DIY Rosette Name Tags

DIY Rosette Name Tags for Your Party Guests

September 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower.

I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you. My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

This name tag project was my absolute favorite project from the entire event, while it was also the most time-consuming. It took me a little over 8 hours to create 40 of them, so make a note to yourself that this one takes time.

I used the Martha Stewart Wall Rosettes file in Design Space to start with, shrunk her designs down, and added a few shapes to create these unique name tags. Along with a rosette for each guest, I made funny baby sayings and a name tag banner.

On my shower welcome table I created a little “Name Tag Bar” display where each guest got to choose their rosette, find their name and pick a sticker saying to assemble their name tags and It was a major hit!

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY Rosette Name Tags
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Cardstock 12x12, Sorbet Sampler
  • Cricut Sparkle Paper, Classic Sampler
  • Cricut Scoring Stylus
  • Self Stick Name Tag Pins
  • 8.5” x 11” White Sticker Paper
  • 8.5” x 11” White Cardstock
  • Home Printer
  • Glue Gun

Public Canvas: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/103070067

1: Create Your Design

DIY Rosette Name Tags

As I mentioned above, I used the Martha Stewart Wall Rosettes file in Design Space to start with, shrunk her designs down, and added a few shapes to create these name tags.

We have the two rectangle pieces of the rosette, the rosette center scalloped circle, the rosette backing circle, a banner tag with the guests' name and a silly sticker saying. The banner name tags and the stickers are available on my canvas for you to personalize. I chose to use the Print then Cut feature with both the name tags and the sayings.

2: Cut Out Scalloped Circles

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

I used the amazing Cricut sparkle paper for the rosette center scalloped circles. I cut as many per page as I could; it turned out that 25 fit on a 12x12, so I only had to cut 2 pages. This paper is like glitter paper but it’s glossy and there is no loose glitter that falls off, it’s fabulous.

3: Cut Out Other Rosette Pieces

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Next, I cut the rosette rectangle pieces and backing circles, only two sets fit per 12x12 page so I had to cut 20 sheets of 12x12 to add up to 40. I used the Cricut Sorbet sampler cardstock pack which was the perfect fit for my shower theme.

4: Cut Out Banners

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

I was able to Print then Cut 18 name tag banners at one time, so I ended up doing three sheets on white cardstock to reach my 40 person guest list. I was able to get 16 saying stickers per Print then Cut sheet, and I used 8.5” x 11” white sticker paper.

I used the fonts Mensch and Watermelon Script for this project. Both the tags and stickers were printed using my laser printer so that I could add toner reactive metallic foil to the prints.

5: Fold Rectangles for Rosettes

DIY Rosette Name Tags

Start to assemble the rosettes. Fold back and forth on the score lines until both rectangles look like an accordion.

6: Glue Together

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

On the cut tabs, hot glue the two rectangles together to create an accordion circle shape.

7: Glue on Backing Circle

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Now glue the backing circle in place. It’s easiest to do this after you’ve completed the above two steps. Press one side of the accordion inwards and firmly hold it down.

DIY Rosette Name Tags
DIY Rosette Name Tags

Then add a few squirts of hot glue and use the circle backer to hold it in place. You’ll want to firmly hold the entire shape down flat on the table until the glue is cool. These folded rosettes are strong and will bounce up on you!

8: Glue on Sparkle Circle

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Next, glue the scalloped sparkle circle on the front of each rosette and hold until the hot glue is dry.

9: Add the Circle

DIY Rosette Name Tags

Peel the sticker backing off your name tag pins and adhere to the back of the rosettes. Now your crafting is complete and your guests get to do the rest from here!

10: Add Metallic Foil if Desired

DIY Rosette Name Tags

As I mentioned in step 4, I used my Minc Metallic Foiling machine to add toner reactive metallic foil to the name tags and the sticker sayings. You can do the same or you can choose to print the designs in color!

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and customize files you find in Design Space. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these adorable name tags for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

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DIY Rosette Name Tags for your party guests
Baby Shower DIY Fabric Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

April 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower.

