Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™.

Cricut Maker is the most versatile smart cutting machine on the market and it’s tailor-made for sewing enthusiasts, whether you’re just starting out or have a lifetime of experience. With its expandable suite of tools and the ability to cut hundreds of materials and textiles, Cricut Maker is a sewer’s dream.

Meet Your Sewing Sidekick: Cricut Maker™

Sewing patterns made fun and easy.

You can access hundreds of digital patterns and templates in Design Space®, the cloud-based software that comes with your machine, or go all out and upload your own. Our pattern library includes designs and patterns from popular pattern makers, including Sew News and Simplicity®, so you’ll always be ready to create your next sewing masterpiece.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sewing crafts, simplified.

One of the most jaw-dropping features is how Cricut Maker handles patterns. It has the capability to transfer all of the pattern markings directly onto your fabric, so you’ll never miss a mark again. Design Space will even tell you which direction the grain of your fabric should go when you load your mats. And Cricut Maker cuts and marks your pattern pieces in just a few clicks, which means you’ll have plenty of time to focus on the fun part – sewing it all together!

Design

Select your design or make it from scratch.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cut

Place your material on a mat, load it in the machine, and press Go.

Cricut Maker handles the rest.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew and Admire

Sew it all together and you’re done!

Optional: Play it cool when people ask you how you did it.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Sew many tools.

Cricut offers a wide variety of tools to make sewing projects a breeze. Here are all your must-haves for Cricut Maker if you’re a sewing enthusiast.

Cricut Rotary Blade

Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut soft, flexible materials, like cotton, fleece, and denim. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Rotary Blade comes in the box with Cricut Maker. Shop Cricut Maker now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade

Bonded-Fabric Blade + Housing is a drag blade made from German carbide steel. If you need to cut bonded, basted, fusible, or stabilized fabric, this blade’s your go-to. Bonded-Fabric Blade is sold separately. Shop Bonded-Fabric Blade now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

Cricut Maker has the technology to draw on your fabric so it’s easy to mark all of your pattern pieces before they’re cut out on the machine. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen has a water-soluble ink so you can wash your pieces after they’re sewn together. Washable Fabric Pen is sold separately. Shop Washable Fabric Pen now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut FabricGrip™ Mat, 12" x 12"

FabricGrip Mat combines increased strength and density with a light adhesive to create beautifully cut fabrics. Use with Cricut® machines and Rotary Blade or Bonded-Fabric Blade. Cricut FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 12" comes with Cricut Maker.

You can also purchase a FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" for larger-scale projects that is sold separately. Shop the FabricGrip Mat, 12" x 24" now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Curated fabrics from Cricut.

Get inspired to create with Cricut materials for the sewing obsessed.

Cricut Fusible Fabric

Fusible Fabric is simple, versatile, and great for creating sewing and quilting accents – no interfacing or stabilizing needed. Use it to create phenomenal appliques to customize quilts, totes, pillows, and more. Shop Fusible Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Cricut Designer Fabric

Designer Fabric is classic, easy-care cotton. Each sampler includes complementary patterns and colors curated by designers, including Riley Blake Designs. Mix and match to create accessories, toys, quilts, framed fabric accents, and more. Shop Designer Fabric now.

Sewing Cricut Maker

Accessorize your sewing experience.

It’s not just fabric. Cricut Maker, our most versatile smart cutting machine, opens up a world of creative possibilities. Whether you’re vinyl obsessed, in love with leather, or can’t get enough of crafting with specialty materials like chipboard, basswood, balsa wood, craft board, mat board, and more, Cricut Maker gives you that creative edge. Find out more about Cricut Maker possibilities here.

Cricut also makes thoughtfully designed hand tools to complement your cutting machine. From a hand-held Rotary Cutter to Self-Healing Mats and Acrylic Rulers in a gorgeous array of colors, these tools give you the best possible craft experience and add pops of color to your craft room.

Quilting Cricut Maker

Ready. Set. Make sewing magic.

Never run out of sewing inspiration. Design Space is packed with ready-to-make sewing projects, patterns, and templates. To access these projects, sign up for a Design Space account. Signing up is quick, easy, and free. Sign up now.

Sewing projects galore.

Getting started.

Please view this video introducing you to Cricut Maker. For more amazing videos and tutorials, visit Official Cricut Youtube channel.

Cricut Gift Guide for Quilters

Cricut Gift Guide: 14 Perfect Gifts for Quilters

October 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Don’t worry, we know… quilters can be hard to buy for! They are some of the most particular makers and for good reason - quilts require a level of dedication that isn’t for the faint of heart. Before you start thinking there’s no way you can find the right gift, we’ve got you covered. We are here to let you and the quilter in your life know that not only do we have the perfect quilting gifts, but they will actually make quilt projects so much easier (and perfect)!

