Tag: Cricut maker

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt

Self drafting a sequin skirt for a special event isn’t as hard as you may think. Here is my step-by-step process for sewing with sequins. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. 

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut

This beautiful Neapolitan Quilt is made with Riley Blake fabrics and the Cricut Maker! Quilting is so much more fun when all you have to do is sew it together. My passion for quilting has been restored thanks to Riley Blake and Cricut. This post 

DIY Zippered Clutch With Cricut Maker

DIY Zippered Clutch With Cricut Maker

This DIY zippered clutch is so fun to make using the Cricut Maker! This darling clutch is made by using a Simplicity Pattern. Enjoy!

Style Blues Podcast: Using the Cricut Maker to Sew a Clutch | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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DIY Zippered Clutch

Welcome to season 2 of the Style Blues podcast! I am excited to be back after taking a break last fall! We were traveling and also working on our house, it just wasn’t conducive to podcasting.

While first launching Chambray Blues about a year ago, I never imagined that I would have corporate sponsorships!  Cricut has been such a great partner in my blog this last year and I am excited to announce that they are also the sponsor of today’s podcast!

The Cricut Maker has become an integral part of my sewing room. I cannot imagine how I got along without it! There are so many ways that it makes sewing easier and much less stressful!

We could certainly talk about all the crafting projects that they can help with all day! I love that Cricut has hundreds of projects to choose from on their website which means that I don’t have to design things from scratch all the time

Cricut has a partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns and there are a number of patterns in Cricut Design Space. These patterns can be downloaded directly to the Cricut Maker which is incredibly convenient. The DIY zippered clutch I am sharing today is just one of the many Simplicity patterns.

DIY Zippered Clutch with Cricut Maker | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

How to Use Design Space

I am going to walk you through the cutting and sewing process using the Cricut so you can understand exactly how it works. First of all, you will need to create a free account for Cricut Design Space. Design Space has many free projects as well as projects available through a subscription with a monthly fee. You can also pay for a specific project if you choose that route.

This particular DIY zippered clutch pattern is only $4.99. I think that’s a bargain considering how much time it saves. Using the Cricut is especially valuable for beginner sewers as it can make the process much less confusing.

The Simplicity patterns that are available through Cricut Design Space are individually priced. However, once you have purchased them, you have lifetime access.

Downloading the Pattern

Once in Design Space, you can start a new project by clicking the plus sign in the left corner. Then search for “Clutch with Strap” or even “Simplicity patterns” to find the project.

The first thing I like to do is read through all the cutting directions so I know exactly what the project involves as well as anything else I may need to gather. Next, I scroll down to the bottom of the screen and there will be a link in green to the specific sewing directions PDF document. I always print the directions out so that they are ready for construction.

Cricut has laid out the project for you step by step. They list how much fabric you will need as well as any additional supplies. The recommended fabrics for this project are heavier in nature and include cotton denim, pinwale corduroy, or even cotton duck.

DIY Zippered Clutch with Cricut Maker | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Supplies Needed

Cricut Maker with a rotary cutting blade

Cricut washable fabric pen

12′ x 24″ fabric grip mat

½ yard of 3 different fabrics, 45” wide (Waverly from Walmart)

¼ yard of contrasting fabric, 45” wide (Waverly from Walmart)

½ yard of lightweight fusible interfacing (Pellon Craft Fuse)

Additional Supplies


12” zipper (I used a Jelly Zipper cut to length.)

magnetic snap

⅝” D-Rings (2 of them)

⅜” rivets (2)

swivel hooks (2 for ½” strap)

35” x 1” length of leather-like material for strap

heavy duty sewing machine and needle

heavy duty sewing thread


Cricut Maker with Simplicity Clutch | Chambray Blues

Clutch Directions

The first step for your DIY zippered clutch is to cut the fabrics to size. Follow the directions and put them on the 12 x 24” fabric grip mat. It is important that the grain of the fabric go longways on the cutting mat. Press your fabric first if needed, place it face down on the mat, adhere to the mat to be sure there are no wrinkles.

Select the “Make It” button in Design Space. You will first have to select your machine, the Cricut Maker, from the top menu on the screen. Follow the prompts to start the Cricut Maker, insert the mat and then cut each piece of fabric as directed. When the pieces are cut, remove them from the cutting mat and scrape away any threads with the plastic scraper tool.

Next, cut the interfacing and lining fabric as well as any additional pieces of fabric as per Cricut directions. This project has an interlining as well as interfacing. What’s the difference between the two? The purpose of interfacing is to stabilize and strengthen the fashion fabric. The interlining basically covers the back of the fabric while working as a lining for the inside of the bag.

Sewing Directions

1. Fuse interlining to the bag front as well as the back sections. Fold 1/4″ seam under the top edge of the contrasting band. Stitch lower contrasting band in place. Stitch again 1/4″ away from the first line of stitching.

2. Insert the small tab piece into the D-ring and then baste the ends together.

3. Apply the magnetic snap to the bag as directed. You will also stitch tabs in place at sides of the bag during this step.