I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you. My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

I knew I wanted to create custom banners for the gifts, drinks, and dessert tables but the typical banners are just that, typical. I thought long and hard about how I could make them unique and something that hadn’t really been seen before. I rented the gorgeous wooden room dividers as backdrops and so in thinking of having them hang off the wood, the thought of fabric entered my mind vs. paper. Then I thought ‘vertical is different’, every other banner I’ve seen is horizontal. So then a fabric, vertical banner using iron-on metallic foil was had to be!

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Iron-on, I used metallic foil in silver, gold and rose gold
  • Cricut Easy Press and Mat
  • Flannel Fabric
  • Scissors

Public Canvas: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/102712677

1: Create Your Design

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Design your banner in Design Space or follow this link to use my exact designs. The font I used for this project is called Mensch.

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Don’t forget to click “mirror image” before you cut, and also play with the cut spacing. I was able to save quite a bit of space by turning letters on the mat.

2: Cut the Iron-on

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Add the iron-on to your cutting mat, colored side down and then watch the Cricut work its magic. I did three different colors of iron-on so I had three cutting mats.

3: Weed and Separate

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Weed, aka. remove, all the non-design areas of the iron-on design using your weeding tools. Then cut out each individual letter.

4: Cut Fabric for Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Cut your banners. I did 5” wide by varying lengths. The gifts banner was 5” x 48”, the drinks banner was 5” by 52”, and the desserts banner was 5” x 58”.

Each had 15” at the top for hanging over the room dividers and each had about 1/4” spacing between each letter. I used flannel fabric since it’s a bit on the thicker side which made a sturdier banner.

5: Add the Iron-on

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Using your EasyPress and EasyPress mat, adhere each letter individually using the heat setting appropriate for your fabric and choice of iron-on

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners
DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

If using metallic foil, remember to peel the backing off once the material has cooled; it’s called a cool peel. Visit this page for all the EasyPress heat and time settings.

6: Display Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

To display these banners, as I mentioned I left 15” at the top of each to hang over the room dividers I rented. We simply taped them to the backside using packaging tape and that was it, super simple!

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

 

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and think outside of the box when it comes to banners. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these darling fabric banners for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

Cupcake Wrappers and Cookie Flags for a Baby Shower

DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

April 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower. I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you.

My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

These cupcake wrappers and cookie flags really were the cherry on top of my dessert decor. Such simple little details can go a long way. I used the Martha Stewart Scalloped Cupcake Wrapper and Scalloped Cupcake Topper files from Design Space for this project. I used the pen tool to add depth and dimension to solid colored cardstock, as opposed to using patterned paper.

I’ve been craving Mexican food like crazy, which isn’t super unusual, but we decided to hire a taco cart for catering. In keeping with the Mexican theme, my Mom baked churro cookies and churro cupcakes that were to die for!

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Cardstock 12x12, Sorbet Sampler
  • Cricut Metallic Pens
  • Tacky Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Tiny Treat Dowels

Public Canvases:

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/102887885

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/102887983

1: Create Your Design

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

I added “it’s a girl” using the font Adalaide and curved it across the wrapper using the curve text tool. I used mixed metals for the shower so each wrapper color had a different color metallic pen, silver, copper and gold.

I was able to fit 5 wrappers per 12x12 sheet and so I ended up only having to cut 10 sheets to make 50 wrappers. Visit this link to access my canvas in Design Space to personalize yourself.

2: Cut & Write

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

My Cricut wrote the sayings and cut the wrappers with ease.

3: Assemble the Wrappers

DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags
DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags
DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

The wrappers are super easy to assemble and they will stay together without glue, but I added a little glue on the inside of each flap just to be sure they wouldn’t pop off during the shower.

4: Design & Cut Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

Next up, making the flags! To add a pen drawn element to the flags like I did the wrappers, I inserted a pacifier shape from Design Space and chose the draw feature, and they came out so cute!

DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

Follow this link to access my canvas to personalize for yourself.

5: Assemble the Flags

DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

Assembling the flags was super easy, I glued the scallop shape and the triangle shape together first.

6: Add Sparkle

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

Then for a little sparkle, I filled in part of the pacifier with glitter paint.

7: Add Dowels

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

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DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

I glued the mini treat dowels to the edge of each flag using tacky glue. I did this on a cookie sheet on top of parchment paper and they dried in about an hour.

