Tag: Cricut projects

How to Make a Paper Butterfly Dress

How to Make a Paper Butterfly Dress

This Paper Butterfly Dress was part of a local fashion show to raise money for books for children. It was a lot of fun and an entirely new adventure in sewing! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small 

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.

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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Neapolitan Quilt with Cricut Maker

Although this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut, the opinions and text are my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

My latest quilt was a fun project! All the pieces are cut on the Cricut Maker, which makes things go so much faster than they do with traditional quilting! It’s been awhile since I made a quilt, you may remember that the last one I made was also a Cricut Maker project.

There is nothing more satisfying than settling down with a cozy quilt on your bed during these long snowstorms we have here in Wisconsin. Every bed in our house has a quilt on it. These fabrics from Riley Blake are so festive and fun, I couldn’t wait to use them!

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

The pink, red, white and black color combination is a lot like Neapolitan ice cream, don’t you think? This Neapolitan quilt design is available on the Cricut website. I adore all the fun Valentine themed prints from Riley Blake Designs. Riley Blake makes it so easy to put a quilt together because the fabric comes in a pre-made set, taking out all the guess work of quilt design. This particular quilt is great for intermediate to advanced sewers since matching all these little pieces takes a bit of skill.

This quilt design is different than most because it is mostly prints. The only solids are in the sashing and the back of the quilt. The overall look is busy, fun and so colorful!

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Both using a pre-designed quilt from Cricut with coordinating prints as well as cutting the pieces on my Cricut Maker made this quilting project so much fun! Cricut also has a great set of quilting and sewing tools which include everything you need to get the job done, I’m so thankful I had these on hand.

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut Maker with Rotary cutting blade and fabric cutting mat
  • 2/3 yard cuts of 3 light colored Cricut cotton quilt prints
  • 2/3 yard cuts of 3 dark colored Cricut cotton quilt prints
  • 1/3 yard cut of ivory Cricut cotton for sashing
  • 2 2/3 yard cut of cotton Cricut quilt fabric for backing (mine was black)
  • 1/2 yard of pink Cricut cotton for quilt binding
  • coordinating quilt thread
  • embroidery thread in pink, red, black, white
  • polyester quilt batting

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

 

Cricut Neapolitan Quilt Cutting Directions

1. Download the Neapolitian Quilt pattern from the Cricut website here. Print the PDF sewing directions to keep by your sewing machine. Read the directions throughly before you continue.

2. Press the fabric pieces. Plan out which pieces will be octagons and which will be squares and sashing.

3. Using a Cricut fabric cutting mat and Cricut rotary cutting blade, cut each piece as directed by your Cricut Maker. Count all pieces to be sure you have all of them, you will need 15 octagons and 60 squares for the 4-square blocks. (I find it very helpful to keep similar size pieces in piles.)

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Sewing with Cricut Directions

1. Lay the square pieces out with the sashing in between them as pictured above. Be sure that you are using the sashing pieces that are 5.75″ long. There are also longer 12″ and 7″ sashing pieces but we will use those later. Do not get them mixed up! Stitch the blocks together with the shorter sashing in the middle using a 1/4″ seam allowance and a stitch length of 2.5mm.

2. Press the seam allowances toward the blocks. Sew the 12″ sashing to the bottom of each 1/2 block. Press. Assemble the block with the other pieces in the same method.

3. Add the sashing to the octagon pieces. Use the shorter pieces and stitch them to the top, sides and bottom first. Press seam allowances to the darkest color as shown in the photo below.

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

4. Sew the sashing on to the sides of the octagon using the 7″ sashing strips. Overlay the strips on the right side as you sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

5. Press from right side.

6. Lay out corner pieces. Be sure the prints are going the right direction, then stitch in place. Press again, then trim all blocks to 11″ square.

I have made several videos with tips on sewing these blocks step by step. You can see them here on my YouTube Channel.)

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Cricut Sewing and Finishing Details

1. Lay out the blocks in order according to the sewing directions. Vary the octagon and 4 square blocks and light vs. dark colors in each row. Sew the blocks together row by row, then in vertical rows until the entire quilt top is put together.

