Pro Tips On Faux Leather + Adhesive Foil Home Decor

February 7, 2017 • Contributor: Heather Thoming of WhipperBerry

There is nothing more fun that a clean, blank slate! Whether that’s a canvas, a wall, fabric or furniture, one thought always pops into my mind… “How can I make this aaaamazing?!”

Hey guys, I’m Heather from WhipperBerry and I’m thrilled to be here on the Cricut blog today to share with you my fun experience working with some crazy talented stylists along with Hayneedle and Cricut to create a dream romantic, rustic industrial bedroom.


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Create An Intricate Decorative Faux Leather Pillow

My first project for the room was dressing up the beautiful Belham Living Nala Arm Chair  draped with Surya Toya Ombre Throw Blanket  from Hayneedle then customized the chair with a beautiful wreath pillow created for this space with the Cricut Faux Leather and some craft pearls.


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The chair and the throw were beautiful on their own but, when you add that custom pillow it takes your space from wow to WOWZA! You get to put YOUR signature on the space. If you would like to make one of your own, visit the Cricut Design Space and select the WhipperBerry Wreath Pillow.

Cut your Faux Leather to the size of your pillow then iron on some Heat’n Bond onto the WRONG SIDE of the Faux Leather. Place the Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN on the cutting mat and cut out your wreath.

PRO TIP • Always place your Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN when you place it on the Cricut Cutting Mat. The Faux Leather will come away from the cutting mat easier that way. Make sure you select the Mirror Image (for iron-on) check box on the review screen so that it will cut properly.

Iron the wreath onto your pillow cover and either stitch on your pearls in place of the berries OR glue them on with a strong adhesive glue.

DIY Your Wall Gallery With Beautiful Adhesive Foil

My next project was one of the pieces of wall art for the gallery wall to the right of the dresser.  Since our room was leaning towards floral romantic, I thought it would be fun to create a foiled piece of wall art with a floral quote.  I found the perfect quote from Susan Polis Schutz,


Wall Gallery

“ Let us dance in the sun, with wildflowers in our hair…”

I thought it was perfect for our space. I used a picture frame like this one from Hayneedle as the canvas for this wall art piece. I took the back off of the frame and painted the frame back with some fabulous paints from Colorhouse to create some texture and add some color to the backing before I adhered the Cricut Stainless Adhesive Foil.  I didn’t bother painting the entire back of the frame because I knew that the frame was going to cover some of the edge of the backing. I painted it with a base color, then lightly brushed on a little bit off a contrasting color to add some dimension then I set it aside to dry.

I was shocked at how fast the paint dried. It was perfect for our tight schedule. (We only had one day to complete our room!)


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Next, I cut out the Adhesive Foil with the Willdflower Wall Art that I created in the Cricut Design Space. Once I weeded the excess foil, covered it with my favorite Cricut Transfer Tape (THE BEST EVER!!) and centered it on my board and then hinged it.

PRO TIPWhen adhering vinyl or foil to a surface with transfer tape, use a piece of painters tape or even a strip of the transfer tape (at least an inch wide) the length of your transfer to create a “hinge” at the top of your design. Then using the “hinge” flip up the design, remove the vinyl or foil backing and carefully lay down the transfer tape/foil onto your surface. The tape “hinge” will keep your design exactly where you would like it with out any trouble at all!


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Once I laid down my adhesive foil, I made sure to press it down using my new favorite tool, the Cricut XL Scrapper. Then I removed the transfer tape, replace the back onto the frame and voilá… You now have a beautiful piece of wall art!

To complete the gallery wall, I paired it with the Fern Wall Art from Idieh Design, the Geometric Wall Art from Love Create Celebrate and then we painted some small trays to add a pop of color to the wall. I thought it looked fabulous all together. I truly wanted to curl up on that cozy chair and read a great book in our warm space.


