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Make Nine, Top Makes of the Year

Make Nine, Top Makes of the Year

It’s time to look back at the first year here on the blog. It’s been a great journey! Here are my top Nine projects of the year according to Google Analytics!

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Me in my new fuzzy sweater, I can’t wait to make more of them!

Make Nine, Top Makes of the Year

Last year I had a dream, a dream to start a sewing blog. I had a vision for this business ten years ago when I started my home decor blog but at the time sewing just didn’t seem like the right fit. I was busy home schooling Mom of 4 boys and just didn’t have time to sew much of anything, I had little space or equipment for a sewing studio. Home decor and lifestyle topics were easier for me to write about because it was all things I was doing anyway in my day to day life. Since then our sons have grown up and left home. Now I can focus on sewing, not just for me but for the home too. Thanks for all your support this last year on the blog! It’s been amazing, the sewing community is very supportive and a joy to be a part of. The sewing niche is a much small group than the home decor niche, and I have already made a number of friends and contacts that are very special. Sewing is a world wide top, much more than the home decor niche which seems to revolve mainly around American style homes and interiors. My home decor blog is still active, and I have recently rebranded. You can check it out at Cozy Traditional Home.com.

I have lots of new things planned for the new year ahead here on Chambray Blues which I am not quite ready to announce, but here are my top projects to date. I am always amazed at which projects rise to the top, I can never accurately predict what will be the most successful.

Make Nine List

Restyled Mens shirt back|Chambraybluesblog|www.chambrayblues.com
This shirt is made from 3 different menswear shirts.

Men’s Thrifted Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps 

Upcycled Sewing Hacks

Upcycling is a big topic in sewing. There are several upcycyling projects that have made the list, I am so glad you all enjoy them! Being a good steward of what we have is very important to me, and I will continue to come up with new ways to use old clothes and fabrics!

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Design your necklace on a form or on yourself while looking in the mirror.

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace

Upcycled Denim Hat|Chambray Blues Blog|chambrayblues.com
Love this adorable denim hat made from old jeans!

How to make an upcycled hat from old jeans

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Add style to your t-shirt with this easy pattern hack!3 Step Easy T-shirt Pattern Hack

Pattern Hacking Tips

Pattern Hacking is one of my specialties. When I worked as a designer in the apparel industry making the first pattern was my job. I love showing you my pattern hacking tips! I am making new videos for my You Tube Channel regularly with pattern making techniques. Be sure to subscribe for updates!

How to Sew a Sunny Raincoat|Chambraybluesblog|www.chambrayblue.com
Yellow Raincoats never go out of style!

Sewing Pattern Reviews

Sewing patterns have changed a lot since I learned to sew 40 years ago. Not all have changed for the better! I am reviewing patterns from some of the Indie designers as well as the Big 4 Pattern companies here on the blog, much more to come!

Sew a Sunny Raincoat

Ruffled denim purse with Cricut|Chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com
This tiny purse is perfect for kids or a casual night out.

Cricut Maker Projects

My relationship with Cricut sponsor has been a huge part of blog. They are a great company to work with and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with them. Sewing with my Cricut Maker is so much fun! I will continue to have more great projects here on the blog using my Cricut!

Sew a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Riley Blake Quilt Kit for the Cricut Maker|chambray blues blog|chambrayblues.com
The Finished Spinning Wheels Quilt

Riley Blake Throw Quilt Made with the Cricut maker

Undies to Tees Boxer Briefs|Chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com
Look how colorful these boxers are!

Tees Refashioned to Undies, Refashion Your Shirts to Underware

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You can make this cute bag with your Cricut Maker.

Sew a Clutch Bag with Zipper

 

That’s the Make Nine list! You can see more sewists top Make Nine on Instagram using the hashtag #Makenine. Thank you for your support, looking forward to even better things! If there is a particular project or technique you would like to see me sew here on the blog, please send an email with your suggestion to Jessica@chambrayblues.com. I would love to hear your suggestions, they are very important to me!

