Riley Blake and Cricut

Get Inspired for Your Next Quilt With These Riley Blake Designs

August 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Okay, okay, we know it’s not cold outside YET. But, with fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get ready for cooler days and chilly nights with a new quilt! Did you know that making your own quilt is not as hard as you might think? How, you ask? Enter Cricut and Riley Blake. Together, Cricut and Riley Blake are bringing you some of the cutest fabric kits, stylish patterns, and the tools to put it all together!

Today, we want to share some inspirational quilt creations that we most definitely hope you DO try at home! The beauty of creating a quilt with Cricut and Riley Blake is that the possibilities are endless. You can mix and match fabrics and patterns to match your style, and create something that is completely YOU! And, with a few secret weapons like the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Rotary Cutting Kit, you’re all set to make the process as smooth and quick as possible.

As you can see, no two quilts are the same, but believe it or not, ALL of the ones we are going to show you have a few things in common:

  • Cricut Maker: professional-level cutting performance with the Rotary Blade and other tools
  • Rotary Cutting Kit: cut down materials expertly with Cricut’s Rotary Cutter, self-healing mat, and acrylic ruler
  • Riley Blake quilt kits: no more guesswork on color-matching or measurements!
  • Riley Blake quilt patterns found in Design Space

Alright, enough chit-chat, let’s see some quilts!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Seriously, though, in what nursery or baby’s room this “To a T” quilt by Heather Handmade look absolutely amazing?

Riley Blake and Cricut

Who doesn’t love a pop of red? It’s what makes this “Around We Go” quilt by See Kate Sew a real eye-catcher!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Obsessed with how this “Hashtag Baby Quilt” created by The Tattooed Quilter adds to the room!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Catching some serious holiday vibes from Fleece and Fun’s “Sew Many Squares” quilt using Riley Blake’s Comfort and Joy kit!

Riley Blake and Cricut

This “Happy Squares” quilt by Sweet Red Poppy stays true to its name… it just makes us feel happy!

Riley Blake and Cricut

And this quilt from Sew Much Ado…. well… just look at it!!!

Remember, with Cricut and Riley Blake, everyone can create a quilt. We hope these were inspiring for you as they were for us! Until next time, don’t be afraid to give these throws a go!

Tell us below which one is your favorite and pin for later!

Summertime Tees

Summertime Vibes with Sew Sophie Lynn

August 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Although school has started for a lot of us, there are still a few more weeks to enjoy the sweet scenes of summer! For this week’s t-shirt collection, we partnered with Tamera Petersen of Sew Sophie Lynn, who created a line of beachy tees and tanks to celebrate her favorite season.

Summertime Vibes Tees
Summertime Vibes Tees
Summertime Vibes Tees

Tamera created this collection because the beach is her ultimate vacation location. Her first design in the collection, Vacation Mode, symbolizes her love for palm trees, sand, and an amazing ocean view.

She also wanted to personalize the look for her whole family, so she created the Paradise design specifically for her flamingo-loving daughter, and recreated the Summertime Vibes design on a rash guard for her son using SportFlex Iron-On™ The rest of her collection features EveryDay Iron-On™, our newest iron-on material with the StrongBond™ Guarantee.

There’s still time to make these shirts before Labor Day, so open Design Space and make one of these now!

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Toddler Room Decor

Delight Your Little One With This Toddler Bedroom Decor

August 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Each month I write these posts and every time I am shocked that it is a new month already! This month in preparation for back to school, we created décor for a child’s room, an adorable back to school outfit, and some personalized school supplies! Meagan Patterson, one of Cricut’s Project Designers, was the lead on the project and she absolutely nailed it!

If you had the opportunity to attend Cricut’s Mountain Make-a-thon earlier this month, Meagan shared about her inspiration for this specific project. She lived in Africa for a few years and has continued to be inspired by African landscape and animals. One of my favorite takeaways from her talk was her inspiration behind the zebra’s mane. She shared about her vivid memories of the zebras in Africa and wanted to really highlight the thick beautiful mane of a zebra.