8: Place on Your Treats

DIY Cupcake Wrappers + Cookie Flags

I think I made about 25 flags since I knew I wasn’t going to add one to every single cookie, just enough to add a little flair to each tray. These two items are quick and easy dessert decorations you can make in less than 2 hours, that make a large visual impact!

 

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and customize files you find in Design Space. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these adorable dessert embellishments for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

To Be Sashes for a baby shower

DIY “To-Be” Iron-on Baby Shower Sashes

August 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower.

I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you. My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

Honoring the special “moms” in my life that are about to get an upgraded role, was a fun idea that turned into something they all really cherished. My mom has been waiting an incredibly long time to be a grandma and so wearing this sash proudly meant a lot to her. I had the sayings hand-lettered by an artist and turned into custom .SVG cut files to use specifically for this project. Guess what!? I’m sharing all three designs with you for free, so you too can honor the special moms at the next shower you host!

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY “To-Be” Iron-on Baby Shower Sashes
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Iron-on, I used Metallic Silver Foil
  • Cricut Easy Press and Mat
  • 6’ x 4” Wide Satin Ribbon, per sash
  • Sewing Machine

SVG Files to Download:

1: Upload Images to Design Space

DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes

Upload our custom .SVG files into Design Space and drag them to fit the size of sash you’re creating. I’m sharing 3 files, Mommy-To-Be, Grandma-To-Be, and Great Grandma-To-Be. But hey, maybe you don’t want to make a sash, maybe you want to make a tote bag or t-shirt - great do that! You can use these files for any Cricut crafting!

2: Cut Out Your Iron-on

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DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes
DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes

Add the iron-on to your cutting mat, colored side down and make sure to check “mirror image” before you cut! Then watch the Cricut work its magic.

3: Weed and Separate Sayings

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DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes

Weed, aka. remove, all the non-design areas of the iron-on design using your weeding tools.

Then cut out each individual saying.

4: Pin and Sew Your Sash

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DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes

Turn satin ribbon into a sash with just a few stitches from a sewing machine. Fold the six feet of ribbon in half and pin.

You’ll want to sew from the upper corner, across the ribbon by 2”. This creates the perfect fold for the sash to lay properly across the chest.

5: Finish Off Sash

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Trim the excess triangle of ribbon away about 1/4” from the seam and then add a zig-zag stitch across the cut to finish. You could also serge this seam if you have a serger.

6: Add the Iron-on

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Using your EasyPress and EasyPress mat, adhere each saying onto the sash using the heat setting appropriate for your ribbon and choice of iron-on. If using metallic foil, remember to peel the backing off once the material has cooled; it’s called a cool peel. Visit this page for all the EasyPress heat and time settings.

7: Wear Your Sashes With Pride

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DIY-To-Be-Baby-Shower-Sashes

Honoring the special women in my life, who came before me in this role called motherhood was important and special… and I have to say they all excitedly wore their sashes for the entire event!

 

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and use a custom file on something special. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these darling “to-be” sashes for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

The Making of Zippy: Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

August 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

He’s the one, the only - Zippy the Zebra! He's an adorable part of our Toddler Bedroom Decor scene and thanks to all of you fabulous crafters at our Mountain Make-a-Thon, our little Zebra friend now has a name all his own! I am so excited to share with you how I made our friend here with this stuffed zebra tutorial- so let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial
  1. Cricut Maker
  2. Cricut Fabric Mat
  3. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen
  4. Cricut EasyPress
  5. 1/3 yd black felt
  6. 1/3 yd white fabric
  7. 7”x3” Pink fabric piece
  8. HeatnBond
  9. Black yarn
  10. 5/8” wood beads (5)
  11. Tassel guide tool
  12. Black embroidery thread
  13. Hand sewing needles
  14. Stuffing
  15. Sewing machine and thread

You can find the Design Space file here along with some added instructions on how to make our little friend.

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1: Prep. Prep. Prep

The first step is to prepare your materials. Take the HeatnBond and apply it to the back of your black felt and pink fabric. Please follow the manufacturer's guide on how to apply HeatnBond since this may vary.

Before you put the felt with HeatnBond on your Fabric Mat be sure to remove the protective paper sheet from the HeatnBond. I can’t tell you how many mats I ruined before I realized all I had to do was remove that protective sheet BEFORE I cut my material! Sometimes I amaze myself.

2: Cut All the Pieces

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

I recommend using the rotary blade on all your materials.

