can make to pamper yourself with your Cricut!

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Need more inspiration? Try these other projects:

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

001: Interview with Melissa Viscount of Silhouette School Blog

How to Restyle a Boring Denim Jacket

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

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