She turned a flat image into a 3D stuffed zebra complete with a full tassel mane. I am so in love! She will be sharing a full how-to tutorial in a blog post later this month! You can also find the zebra project here.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration
Child's Bedroom Inspiration

When we initially brainstormed this room, we were using original artwork from a very talented Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Student, Catherine Clock. She created layered cardstock animal art that hung around the room. When I saw this art, I immediately saw it in an appliqued quilt!

I, however, was not brave enough to take on the challenge—novice seamstress over here!—so Dezi, our Design Team Manager, took on the quilt! We all worked together to design the quilt top and then she cut all of the fabric pieces on the Cricut Maker. She sewed together the quilt blocks and appliqued all of the animals.

We then found a local quilter who took it to the next level! The quilt work is my favorite part—check out the swirls in the lion’s mane! It is just so cute! Watching how easily came together, makes me think I could handle sewing a quilt…maybe!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

The room is filled with so many Cricut elements! There are rosettes and a cute folder created with Scoring Wheel. Banners, animals, and artwork fill the room to really make it feel super customized!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

Of course, we couldn’t leave out Knife Blade. Cricut’s talented illustrator, Shaylee, designed these animals to work specifically with our chipboard! I used cardstock, paint, and iron-on to bring these cute little guys to life! The giraffe project can be found here and the zebra project can be found here.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

Oh! And how could I forget—when you looked at this photo, did you notice the dress?! Meagan not only sewed that dress together from pieces cut on her Maker, but she always created that gorgeous gray fabric! She could not find the right shade of pin-tucked fabric… so she made her own! I didn’t even know that was a thing?!

She also whipped up this backpack from a pattern created by another one of our talented illustrators, Chelsea!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

I recreated one of Cat Clock’s original projects, the Botanical Print Kid's Stool, and finished it off with a layer of epoxy! This seals in the vinyl so that those little hands won’t try to peel it up. I love the finish and definitely plan to make more furniture with this technique.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

We are so proud of this room and know that any little one living in this space will feel like a tiny creative animal!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

We hope this room inspires some of your future projects. Don’t forget to tag us in your future creations!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Damask Love T-Shirts

A Collection of T-Shirts from Damask Love That Will Give You All The Feels

August 3rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We’re so excited to bring you our next featured t-shirt collection from a VERY special guest designer, Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. Amber is a long-time DIY-er, Cricut lover, and most recently, reality TV show star! You can catch her Tuesday nights on NBC’s new maker show, Making It, with hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

Amber’s new t-shirt collection features seven designs, all of which were inspired by her mantra of living a positive life with pops of color. Amber is “passionate about uplifting the maker in everyone she meets,” and we think her bright and cheerful collection will bring crafters everywhere a lot of sunshine on any cloudy day.

See what Amber herself has to say about what inspired her collection!

Amber’s collection is adaptable to all three of the new EasyPress sizes; we especially love the use of the smallest machine for a perfect pocket-sized (and shaped!) design.

Pocket Full of Sunshine

 

Check out and make all of Amber’s t-shirt design in Design Space!

Sky is the Limit

 

Tell us in the comments what you think of Amber’s amazing t-shirt collection and who you’d make these t-shirts for! #CricutMade

Simplicty Womens Patterns in Design Space

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

July 31st, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

Sewing is easier than ever before with Simplicity and Cricut partnering to offer digital sewing patterns for your Cricut Maker. If you have been curious about what kind of fun women’s patterns you can make with your Cricut Maker, this post is for you!

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

These fun Peter Pan collars would be a great project for a beginner sewer. They are a simple pattern that will add a bit of flair to any outfit.

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

Amber Simmons made a classic white collar, but you can also make all sorts of colorful ones to show off your personal style like That Black Chic did with hers.

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

This cropped top that Palidrome Dry Goods made is perfect to pair with shorts for a cute, retro-inspired summer outfit. While Camden Sleeps decided to use swimsuit fabric and make hers into a cute swim top.

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

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Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

Chambray Blues recycled old jeans into this denim ruffle purse that cut with ease with the Maker.