When placing your white fabric down, be sure to place it pretty side down. The zebra’s eyes will be drawn on with the Cricut Fabric Marker and we want to be sure that the markings are on the inside. Don’t worry, when it comes time to stitch you’ll still be able to see the marks!

To cut the felt out, place the side with HeatnBond to the mat. Not only does this cut out beautifully but it also helps to keep your mat clean from all the felt fibers. Double bonus! Repeat this technique with your pink fabric piece.

3: Line Them Up!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Now that you have all your pieces cut, let's press them all together. You’ll need your Cricut EasyPress.

Lay the black head piece first. This will help guide your placement of the stripes on the head. The difference between the front and back of the Zebra head is the nose. The front has a nose, but the back has no nose-this is where the funky mane is going. Be sure not to switch the two because that would be awkward…

For the stripes on the body, I started at the bottom by matching the corners and then working my way up to the neck. Don’t forget the pink ear inserts, but they only go in the front with the nose.

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Repeat these steps for the other side and then press it all together.

4: It’s All in the Details

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Machine sew a blanket stitch using white thread around each black stripe, face, and nose, as well as the inside of each ear on the pink fabric pieces. I like using an edge stitch foot, but feel free to use whatever method is easiest and most comfortable for you.

5: Tassels, Tassels and More Tassels!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

It’s time to start giving our little zebra some dimension.  Grab your supplies for Zippy’s tassel mane. There are a lot of steps that go into this but once you make one tassel, the rest will be a breeze! I made 5 tassels total, but you can make as many or as few as you’d like.

Start wrapping the black yarn around your tassel guide until you have a thick bunch. My tassel guide is about 5 ½” tall.

Slide the loops of yarn off of the guide and cut the ends so that you have a bunch of yarn pieces that are all the same length. Take one of the pieces of yarn and place it beneath the center point of the other pieces of yarn, kind of like an upside-down “t”.

Cut a 12” length of yarn and slide a wooden bead onto the center of it. Place the threaded bead just below the center tie beneath the yarn bunch.

Grab the arms of the “t” and tie a tight, secure knot around the middle. Be sure that the bead is completely surrounded by the strips of yarn. No wood should be showing!

Flip the top half of the yarn bunch down over the bead. It should start to look like a tassel at this point.

Snip another strand of yarn about 12” and make a slip-knot on one end. Loop the tie around the entire bunch, just below the bead, and tie a tight and secure knot. Then wrap the free ends of the tie around the neck of the tassel several times and tie it securely.

Trim off the ragged ends at the bottom of the tassel to make it beautiful and even!

*Be sure not to trim the trailing ties at the top of the tassel that the bead is attached to. You will use these ends later to attach to the zebra’s head.

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial
Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Once you have all your tassels made, it’s now time to attach the tassels to the back of your zebra for the mane.

Thread your needle eye with one end of the trailing tassel tie. No matter how large your needle eye is, it can be challenging to thread yarn. One thing I do is place a bit of masking tape on the end of the yarn to help guide it through the eye of the needle. I love this method and it definitely saves my mouth from all the yarn fibers. Yuk! Repeat these steps for the second strand.

Once both strings of yarn are threaded to the inside, flip your Zebra over and tie a secure knot. Trim off excess.

Measure down an equal distance-I chose to measure down 2”- and repeat these steps until each tassel is attached to form a beautiful, straight and super funky mane!

6: And Then There Was Sight

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Thread your needle with 3 strands of black embroidery floss for just the right amount of thickness and dimension.

Hand stitch one eye by following the blue oval markings.

Repeat steps for the second eye.

7: Sew Him Closed

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Place right sides together and pin in place avoiding the ears.

Note: This little guy’s ears are quite tiny and were far too challenging for me to flip inside out. So instead, I skipped sewing around the ears and just stitched right up to the ear. This may feel strange at first since you will start and stop often, but it really made flipping him right side out about a million times more enjoyable!

Start sewing at the crown of his head on the inside edge of one of the ears and machine sew until you reach the second ear. Backstitch and snip.

Next, move to the other side of the ear and begin sewing once more. Sew all the way down till you reach the bottom. Repeat on the opposite side.

