Toddler Room Dress Tutorial

Girls in White Dresses

August 31st, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

I’m not going to lie, I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for little girls in pretty little dresses. I believe every girl deserves to feel like a princess and with this adorable panel dress, your little one can be just that! You can recreate this dress in 100 different ways and color combos. I’d even love to see this dress monochromatic! Wouldn’t that be classy?

With this dress, I went bold by playing with different textures in each colored panel. To me, it really shows off just how capable the Cricut Maker is!

The great thing about this dress is it comes in a variety of toddler sizes. I made mine a 4T so the fabric measurements will be specific to that size, but you can adjust your fabric accordingly.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through what I did as I made this dress but there is also a fantastic step-by-step instruction guide with photos here in Design Space. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

Materials Needed for Dress
  1. Cricut Maker
  2. Cricut FabricGrip Mat 12 x 24
  3. Cricut Sewing Kit
  4. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen
  5. Cricut Rotary Blade
  6. Cricut Ruler 12 x 24
  7. Cricut Brayer
  8. 1/3-yard Fabric in black
  9. 1/3-yard Fabric in grey
  10. 2/3-yard Fabric in white eyelet
  11. 2/3-yard Fabric in white
  12. Home sewing machine
Materials Needed for Dress

Before You Cut:

Preparing your fabric is the longest part of this process but by following these steps the cutting phase will breeze by.

Pre-cut your fabric by hand using our 12x24” ruler and rotary blade. These tools are a must-have in my opinion. They make preparing your fabric super easy! When I cut my fabric I only pay attention to the width and leave the remaining length of fabric dangle off my mat, but if it’s easier for you to cut the exact amount that you need, feel free to follow the instructions we have in Design Space.

Cut two 12” wide strips of your lining fabric. I just used a simple white cotton.

Cut one 12” wide strip of grey fabric.

Cut two 12” wide strips of white eyelet fabric

Cut one 12” wide piece of black fabric.

Cutting Each Piece by Mat:

If you want to personalize this project, the place to do it is in the Mat Preview screen. Here you can move pieces to different mats or even change the color, but we do not recommend that you rotate the pieces in any way since they are arranged to follow the grain of the fabric.

Mats 1-4 are the lining pieces, mats 5-8 are the eyelet fabric pieces, mats 7-10 are the grey fabric pieces, and mats 11 and 12 are the black fabric pieces. Be sure to place fabric right side (pretty side) down on the mat so that the fabric marker marks on the wrong side of the fabric. The numbers of each piece will be oriented in the direction of which way the grain should be running.

If your mat has been used once or twice before, be sure to use your Cricut Brayer to bond the fabric to the mat. This will help your fabric stick better to the mat and allow the rotary blade to glide over the fabric and precisely cut your pieces.

Once each piece is cut, you are now ready to start sewing!

Using fabric for a dress using Cricut Maker

Creating Your Masterpiece:

For your convenience, we have a PDF link to download with each sewing step along with a photo to illustrate what each step completed looks like. You will be amazed at how professional your final dress will be when you follow these instructions!

Using fabric for a dress using Cricut Maker

Your little girl’s dress is now complete! I can’t wait to see how each of you create this little beauty. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts!

Using fabric for a dress using Cricut Maker

Make life beautiful!
Meagan Patterson

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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!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

The Making of Zippy: Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

Materials Needed:

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

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

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1: Prep. Prep. Prep

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

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

2: Cut All the Pieces

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

I recommend using the rotary blade on all your materials.

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

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

3: Line Them Up!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

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

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

4: It’s All in the Details

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

5: Tassels, Tassels and More Tassels!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial
Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

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

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

6: And Then There Was Sight

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

Hand stitch one eye by following the blue oval markings.

Repeat steps for the second eye.

7: Sew Him Closed

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

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

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

8: Turn & Flip. Stuff & Enjoy!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

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

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

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

Blanket stitch the bottom edge to seal the deal.

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

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

Make life beautiful!

Meagan Patterson

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!