4. Fuse interfacing to both of the pockets. Fold over, stitch with right sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave an opening to turn right side out along the bottom edge. Trim corners and then turn right side out. Hand sew the bottom opening closed. Press.

5. Apply pockets to bag lining, matching marks made on the back of the fabric with the Cricut fabric pen. Stitch along edges.

6. Install zipper along the top edge of the right side of printed fabric, with zipper face down. Stitch close to the edge of zipper teeth. You may need to trim the zipper length, it should be 1/4″ longer than the length of the bag between the two marked dots. Whipstitch across zipper teeth before cutting off the ends of the zipper.

7. Sew the lining (right side) of the bag to the wrong side of the zipper, through all thicknesses, enclosing the zipper tape between the outside of the bag and the lining using a zipper foot. Apply bag back and lining to the other half of the zipper stitching 1/4″ from the upper edge in the same manner.

8. Press zipper teeth toward the bag front and back lining sections, opening out fabric lining. Press. Line up raw edges with right sides together and stitch around the perimeter of the bag, leaving an opening to turn bag to the right side at bottom of the lining.

9. Turn bag right side out and then press. Slipstitch opening in the lining closed. Attach zipper pull if using a separating zipper. Push lining down into the bag, close zipper, and press.

10. Fold the strap in half lengthwise, stitch along both edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

11. Wrap ends around swivel hooks, and mark placement then pound the rivet in place (I sewed mine in place). Attach the strap to D-rings on the bag when finished.

Cricut Discount Code

Your DIY zippered clutch is finally complete! Using the Cricut Maker guarantees that this project will turn out perfectly every time.

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

Don’t leave yet, I saved the best for last! Cricut has given a special discount code just for my readers!

This discount is not available anywhere else, be sure to take advantage of it!

Use the code STYLEBLUES to get 10% off your purchase at Cricut.com.

(The discount excludes machines and Cricut Access subscriptions as well as digital images. The cart subtotal must be greater than $50 for the discount to be activated.)

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More Inspiration

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Cricut Easypress Explained for the Non-Crafter

#YogaLife T-Shirt Collection with Cricut

15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker

DIY Recycled Denim Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Super Simplicity Bow Tie Using the Cricut Maker


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DIY Clutch with Zipper : Made with Cricut Maker | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com


DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut

Creating DIY Christmas Decor is so much easier when you use your Cricut Maker! Today, I am sharing two projects that will add to the Holiday spirit in your home this Christmas season. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive 

Make a Chill’n Cricut #YogaLife T-Shirts

Make a Chill’n Cricut #YogaLife T-Shirts

T-shirts are part of our everyday wardrobe, here’s how you can make your own #YogaLife t-shirts using your Cricut Maker! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your 

15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker : What You Need to Know

15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker : What You Need to Know

Do you still have unanswered questions about the Cricut Maker? Here’s everything you need to know as well as an easy beginner project!

15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker : What You Need to Know | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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Cricut Maker FAQs

Although this post is sponsored by Cricut, any opinions given are completely my own. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

1. Will I use the Cricut Maker enough to justify the expense? Absolutely! I have used the Cricut weekly since the beginning. I had no idea how much easier the Cricut Maker would make my sewing and craft projects. You will be amazed at how much time and effort will be saved!

2. What materials can I cut with the Cricut Maker? In the last few months alone I have cut cotton quilting fabric, denim, leather, vinyl, exterior vinyl, window clings, craft paper and felt. However, that’s not all the Maker can do! The Cricut Maker cuts virtually any fabric. I have plans to use it to cut chipboard, cardboard, craft paper, plastic for stencils, faux suede and more!

3. Is the software easy to use? Yes, it’s very easy to use. Cricut has a really good help section on their website. Any time I’ve been stuck it’s been easy to find the answers that I need.

4. What kind of DIY projects can I make? So far, I have made t-shirts, window clings, wooden sign decals, leather appliques, denim hat and purse, bow tie, even a quilt. There are hundreds of ready-to-make projects waiting for you on the Cricut website. Once you press “Make It” the machine does the rest!

5. What types of fabric can I cut? Cotton quilting fabric, muslin, satin, crepe, wool, fleece, denim, knit jersey, felt. I am sure there are many others, however, these are the ones I have tried so far.

6. Can I use my old cartridges? Cricut Explore and Maker machines were designed to work with Design Space, rather than as stand-alone machines and cartridges. Simply link your old cartridges to your account through Cricut Design Space using your Explore machine or the Cricut Cartridge Adapter to use them. I am thankful for their adaptive tool system and expandable suite of tools.

7. Can I upload my own images? Yes, they are easy to upload into Design Space in either JPG, SVG, or PNG format.

8. Can I keep my images private? Yes, Cricut has an option to keep your files private if you wish.

15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker : What You Need to Know | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

9. What makes the Cricut Maker different from other machines? The Maker is the “Cadillac” of the Cricut machines. It is designed to work with multiple materials at high speed as well as having Bluetooth capabilities. If you are only planning to use your Cricut to cut one type of material, you may consider a different model. For example, the Cricut Explore works perfectly fine for basic paper crafting.