8: Turn & Flip. Stuff & Enjoy!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Flip Zippy the Zebra right side out by poking out each corner till he’s nice and sharp, smoothing each rounded edge and popping those flat little ears out.

Sew around each ear with a blanket stitch to seal them closed.

Now stuff this little mammal’s body till he’s practically bursting. I love stiff stuffed animals. I feel like they keep their shape better, however, you can stuff him as much or as little as you would like.

Blanket stitch the bottom edge to seal the deal.

And now you have a Zebra stuffy all your own! I hope that this cutie will bring your little one just as much joy as he has brought me!

Don’t forget to tag us in your future creations with #CricutMade!

Make life beautiful!

Meagan Patterson

Make this cute patterned iron-on onesie for a first birthday

Celebrate a First Birthday With This Patterned Iron-on Onesie

March 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. Have you seen the newest iron-on Cricut just released? It’s patterned iron-on and it’s so pretty!

There are so many fun sampler packs; it’s hard to choose (but why choose just one right?) This In Bloom Pink pack is perfect for Spring with its beautiful florals. I also love this black and white Nature Walk Basics pack.  Plus, these watercolor Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom and Aquamarine packs are dreamy. The sample packs come with three different designs in 12” X17” sheets and they are great to mix and match.

The new iron-on is perfect to decorate t-shirts, pillows, tote bags and more.  If you’re trying to decide on a project to use them on just remember you will want to pick images and text that allow the fun patterns to stand out. So think bold texts and larger images.

Sweatshirt with patterned iron-on

I used the pink watercolor sheet from the Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom pack to make this sweatshirt. (Design Space link here.) I chose a simple text, Cricut Sans, but the watercolor gives it a fun effect. I love the light pink tones with the green of the sweatshirt.

Unicorn shirt with patterned iron-on

I also made this little girl’s unicorn shirt with the peach and pink watercolor sheet from the Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom pack. (Design Space link here.) You can really enjoy the beautiful pattern with a large simple image.

I’m sharing the tutorial below for this adorable first birthday shirt made with the Party Time Pastels pack. Following these steps means you can use patterned iron-on for any project!

1: Create Your Design

Create your design for the patterned iron-on onesie

Open Cricut Design Space and create your design to fit your shirt.  (You can open my design here.) You can play around with different fonts to see which ones you like best, but remember you’ll want to choose a thicker font for the pattern to show. I used the Cricut font Birthday Bash for the words and number one.

2: Slice Your Image

Slice the image for your design

Cricut’s official recommendation is to NOT layer patterned iron-on. In order to create the layered look with the iron-on, you will need to slice your image.

The easiest way to do this is to duplicate the words and set them aside for later. Line up your words exactly where you want them on the number one. Select both the words and number and use the Slice tool.

Slice your design

Delete the extra layers that have been sliced out, leaving just sliced number one and your extra set of words that you set aside.

Slice out your image

Now you have your two images for your design.

3: Cut Out Your Iron-on

Cut Out Your Iron-on

Place your iron-on on the StandardGrip (green) mat liner side down.  Select Patterned Iron-on from the Materials list. Make sure your fine tip blade is loaded into your machine, mirror your image and then cut it out.  

Be sure to pin this post to try later on!

4: Weed Your Iron-on

Weed Your Iron-on

Carefully weed the excess material from your number and words using your weeding tools.

5: Heat Up Your EasyPress

Heat Up Your EasyPress

Preheat your EasyPress to the temperature for your shirt material and iron-on type. I used a cotton shirt and patterned iron-on so my temperature was 340 for 50 seconds.

Make sure you have a flat, heat-resistance surface to use your EasyPress. Cricut now has the EasyPress mat which is specifically designed to work with it. Use the EasyPress to remove wrinkles and prepare your shirt.

6: Press On Your Design

Press on your design

Place the iron-on number on your shirt and press it. Test a small corner of your design and gently lift the liner. If the liner does not peel easily, reapply heat.

Peel off the liner.

Press on your design

Center the words on your sliced image. Press again with the EasyPress. Remove the liner and your birthday shirt is finished.

Now go throw that little one a party and eat lots of cake!

Which patterned iron-on are you going to use? Be sure to share on social media with #CricutMade so we can see!