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

Last but not least, this clutch by Sugarcoated Housewife is perfect for holding your essentials for a night out. Amber Simmons also made one with a fun pop of color.

Simplicity Patterns for Women in Design Space

What is your favorite Simplicity pattern in Design Space? Tell us in the comments below!

Geeky Cricut Projects

Geeky Cricut Projects With Iron-on and Vinyl

July 28th, 2018 • Contributor: Nessa Myers from 2 Dorks in Love

It's a great time to be a geek. Gone are the stereotypes of absentminded professors and nerds with taped glasses. The box office success of superhero movies alone shows that it's becoming more widely accepted.

I'm Nessa Myers and when I'm not working behind the scenes here on Cricut's blog, I have so much fun being a total geek. I started dating my husband because of a video game, my kids are named after characters, I have a Star Wars kitchen and so much more. I even have my own blog called 2 Dorks in Love.

Cricut makes it so easy to add fun and geeky touches to all areas of your life. Here are some awesome projects using iron-on and vinyl to get you started.

Brooklyn Iron-on Cartridge

My favorite cartridge (besides specific ones like Star Wars (here and here) and Guardians of the Galaxy) is called Brooklyn Iron-on. Video games, chess, science and more. So many that I want to put on a canvas for wall art, like "Talk Nerdy to Me".

I combined the "Extra Lives" image with 8-bit hearts to create a Retro Gamer pouch.

Share Your Fandom with Geeky Shirts and Clothing

I almost always have some sort of geeky T-shirt on these days. It's so much fun to show off my favorite fandoms with inside jokes and more. Here are some fun designs to get you started on a fun new wardrobe.

I laughed and knew I had to make this shirt for my husband when I saw it as part of our taco shirt collection. He once wrote a blog post full of Linux code that he would use to ensure a happy Valentine's Day for me. We love tacos, so it's perfect all around.

Whether you're a Potterhead or a Muggle, you can appreciate the sentiment expressed by this Harry Potter-inspired "Make Love Not Horcruxes" shirt by Rae Gun Ramblings.

I have seen many wonderful shirts where they simply use names or identifying objects from different fandoms for the text. A great example is this version by The Simply Crafted Life with all of the names of the Stranger Things kids.

Need a super quick, casual and comfortable costume? Just put on this "404 Error Costume" tee and you're all set!

I earned a letter for marching band in high school, but could never afford the actual jacket. Now I am thinking that this Gamer Letterman Jacket would be a fun addition to our household. I was playing back then, after all.

Star Wars Shirts
Star Wars Shirts

Some of our favorite bloggers made custom Star Wars shirts using our new cartridge. Pineapple Paper Co. really went to town and made several different versions. Doodlecraft took the "Messy Hair" trend to the next level with this fun Chewbacca shirt.

Geeky School Supplies

Are you raising little geeklings? Help make sure that their school experience is fun with these supplies.

Geeky Lunch Totes

Iron-on makes it so easy to customize lunch totes, for example. I think I love the dino best, personally.

You can use vinyl for glass etching stencils like this Pi pie plate

I love this molecule pencil case. It's perfect for science class, isn't it? I *may* have also put it on a couple of flour sack towels to go in my science laboratory bathroom.

Geeky school supplies

As a child, my parents would get me to do things by threatening to take away my books. Needless to say, I heartily agree with this tote pronouncing that Reading is FUNdamental.

Geeky Home Decor and Kitchen Magic

Part of the fun of being a homeowner is letting my fandom flag proudly fly. It's quite easy to add touches throughout your whole home.

Geeky home decor

The simplicity of this Solar System Canvas Wall Hanging makes it easy to add a bit of geekery to a living room without going over the top, for example.

Did you know that your Cricut can help you with glass etching? Just cut out a stencil (mirroring as needed), place it on the outside of your surface, then apply etching cream. Once it's set (check the instructions), you just wash it off, let it dry, then remove the vinyl. You can use it on glasses, mirrors and more!