 

In case you haven’t been around, here are some of the other posts that are not to be missed:

Sew Along Dinner Date Dress Reveal

Meet Mimi Goodwin, Successful Sewing Entrepreneur

Anyone Can Make a Cut and Sew Sweater

Sew a 3 Step Buffalo Check Cardigan

Sew Your Own DIY Christmas Decor with Cricut

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

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Recycled Advent Calendar for Your Sewing Room Decor

Recycled Advent Calendar for Your Sewing Room Decor

Christmas is Advent season, there’s lots of little treasures hidden in the pockets of this calendar. Make your own version using recycled bits of fabric, trims and buttons!Recycled Advent Calendar for your Sewing Decor|Chambray blues blog|www.chambrayblues.com

I was honored to write this post for my friend Deborah at Salvage Sister and Mister. Even though Advent season is passed, I love having this pretty calendar as part of our Christmas decor! It’s too fun not to share!

Advent Calendar for Sewing Enthusiasts

We have used an Advent calendar each year for a long time. Now that our kids are grown, there really isn’t any need for it, but I love traditions and I can’t do without this one. This project is made completely from scraps of fabric, leftover trims, ribbons, bows, buttons and pretty little things. The words and numbers are cut on the Cricut Maker and applied with the Easy Press 2 heat press.

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Supplies Needed:

• 1 yard off white canvas

•1/2 yard stripped ticking fabric

•1/4 yard glitter felt, cut into 2″ strips

•Miscellaneous leftover trims and buttons

•Gold iron on HTV Vinyl, for lettering and numbers

•Hot glue gun

•Safety pins

•1/4″ Wooden dowel cut to 27″ length

 

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Directions:

1. Trim the canvas to 24″ square.

2. Fold up and pleat bottom section into 4 rows of 2″ deep pleats. Pin in place, sew vertically from top of pleats to bottom edge to form pockets for keeping treasures for each day.

3. Stitch the stripe fabric square in place on the upper part of the canvas, with a zig-zag stitch close to the raw edge of the material.

4. Cut the numbers and lettering on your Cricut Maker or cut them out by hand and glue them in place. You can get my Cricut Maker file here that has all the designs you will need ready for cutting.

5. Weed out the letters and numbers, removing excess vinyl leaving plastic backing in tact. Trim away extra plastic, and place each number in place on pockets with right side up. Press with a Heat Press or iron for 30 seconds on both sides to adhere. Repeat for calendar wording as desired.

6. Cut felt strips into 4″ long pieces. Fold in half to form loops and stitch along top edge of each piece. Hot Glue loop pieces in place for the tree, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Overlap each piece slightly as you go.

7. Add lace trim to each tree section, cutting to size and gluing as you work. Then add random buttons, bows etc. until the tree has enough items to look like a Christmas tree but leave still have space for other ornaments.

8. Put a button on a ribbon, rhinestone buttons with safety pins, small ornaments or candies in each pocket for each day. You can use safety pins to pin the top of the pockets closed if you have young children who may get into them.

9. Stitch a channel to insert the dowel for hanging at the top of the calendar, 1″ wide along top edge of canvas.

10. Thread the calendar on to a wooden dowel and hang with a pretty ribbon.

 

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A few tips:

I prefer raw unfinished edges to create a rustic look. You can certainly finish them if you prefer. There is no need to close the pockets at the top, but you could use a safety pin on each one to secure them if you have little ones at home who might get into things. To store the calendar, replace the items into the pockets. Then, remove from the wall and simply roll around the wooden dowel to store. We had a fabric wall calendar like this growing up and it lasted for many years. If you do not have a Cricut Maker to mark the month and days on the calendar, try a fabric paint pen in gold or a Sharpie Marker instead.

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Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

How to Restyle a Boring Denim Jacket

Tees to Undies, Refashion Your Shirts to Underwear

Men’s Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

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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!

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The Easy Press 2, second generation of heat presses.

Easy Press Gadgets Explained

They are here! The new generation of Cricut heat presses, Cricut Easy Press 2, are now available! I am pleased to be able to share these with you! I love my Easy Press, but I love the Easy Press 2 even more. What’s the difference? Here’s the low down, explained for even the Non-Crafters out there! There’s also a few new projects in this post, stay tuned for the how to! This post is sponsored by Cricut. I was compensated to write this post in someway. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page.

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The Easy Press and Easy Press 2 look similar but they have different features.

 

Cricut Heat Presses, Compared

Other than the color, these two heat presses look pretty similar. The original heat press is blue, the new heat press is red. These are both 9″ x 9″ in size. The main difference in the design here is the temperature settings. The original heat press heats to 320 degrees in just a few minutes. However, the Easy Press 2 heats up 25 percent faster, and can reach temperatures of 400 degrees. The Easy Press 2 rivals the commercial heat presses that can heat between 375-400 degrees. Commercial presses are large, expensive and certainly not very efficient. The Cricut Easy Press 2 can do the job so much easier!That’s impressive! I love this medium Easy Press size for making small to medium size t-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, etc.

