Fitness attire and gear

Decorate Your Fitness Attire and Gear for Inspiration and Motivation

February 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

If you have ever needed motivation to continue those New Year resolutions, here it is! The Cricut line of products is making all of your goals look oh so good.

Long Lasting Results

Short term gain is not something we should all settle for when talking about any resolution. We are all in it for the long haul and want something that lasts. When it comes to adhering iron on to any type of clothing, the Cricut EasyPress has all of your long lasting wishes covered to get you motivated. We have combined iron foil, holographic vinyl and fired up our Cricut  EasyPRess to get the fire lit under you so you can stay true to your resolutions and meet those goals!

 

 

Our Project: Athletic Gear

You better believe that we believe in you and your creative and health goals… so, why not combine them? We gathered our athletic attire, glass water bottle, yoga mat and even our scale to add a creative twist. When you add Cricut into the mix, you are sure to end up with the best kind of personalized motivation that will speak to you!

Tools & Supplies You'll Need

*Wash your athletic attire before crafting

1: Find Your Design

Pick out your design

Use Design Space to find your perfect Design. Gather your clothing, iron-on foil, and your EasyPress. Here we used the Cricut preloaded design called “Scallop Pattern.” Be sure to save the remnants as well.

2: Cut and Weed

Cut out and weed your iron-on foil

Follow the instructions in Design Space to cut out your design. Weed away excess vinyl and do a dry run (but don’t press your design just yet) on top of your clothes. Look to see what your fabrics are made out of and set your EasyPress to the desired heat and time.

3: Create Your Yoga Mat Design

Make your yoga mat design

Time for the yoga mat! Choose a saying that will speak to you and use your Design Space to chose an image that will go along, then cut it out. The fonts we used were Cricut Sans and Madina and the image used is “Mermaid Tail.”

4: Press Design on Mat

When using your Cricut EasyPress, we have found that using parchment paper will allow for the heat to not melt the surface.

5: Do Your Water Bottle

Lastly, grab a great glass water bottle and embellish with anything that will cause you to hydrate as much as possible. Use the same fonts that you did with your other projects to create cohesion. We used holographic vinyl to make the cheeky wording really pop! Use your Cricut transfer tape to transfer your design.

You could also make your scale something to look forward to with your hard work and your holographic viny! Carry your theme over into every detail so that your motivation can be seen everywhere.

What sayings and designs would you use? Tell us below!

Learn how to slice and weld in Design Space

How to Use Slice and Weld in Design Space

February 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there crafty babes! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the wedding blog called Something Turquoise and I use the Slice and Weld tools ALL THE TIME when I’m working in Design Space… so I figured I should share my best tips for using these two valuable tools. Whether you’re looking to connect script style fonts or remove unwanted pieces of a shape - slice and weld are for you!

How to use slice and weld in Design Space

The Slice Tool

The Slice tool splits two overlapping images or text into different parts. Slice creates new cut paths from two images, resulting in three or more completely new shapes! Each of the new shapes will show up in the Layers panel as an individual layer, that you can keep or discard.

Tips:

  •  You can use the Slice tool to cut out a shape from another shape, cut overlapping shapes from one another, or to cut text from a shape.
  • When using Slice with images, you can only work with two layers at one time.
  • If you are using a multilayered image, you can either hide or ungroup the other layers to activate the Slice tool.
  • When the Slice function is performed with hidden layers, all hidden layers will be removed from the design screen and the Layers panel.
  • If you would like to use those image layers with your project, ungroup before using the Slice tool.

The Weld Tool

The Weld tool allows you to join shapes to create a single customized image by removing any overlapping cut lines. This can be a great way to simplify a design, keep the letters of a word connected, or combine shapes to create new designs!

Tips:

  • The images/text that you want to weld must overlap
  • If you are working with multi-layered images, you may want to ungroup the layers to arrange them separately before welding.
  • Once you select one or more layers, the weld tool will become active.
  • You will know that your images are welded when they change to the same color and the new image appears in the Layers panel.
  • Once welded, the new Layer will move to the top of the layers panel, if needed drag to rearrange

I hope you enjoyed this quick video and I hope it has inspired you to get ultra creative and slice or weld something of your own! Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest!