10. What add-ons do I need to use the machine and how expensive will it be? The razor sharp knife blades, mats, weeding tools, sewing tools, vinyl and craft papers are all sold separately. It is cheaper to get the standard Maker package which includes a selection of these items so that you don’t have to purchase them individually. I would also recommend trying the Access membership which gives you access to a sewing pattern library which is full of digital sewing pattern to choose from.

11. Do you have to use only Cricut vinyl? No, it is not required. However, other types of vinyl are of lower quality. I have seen people post pictures of projects made from cheap vinyl. They have trouble getting it to adhere, it doesn’t wash well and many times it doesn’t even come off the plastic backing. If you take the time to make a handmade item, the quality of the vinyl you choose is important. I would not use non-Cricut products for that reason.

12. Do you have to purchase an EasyPress? No, you can use an iron. However, I realized very quickly that a regular iron doesn’t work quite as well for a number of reasons, especially if you are making multiple HTV projects. A household iron will only heat up to 199 degrees F. The EasyPress heats up to 320 degrees F. The hotter temperature helps the vinyl adhere both better and faster.

In addition, the bottom of the iron is designed for steam, it has holes on it and is not a flat surface. The bottom of the EasyPress is completely flat with no holes. Much better for applying even pressure to the surface of your project while transferring an image. The EasyPress is also square, not pointed like an iron. The square EasyPress design covers a larger surface area for pressing graphics than the iron which is designed for ironing small curves and points. For commercial applications, I recommend starting with an EasyPress, then upgrading to a commercial quality t-shirt heat press at a later time as your business grows.

13. Can I upload my own sewing patterns? Yes! Patterns can be uploaded to Design Space just like photos and cut on the Cricut Maker. I will show you how to do this in an upcoming tutorial.

14. Can I use my Maker with my mobile device? Yes, you can use a laptop, iPad or cell phone. I love using my Ipad with my Maker as it’s very user-friendly.

15. Is the Access membership included? There are hundreds of design files that are free in Cricut Design Space. However, if you want access to THOUSANDS of files you will need to purchase a membership. Cricut Access membership is only $7.99 a month. As much as I love to design, it is far easier and faster to have someone else do the design work.


Easy Jean Patches with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Things I Wish I Knew

I wish I had known how much a machine like the Cricut Maker would change my crafting life! The Cricut is so much fun to use and I have used it for so many things. Besides my obsession with making t-shirts for my family, it’s also great for both quilting and sewing projects. The ability to cut pattern pieces with at least 2x faster cutting on this machine is such a time saver. Cutting fabric is so easy and the machine makes such wonderful clean cuts!

Beginner Cricut Project

I found these adorable jeans at the thrift store today. I would have overlooked them before as they had rips and holes in the front. As much as other people love the tattered look, it’s just not for me. But, I knew I could patch them in a jiffy using my Cricut.

Easy Jean Patches with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

These patches are made using pre-designed shapes in Design Space. Before I owned a Cricut, I had no idea how there would be thousands of pre-made designs for me to choose from while making projects. It is such a timesaver to simply log in and just search for what I need rather than design it myself. Did I mention that Cricut has its own fabric line with Riley Blake Fabrics? I love the coordinated fabrics as it saves me time in the fabric store.

Cricut can also cut different materials. Plastic, cardboard, paper, fabric, fleece, as well as so many others. Today I experimented cutting with heat bond. This product is ironed on to the back of the fabric, then cut into patches that are ironed on to the jeans. It’s a quick and easy way to fix your favorite jeans.

Patch Supplies Needed

• A pair of jeans in need of repair

Cricut Designer fabric sampler by Riley Blake, Blue Carolina

•fusible heat bond

Cricut fabric mat and rotary cutting blade

•embroidery floss for decorative stitching on edges (optional)

Easy Jean Patches with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com


1. Iron the heat bond to the back of the fabric while using the cotton setting of the iron. (You could also use an EasyPress). Do not remove the paper backing.

2. Smooth the backed fabric onto the fabric mat. Use a roller for the best adhesion to the mat.

3. Download the patches design from Cricut Design Space here.

4. Cut the patches on the Cricut Maker as directed.

5. Peel off the paper backing from the heat bond on the back of the patches. Iron the patches onto your jeans using your iron on the cotton setting.

6. You can also add decorative stitching with embroidery thread around the patches if desired.

Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!


More Inspiration

Are you still looking for more Cricut inspiration? Here are a few other posts you will also love:

DIY Upcycled Denim Hat

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

DIY Zippered Clutch with Cricut

Cricut EasyPress Explained for the Non-Crafter

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15 FAQs About the Cricut Maker : What You Need to Know | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Although this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut, the opinions and text are my own.