Check out our 14 perfect gifts for quilters (including 5 stocking stuffers!):

The Quilters Best Friend

 

1. Cricut Maker™ + Essentials Bundle

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

First and foremost, every quilter needs a Maker in her life. Cutting out squares, rectangles, and applique pieces is hard work. It’s arguably the longest part of the process and the one that leaves the most room for error. This ultimate DIY cutting machine does the legwork of cutting out intricate pieces of fabric precisely to the measurements needed for every quilt. Talk about a game changer! No more measuring twice, cutting once.

Now you can not only make any of the beautiful Riley Blake quilt patterns found in Design Space but even design your own quilt and upload patterns as well. Need a hundred 1.5” squares cut for that Christmas quilt for your mom? How about fifty flower petals for that applique quilt for the spare bedroom? The Cricut Maker™ does all of that and more to perfection every time.

Plus, this bundle comes with everything you need to succeed:

  • Bonded-Fabric Blade™ + Housing
  • Deep-Point Blade™ + Housing
  • Variety 3-pack Mats, 12” x 24”
  • FabricGrip™ Mat 12"x24," 2-pack
  • Sewing Kit
  • Washable Fabric Pen™

Visit shop.cricut.com to find out more on the Cricut Maker + Essentials Bundle. It comes in a number of colors as well as individual machine offerings, so you can find the right configuration for you.

The Basic Tool Kit

 

2. Cricut Rotary Cutting Kit

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Speaking of cutting, here is the perfect gift to make it that much easier. The Rotary Cutting Kit comes with all the essentials every quilter needs: a 45mm Rotary Cutter, a longer lasting 18” x 24” double-sided self-healing mat, and an oversized 12” x 24” clear acrylic ruler. Whether you’re cutting down fabric for your Maker or simply trimming up a quilt block, these tools give perfect cuts every time.

The Thing She Didn’t Even Know She Needed (But Will LOVE!)

 

3. Cricut EasyPress™ Mat, 20” x 16”

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

This may not sound like the most glamourous gift on the list, but it might just be the one she’ll appreciate the most. The Cricut EasyPress Mat is a truly revolutionary product. With patented design layers inside, this mat magically keeps your work surface/table underneath cool and your fabric on top as hot as you need it.

Quilters are notorious for bringing their workstation with them - the kitchen counter, weekly quilt class, or a sewing social hour. This mat makes it easy and convenient to transport to all those events and have perfectly pressed seams while doing it.

The Best Pressed Secret

 

4. Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry 6” x 7”

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Speaking of pressing those pesky seams, the next gift on our list is our new EasyPress 2 6”x 7”. This handheld beauty is just the right size for pressing small blocks and seams, as well as a finished king size quilt. Of course, it pairs perfectly with the EasyPress Mat, so this is a great gift to bundle together!

The New Kid To The Block

 

5. Cricut Decorative Self-Healing Mat, 18” x 24”

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Most cutting mats used by quilters are pretty standard - they get the job done but they don’t look good doing it. That is no longer the case with our beautiful Decorative Self-Healing Mats! With three beautiful colors to choose from (lilac, mint, and rose) and a more traditionally designed blue, there’s a color to match any quilters dream sewing room.

These mats, however, aren’t just beautiful, they’re also functional. With twice the self-healing technology as ordinary mats, our Cricut Self Healing Mats will last longer and perform better for any fabric cutting projects.

The Collectibles

 

6. Cricut Acrylic Rulers

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Available in four beautiful colors to match our self-healing mats, these acrylic rulers are a must-have in any quilter’s toolkit. In fact, most quilters love collecting acrylic rulers, especially ones as beautiful as these! Coming in two quilter-friendly sizes (3” x 18” and 6” x 26”), these rulers are a great way to add to an existing ruler collection or start one of your own!

The Bread and Butter

 

7. Cricut Rotary Cutter, 45mm or 60mm

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Every quilter knows the only way to cut fabric is with a rotary cutter. These cutters have a comfortable handle for precise control and a quick-release button that keeps the blade safely tucked in when not in use. Whether you’re right or left-handed, these cutters will feel comfortable and easy to use whenever they’re in hand.

The Creative Type

 

8. Quilt Kit, Riley Blake Designs™

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

If there’s one thing every quilter loves, it’s a ready-to-make quilt kit! Our beautiful Riley Blake Designs quilt kits come in a variety of colors and have all the fabric your favorite quilter needs to get started. With this kit, she can make a variety of quilts, including patterns she finds in Design Space!

One of our favorites is the Farmhouse Floral kit, perfect for making in the early spring months after Christmas, but there are so many beautiful, high-quality quilt kits to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!