I used it on a glass pie pan to make this Pi pie plate for Pi Day (March 14th - get it?) last year and gave them out as gifts.

You can have a literal pillow fight with this awesome set of pillows. They are especially great for those dreary winter days when you just want to stay inside.

Are you a Whovian that is saving up for a magical adventure? Housewife Eclectic created this lovely Doctor Who-inspired savings jar.

How have you used your Cricut to geek up your life? Tell us in a comment below!

Bag and Tote Projects with Simplicity and the Cricut Maker

8 Bag and Tote Projects with Simplicity and Cricut

July 24th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

The Simplicity Patterns in Cricut Design Space paired with the rotary blade in the Cricut Maker make sewing so much easier. From beginner to advance sewing projects, you are sure to find the perfect pattern for your next sewing project! Today we are excited to be featuring 8 Bags and Totes made with Simplicity Patterns and the Cricut Maker. Let’s get started!

Simplicity Bags and Totes With a Cricut Maker

These are some of the must-have supplies if you decide to tackle any of these fun sewing projects.

Are you ready? Let’s check out some fun bag & tote projects from our favorite Cricut bloggers!

This cute Change Purse from 30 Minute Crafts would be perfect for the college student on the go or for your pre-teen hitting the amusement park with her friends for the first time. You can customize it with your school colors or a funky pattern. I’m loving the cute floral print though! Annnnd that key fob handle is perfection!

Summer is travel season. Annnnnd isn’t this Cosmetic Tote Bag from Simple Life beautiful? I love the zippered pouch, and I love that it’s big enough to hold all your toiletries.

Do you need something a little smaller to slip inside your purse? This Cosmetic Bag from Sookee Designs might do the trick! Isn’t it cute?

School is about to start in a few weeks. Isn’t this Art Caddie from Silly Mama Quilts adorable? Use it as a teacher gift or send it to school with your kiddos’ school supplies neatly tucked inside. It’s sure to be a hit either way!

The clear pocket on the front of this Tote Bag from Amber Simmons is too cute! Use it to store all those hard to find items.

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This cute little bag had me at the ruffle! Isn’t that adorable? Any little girl would love to carry her treasures around tucked inside this cute Ruffled Tote from Jennifer Sews Again.

Check out this version of the Cosmetic Bag from Pattern Revolution. Just a few changes in the fabric choices give it a completely different look. I’m loving the cute bird design & the floral print.

This sweet Bike Bag from Tastefully Frugal is adorable! Use it to hold your keys, change or wallet. Change the fabric & customize it to match your bike.

Alright, as a bonus, one more cute tote! I am loving this cute bag from Bonnie & Blithe. The choice of fabric is on point, and I love how it matches the Cricut Maker perfectly!

Which Simplicity inspired project did you like best? Which one would you want to tackle first? Do you have a Cricut Maker? If so, have you used it to cut fabric yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below. Don’t forget to pin this post and share away if you like to!

Celebrate with these Shark Week Shirts

Celebrate Shark Week With Custom Shirts

July 22nd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Our next t-shirt collection launches just in time for one of our favorite times of the year—Shark Week! These designs come to us from the amazingly talented and creative Pineapple Paper Co. Their designs always prompt a smile and this collection will no doubt bring a toothy grin to shark lovers. For those who might be less excited about sharks (and this week), do not worry for there is an adorable In a sea of sharks, be a mermaid design, as well as a Fish are friends project.

This collection is exclusive to all Cricut Access owners!  If you don't have a Cricut Access subscription you can sign up here.

Pineapple Paper Co. used a Cricut Maker, a variety of Cricut Iron-on Lite colors, the Cricut EasyPress and Cricut’s Weeder Tool to create these custom tees.

Check out the t-shirts below:

Come on! How great are these two t-shirt designs? Talk about a pair of personalized tees to get kids excited about Shark Week.

Shark Expert

Sharks are Jaw-Some

TIP: when cutting iron-on, remember to click “mirror” for each iron-on layer.

Cuteness gets amplified with these two projects. Whether you live near the beach or not, these two will turn heads.

