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DIY Leather Moccasins & Accessories

August 21, 2014

You may have been seeing, floating around the internet a contest for Cricut called the Design Space Star Challenge. Guess what, I am now apart of that challenge and I have joined up with 9 additional blogs to create our team, Team #16, to participate in the next four months of challenges. We get to this month, show you our theme which is Military and make accessories and clothing that we know you will love but you will be able to create with your own Cricut Explore.

Cricut Design Space StarDuring these challenges we can submit up to 10 projects each month. I’m here to show you my four that I created. Maybe if I get really ambitious I’ll make 10…I don’t know about that. I will tell you that using the Cricut Explore is really easy. You’re able to use the fonts you have on your own computer, you can sync your own cartridges and never have to worry about using those pads again! They are in the works of creating their print and cut feature as well as to be able to manipulate the shapes. This is my favorite new tool and I couldn’t be happier that they provided me one so that I could participate in this challenge.

DIY Leather Pocket Tee with Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.com

My first project I decided to do was this super simple DIY Leather Pocket Tee. I cut the leather using a rectangle shape the size I needed my pocket. In this case it was 2.5 inches by 2 inches and I created this fun plus pattern in Design Space and cut it using Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I ironed my design onto the leather patch and then I simple sewed it to where I wanted the pocket to be on this tee using a leather needle and matching thread. Probably the easiest of all the projects.

Passport Book made with Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.comMy second project I completed was a Passport/Itinerary Book. This was really easy also. I just used 11.5X9 rectangles and sewed them together with some fusing. The inner pockets, I took a quarter-inch off the ends and an inch off the insides then just folded them in half with some thicker fusing on the inside and sewed around all the edges. I ended up sewing this just like a pillow would be sewn and turned it the right way out with all my pockets and outside in the right spot. I whip stitched the leather and fabric closed and I added some more details from the Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I used a font I had already downloaded on my computer and mirrored it first of all then cut it. It ironed on with such a breeze. I used some larger pieces to cover the inside and outer edges. I’m for sure going to be using this on our upcoming trip to Florida for Family Forward!

DIY Embellished Pants with a Cricut Explore on frenchiewraps.com

My third project was these pants. I used the same plus sign embellishments that I used on the leather pocket and mimicked them on the inner cuff of the pant. For these particular pants the pattern was 3 inches high. Again, I used the same Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. The seams on the pants were the trickiest and the most time-consuming. I was able to cut some single symbols and place them one by one on them if I did make a mistake.

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**Due to my exclusive agreement with Freshly Picked, I cannot at this time share my tutorial for my Moccasins that I made with my Cricut Explore. I will keep you all posted when this is available. However much I love the mocassins I made with my Explore, I can’t express that they for sure will never compare to the quality of Freshly Picked’s. If you want to learn about what I really think about their Mocc’s just read my review here. Also, be waiting for a giveaway too!

 

I especially love these shoes and how they turned out. I love my Cricut Explore and I really can’t be more thankful to Cricut for the opportunity that I get to participate in this contest and have the opportunity to win some of these prizes, some of which are completely life changing. I hope you’ll check out what the rest of our team is making, some are sitting out for this round but I love what we’ve all been able to come up with for this theme and this round.

Disclosure  |  I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network.  I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects.  Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own. This post does contain affiliate links.

Clothing DIY - Cricut - DIY - Sewing

Transform your Clothing

June 4, 2014

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I love using my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve been looking into the new Cricut Explore and I’ve been really tempted. I’ve seen it in action and the smoothness, quietness, all the bells and whistles can’t compare, but for now I really do love my Cameo and until I can save my money, I’ll be using that. When I do get my Cricut, you’ll be the first to know! Don’t forget that you can get a free weekly shape in their Design Space too.

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I have used Vinyl Heat Transfer before and let me tell you, I have not been impressed. I have always used the Silhouette America brand. When I was at SNAP! I had the opportunity to meet up with Expressions Vinyl. I asked Megan a lot of questions. I had seen their brand before but never used it because I thought that all VHT was treated the same. Boy was I wrong!

Expressions Vinyl was so kind to send me some of their Vegas Gold VHT to transform Leila’s outfit and my niece Penny’s outfit for our Poodle Party. I really wish I got better pictures of Leila’s bum but a. it’s a little creepy and b. they couldn’t keep still. They just love each other. Don’t they look just alike? lol!

I started with designing my cut files in my program and then I mirror imaged them so that when I ironed them on they will show the correct way. I just used a font called Katie Rose that I purchased for my website and business for $16 and the shape I got in the Silhouette store for $.99 and I just searched for poodle. I do have a subscription and it’s $8 a month and I get $25 worth of shapes a month. Totally worth it!

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Once it was mirrored, it was time to load it into my machine. I don’t use the craft mat when I do vinyl of any kind. That is my preference. You’ll want to adjust your bar as well so that it’ll be 12 inches rather than 13 inches for the mat. I’ve attached some pictures below on what that should look like.
EX Party Collage
Once you’ve done that it’ll be time to load, so press the load media button. When you load it, there will be a shiny side of the VHT and a matte side. Load it in with the shiny side on the bottom. You’ll want your ratchet blade to be on setting 3 though they recommend setting 2. When it got down to the details it was hard to remove the VHT. If your design isn’t super detailed like the poodle, you can get away with a 2 but for my letters I had to use a 3. Adjust the settings on the computer to make sure it matches the machine and press start. I’m still getting used to the new system but so far I think I like it.
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Once it is cut, you’ll want to cut away the excess. I use my paper trimmer and cut straight across so that I’ll have a straight line to use the rest at a later time and not a wonky piece. Use your weeding tool and remove the portion that you do not want ironed on. Be very careful because it will come up and it doesn’t just go back down. It’s not like regular vinyl and it does stretch. Once it’s weeded, you’ll want to lay your design where you want it and preheat your iron. Do not have the steam setting on and have it between your cotton and poly setting. You’ll want to place the iron on top of the design and keep the iron moving but be careful to not actually move the plastic because the design may actually move. If it’s hot enough you can peel the design up but it will leave a bit of residue on the clothes. This is a hot/cool peel VHT so you can take it off right away or wait a while to do so.
EX Party Fancy
EX Party Poodle
I really have to say that my mind has been changed about VHT. Expressions Vinyl did this for me. They are a fabulous company with so many options to take care of you. If you are looking for a craft cutting machine, they’ve got you covered too. This Vegas Gold was perfect for our party too. It’s not overly gold and just the right amount of sheen. They shipped this so fast and you get free shipping for orders over $75! If you’re looking to do a wall treatment or even fabric treatment, you can’t beat their prices for their quality. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache. Believe me, I have learned. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated over thinking why something isn’t working for me when knowing there was a better company out there and I didn’t try it due to my own ignorance. You have to give Expressions Vinyl a try! Stay tuned as well, I just may have a giveaway too!
XOXO, Lindsay

Expressions Vinyl did provide me with the materials to recreate this clothing. All opinions are 100% my own.