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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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!

Taco Shirt Collection

Taco Time Shirts to Honor a Favorite Food

July 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

You had me at taco.

Taco time all the time.

My star sign is taco.

We love witty puns here at Cricut. We also love delicious tacos. Our cravings and adoration are so strong, one of our teams at Cricut created a collection of custom t-shirts to express their devotion to these crunchie munchies. They affectionately refer to themselves as the “Taco Squad”.

Introducing the Taco Time Collection! This collection has six different designs that were created in Design Space, cut with a Cricut Maker or Explore and then simply applied to t-shirts with the EasyPress. Each design is unique and reflects the different personalities that make up the Taco Squad. There are even creative designs that pay homage to software coders who love these south-of-the-border snacks.

Personalizing tees is possibly the easiest way to express yourself. With your Cricut machine, a roll of Everyday Iron-on Vinyl (with Strongbond™ Guarantee*) and the EasyPress, the possibilities are literally endless.

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

*Cricut stands behind its iron-on products when used and applied as directed.

Some of my favorite custom designs from the collection:

You had me at taco: nothing says true love more than taking a quote from Jerry Maguire and applying to the best greasy food in the world.

Taco is my star sign: reading the stars when hungry will always result in deep thoughts that lead back to tacos, of course!

Taco time all the time: what day of the week is it? Does. Not. Matter. It is taco time!

Taco Time Shirts
Taco Time Shirts
Taco Time Shirts

TaCode to me: you code, you get it.

Two taco code designs that speak to you.

Taco squad: looking for a custom tee design for your three amigos? Look no further.

Taco Time Shirts
Taco Time Shirts
Taco Time Shirts
Wine Cheese Chocolate Party

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Party: Tablescape and Wine Bar

July 10th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

There is something so rewarding about planning an intimate dinner party for your friends. This month, we decided to plan a Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate party so that our friends could have an excuse to dress up and hang out… and eat and drink!

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

To get our guests excited about our party, we sent out these fun folded invitations. Print then cut and our Scoring Wheel made these a super quick project.

For our actual party, we came up with some really cute (and easy) DIY projects that you can recreate to wow your guests.

We set a table and filled it with décor elements made with our Cricut. Can you spot them? We were so happy with how gorgeous everything turned out—it definitely did not feel handmade.

Here are some of my favorites:

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

I created these fun place cards that our guests could take home and reuse as coasters or home décor. You can find the whole tutorial here!

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

We made these clear acetate boxes with the new Scoring Wheel and filled them with chocolate so our friends could enjoy some sweets later too! They worked perfectly for propping up our agate place cards. And get this! You don’t need glue to assemble them! I did reinforce them with some clear tape, but it is not required.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

Floral elements can end up costing a pretty penny. So we opted to use a mix of real greenery and florals with these gorgeous crepe paper flowers! I would have never guessed that you could make paper look so real!

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

A great tablescape usually has lots of décor in a variety of heights. We used several brass candlesticks and mixed in these fun chipboard gems to add some statement pieces down the middle of the table. Check back for the full tutorial on how to make your own.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

Every fancy dinner party needs a menu! We went a little crazy with these acrylic menus and really tried to push our design outside of the box! While these babies were stunning, we all agreed that if we were to recreate the event again, we would recommend simplifying the process to be a Print then Cut on paper. We used our new Cricut font, “Merlot” and “Plain Jane” to make these menus.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

Did you catch all five of those Cricut projects on the table when you first saw the photo?!

To take our dinner to the next level, we created a fun wine, cheese, and chocolate bar.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

Our vision began when we saw two large wine barrels. We decided to purchase a long table top and position it over the barrels to really take our party up a notch. While we know décor is super important, we wanted to make sure we did our research and paired the right wines with all of the cheeses and chocolates.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

I created this pairing list that you can recreate here. I haven’t had a chance to taste them all, so you’ll have to let me know how they pair!

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

We created some cute cheese and chocolate labels. The cheese labels were taped to lollipop sticks and we used old wine corks to hold our chocolate labels.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

Now I am totally craving some white chocolate!

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

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

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

How adorable is this wine tote? Would you believe me if I told you that it was made 100% on the Maker? The fabric and leather were cut with the rotary blade and we added some iron-on to finish it up.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

One of my favorite pieces on the bar is this paper vase! Yep—it is paper! The Scoring Wheel set us up for success big time on this one. 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.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: Tablescape and Wine Bar

We added wine charms with our guests’ names so that we didn’t have any confusion over whose glass belonged to who!

Everyone had a great time and went home with cute DIYs and lots of yummy leftovers. I think it was a total success. Do you see a wine, cheese, and chocolate night in your future? If so, head over to Design Space and check out all of these awesome projects.

We also created a fun cartridge and font that complements this party perfectly. Make sure to test out the “Merlot” on your next project.

Happy Crafting,

Karley

Say Oui to French Tees

Say Oui to French Tees

July 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Our second T-Shirt collection is here! Just in time for Bastille Day on July 14 - we are so excited to bring you our French collection that has the perfect tees for you and me - oui! If you have Cricut Access, all of these shirts are available to make now for free.  Not a member yet? Click here to get signed up.

Simple with some flair!  We love how quick and easy this tee is to make - 30 minutes and VOILA! You have a tee! All you’ll need is some White Everyday Iron-on and a tee.  Make yours here.

Watercolors for the win! We used our Natalie Malan watercolor Patterned Iron-on from her sampler packs and we can’t get enough of all the colors! Love it? Merci! Grab some Patterned Iron-on and a tee and make it here.

It’s the simple things in life that we love to say yes to!  Chocolate - oui! Naps - oui! DIY Tees - OUI! Top off your French tee collection with this design here. All you’ll need is some White Everyday Iron-on and a tee!

We can’t get enough of all the French phrases we are seeing on tees and we hope you loved this collection as much as we did!  Don’t forget that we will be releasing a new collection each week! Get to crafting and remember to share your French tees with us in our Cricut Community!