Go Away! Not really but that’s what I want to tell people when I’m trying to sleep. Create this DIY Sleep Mask using your Cricut Maker and grab the free cut file to use with any cutting machine.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. I’m joining in with a few other bloggers to share different ways to take care of yourself and to show you other self-care items you can make with your Cricut.Jessica with The Do It Better Yourself Club has released a fun woman’s pajama pattern and to celebrate she’s put together a free ebook with all of our projects. Check it out here.
Begin by uploading the Go Away! png into Design Space. You can use this method here. Cut your interfacing to size so that it will fit your pink fabric mat. When cutting fabric, you want to have it right side down. Use your rotary blade to cut both the interfacing and the cotton material.Now cut your Go Away! image using a coordinating color of Iron-On Vinyl. When cutting the vinyl, be sure to mirror your image and to use the fine tip blade. Apply your image to your sleep mask before you being to sew it. Use an iron using these settings or use your EasyPress at 305°F and press for 25-30 seconds. Warm up your surface first for 10 seconds, press and then turn it over and press again for 10 seconds then peel.Take your cotton front and place the elastic band so that the ends are meeting with the ends of the mask. Now lay your other cotton piece, right sides facing together, and then lay your felt interfacing on top. Sew a 1/4″ seam 3/4 around your DIY sleep mask. Turn it so that the cotton pieces are facing out and your elastic band is secured. Press the mask so that it lays flat and tuck in your fabric edges that weren’t secured originally.Top stitch over the sleep mask completely and you’re set to have the best night sleep of your life!For me, sleep is always hard, because with Fibromyalgia, your brain never shuts off. My mind is always going and I seriously have the weirdest dreams. Using a sleep mask (and some Tylenol PM) is really the only way that I know how to get a good night sleep. Everything is dark and I have zero distractions. It’s pretty easy now but it has taken a long time to get to this point.
This American Girl doll jumpsuit was so fun to make. And the mini pockets! Use Natalie Malan’s Crisp Petals fabric to make them timeless.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support. I did receive this fabric in exchange of this post. All opinions are my own.
Begin by prepping your Crisp Petals fabric. I used three pieces for each romper that were 12″x24″. I like to have the fabric store cut them in the 12″ increment so that I don’t have to do it at home but it’s not essential.I am a very impatient seamstress. Taking my time is not my forte but the end product is worth the time investment. Don’t ask me to actually make my own clothes with pockets and a cinched waist! The instructions for this project are really straight forward. Before you purchase a pattern through Design Space for your Cricut Maker, you’re offered the instructions for the project to see if it’s something you can actually achieve. For me the hardest part of these doll clothes is the shoulder seam where the straps meet. I just ended up sewing them under the seam so you can’t see that part. The Crisp Petals line designed by Natalie Malan is now a new favorite of mine. The cotton is sturdy and it feels soft. Coats did a wonderful job manufacturing this fabric. Cricut also offers a coordinating cardstock to this fabric. All her work is gold!While I don’t show you step-by-step in this blog post how to construct this American Girl doll jumpsuit, the instructions by Simplicity are pretty easy to follow for anyone familiar with sewing. If you’re new to sewing, making mini clothes is not a route I suggest taking first. Cricut offers many quilt patterns that you can easily incorporate Natalie’s fabrics on. I plan to make some cosmetic bags using some other of Natalie Malan’s Crisp Petals line and use coordinating zippers by Coats. You can grab her coordinating cardstock at your local Joann store or look on Cricut.com.
What better way to fall asleep than in your own DIY Pajama Shirt? Create this with your Cricut and some Happy Crafters Heat Transfer Vinyl. Enter the giveaway below!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Happy Crafters for sponsoring this post.
There are several companies that offer printed heat transfer vinyl but the selection that Happy Crafters offers is amazing. The shirt that they sent us is amazingly soft and I’m going to be ordering all my shirts from here now on.