2. Make a “sandwich” of the quilt backing, polyester quilt batting, and quilt top. Pin in place.

3. Chanel quilt down each row and across each seam with black quilt thread as shown.

4. Finally, cut the pink sashing pieces 2 1/2″ wide the width of the fabric with a rotary cutter and ruler. Sew two pieces together at the narrow end for each side of the quilt. Press seams. Stitch to the right side of quilt around the entire boarder through all thicknesses leaving 2″ extra fabric at each corner for mitering. Miter corners, then turn to the back of the quilt and fold under 1/2″ seam allowance. Hand-sew in place with a slip stitch using heavy quilt thread.

Embroidery Details

After I quilted the quilt, I decided to add some fun embroidery to the center of each octagon. I used pink, red, black and white embroidery thread to make cute Valentine phrases on each hexagon block. Words like hugs, love ya, cutie, amore, be mine, I’m yours and sweetheart decorate the center of the blocks and make the quilt even more fun! The embroidery is completely optional. I machine-embroidered them through all layers with a small 100 x 100mm size embroidery hoop. Each block is a different font and color that coordinates with the fun colored prints in the quilt. You could also hand embroider these phrases if you don’t have a machine that does embroidery.

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

 

This project was a fun change from my regular garment sewing. Remember to check out my step-by-step video tutorial for the entire project over on my YouTube Channel.

I hope you will try it out! If you do decided to give this project (or any Cricut project) a try, follow this link for a discount on your Cricut purchases.

 

Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

 

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Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake + Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. 

Cricut Easy Press Gadgets Explained for the Non-Crafter

Cricut Easy Press Gadgets Explained for the Non-Crafter

The latest generation of the Cricut Easy Press is on the market, here’s everything you need to know even if you are a non-crafter! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. 

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.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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 support!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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

DIY Snowflake Pillow

The holidays are coming quickly and I have been inspired to create new DIY Christmas decor using the Cricut Maker! The first DIY project 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 an applique made from Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV). 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 that would also make a great holiday gift idea!

Snowflake Pillow Supplies

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Snowflake Pillow Directions

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

2. Press and then turn right side out. Press again from the right side.

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

4. Cut the vinyl on the Cricut Maker according to the directions on the Cricut website found here. Be sure to use the knife blade set on the vinyl setting. Also, be certain to place the vinyl shiny side down on the standard grip mat before cutting. (You could also use a Christmas tree or Christmas wreath vinyl for your holiday season decor!)

Cricut EasyPress Decor | Chambray Blues

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 EasyPress to 290 degrees, or iron to the high or cotton setting. I loved using the new large EasyPress 2 as it worked great for this larger project! Using either a press cloth or a Cricut press mat, press for 30 seconds. Turn the pillow over, and press again on the back side for another 30 seconds.

7. Let cool slightly and then remove the clear vinyl backing.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

8. Insert pillow form then stitch the bottom opening closed.

DIY Embroidered Felt Stocking

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

The second DIY Christmas decor project I made is this pretty felt stocking. This project is a great way to work on your hand sewing and embroidery skills. Although I haven’t embroidered in a long time, I really enjoyed working on this project. There’s no need to be intimidated by it as there are only 3 stitches in this entire project. (The satin stitch, french knot, and the outline stitch.)

The Cricut draws the initial embroidery design on the felt and also cuts the stocking out at the same time. You can use a hoop during the embroidery stage if you so desire. It seemed awkward to me so I didn’t use one. The felt is quite solid and also easy to work with without a hoop.

I found an 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.

Felt Stocking Supplies

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Felt Stocking 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 using the Cricut.

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

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

6. Stitch the stocking together by sewing 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 while using a zig-zag stitch.

8. Attach the loop into the corner of the stocking using 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.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

DIY Christmas Stocking | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

I spent about 15 hours doing the embroidery on this stocking. I found it very relaxing to sew in the evenings when I was too tired to accomplish anything else. 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, maybe it’ll even involve more DIY Christmas decor. I hope you’ve enjoyed these holiday decorating ideas!

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:

#YogaLife T-Shirt Collection with Cricut

Renaissance Costumes for Halloween with Cricut

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake and Cricut

Recycled Advent Calendar

EasyPress Explained for the Non-Crafter

 

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DIY Hand Embroidered Stocking with Cricut | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.comDIY Christmas Pillow with Cricut | 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.