Wall Gallery

I hope we’ve inspired you to put YOUR signature on your home with Cricut. Make sure to take a look at the rest of the designs from this bedroom dress-up from Jennifer Rizzo Design & The Crafty Blog Stalker  AND, watch our fun video on the Cricut Blog! When you’re finished with all of that, come on over to WhipperBerry and say HELLO! I will be sharing all kinds of Cricut projects along with more tips & tricks to make sure your projects turn out great.



Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!


Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!



Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 


#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!


V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!


V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.


Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!


Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!


Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!


Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!


Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!


Tutorial: Making the Perfect Dresser Vinyl Accent

January 31, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi There! I’m Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. I am so excited to be a part of the collaboration with Cricut and Hayneedle and to share with you how I contributed to transforming the space into a dreamy and fun bedroom!

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I embellished the Hayneedle wood dresser. I worked on coming up with a design that would work with the rustic industrial style, and would also enhance the awesome dresser from Hayneedle.


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I knew I wanted to do something that had a faux inlay feel, which I always think feels expensive. It reminds me of custom handmade, artisan furniture. When I found the vine pattern in Cricut Design Space (literally you can click in the image bank to find thousands of pre-made images), I knew it would work out perfectly. I used the silver vinyl, a 12” x 24” cutting mat, scissors, and the weeder tool. That’s literally all you need!  


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I decided on using the silver vinyl because I thought that would work the best for the look we were going for, though I think gold foil, bronze or even copper foil would be beautiful as well. Cricut has an amazing array of metallic adhesive foils that are absolutely gorgeous. This is such an easy project to add such a beautiful detail.

Silver Vinyl Image

I started by measuring the edge of the dresser, and decided to make the inlay about an inch wide. After I had the size I wanted, I cut the pattern to my size on the Cricut Explore Air 2 using a 12” x 24” mat. I then used the weeder tool to remove the excess vinyl from around the edges.

I did find it works better to pull the excess vinyl away carefully. I went a little too fast and ended up slightly ripping a few vines.


Silver Vinyl Image

As you can tell, working with shoes on is optional. :)

I measured and drew a line in the direct center, around the dresser, to make sure I placed my vine as straight as possible.

At the edges, I trimmed and matched them up. I decided to keep my vines and leaves going in the same direction as I moved around the dresser.

The finished project ended up looking amazing! I think it really adds a nice, creative touch and highlights the beautiful wood. And the best thing about using vinyl on furniture is if you decide you want to change your room design, no problem, just peel it off!


Vinyl Dresser Image

It was such an amazing experience, and the room is just beautiful and dreamy! Now is your chance to make your own space.

Make sure you enter here for more home decor inspiration, and a chance to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, a $2,000 shopping spree on hayneedle.com, plus a consult with a room stylist (me!) to pull it all together!!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think and if you LOVE this project, make sure to share it with a friend! 



What’s New: We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.


Hello Beautiful Font Image

See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*


Neon Lights Font Image

Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.


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After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.


Hello Beautiful Font Image 1

From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.


Hello Beautiful Image 2

And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!



Tutorial: Rustic Nightstand with a Vinyl Stencil & Paint

January 24, 2017 • Contributor: Katie Adams of The Crafty Blog Stalker

Do you dream of having a beautifully styled bedroom just like you see in the magazines? Dream no more and actually start creating that amazing room.

Hi! I am Katie and I blog at TheCraftyBlogStalker.com. Don’t you love that “I made that!” feeling that comes with DIY? At The Crafty Blog Stalker you will find many different types of tutorials that will help you feel confident in what you are creating so you can show off that finished project with a big ol’ smile.


Katie Adams

Recently, I was asked to participate in a challenge with 5 other bloggers to create a gorgeous Industrial Rustic themed bedroom using the Cricut and furniture from Hayneedle.com.

This Iron Gate Nightstand was just one of my projects. It came together even better than I imagined and was so much fun to complete. Below are some of my tips and tricks for this project. Make sure to visit Cricut to see all of the other projects and the finished room.

I started with the Abbyson Living Northwood 2 Drawer Nightstand from Hayneedle and used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my stencil out of vinyl.