Begin by cutting your heat transfer vinyl for your DIY Pajama Shirt. Always remember when you’re cutting heat transfer vinyl to reverse the image. You want to place the shiny side down on your mat when cutting. The blade should only go through the vinyl, leaving the carrier sheet intact. Weed your image and leave the part of the image that you want on your apparel on the carrier sheet. You’ll remove the negative areas. When using the Cricut EasyPress, place a towel on the surface below your apparel. Set your EasyPress to 305°. If you’re using an iron, use this method here.Press the solid color first and press for 15 seconds. Remove the carrier sheet. Now lay the patterned heat transfer vinyl down and use the carrier sheet from the solid and place over the top. This will make sure that your solid color doesn’t burn or melt. Press for 25-30 seconds.Now turn your DIY pajama shirt inside out and press from the back for an additional 10-15 seconds. This will make sure that your edges are sealed and you won’t have any lifting. You’re all done! This DIY pajama shirt is perfect for lazy days and nighttime. Now check out other bloggers projects and enter the giveaway below!
Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.
Purchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.
Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
I’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. Where would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.
My son is obsessed with Moana and Maui especially. Today I’m going to use my Cricut Maker to make a Disney Maui Halloween Costume. This should take a few hours to make but it’ll be well worth it in the end.
This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own.
Cricut just started doing templates in Design Space again and I used it to size the separated images. Sometimes I would get a clean sliced image, when that happened I just added another Maui image and sliced off what I didn’t need.
This was a labor of love. I wish I could just share the image after I took all that time to fix it but that is just not an option right now. I would only recommend doing this if you’re comfortable using those Design Space functions for making your Maui costume.
How to make a Maui Costume
The first part I worked on was the neck. I placed a square or circle on separate parts of the image and then I slice it. It took a lot of small adjustments but I eventually got there.
The trick to slicing images in Design Space is to make sure that only two images (layers) are selected. If an image is grouped together, it won’t work. You’ll need to ungroup and detach any images so that only two images are selected, then select slice. You can delete any extras so that the images are all separated and you can size them on your templates.
A great function to use in Design Space is the Contour button on the lower right side of the canvas. You can take away small areas that you don’t to be cut by simply selecting the cut line. To make it reappear, just select contour again and click on that same cut line and it will be back in your image. Hey, Let’s Make Stuff has an awesome tutorial on using Contour in Design Space. After I cut and weeded all of the black iron-on vinyl, I used my EasyPress to attach it to the onesie. Malakai has the perfect beige tone of skin so these ones I found on Amazon were perfect. They’re the perfect tone for this Maui Halloween Costume.
The new Cricut Interactive Guide for their EasyPress machines is so informative. You can also select that you’re using an iron or if you have an EasyPress Mat or a towel.I sized the leg tattoos to be about 4.5″ wide and placed the weeded image where I wanted it on the pants. I used the EasyPress at 305ºF and pressed it for 30 seconds. I then turned the pants over again so that it’d get heated from the opposite side.
When using the EasyPress, you’re going to want to make sure that no vinyl comes in direct contact with the heated element. So when you have to overlap to get a good seal on an image, you’re going to want to make sure that the carrier sheet is covering all vinyl.
Maui Costume Shirt Instructions
I began with the neck pieces so that it would line up with everything else. I then did the sleeves, back and then the chest last. Again, watch your HTV so that the heating element of the iron or EasyPress is not touching it. You can reuse your old carrier sheets or place some wax paper inbetween.
Leaves for your Maui Costume
I highly recommend using the Cricut Maker with the rotary blade to cut your felt. Use some felt that it’s 100% wool, polyester works better for your tree leaves.
I grabbed this package of green felt from Benzie Designs and I love that it comes in different shades. I did use some embroidery floss to add some details to some of the leaves. The felt is soft so you’ll want to thread the leaves in and attach them to each other using some fabric glue. Aileen’s Fabric Fusion works great for this. The colors in her cactus pack are perfect for this DIY Maui Halloween Costume. Some of the leaves I cut are not available in Design Space. I used a few from Lia Griffith and some from Amy Robison. Just click on their names and you can buy the shapes there.