In a Sea of Sharks, Be a Mermaid

Fish Are Friends

TIP: use a Cricut Weeder Tool to easily remove the negative space from the iron-on liner.

If you have ideas for shirt collections you'd like to see, leave a comment below!

Which one is your favorite?

Dinner Party Finishing Touches with Cricut Maker and Scoring Wheels

Dinner Party Finishing Touches: Cricut Maker + Scoring Wheel Projects

July 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The menu is set. Invites are in the mail. It is now time for a few finishing touches that will leave your friends asking, “When are you throwing your next dinner party?”

To leave that lasting impression, we focused on paper projects that used the Cricut Maker and new Scoring Wheels. Using acetate and thicker cardstock, we wanted to utilize the Scoring Wheel’s ability to create crisp scores in just one pass. The deep score lines allowed for effortless folding and a flawless finish.

These projects are exclusive to all Cricut Access owners! If you don't have a Cricut Access subscription you can sign up here.

These clear acetate boxes were filled with chocolate so friends could enjoy some sweets later too! And get this! You don’t need glue to assemble them! They were reinforced with some clear tape, but it is not required.

This 3D gem favor box, when assembled, is about 5” tall and 4” wide.

TIP: This is a 3D shape. It may be resized, but must maintain the same proportions to assemble correctly.

Yep—it is paper! This paper vase is really special and the Scoring Wheel set us up for success big time. After the vase is assembled, you can place a container inside of the paper vase to hold water to keep your flowers fresh for your entire event.

This Geometric Cardstock Vase is about 9.5” tall when finished, and the base is about 3.5” square.

TIP: This is a 3D shape. It may be resized, but must maintain the same proportions to assemble correctly.

We planned on having leftovers—so we provided little to go boxes for everyone to fill before they left. This pun was the hit of the night!

You can also see a step-by-step tutorial here on the blog.

Which is your favorite?

Simplicity Patterns for Boys and Girls

Sewing Boys and Girls Clothes with Simplicity Patterns

July 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

If you love sewing for your little one, you’re going to love the Cricut Maker and Simplicity Patterns! Save time by having your Cricut Maker cut and mark your patterns instead of doing it by hand! Paired with Simplicity’s classic patterns, it’s a win-win for making children’s clothes and accessories.

Want to see a sample of what you can make using your Cricut Maker and Simplicity Patterns? Here are some of our favorite patterns for boys and girls! Let’s get sewing!

 

Girls' Simplicity Patterns

Girl's Board Shorts

Girls' Simplicity Patterns

Paisley Roots takes the classic boy's boxer shorts and turns them into a cute pair of board shorts for her daughter! Perfect for the warm summer weather.

Backpacks

If your little girl needs a bag to tote around her treasures, the Simplicity Girl’s Backpack pattern is a must-sew! Check out these two sweet versions.

Girls' Simplicity Patterns

We love the contrasting zipper on this cute version from Sew Much Ado.

Girls' Simplicity Patterns

See Kate Sew made an elegant version for her daughter—we love it paired with her sparkly dress!

 

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

 

Boys' Swimsuit

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

Heather Handmade shows how to create a boy’s swimsuit! This pattern includes the lining as well and we love the fun shark fabric she chose!

Bow Ties

Add a bit of class to the men and boys in your family with this bow tie pattern! This pattern is a top pick around here. Check out these versions from some of our favorite bloggers!

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

Can you believe how stylish Sew Much Ado’s son is? He’s looking handsome in his bow tie in this classic Seattle photoshoot.

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

This adorable version is from Eclectic Momsense. It’s the perfect look for her son’s pre-k graduation!

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

And Little Fish Apparel made these dapper bow ties for all the boys in her family! They would make a great Father’s Day gift as well.

Boxer Shorts

Boys' Simplicity Patterns

Sew What Alicia’s son is totally rocking these boxer shorts! She also gives ideas for adapting this classic boxer shorts pattern into regular shorts.

Have you checked out the Simplicity patterns? Tell us what your next sewing project is in the comments!