Design Space link if you need it:

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/82700114

Any questions? Leave a comment below!

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!

Typography Pillow

Use System Fonts to Make This Typography Pillow

February 8th, 2018 • Contributor: Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Product Manager

*Note: Another lovely project that we are reviving from our archives, just in time for Valentine's Day!*

One of my favorite features of Cricut Design Space is the ability to use System Fonts. This means you can download fonts from the Internet and use them in your everyday crafting world! I love it. When you have the freedom to use any font you’d like, the options for typography projects explode!

For my first typography project, I made a custom pillow with one of my favorite quotes on it. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” by Plato.

There are tons of websites where you can download fonts for free, but my favorite is DaFont.comDaFont.com allows users to upload fonts they have designed. Note that most all of the fonts have specific instructions and request that you use them for personal use only.

Want to craft this pillow? It’s Ready-to-Make!

Materials Needed:

1: Download Your Fonts

The fonts you’ll need to make this project are: MastocBreamcatcher, and Authentic Hilton. Click on the links to be taken to www.dafont.com.

****Please note that Mastoc and Authentic Hilton are to be used for personal use only.****

You must download and install these fonts for the project to work.

To install, open up the downloaded font file (labeled .ttf) and install it to your computer.

It works best if you download the fonts before opening Cricut Design Space. Otherwise, you’ll need to close the browser and reopen it after installing the fonts to refresh your font list.

2: Create Design

Create your design

Insert text onto your canvas. The fonts are automatically part of the System Fonts once you have installed them. You can filter fonts in Design Space by clicking on System Fonts in the top edit bar. 

Create your design

Once I’ve decided which words I want in each font, I start placing them in a design. The first step is to weld the script fonts together. Select the words and ungroup the letters.

Move the letters next to each other until you’re satisfied with how they look. Then select all of the letters and weld them together. 

Create your design

Arrange all of the words in your design, select all of the words, and weld them together so the words will cut as one complete design. 

3: Cut Out Design

In Cricut Design Space, cut images from iron-on. Be sure to check the “Mirror images (for iron-on)” box in the Mat Preview before you cut. (If cutting multiple mats, be sure to check this box for each mat that contains iron-on.)

4: Weed Iron-on

Weed away excess iron-on

Weed excess iron-on around the image.

5: Apply Iron-on to Pillow

Apply the iron-on design onto your pilloe

Follow the application instructions for Cricut Iron-on to adhere the cut phrases to the front of the pillow.

Apply the iron-on design onto your pilloe

Use our EasyPress or an iron on the purple image first and then do the gold image. 

There you go! A custom pillow with your favorite fonts and your favorite quotes!
XOXO,
Anna Rose

What quote would you put on a pillow? Leave a comment below!

Rolled flowers using quilling

Make Rolled Flowers Using the Cricut Quilling Tool

February 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Team

I have a penchant for old-fashioned crafts. My mom and I taught ourselves how to do needle tatting (a form of lacemaking) a few years ago and many dainty projects ensued. I've had my eye on the art of quilling (rolling paper strips to form art) for a while now and was pleased to see that Cricut offers a quilling tool.

You can pair that tool with the 3D rolled flower images that you can find in Design Space to make your own lovely rolled flowers.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for Making Rolled Flowers

1: Choose Images

Find pictures of 3D flowers

The images that I used can be found in the Flower Shoppe cartridge in Design Space and are included with Cricut Access. Choose the style(s) that you like and place on your canvas.

Find pictures of 3D flowers

There are 10 different spiral options, along with 40 other flowers and leaves that you can make. Resize as needed to fit your project.

2: Cut Out Your Spirals

Cut out your flower spirals

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Cut out your flower spirals

Place your cardstock on the mat and turn the dial to that material. Cut out your flower spirals and remove from the mat.