To cover the entire top of the nightstand the stencil is sliced into 4 pieces. Before laying each quarter of the stencil down, find the center point by lightly drawing and X with a pencil corner to corner. Then, align the inner corner of each stencil piece along that center point.


Cricut Stencil Image

The reason I chose a whitewash technique is because I wanted the grain of the wood to be visible through the paint that was applied. To whitewash, wipe the paint onto the surface with a damp rag and then wipe the excess away with another damp rag. This may take several coats until you get the look and density of the paint you want.


Cricut Stencil Image 2

Make sure to apply the stencil to the side of the drawers for a fun peekaboo look! Use the same whitewash technique as the top of the nightstand.


Cricut Stencil Image 3

You can see below how the peekaboo drawers look when they are pulled out from the nightstand.


Stencil Image 4

The Iron Gate Nightstand is the perfect addition to your Industrial Rustic Bedroom and you’ll love it even more because you designed it yourself.


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Be sure to visit Cricut and make your own Iron Gate Nightstand and for more easy DIY craft tutorial ideas visit TheCraftyBlogStalker.com.



Your Guide to The Ultimate DIY Teen Room

January 23, 2017 • Contributor: Heidi Moore of Idieh Design

Is your teen's room in need of a makeover? We've got some stunning inspiration for you! We came together with stylist Heidi Moore, of Idieh Design, J-14 Decorate Magazine, and hayneedle.com to makeover the room of teen actress, Jenna Ortega. To see the full makeover story from Jenna's perspective, head over to J-14 Magazine, or pick up J-14 Decorate Magazine in stores... you'll see some amazing Cricut DIY projects that will be available on Design Space this week! 

Heidi, the brains behind the contemporary DIY room design, came up with the concept, color palette, and furniture arrangement to transition Jenna and her sister Aliyah's childhood bedroom into a more modern and grown-up space for the girls. We are so inspired by Heidi's versatile designs, which is why we sat down with her so she can share more on her inspiration, motivation, and vision when it comes to creating home décor. 

What was your first reaction when you heard you’d be designing for a teenager’s space?

Honestly, a little nervous, but also very excited! My teen years are long gone and I knew I had to find a way to tap into what it’s like to be a teen again. My first step was checking out Jenna’s personal style on social media. After a quick glimpse, I quickly realized she was a mini me in terms of style. She can rock any style of hats (ME TOO!), she’s a fan of black and white (classic & chic!), and she has a little quirk mixed in with pure adorableness. I immediately felt at ease as I knew it would be a breeze to connect with Jenna’s style as it, in many ways, was a reflection of my own.

Talk us through your style profile and how that translated to this room.

Jenna is a teenager with a heart of gold, lots of style, and charisma beyond her years, so I knew I wanted to add a ton of spirit & energy to the room to match her bubbly personality. Also, I remember how during this stage of my life, I was searching for my identity, my confidence & the idea of self-love and it was really important to me that Jenna & Aliyah’s room be a place where the girls feel empowered and beautiful in their own skin. Therefore, it was high priority to sprinkle affirmations throughout the room such as "Messy Hair, Don't Care" and "Hello, gorgeous!" to remind them just how unique & adored they are. And, because they are in their early teen years, I wanted to challenge myself to find a way to design & create a space that could grow and transform with them. I did this by focusing on a sophisticated design foundation & then added touches of whimsical and fun to still keep the room feeling young at heart.

Hello Gorgeous

What is your method for inspiration when it comes to color and design?

At my core, I adore a black and white combo with pops of color and I’m always up for ways to mix patterns & textures to add depth and dimension. For this particular design, the focal point for inspiration came from the gorgeous rug from hayneedle.com. I instantly fell in love with the colors & textures of the rug and that jump started my design direction. I also thought about what teen girls like to do in their room and that’s what inspired the reading nook with the bean bag & the vanity for getting ready.


Check out the super cool style board Heidi made for the room before it was executed:

Idieh Design Style Board

What was your favorite Cricut DIY project in this room? 