 

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Yoga Life T-Shirt with Easy Press

I used the original Easy Press for my original t-shirt collections, such as my #Yoga Life t-shirt collection. You can read that tutorial here. The original Easy Press heats up very quickly, and I found that I didn’t need to waste energy by turning it on too soon. This is great since my studio space is small and this little press heats up my entire room if it’s on too long. Another feature that I love, it automatically turns off after a period of inactivity. This has been a real life saver for me, since I tend to get side tracked by other things and forget to turn it off at times. Does anyone else do that?? Such a great feature!

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You can use an iron for heat transfer vinyl, but I don’t recommend it.

My first t-shirt with heat transfer vinyl, or HTV vinyl was made using a regular iron. It was a disaster! I learned very quickly that a household iron does not work the same way! My iron takes forever to heat up, and is so small it only covers a very small part of the Heat Transfer Vinyl (or HTV) t-shirt design. I had to press, and press and repress to get the vinyl to adhere. It was frustrating!

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The bottom of the heat press and household iron are very different.

When you compare the bottom of the Easy Press or Easy Press 2 and the bottom of a household iron, you can see the difference. An iron is designed to produce streams of steam with holes and indentations. It is also pointed at the tip for fine pressing. The Easy Press is perfectly square, flat, and has more surface area to come in contact with the vinyl. Therefore the Easy Press produces a better result with less effort. Another interesting fact, a household iron only reaches a maximum of 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The Easy Press 2 heats up to 400 degrees, that’s a HUGE difference in temperature! It’s no wonder that first t-shirt peeled apart in short time, my iron just wasn’t hot enough to make the vinyl stick.

I use the 9″ x 9″ size for small to medium size t-shirts.

My latest Toddler size shirt was made with the Cricut Easy Press 2. Faster and hotter, I whipped this shirt together in record time! You can get the free #Team Dark Meat graphic design from my Cricut page here!

Right Size for the Job

It is not necessary to own more than one Heat Press. However, I will say it makes things so much easier! The new Easy Press 2 devices include an extra large 16″ x 10″ size which is great for XLL t-shirts, tote bags, pillows, and banners. I used the large Easy Press for this XXL T-shirt. I always size my t-shirt graphics accordingly to the larger size shirts, since that is mostly what my family wears. With a smaller Heat Press, I would have to press this design in at least two places, but the extra large heat press does it all in one pressing. I also used this large size for my recent Christmas Snowflake Pillow project here.

Like this Thanksgiving holiday t-shirt? You can download the design file here!

The MIni Easy Press 2 is my favorite!

The Mini Heat Press is Mighty

I saved this one for last, the mini size Easy Press 2 is 6″ x 7″. So adorable! It’s the perfect size for making baby onesies, baby bibs and make up bags. This Easy Press 2 has all the great features of the other Easy Press 2’s, just in a compact size. So handy! This little baby Onesie came together in a jiffy using this mini press! Get the Thanksgiving Dinner Onesie design download here!

Each Easy Press size has a coordinating Easy Press mat.

 

Each size Easy Press has a coordinating size mat. I like organizing the mats by size so I can easily grab the one that I need for my project. The different sizes are so handy, I use them all the time! Cricut also has a handy guide for selecting which temperature setting to use for your type of vinyl, you can find that guide here.

I hope that answers all of your questions regarding the Cricut Easy Press projects. Let’s get crafty! Don’t forget to share your shirts on social media with my hashtag #Chambraybluesshirt for a chance to be featured on my Instagram page! Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post!

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

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.

 

 

Yoga Life T-shirts|Chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com
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!

If you are a blogger and would like to join the Cricut Affiliate program, click here.

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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!

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

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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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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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Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

The Riley Blake Spinning Wheels Throw Quilt is well on its way, here are my tips for cutting quilt squares with the Cricut Maker.

 

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Cutting quilt squares is easy with the Cricut Maker.

Cutting out all the pieces of a quilt is often the most laborious part of the quilting process. Using the Cricut Maker, the cutting goes so much faster! It saves hours of bending over a low table, grasping that old rotary cutting blade! This post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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If you missed the first installment of this short series, be sure to check out part one here. 