3: Quill Your Flowers

Quill your flowers

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Quill your flowers

Place the end of your spiral in the slot on the quilling tool. Start turning it clockwise, holding the cardstock with your other hand to guide it. I like to place my index finger under the roll to help keep it rolling in the same layer.

4: Glue Flower

Glue your flower together

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Glue your flower together

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Glue your flower together

The circle in the middle of the spiral is used to glue your rolled flower together. Carefully let the rolled flower open a bit until the bottom is about the size of the circle. Place a drop of glue on the circle and attach to the bottom of the flower. Pinch for a minute or two until the glue holds.

Finished rolled flowers

Voilà! You have lovely 3D rolled flowers that can be used in many different kinds of projects. 

I am looking forward to exploring the art of quilling and will add more tutorials in the future. Have you tried it? What did you make? Leave a comment below.

Galentine's Day invites

Galentine’s Day Invites That Leslie Knope Would Love

February 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Do you all have some fun plans?

If you are anything like me and my husband, we kind of gloss over Valentine’s like it is just any other day. Our anniversary is next month and as much as I love being spoiled, celebrating both is a little much for me. Well, that is what I tell him… I think my real reason is that I love using Valentine’s to celebrate my friends!

Galentine’s Day is a super popular alternative to celebrating with your significant other. Back in my single days, I’m pretty sure this euphemism hadn’t been coined yet. I certainly like it much better than single awareness day because even us married girls can celebrate Galentine’s!

I created this super easy Galentine’s party invite by using my Cricut® Maker. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

For the shirt below:

I designed this project for Cricut® Design Space. If you click here, you will be taken to the project. Click the Customize button to make it you own! Bonus- if you have an Access subscription, this project is free for you!

2: Edit Your Text

Edit your text

Double click on the text at the bottom of the invite and edit it as necessary. If you need to edit the main text on the invitation, you can delete my text and use the font “Chloe” to type your own sentiment.

3: Flatten Your Image

Flatten the image in Design Space
  • If you want to convert multiple layers to print together, you can use the Flatten tool from the Layers panel.
  • Highlight the white background of your invitation and all the text on top of it. You can do this by holding down the shift key and selecting each layer. Or you can hold down the shift key and drag your cursor over all the layers you wish to flatten.
  • Once they are all highlighted, select the Flatten tool located at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Note- When your layers are properly selected, they will be highlighted in a darker gray.

4: Prepare to Print

Get ready to print your invitation

Once you are satisfied with your invitation, click Make It. This will take you to a preview of your Print then Cut as well as all your other cut previews.

If your image was properly flattened, your invitation will appear with an added cut sensor marking (rectangle outline).

5: Print

Print our your Galentine's Day invite

On the next screen click, select your machine from the drop-down menu. Then click "Send to Printer" to open the Print Then Cut dialog. An image bleed will automatically be applied to the image(s) so that there is no white border left once the cut is complete.

Print the page using your home printer, then place the paper on the Cricut cutting mat and feed it to the Cricut machine. The machine will scan for the sensor marking then cut around the image with precision.

Note: At this time, the default material size for Print Then Cut is 8 ½ x 11", and cannot be changed. Colored materials or materials containing any kind of pattern may interfere with the cut sensor marks being read by the Cricut Explore machine. We recommend using an Inkjet Printer and 8 ½ x 11" white materials for all your Print Then Cut projects with Cricut Explore. The Cricut Maker, though, can Print Then Cut on light to medium colored papers.

6: Assemble

Put your Galentine's Day invites together

After you finish cutting the rest of your layers, assemble using the Ready-to-Make directions. Admire your cute and sassy invitation!

If you need something to wear to your event, head over to this project and whip up this snarky top.

Fall in Love - Fall Asleep shirt project

I can’t wait to see what you make to celebrate with your girls!

Make sure to tag @officialcricut and use #CricutMade in all your Galentine’s project creations!

Tune into our Facebook Lives and YouTube Lives to see me and other Cricut employees share all of our Cricut tip and tricks. Can’t wait to see you there!