Hmmm ... I’ll have to go with the wall decal of “Messy Hair, Don’t Care.” I’m a huge fan of hats and when I came up with idea, I knew I would have to implement it in my own bedroom. (And, I loved being able to add a little surprise for Jenna by leaving one of my signature Heart Black Hats in the display before the big reveal.) I love how it’s not only visually funky & artistic, but also very functional. Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with keeping all those hats in order?!

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What was the coolest Cricut hack you learned when executing the design? 

Most definitely the use of Heat N’ Bond to convert some amazing fabrics into pieces that could then be easily attached to surfaces with just the touch of an iron. I’m always of fan of mixing patterns and textures and the Heat N’ Bond allowed me to transform a basic duvet into a work of art. I simply ironed the Heat N’ Bond to each of the shapes the came together to create the heart duvet and then ironed them onto the comforter. The Heat N’ Bond made it possible to quickly attach the unconventional materials and turn them into some funky room decor (& art!) by only using some heat ... and some patience.

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Tell us which Cricut material is your favorite to create with? 

Oooo ... this is such a tough one as there are so many favorites. I’m quick to find ways to utilize the vinyl as I love the versatility of it and that it’s only temporary, making it easy to switch out if your mood or style changes. I used vinyl for the “Messy Hair, Don’t Care” wall decal, the Hidden Heart wall installation and the “Hello, gorgeous” mirror decal. A close second would have to be the adhesive foil. It has such a sophistication and high-end feel to it that allows you to take a basic form and elevate it to become a statement piece. I used the gold foil to transform a basic black lamp shade into a geometric focal point of the room.

What was your biggest challenge in designing this space?

I learned A LOT. I think the biggest challenge was not being able to see the room until showing up a few days before the shoot. Let’s just say, Tim Gunn’s saying of “Make it work!” was the motto of the weekend. When designing a space there are so many factors to consider: materials, dimensions, spacial relations, shelves that can’t be removed but you didn’t know that until you arrived. You get the point. But, that’s what makes design & style so exciting and worthwhile. It’s through these unexpected limitations and obstacles that emerge your best & most creative ideas! (Not to mention, with the ease & versatility of a Cricut, it made it a breeze to make these changes on the spot and whip up a new idea, if needed.)

If you could give design advice to a parent looking to redesign their teenager's room what would it be?  

As I did with Jenna’s room, I think it’s important to think about how the room can transform with your daughter as she goes through such a life-changing stage in her life. Teen girls’ interests and hobbies change so much during those adolescent years and by focusing on a classic and timeless foundation (color of the walls, furniture, bed frame), it allows the design of the space to naturally transform with their style without having to completely redo their room every few years.


Another Room Image

I think we can all agree Heidi did an incredible job designing this contemporary teen room. The color palette alone has us with major hearts in our eyes! For more room inspiration from Heidi, make sure to check out our new Cricut home decor page and you might get a chance to win a style session with her ... along with your own Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, and a shopping spree up to $2,000 on hayneedle.com! You can re-design your teen's room or give your room a new style. So what are you waiting for?! Make sure to sign-up!


Tips & Tricks: Getting That Perfect Phrase Project in Design Space

January 18, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Whether it’s a cute phrase for a t-shirt, a motivational sign for your office wall or a funny saying for dad’s coffee mug, phrase projects seem to be high on everyone’s list. Design Space has countless (well, I’m sure we could count them, but we haven’t) phrases in the Image Library, but sometimes the task of finding one can seem a little daunting. I’m here to show you the ropes! Let’s navigate Design Space together and find some really great phrases to use on your next project.

I’m going to give you 3 easy ways to look for some great images, and then how you can use them when you’re making something. 

1) Filtering

Just one click to the filter and you can start to narrow down the choices.


After I hit the filter in the top right and click the Phrases box, I scrolled down until I found these cute phrases. The range of styles is endless, from classic looks to the trendy hand-lettering. 

Filtering continued

And in less than an hour, I had cut, weeded, and ironed on all these phrases. The weeding was the longest part of the making process for these projects. Fast gifts are always fun. Now, I’m ready for baby showers, birthdays, mother’s day, housewarmings, and just about anything!