Learn how to use Cricut's patterned iron-on to make onesies and more
Make this sassy baby onesie in under 30 minutes

Make This Sassy Iron-on Onesie in Under 30 Minutes

March 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog with all of you today. It’s one of my favorite places to hang out! You can find so much fun inspiration for your Cricut machine here. I just love it!

I was here not too long ago sharing projects you can do in 30 minutes or less using my favorite material, vinyl! Annnnnd today I am back sharing an easy 30-minute project using another one of my favorites - Cricut® Iron-on. Let’s get started!

1: Measure Your Design Area

Measure your design area

The first thing I always do before starting a project like this is to measure the spot I’ll need my iron-on design to go. This will help determine how big to cut out my design. For this cute onesie, the area I had to work with was 4 inches by 4 inches. Now it’s time to get to work!

2: Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Next, you’ll open up Design Space.

TIP: Be sure to join Cricut Access to get the best deals on shapes & designs to use in your Cricut projects. With Cricut Access this cute Little Miss Sassy Pants image is totally free to use. (To access my design file you can click here.)

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Size the design as needed and then you’ll click make it.

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Important: Since this is an iron-on project, be sure to mirror your image. This is really important! So, don’t forget!

Open up Design Space on Your Computer

Click continue. Be sure to select Glitter Iron-on as your material.

3: Cut Out Your Design

Cut Out Your Design

Next, you will load your cutting mat. TIP: Be sure to put the shiny side down & the matte side up when working with iron-on.

Cricut Maker cutting

Load your mat into your machine. Click the go button and let your Cricut do its thing!

Be sure to pin this post for later!

4: Weed Your Design

Weed design

This is probably the hardest part! Glitter Iron-on is notorious for being hard to weed. (Weeding is removing the excess iron-on from your design.) Thank goodness for the Cricut BrightPad! It makes weeding the Glitter Iron-on so much easier! You can actually see the cut lines. Yay!

First you’ll remove the iron-on that is outside of your design. TIP: Use a piece of washi tape to hold your iron-on in place as you weed.

Weed design

Then I used a weeding tool to remove all the tiny pieces from within my design.

Weed design

This is how it looked when I was finished!

5: Apply Iron-on

Apply your iron-on

Heat up your EasyPress & use it to press your design onto your onesie. Lay your design right where you want it first.

Apply iron-on

Then place your EasyPress right on top. Gently push down for 30 seconds.

Apply iron-on

TIP: I usually flip my onesie over & press the back of the design as well.

Apply iron-on

Next carefully remove the backing paper, leaving your design behind.

Apply iron-on

Isn’t that adorable? Annnnnd so easy to make in 30 minutes or less!

Pin this picture, so you can make this project later!

Enjoy These Other Easy Iron-on Projects From Some of My Favorite Cricut Bloggers

Enjoy these other easy iron-on projects from some of my favorite Cricut bloggers.

Hello Canvas Banner @ Love the Day

Teacher Tote @ Inspiration Made Simple

Craft Room Labels @ Laura’s Little Party

Spring Wreath @ Sew What Alicia

Felt Wall Banner @ Happy Go Lucky

DIY Cheer Bows @ Ginger Snap Crafts (me!)

Bridal Survival Kit @ See Vanessa Craft

Heart Canvas Decor @ 30 Minute Crafts

Let me know what you would like to make with iron-on in the comments below. I’d love to hear!

Mommy's Little Valentine onesie

Mommy & Daddy’s Little Valentine Onesies

February 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hey Cricut friends! It’s Cori, back from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff. Are you almost ready for Valentine’s Day? It’s right around the corner and I have a quick project for you to make to get your little one ready!

Today we’re making these cute Valentine’s Day onesies using pink iron-on vinyl and pink iron-on foil. These onesies are perfect for baby’s first Valentine’s Day but also work on a t-shirt for your favorite toddler. So cute!

Mommy's Little Valentine onesies

We’ll also be taking a look at how to layer iron-on vinyl using the Cricut EasyPress. The EasyPress makes layering vinyl so easy, as you’ll see.

First, download the Little Valentine file by clicking the link, right click to save, and upload it to Cricut Design Space. I suggest making one at a time, so hide the image you don’t want to make.