Karley Hall
Senior Project Designer at Cricut

Home Sweet Home sign

Learn the Custom Project Design Process With This Home Sweet Home Sign

January 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am excited to back here on the Cricut blog to share a fun new tutorial with you! Recently, some friends of ours got married, and I was able to create this cute Home Sweet Home farmhouse inspired sign for them using my Cricut Maker & Design Space.

Today we are going to be talking about how to use images in Design Space along with Cricut fonts & some of your own fonts to create your own unique project like I did. Let’s get started!

1: Choose Your Images

Pick the images for your project

TIP: I would recommend getting Cricut Access if you own a Cricut machine. All the images with the little green tag are totally free to use! You can also find tons of free Cricut fonts and more to use in your designs with an Access membership.

Pick the images for your project

For this project, I decided to use this Home Sweet Home image and a swirly heart image from Cricut Access.

2: Insert Both Images in the Design Space Canvas

Insert your images

Now the fun is about to begin. Let me show you how you can combine both of these images into one new image that you can cut out with your Cricut machine.

3: Weld Your Images Together

Weld the images

First, I resized my heart a little bit smaller and than put it right next to the Home Sweet Home image and tilted it just a bit until it looked good to me.

Weld the images

Next, I selected all the images at once, and then I clicked the weld button in my Design Space toolbar.

Weld the images

After I clicked that button, the two images became one! So cool! This is by far my favorite tool!

4: Personalize Your Design

Add personal touches to your design

To personalize this Home Sweet Home project I used one of my favorite fonts (Better Together) and a Cricut Access (Cricut Alphabet) font to add the last name & year established to the bottom of my design.

Personalize your design

This is what my final project design looked like. I love how you can personalize a design to your liking!

5: Size Your Image

Change the size of your image

Next, I sized the image to fit my project. TIP: I inserted a shape & sized it to be the exact size as my board would be. Then all I had to do was drag my design on top & make it just the right size. Delete the extra shape, and you are good to go!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later! You’ll want to remember how to use that welding tool.

6: Cut Out Your Design and Make Your Sign

Make your Home Sweet Home sign

Alright, let me show you how I finished up my DIY farmhouse sign.

Supplies:

First, you will prepare your mat with some vinyl. TIP: Instead of cutting a sheet of vinyl, I just keep it on the roll to prevent waste.

Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

Then you will press go, and that will send your design to your Cricut machine to cut out.

Weeding vinyl

Once your design is cut out, weed out the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.

Vinyl design
Put transfer tape on the design

Next, apply a piece of transfer tape right over the top of your design.

Prepare the frame

For my sign, I just used an 11 inch by 11-inch piece of wood (painted white) and then added a simple frame that I made out of 1x2s & had stained. I used a nail gun to attach those around the painted board.

Carefully peel away backing

Flip your design over, and then carefully remove the backing paper leaving the vinyl stuck to your transfer paper.

Use the scraper

Gently lay your design down on your sign where you’d like it to be, and then rub gently with your scraper tool.

Remove the transfer paper

Carefully peel back your transfer tape, leaving your design in place.

Finished sign

Vinyl lettering is so easy to do, and it looks perfect every single time! Thanks so much for having me over! If you like this project, please share it.

Let me know if you have any questions below!

You Are My Happy No Sew Banner

DIY No-Sew Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging

January 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

When I think about what I want to see in a cutting machine, versatility is at the top of the list. I'm not looking for a one-trick pony. I need something that can do everything I want + more. Surprise me, I say!

That's exactly what you get with the Cricut Maker. Versatility at its finest. Today, I'm showing you just how versatile it can be by cutting multiple types of fabric to create a no-sew, Valentine's Day inspired wall hanging.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for this no-sew fabric banner

Is there anything more fun than picking out fabric? I start by choosing a print and then choose 5-6 coordinating solids.

1: Cut Canvas and Make Banner

Choose the fabric type in Design Space

(A) I used Design ID #M45C8B from Design Space. It's part of the Cricut Access Subscription so if you're already a member, it's free to use! *I only have the 12x12 FabricGrip Mat so I sized my banner to fit using a width of 8.5.*

(B) Once you've set up your design and chosen the Maker as your cutting machine, you'll go to the material settings window and select Canvas as your material. The rotary blade will automatically adjust before cutting.