2) Searching

Sometimes, I have a better idea of what I want to make or say on a project. Let’s check on options for a phrase with “amazing” in it. Just go straight to the search bar and type it in! Here’s what came up for my word:


And I selected one, cut it out, weeded it, and ironed it on. Voila!

You're Amazing Image

3) Inspiring

If I am just looking for inspiration, my go-to thing is perusing the Make It Now Projects. The Cricut Design Team are master navigators for finding great images so I’ll scan through there to see what has been designed. I find the BEST phrases, saying, and even images I like. I don’t always make the project as I see it. For example, I found this awesome good morning wall vinyl and decided to put it on a mug instead:

Photo Credit: Rad & Happy

You can also just go into Insert Image and search for “phrases” too.  You never know what will appear that might inspire your next great project!

I love how inspiring creative people can be. Show me some of your favorite font & phrase projects below or share them on Instagram using #SayItWithCricut - we're always re-sharing our favorite phrase projects! Let’s learn again together soon. 


Designing a Dreamy DIY Room

January 17, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

At Cricut, our philosophy is built on making life beautiful. We’re constantly searching for new ways to inspire through DIY and encourage people to harness their inner stylist. Home design can be an overwhelming experience - from choosing the right style to furnishing - but I think we can all agree the most important thing is building a space that truly reflects you.

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Spotlight: Quick Project with Damask Love

January 12, 2017 • Contributor: Amber from Damask Love

Sometimes we need a little encouragement, right?! Today I’m here sharing an exclusive project that will encourage you to grab your Cricut Explore Gold and make a simple, inspirational piece of art that is perfect for your workspace. 
My favorite part of this project is that it uses vinyl! Cricut vinyl comes in a ton of colors including metallics. For many projects, I find that vinyl is easier to work with than paper. It’s durable and self-adhesive which means I can save my precious tape runner for another time.
The modern look of this project comes thanks to two of the exclusive images available with your Cricut Explore Gold. I’ve already done the hard work for you by designing the project – you just have to follow a few simple instructions. Here we go!


  • Cricut vinyl in Gold Metallic and Black
  • Cricut Transfer Adhesive
  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas – available at Joann’s online 


  1. Use THIS Design Space Make It Now project
  2. Cut the Mountain image from gold vinyl.
  3. Use Transfer Adhesive to apply the Mountain image directly to the basswood canvas
  4. Cut “Bold, Brave, Beautiful” from black vinyl and use transfer adhesive to apply it directly onto the canvas – on top of the mountain image.

How easy was that?! Crafting with your Cricut Explore Gold couldn’t be simpler, so get to it! Enjoy.


Tutorial: Organize with These Adorable DIY Laundry Bags

January 9, 2017 • Contributor: Pretty Providence

I'm Sarah from Pretty Providence and I'm so excited to be sharing my new laundry organization with you today. I really needed a space-saving solution for sorting the laundry in my bedroom. Regular hampers were taking up too much space and I didn't like how they looked either! I fell in love with these bags a few months ago and I love having them hung up on the wall, taking up very little space and looking super pretty with the hand-lettered labels!

Here is what you'll need to make your own laundry station like mine! (Everything is linked!)

To label the bags, download these designs to your computer. To do so, just open the link and save to your desktop.

You can also use any font in in Cricut's Design Space. Either way, once you are ready to cut - upload your design into Cricut Design Space. Choose ‘upload image’ then ‘simple image’, ‘cut only’, then ‘insert’. Then you can size it to fit your laundry bags.
Design Space Canvas Image

Last step: remember to check the box that sets your machine to cut REVERSE for iron-on designs!

Make sure to lay your vinyl shiny side DOWN on your cutting mat as well before you cut. When it’s cut, weed it out and iron it onto your bags. Peel back the backing after the vinyl is cool to the touch.

Once your bags are all ready to use, hang wall hooks for your bags to hang on. TA DA!