The Practical Magic

 

9. Cricut FabricGrip™ Machine Mat, 12” x 24”

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

Because the Maker can cut so many different types of materials, it’s important to get the quilter in your life the right mat for her projects - the FabricGrip Mat! Available in 12” x 12” and 12” x 24”, both sizes are great for any fabric project, but the 12” x 24” is especially perfect for those larger quilt pieces that need to be cut (eg., long strips needed for quilt borders!). This mat has a light adhesive that keeps the fabric in place for both the Rotary Blade and Bonded-Fabric Blade to perfectly cut.

The Best Way To Surprise Your Favorite Quilter: Stocking Stuffers!

 

For gifts #11 - #15, here is a round-up of our favorite stocking stuffers for quilters! All of these tools are essential to the quilter’s sewing kit and fit perfectly in any stocking.

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters

10. Cricut Sewing Kit

If you didn’t pull the trigger on an Essential Bundle, how about putting the Sewing Kit in your favorite quilters stocking?! It fits perfectly and has all the basics.

11. Cricut Rotary Kit

This is perfect for the quilter who already has the Maker (or has one sitting under the tree) - a replacement blade kit so she can start cutting as many quilt blocks as she wants, worry-free.

12. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

This Washable Fabric Pen does it all - marks patterns, seam allowances, and can even number the pieces for those quilts that require hundreds of them. Did we mention you can do all this and cut your pieces at the same time? Say hello to our little friend.

13. Cricut Scissors Combo

While the majority of cutting is done with a rotary cutter, no quilter’s toolkit is complete without the sharpest pair of scissors. Cutting threads and snipping corners just got a little easier with these comfortable scissors, available in two sizes depending on the size of the snip.

14. Cricut Applicator and Remover Kit

Using the Maker to cut quilt pieces is one thing, but how does the fabric stick to the mat? How do you pick it up without fraying? This kit is exactly what you need. Perfectly adhere fabric and pick the pieces up with this Applicator and Remover Kit for cutting perfection every time.

What gift will you be getting for your quilter? Leave a comment below!

Holiday Gift Guide for Quilters
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!

DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. With Father’s Day around the corner, these darling matching bow ties are easy to make with Simplicity’s patterns and your Cricut Maker. I chose the Men’s Bow Tie and the Boy Bow Tie, but there is also a Toddler Bow Tie if you need a smaller size. The projects cost $3.99 each, but once you purchase them you can cut them out as many times as you would like.

Each bow tie project has full assembly instructions available in a PDF that you can read over. I will also go over the steps of assembly, but I recommend reading the PDF instructions as well. Both bow ties are constructed the same way; the boy’s tie is just smaller.

I chose the Cricut Fabric Rockstar sample pack and I was able to squeeze both ties on the blue fabric, but it did make the band a little shorter for the boy tie. If you want to be safe and are worried about possible mistakes I recommend two of the sampler packs.

Related: Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card

Supplies:

Supplies for Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

1: Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

Click on Make It and select “Fusible Interfacing” as your material for the first mat and “Cotton” as your material for the second mat.

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

I chose to turn off the fabric marking because this was a fairly simple pattern and I didn’t want to wash it off later. If you choose to leave the fabric marking on, insert your fabric pen into Slot A. Cut out both mats.

2: Apply Interfacing to Bows

Apply Interfacing to Bows for Bowties

Use your Cricut EasyPress to apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric bow (marked number 1 in the pattern). Do this with both bow pieces.

3: Sew Bows

Sew the Bows

Fold the bow in half, matching it at the notches with the interfacing facing out. Sew the notched edge with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening at the center to turn it out.

Sew the Bows

Next, bring the seam you just sewed to the center and stitch the upper and lower edges with a 1 cm seam. Turn the bow right side out and press with your EasyPress. Repeat with the other bow piece. If desired you can slip stitch the back of the bow where you turned it out. I chose not to because it was going to be covered by the bow center.

Sew the Bows

4: Sew Bow Center

Sew Bow Center for Bowties

Fold the bow center (marked number 2 in the pattern) in half lengthwise matching up the notches with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam and then turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle.

Sew the Bow Center

5: Sew the Bow Together

Sew the Bow Together

Place your two bow pieces on top of each other, pinch them in the center and place the bow center over the top of the bows with the ends reaching to the back of the bow. Slip stitch the back together.

6: Sew the Band

Sew the Band for the Matching Bowties

Fold the band in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam leaving the ends open. I used a chopstick to turn the band out. It took me a few times (and a couple of breaks because I was getting frustrated) but I found using the chopstick to be the easiest method for me.

6: Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit

Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit for the Matching Bowties

Insert your band on the underside of the bow tie center and center it. Follow the directions on your bow tie fastening kit to attach it to your bow tie. (There are also great instructions in the Simplicity PDF.)

Repeat all the above steps with your other bow tie. Now the men in your life can rock those matching bow ties! Happy Father’s Day!

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