Choose the fabric type in Design Space

The Maker cuts canvas like butter, just look at those crisp lines.

(C) To finish the edges I used an iron and a product called "Steam-a-Seam", which you can find at most craft stores. You could also use a quality fabric glue.

2: Cut Fabric Accents

Cut out the accents for your fabric banner

Now the fun part begins! I created a heart from the shapes panel in Design Space and made it a little smaller than my banner so it will center nicely, around 6.8 inches wide. Hide the banner by clicking the small eye shape in the layers panel and cut the heart.

Cut out the accents for your fabric banner

It's always surprising to see how easily the Maker can go from cutting a thick canvas to cutting thin cotton. Just be sure to choose cotton as your material in the settings.

3: Upload and Set Up Design

Upload your design

*I used Adobe Illustrator to set up my design, saved it as an SVG and then imported it into Design Space. Click HERE to open the file, then do a right-click (PC) or CTRL + click (Mac) and Choose Save As to download it. Upload it to Design Space.

(1) Size the design to fit on the banner, change the letter colors to match your fabrics and click Make It. Just be sure to hide the heart and the banner shape first.

Upload your design

(2) The software will show you which color fabric to load each time. Since I'm using both cotton and felt I just changed the material settings as I went through the different mats.

Glue on the letters

4: Glue on Accents

Glue on accents

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Glue on accents

Since this is a no-sew project, I used fabric glue to attach the pink heart and all of the letters to the banner. It looks perfectly fine as is, but I'll probably add a contrasting stitch around the edges before hanging.

Kayla

What kind of no-sew projects have you created with the Maker? Let us know in the comments!

Let's stay connected!

Learn how to use your Cricut

Master Your Cricut With These Learning Resources

January 29th, 2018 • Nessa Myers, Blog Support Team

When you first get a Cricut, it might seem daunting. You think about how you now have to learn how to use the machine itself AND some software to cut out designs. I see comments often enough about how someone has had theirs in the box for months, hesitating to break it out since they worry it will be too difficult.

I've been there myself with other tasks in life....putting it off for so long because I'm afraid of failing. It's SO much easier these days to figure out how to do things with the Internet, isn't it? Here are several places online that can get you started on your Cricut crafting journey.

This Blog

We're working on a myriad of tutorials to help you learn how to unlock the full potential of your machine(s). Some teach you different tools and aspects of Design Space, our software. Others teach you how to put a project together and make it your own. You can go to the Tutorials section to see what we have currently and watch for upcoming posts.

Our Social Media

Another fabulous way to educate yourself on all things Cricut is through our different social media accounts. We do Facebook Lives, posts, Instagram Stories, Pinterest pins and more! Come follow us here:

Cricut's Learning and Help Sections

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If you look at the top of every post here, you'll see the words Learn and Help. These pages are chock full of tutorials, videos, and FAQs to help you along your journey to crafting joy. There are sections covering the different machines, materials, and accessories so you can master them all.

A few to get you started:

Facebook Groups

Learn Cricut with Facebook Groups

There are SO many Facebook groups centered around Cricut. Some are officially created in conjunction with Cricut, while others were started by fans. You can learn from others, get inspiration for projects and get tips and tricks for the best experience.

For example, the picture above was taken from a Facebook Live in the official Cricut Maker Inspiration and Tutorials group where Beth Kingston (one of the contributors to this blog, QVC star and awesome blogger) showed how to use the EasyPress.

Find them by searching for Cricut, then switching over to the Groups section to see all of the different ones.

Blogs

Find tutorials and more in blog posts

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Learn from blogs

Cricut has also partnered with many blogs to help you be further inspired and gain the knowledge you need. For example, I also work with them on my geek blog and have written posts like this one on making Avengers decals using Cricut images. A good way to find their work is through our Cricut Ideas From Bloggers and More board on Pinterest.

YouTube and Webinars

I am head over heels in love with YouTube because it has helped me figure out things so many times over the years. We have an official YouTube channel with lots of videos about Design Space, projects, materials and more. Don't forget to subscribe so you'll be notified when we add more!