1: Size and Cut Your Image

Size and cut the image for your Mommy's Little Valentine Onesies

To cut this file in the correct size for your child’s onesie or t-shirt, Use Cricut Templates, which I explained in detail here. I am using the 6-month onesie template (found under “pajamas”) to make sure my sizing is correct. Note that the template will not cut—it’s just a guideline to help you size your image.

When you go to cut your iron-on vinyl and foil, make sure to mirror your image and place your material shiny side down on your cutting mat. Cut out your image. Weed the negative space, and then using scissors, cut between the heart and the word “valentine” so they are separate.

2: Apply to Onesie Using Layering

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie

Layering vinyl using the EasyPress is much easier than using a traditional iron. The even heating of the EasyPress means you don’t get hotspots—which I have found are a big pain when layering iron-on vinyl – melty, uneven vinyl is no fun for anyone!

Thankfully the EasyPress doesn’t have hotspots, so you know that your iron-on vinyl will be heated evenly and your project will turn out perfectly.

Start by placing all three iron-on pieces on your onesie to make sure everything is placed right, with your heart on the bottom layer.

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie

Then take away the two other sheets, leaving just the heart in the right place.

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie with an EasyPress

Heat up your EasyPress to the suggested temperature for your material. In my case, the onesie is cotton and I’m using iron-on foil, so my temperature is 295°.

Normally, I’d set my EasyPress for 35 seconds, but because we’re doing several layers, I’m going to just set it to 20 seconds for the first two layers. You can put the EasyPress directly on the iron-on, but I prefer to use a pressing sheet or a piece of cotton fabric.

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie with an EasyPress

Place your EasyPress over the heart and apply even pressure and push the green button. When it beeps after 20 seconds, return the EasyPress to its base. Cricut iron-on foil is “cold peel” so you have to wait for the material to cool before peeling the backing piece off.

Then put your “Mommy’s Little” or “Daddy’s Little” piece next. I didn’t increase my temperature to 305°, which would be the normal iron-on lite setting. I didn’t want to damage my foil. 295° is enough to set the iron-on lite so we’ll stick with that.

Repeat the 20-second press for this layer, and peel off the transfer sheet. Cricut iron-on vinyl is “hot peel” so you don’t have to wait for this layer to cool before removing the backing piece.

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie with an EasyPress

For the final layer, increase your time to 30 seconds. This will make sure that all three layers are completely set. After this press, turn your onesie inside out and press for 30 seconds from the back as well. This will help adhere the iron-on even better.

Note: If you’re using glitter iron-on, it needs to be the top layer of your project. Because the glitter isn’t flat, it doesn’t work well as a base for other layers.

Apply the iron-on and iron-on foil to the onesie with an EasyPress

Layering iron-on doesn’t have to be scary! Just make sure you’re using the lowest heat setting for your materials and taking your time to place your layers exactly where you want them. It makes creating cute custom clothes, like this onesie, super easy!

Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day projects you’re working on this year? I’d love to see them in the comments!

What are templates in Design Space?

Using Templates in Design Space

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hey there, Cricut friends! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff back with another Cricut Design Space tutorial for you!

Today I’m talking about one of the best-loved features of Cricut Design Space: the Templates (previously called the Canvas). How do I know that this is one of the best-loved features? I wrote about the beta release of Cricut Design Space v3 here—and the launch didn’t include Templates. And boy, did I hear about it in the comments!

Thankfully, Cricut quickly re-introduced these templates, which is awesome news for Design Space users.

What are Templates?

Use templates in Design Space to position your project

Templates are, fundamentally, what the name suggests. If you want to create a t-shirt design, put some iron-on vinyl on a backpack, add a funny saying to a wine glass, or decorate your locker, you can use one of the pre-designed templates to help you figure out what size you need for your project.

I recently made fourteen shirts for a friend’s trip to a theme park. She has four kids, all different ages and sizes. I was able to use the Templates to figure out the best size to cut my iron-on for the shirts. This was SO much easier than eyeballing it or trying to use a measuring tape to guesstimate the size.

Where Do I Find Templates?

Templates are found in the left sidebar menu in Cricut Design Space, second from the top. Open it up and you’ll be able to scroll through all of the templates.

You can also use the search bar at the top of the Templates screen to search for something specific.

Note that templates are only available in the desktop version of Cricut Design Space—they are not yet available on the apps.

How Do I Use Templates?