Cutting Process:

Prepare the fabric by pressing all of the pieces in the Dailey Days Throw Quilt Kit. I used my Easy Press, but you can iron them instead. Set aside the yellow floral, pink polka dot and blue daisy prints for the boarder (We will cut those later). Cut the remaining fabrics into 12” pieces WOF (the width of the fabric), as directed by the Cricut pdf directions for this project.

Using a 12 x 24” cutting mat, press the white fabric right side down to the mat. Let any extra fabric hang off the edge of the mat. This is important to get the best utilization from the fabric. Do not cut off the extra fabric! Be sure you have installed the Rotary Cutting Blade in your Cricut for cutting fabric before you begin.

Place the mat into the Cricut and cut. While the machine is cutting, prepare the next mat. It is helpful to use two mats at once. While one mat is being cut, you can prepare the second mat. Remove the pieces as they are cut from the mat and sort them into piles of like fabrics. You will need to scrape off excess threads that stick to the mat in between cuts for the best adhesion. After 5-6 cuts, I clean the mat with a bit of dish soap and water. Rub off the damp threads, then pat the mat dry with a lint free towel. The mat should be as sticky as ever and ready to use again.

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It is good to count how many triangles you need of each fabric for your design. I found that the Cricut is so efficient at cutting I had some extra pieces that I won’t need for the quilt. The final counts for this Spinning Wheels pattern are:

144 white triangles

20 grey

28 pink

20 dark blue

24 bright green multi color floral

24 bright green floral

15 light blue stripe

15 light blue floral

We will be making 35 blocks total for this quilt.

Here are the supplies needed for this project:

Get your pieces cut then we are ready to sew! I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully learned a few handy tips! Be on the lookout for part 3 of this series where I will cover Quilt Assembly and wrap up this fun project.

If you like this post, try these other ideas:

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

How to Make a Recycled Denim Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

DIY Patriotic Holiday Family T-Shirts

Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut- Part 3

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Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Quilting is a wonderful hobby, it’s made so much easier by using a Cricut Maker to cut the pieces! This adorable kit comes with everything you need to cut and make a beautiful throw quilt!

 

Riley Blake Quilt Kit|Chambray Blues Blog|www.chambrayblues.com

Quilting is one of my favorite hobbies. I often make quilts for gifts, to match my decor or just because it’s a challenge. Cricut has these adorable quilting kits and I was thrilled to be able to try one. This post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

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The Riley Blake Daisey Days Throw size quilt was perfect for cuddling on cool summer evenings on the porch. I adore the Riley Blake fabrics, and was thrilled to get a kit with all the planning and thinking already done for me! This kit comes with the coordinating fabrics that you can use to make several different designs. My choice was the Spinning Wheels design, one that I have admired for a long time but never attempted. Each design is labeled with the quilting level of expertise required so it’s easy to make an educated choice and get the one that best suits your abilities. This Spinning Wheels design is for an Intermediate or Advance quilter, mostly because of the amount of seams that need to be matched to complete the pattern.

Cricut also makes cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters and other sewing tools. Mine were in bad shape, and I was so excited to see them arrive in the mail!

Riley Blake Fabric for Spinning Wheels Quilt|Chambray Blues Blog|chambrayblues.com

The first step in the process is choosing a quilt kit in Cricut Design Space. I decided this would be best explained in a video tutorial, so here you go:

 

http://https://youtu.be/WAlwMiXm8_k

 

Here are the supplies needed for this project:

Riley Blake Daisey Days Throw Size Quilt Kit (affiliate link included for your convience)

•Rotary Cutter

•Cutting Mat

•PDF Sewing Directions, printed

•PDF Cutting Directions, printed

•Iron or Easy Press(affiliate link)

•Pressing mat or ironing board

Cricut Maker with Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade(affiliatelink)

•Large Fabric Grip cutting mat (pink) in 12″ x 24″ size

• Quilt backing (not included in the kit)

•Throw size polyester fiberfill quilt batting (not included in the kit)

•Sewing machine and thread

Directions for Preparing fabric to be cut:

1. Print the Spinning Wheels PDF cutting directions from the Cricut Design Space. Read through the directions.

2. Remove fabrics from the Riley Blake Quilting Kit, place them in the order to be cut according to directions.

3. Press fabrics with Easy Press (set on 196 degrees) or steam iron until smooth.

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My next tutorial will be on cutting the quilt pieces with your Cricut, so be sure to stop back for part 2 of this tutorial!

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If you like this post, try these other ideas:

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

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

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

You Make Patriotic Holiday Family T-Shirts

Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

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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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