We have also started producing webinars to give you an additional education resource. Our first one has now been added to YouTube. You can get more details about it and sign up for Part B in this post.

Finally, there are many other YouTubers who are producing videos about using these machines. This Wonder Woman key ring totally makes my geek heart happy.

How do you learn to Cricut? Tell us below!

Fun pillow fight pillows

Pillow Fight Fun for Kids of All Ages

January 24th, 2018 • Shanon Kendall

*Note: We're reopening the archives to bring back posts like this awesome set of pillows. I can't wait to make them for my own little ones with cabin fever. ~Cricut Blog Team

As the winter months drag on my kids get really bored. I usually find them vegging in front of a screen of some sort. When I ask them to get off the television, they move to the computer! (Not what I had in mind, kids.)

In an effort to encourage happy inside play, I made them a set of pillow fight pillows! I've wanted to make a project like this for some time and I am very excited to share it with you.

First of all, don’t be intimidated by the sewing. This project is really easy. You don’t even have to follow a pattern.

Pillow fight weapon pillows

Supplies You Will Need:

Pillow fight supplies

1: Cut Out Your Images

Open the Pillow Fight project in Cricut Design Space™ and click Make It. The project file includes the images for thirteen pillows: (2) swords, (1) dagger, (1) grenade, (3) ninja stars, (1) “boom” phrase, (2) punching fists, (1) bomb and (2) laser swords. Remember that if you only want to cut a few of the pillows or more of one type of pillow, you can always click Customize instead of Make It and change the file to fit your needs.

Some important tips for cutting this project:

-Be sure to click the “Mirror image (for iron-on)” button for EACH mat in the project on the Mat Preview screen. Since all of the mats contain iron-on, you will need to click on every mat and choose to mirror the image.

-The software decides where the cuts will occur on the mat. For this project, I wanted to conserve my iron-on material so I moved the images around on the mat to make the best use of the cutting area. This is also done on the Mat Preview screen.

-Just click on each image and move them around until they are nestled into each other. This ninja star wouldn’t have even cut because the iron-on material is 19” long and the star was positioned lower than that on the mat.

-Check each mat. I moved images around on all of them.

2: Iron Images Onto Canvas

Iron on your images onto the fabric

Iron the images onto white canvas leaving about 5-6” of space between images for cutting and sewing. You can speed up the process by using our EasyPress since it has a larger surface than a traditional iron and more consistent heating throughout the plate.

Iron on your images onto the fabric

For the layered images, start by ironing the bottom layer in place first. Remove the lining.

Layer the top image over the bottom image and iron in place. You can find more instructions on how to apply Cricut® Iron-on here.

3: Cut Fabric Shapes

Cut out the fabric shapes

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Cut out the fabric shapes

Use scissors to cut around each image. Be sure to leave at least 2-3” of space around the images for sewing seam allowances and stuffing.

You don’t have to be perfect here!  The beauty of these fun pillows is that their wonky shape actually adds to their charm.

4: Cut Out Backing

Cut out your pieces of fabric backing

Place the cut canvas images face down on the backing fabric (right sides together). Use scissors to cut the backing to match the front piece.

5: Stitch Fabric Together

Sew your pieces together

Use a sewing machine to stitch around the edges of each pillow. Leave about 2 ½” open (unstitched) for turning and stuffing. I used ¼” seams.

6: Turn Pillows and Stuff

Stuff your pillows

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Stuff your pillows

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff them with fiberfill.

7: Hand-stitch the Openings

Sew your pillows shut

Use a needle and thread to hand-stitch the openings closed.

Pillow fight pillows in the box

We invited some kids to take the pillows for a test run and they had a FANTASTIC time! We did establish one important rule: strike only bodies…NO FACES. We don’t want any poked eyes!

Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows

I know these pillows are going to help get my kids off technology and excited for some creative, active, indoor play! I hope your kids will love them too.  I think some forts made from couch cushions are in order….don’t you?

♥ Shanon

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