Templates in Design Space

Templates are super easy to use. Choose your project and Cricut Design Space will insert it onto your canvas. I have inserted a baby onesie (under the pajamas category) onto my canvas.

Now, this would be helpful in itself, but we know that not all onesies are created equal – they come in an array of styles and sizes. You might need a 0-3 month short sleeve onesie…or maybe a 12-month romper.

Using templates in Design Space

Thankfully, it’s very easy to change the size and style of your project using the dropdown menu at the top of the screen.Note, you have to have your canvas selected in the right sidebar layers panel to see these dropdown menus.

Now you can select the style and shape you want.

How do you use templates in Design Space?

If you want to select a color, just select the Template in the layers panel and click the color circle – here you can change it to whatever color you’d like, in the same way you’d change the color of any other shape in your project.

How do you use templates in Design Space?

Now you can create your own design using shapes and text, select a design from the Cricut Image Library, or upload your own design. I uploaded this adorable “Locally Grown” cut file I designed recently (you can get all 50 states here!).

Then I was able to resize it to fit my onesie perfectly! If you want to select a color, just select the Template in the layers panel and click the color circle – here you can change it to whatever color you’d like, in the same way you’d change the color of any other shape in your project.

NOTE: When you hit Make It for your project, it will just cut your design – not the template. This is fairly obvious when working with something like a onesie, but might trip you up if you’re making a set of banners or a luggage tag.

If you need those sorts of shapes, you can always head to the Cricut Image Library and find something there! If you’re not a Cricut Access member, you should be—there are so many amazing images to choose from as a part of the membership.

You can see from this example just how helpful templates can be when working on a project! Almost anything you can think of has a corresponding template—your projects are so much easier with this template feature!

Which is your favorite template? Let me know in the comments!

Make your own fabric banner

Easy DIY Fabric Banner using the Cricut Maker

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Hayter from OC Vintage Charm

Fabric banners are so popular for just about any event. Birthday parties, photography props, weddings, home décor, you name it! They are easy to make but cutting fabric can be so tedious and make your hands ache.

The Cricut Maker has just made your life so much easier with the rotary blade. It will cut perfect each time and now you can add movement to your banners with different shaped fabric strips. See how I put the Cricut Maker to the test and made this stunning high chair banner for a first birthday party.

Tools + Materials Needed For This Project:

Materials and tools needed for easy Fabric banner

1: Find Images in Design Space

Find your images

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Find images for fabric strips

Turn on your Cricut Maker, then search for "border" in Design Space Images. Select M3A0A4 & M3A0CF.

Find your images
Find images for fabric strips

Unlock image and adjust to the desired size.

2: Add a Shape

Add a Shape

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Add a shape

From Shapes, add a square, unlock the image and adjust to the desired size.

3: Change Color & Duplicate

Change the color

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Change the color
Duplicate the images

Change images to the same color and duplicate to utilize 12x24 mat.

4: Cut Fabric

Cut out your fabric strips

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Cut out your fabric strips

Cut 12x24” fabric piece and place on the mat. You may want to use a brayer to make sure fabric is smooth on the mat. Insert Rotary blade, set Cricut Maker to fabric type and cut.

Remove fabric pieces from the mat. (Don’t throw away the scrap fabric! You can use this to add depth and variation to your banner).

 

5: Repeat Step 4 With Additional Fabric Types

Cut out more fabric strips

Continue until the desired amount of fabric is cut.

Tips:

1. Gently peel up delicate fabric by pulling up a tiny piece of the corner with your spatula or tweezers.

2. Use a lint roller on fabric mat to remove strings or debris.

6: Start Creating

Put your fabric banner together

Cut ribbon to the desired length. Layout your fabrics in the order you would like them on your banner and start tying them to the ribbon.

7: Complete the Project

Finish up your fabric banner

Complete the banner by cutting off the excess tied fabric and create dimension by adding layers in your banner. You can also angle the tips of the fabric ends.

Finish up your fabric banner
Finish up your fabric banner
Finish up your fabric banner

Following these easy steps will help you create an amazing fabric banner for any theme and occasion. Since I can use my Cricut Maker to cut fabric and cardstock, I was able to make the cursive ONE to add the finishing touch. This adorable high chair setup is now ready to be covered in cake!

When would you use a fabric banner like this? Let us know below!