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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

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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.

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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!

Don’t forget to Pin it!

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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3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

There are many ways to make a simple t-shirt into an updated style. This easy 3 step pattern hack will add style to any wardrobe!

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I started this pattern hack by finding some adorable pink polkadot fabric from Walmart. It’s a woven fabric, and I loved the pretty colors. I decided it would be a perfect addition to my t-shirt pattern. My main fabric is a soft white jersey knit also from Walmart.

The pattern I used here is McCalls #7331. It’s just a basic t-shirt pattern, but I made 3 simple changes to it with the help of my Cricut Maker. First, cut out the t-shirt pattern in your size from your desired fabric (or you can use a couple of store bought t-shirts, directions for that are below.)

Add style to your t-shirt with this easy pattern hack!

 

3 Step Easy Pattern Hack:

1. Login to Cricut Design Space here.

2. Download my free 3 Step Easy T-Shirt Hack pattern file here.

3. Cut out the pieces with your Cricut Maker.

It’s really easy to sew and fast to assemble by cutting the pieces with your Cricut! This post is sponsored by Cricut. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Assembly Instructions:

1. Fold sleeve bands in half, right sides out. Stitch together with 5/8″ seam allowance on the long edge.

2. Cut your sleeve piece in half just above the elbow. Sew the contrasting rectangle piece underneath the raw edge of the sleeve with a narrow zig zag stitch 1.5 wide, overlapping the pieces by 1/2 inch.

THE RAW EDGE OF THE KNIT T-SHIRT IS SUPPOSED TO SHOW as in the photo above.

3. Gather the bottom part of the sleeve by stitching along the top edge with 5.0 basting stitch (I added 3″ in the sleeve width to my existing pattern to make the gathered ruffle). Pull up threads and gather the piece to fit the sleeve band (check the fit on your arm before you finish sewing). Overlap the gathered knit sleeve on top of the contrasting fabric by about 1/2″ (right sides up). Stitch in place with narrow zig zag stitch 1.5 wide. THE GATHERED RAW EDGE IS SUPPOSED TO SHOW as in photo.

4. Add lace trim to the bottom of the sleeve hem by stitching lace on with 1/4″ seam allowance using a narrow zig zag stitch.

5. Place the neck facing right side up on the front of the t-shirt neckline with the two pieces touching at center front. Pin in place. Stitch along the outside edge with a narrow zig zag stitch. Tack the facing with the zig zag stitch at center front 1″ from bottom to secure as in photo below.

 

6. Slash center front along the facing at center front to the bottom edge of the facing. Sew lace edging over raw edge with zig zag stitch, folding lace to miter at corners. Sew shoulder seams together. Add lace all around the neck edge, front and back with the same method, folding under ends at center front and tacking in place.

7. Add lace trim to outside of neck facing, stitching again over your first stitching with the same narrow zig zag stitch.

8. Finish shirt by stitching sleeves into armholes, and sewing underarm seam. Hem, press and enjoy! Share with your friends!

 

If you do not want to make an entire t-shirt, you can create this look with two old t-shirts:

1. Cut out contrasting pieces with your Cricut Maker as above.

2. Remove neck ribbing on old t-shirt.

3. Cut 7″ wide strip of fabric off the bottom of one of the t-shirts.

4. Gather fabric along top edge, as in step 3 above. Attach contrasting sleeve trim to existing sleeve edge and lace as described above.

5. Add contrasting fabric at neck as described in step 5 above.

 

Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post! If you want more pattern ideas, try these other posts:

How to Restyle a Boring Denim Jacket

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

How to Shorten Pattern Sleeves

How to Measure for Pattern Alterations

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

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

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What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

Introducing the Cricut Maker! I am so excited to share this with you, it’s a must have for your sewing room. This one machine will completely change the way you sew! There are lots of great features that you will love! Here’s what you need to know before making a purchase.

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Cricut Maker, design your projects on your Ipad!

The Maker Pros and the Cons

I have been looking at machines for a long time, comparing different features and contemplating what I would use them for in my creative business. Each model Cricut machine does so many different things that I had a hard time choosing between them. It was hard to know which options would be best for me and exactly how I would use them without first trying out the machine. This post is sponsored by Cricut, I was compensated in someway for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

One of the best features in my opinion, is the ability to design with Cricut on my Ipad. There are a couple of Cricut Machines that do this but I still wasn’t sure how often I would use them. It seemed like most reviews I read for the machine were used for cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl (or HTV as it’s known), cutting paper or cutting plastic for making stencils. Since I haven’t used a lot of those materials in my creative business, it just didn’t seem like the right fit for me.

Recently, I stumbled across an online video from one of my blogger friends of the Cricut Maker cutting entire sewing pattern pieces. This was a total game changer for me, and I knew that I would use the Cricut Maker tool a lot in this manner! I couldn’t wait to get one and start making projects! Excitingly, the folks at Cricut chose me for their Maker campaign. Thank you Cricut!

 

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The Cricut Maker has a storage compartment for all your supplies.

 

Cricut is Easy to Use

Being new to this type of equipment, I was pleased to find out how easy the machine is to use. It only has 2 cords to plug-in and takes minutes to set up. The blades and supplies can all be stored right with the machine, another huge plus since I am organizationally challenged.

Especially helpful is the color coordination of the pieces. I can tell by the color which pieces go together and exactly what they cut. Everything comes labeled and is easy to read. This makes set up so easy!

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Cutting mats for each type of material.

The cutting mats come in different colors as well. There are different mats for each type of media such as printer paper (Lightgrip), cardstock (Standard grip), or fabric and leather (Heavy grip). The mats have an adhesive that keeps your materials in place while the blade is cutting for the most accurate precision. It’s easy to remove the material after cutting. Cricut also supplies handy tools for precisely lifting your cut design off the mat. They have thought of everything!

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Sewing tools and supplies for using the Cricut Maker.

 

Cricut also has basic sewing tools to accompany your Maker Machine. These are great for beginning sewers and it has all the basics: fabric scissors, tape measure, leather thimble, pin cushion, pins, seam ripper, thread clippers. They also have a variety of marking pens.  I love that they all match and look lovely!

Cricut is for Sewing

There are a lot of things you can make with this machine, but the most exciting is that Cricut has a partnership with Simplicity patterns. There are a number of Simplicity patterns that you can download from Cricut’s Design Space right to your Cricut Maker and cut. Imagine!

Are you excited? Me too! Here are a few examples of what’s available:

1. Doll clothes

2. Childrens clothes

3. Hats

4. Bow ties

5. Headbands

Obiviously, there are some limitations since the cutting area is only so large, and the fabric size is limited to the size of the cutting mat. But it is amazing how this technology is possible! There are also quilt block patterns available!

Some of the fabrics you can cut with your Cricut are:

1. Cotton wovens

2. Polyester

3. Denim

4. Felt

5. Canvas

6. Bonded Fabrics such as craft felt, web or fleece.

 

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

I will have my first project will be ready soon! Have you used the Cricut Maker? What did you make? I would love to know! You can share your projects in my Facebook Group here.

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Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

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

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Sew Along 2018, the Year of the Blues!

How to Shorten Pattern Sleeves

How to Measure for Pattern Alterations

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