Lia has a membership site and I highly recommend it. She has some many SVG files that you can download on to Design Space and cut whichever ones you’d like. She also just has great printables that are all included in her membership fees too.
So in all honesty, this was a labor of love. It does take a lot of time and attention but I really love the outcome of this Maui Costume. He looks so cute and big. He’s only 20 lbs. and turns 2 on September 30. He’ll do anything to be big. He’s been around older kids so much that I don’t think he really knows how to act like a baby, except when he’s crying and rolling all over the floor. He’s such a fun kid to have around and I can’t wait until he figures out he can go door to door and get free candy.
Create this DIY LEGO Batman shirt using your Cricut and glow in the dark iron-on vinyl. It’s perfect for the little vigilante in your life. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to LEGO for sending our kids these awesome books.This post does contain affiliate links.I don’t know about you but LEGO Batman has become an essential in this house, or should I say the car? It’s pretty much the only DVD my kids want to watch in the car and because of that, I’ve become really good at quoting the movie. We took Siaki and his friends to see it when it was in theaters and I’ve never seen kids laugh louder in my life. These shirts have become their go-to wardrobe because the glow in the dark vinyl lights up for a good 5-6 hours after they’ve been playing outside all day.
Go ahead and upload the LEGO Batman shirt cut file into your computer using this method. It has both images on the file so you can upload both or just one. You do that by selecting whatever part of the image you don’t want. So for the words in Batman’s logo, you’re going to select it so that the Cricut will know to cut it out. This Batman cut file can be uploaded on your Silhouette but it’s been so long since I’ve done that. There are plenty of instructions on how to do that online.After you’ve uploaded your file, size it to fit the shirt. For a child large and medium, I made the file about 8.5″ wide. Set your file to cut and be sure to mirror the image for iron-on. Once your image has been cut, remove the excess iron-on material. Only leave what you want your image to be on the carrier sheet.
To secure your image with an iron, follow this method. If you’re using a heat press, your temperature needs to be set for 305° and pressed for 20 seconds. Cricut has a new EasyPress and I’m excited to get my own. For now, I just used the iron.There you go. You’ve now become the coolest mom on the block cause your child has their own LEGO Batman shirt and they can put together all their LEGO Batman sets while looking good.
But, if you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.
I grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.Pour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.Next, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.For the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.A lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.I also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!
Making your own leather accessories is so easy using your Cricut Explore. For this post, I’ll show you how to make your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Line your faux suede or leather with your transfer tape. This will give something for the fabric to hold onto instead of leaving fuzz all over your mat and basically ruining it. This was a huge help and I’ll never go back to sticking the fabric right on the strong grip mat again.When you choose the faux leather setting on your Smart Dial, it’ll cut through the product twice. When your images are too close together, sometimes it will catch and pull the product. To avoid this, move your images further apart when you’re previewing your mat. This will save product in the long run and save a lot of headaches. Don’t be afraid to use some scissors if you’ve got one knick in the leather.Begin with all your pieces layed out. You’ll want to fold the longest piece so that the ends meet in the middle. Secure that with the E6000 glue and a binding clip. If you’ve made more than one bow, now is the time to assemble all the longer pieces.
Next you’ll take the back and place some E6000 glue in the middle and take your bow piece and adhere it to that, secure with a binding clip. Allow it to dry just a few minutes in between each step.
Next, place some E6000 on the barrette and lay the back piece to it. Take your small middle piece and apply glue to that. Fold it over the bow in the middle and around the back of the barrette. Secure that with a binding clip. I’d allow these to dry for a few hours before you stick them in their hair just so they don’t get any glue on them.
Ta-da! You’re done. It’s so simple and it looks like you spent a fortune at a boutique for these simple bows.
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