Category Archives: Clothing DIY

Baby Malakai - Clothing DIY - Halloween

Make a Disney Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker

September 29, 2017

My son is obsessed with Moana and Maui especially. Today I’m going to use my Cricut Maker to make a Disney Maui Halloween Costume. This should take a few hours to make but it’ll be well worth it in the end. This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress

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Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressFor starters I began by uploading this image of Maui’s tattoos into Design Space. I really tried to make an svg in Illustrator but it would not trace well. I found the best way to do this was to upload the image directly to Design Space, using this method, and slicing the image. Cricut just started doing templates in Design Space again and I used it to size the separated images. Sometimes I would get a clean sliced image, when that happened I just added another Maui image and sliced off what I didn’t need. This was a labor of love. I wish I could just share the image after I took all that time to fix it but that is just not an option right now.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressThe first part I worked on was the neck. I then placed a square or circle on separate parts of the image and would slice it. It took a lot of small adjustments but I eventually got there. The trick to slicing is to make sure that only two images are selected. If an image is grouped together, it won’t work. You’ll need to ungroup and detach any images so that only two images are selected, then select slice. You can delete any extras so that the images are all separated and you can size them on your templates.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressCreate this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressAfter I cut and weeded all of the black iron-on vinyl, I used my EasyPress to attach it to the onesie. Malakai has the perfect beige tone of skin so these ones I found on Amazon were perfect. They’re the perfect tone for this Maui Halloween Costume.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressI sized the leg tattoos to be about 4.5″ wide and placed the weeded image where I wanted it on the pants. I used the EasyPress at 305• and pressed it for 30 seconds. I then turned the pants over again so that it’d get heated from the opposite side. When using the EasyPress, you’re going to want to make sure that no vinyl comes in direct contact with the heated element. So when you have to overlap to get a good seal on an image, you’re going to want to make sure that the carrier sheet is covering all vinyl.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressStart with your shirt now. I began with the neck pieces so that it would line up with everything else. I then did the sleeves, back and then the chest last.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressNext, you’re going to want to cut the leaves with your Cricut Maker. You can use a Cricut Explore for this as well but your felt will need to be stiff, you’re also going to want to use a deep cut blade and a Strong Grip Mat. The new Cricut Felt is stiff and it’ll cut well on both machines. When using the Maker, use a pink mat and the rotary blade. The pink mat works best with the rotary blade, it’s formulated to Lee your rotary blade sharp. You can use other mats (which I have) but try to always use the pink mat with that blade.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressI grabbed this package of green felt from Benzie Designs and I love that it comes in different shades. I did use some embroidery floss to add some details to some of the leaves. The felt is soft so you’ll want to thread the leaves in and attach them to each other using some fabric glue. Aileens Fabric Fusion works great for this. The colors in her cactus pack are perfect for this Maui Halloween Costume.Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressSome of the leaves I cut are not available in Design Space. I used a few from Lia Griffith and some from Amy Robison. Just click on their names and you can buy the shapes there. Lia has a membership site and I highly recommend it. She has some many svg’s that you can download on to Design Space and cut whichever ones you’d like. She also just has great printables that are all included in her membership fees too.

Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressSo in all honesty, this was a labor of love. It does take a lot of time and attention but I really love the outcome of this Maui Halloween Costume. He looks so cute and big. He’s only 20 lbs. and turns 2 on September 30. He’ll do anything to be big. He’s been around older kids so much that I don’t think he really knows how to act like a baby, except when he’s crying and rolling all over the floor. He’s such a fun kid to have around and I can’t wait until he figures out he can go door to door and get free candy.

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His latest thing is to grab his tongue. He has never done it before but he chose this day that he was supposed to be my model and went to town.

And if you want to book yourself your very own Disney vacation, book with Get Away Today. They always have the best deals for your Disney needs. Create this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressCreate this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressCreate this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPressCreate this Maui Halloween Costume using your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Clothing DIY - Kids

DIY LEGO Batman Shirt with your Cricut Explore and Glow in the Dark Iron-On

September 26, 2017

Create this DIY LEGO Batman shirt using your Cricut and glow in the dark iron-on vinyl. It’s perfect for the little vigilante in your life. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to LEGO for sending our kids these awesome books.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.This post does contain affiliate links.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.I don’t know about you but LEGO Batman has become an essential in this house, or should I say the car? It’s pretty much the only DVD my kids want to watch in the car and because of that, I’ve become really good at quoting the movie. We took Siaki and his friends to see it when it was in theaters and I’ve never seen kids laugh louder in my life. These shirts have become their go-to wardrobe because the glow in the dark vinyl lights up for a good 5-6 hours after they’ve been playing outside all day.

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Go ahead and upload the LEGO Batman shirt cut file into your computer using this method. It has both images on the file so you can upload both or just one. You do that by selecting whatever part of the image you don’t want. So for the words in Batman’s logo, you’re going to select it so that the Cricut will know to cut it out. This Batman cut file can be uploaded on your Silhouette but it’s been so long since I’ve done that. There are plenty of instructions on how to do that online.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.After you’ve uploaded your file, size it to fit the shirt. For a child large and medium, I made the file about 8.5″ wide. Set your file to cut and be sure to mirror the image for iron-on. Once your image has been cut, remove the excess iron-on material. Only leave what you want your image to be on the carrier sheet.

To secure your image with an iron, follow this method. If you’re using a heat press, your temperature needs to be set for 305° and pressed for 20 seconds. Cricut has a new EasyPress and I’m excited to get my own. For now, I just used the iron.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.There you go. You’ve now become the coolest mom on the block cause your child has their own LEGO Batman shirt and they can put together all their LEGO Batman sets while looking good.

Birthday Parties - Clothing DIY

DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Dress using your Cricut

September 15, 2017

This DIY American Girl Doll birthday dress is perfect for any 18″ doll celebrating her big day. DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut Maker

This post does contain affiliate links.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut Maker

I teamed up with Rudy from the blog and YouTube channel, American Girl Ideas, to bring you some awesome party ideas for American Girl dolls using our Cricut Maker. She makes the most amazing things for your American Girl doll. When I met her at the Cricut Make-a-Thon in August, she had a mini Cricut for these dolls and I was blown away.

But, if you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.

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DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerDIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerPour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerNext, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerFor the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerA lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!

Clothing DIY

Make your own Leather Bow using your Cricut Explore

June 22, 2017

Making your own leather accessories is so easy using your Cricut Explore. For this post, I’ll show you how to make your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore. This post does contain affliate links and is sponsored by Cricut.Make your own leather bow with your Cricut Explore

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Line your faux suede or leather with your transfer tape. This will give something for the fabric to hold onto instead of leaving fuzz all over your mat and basically ruining it. This was a huge help and I’ll never go back to sticking the fabric right on the strong grip mat again.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1When you choose the faux leather setting on your Smart Dial, it’ll cut through the product twice. When your images are too close together, sometimes it will catch and pull the product. To avoid this, move your images further apart when you’re previewing your mat. This will save product in the long run and save a lot of headaches. Don’t be afraid to use some scissors if you’ve got one knick in the leather.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-5Begin with all your pieces layed out. You’ll want to fold the longest piece so that the ends meet in the middle. Secure that with the E6000 glue and a binding clip. If you’ve made more than one bow, now is the time to assemble all the longer pieces.

Next you’ll take the back and place some E6000 glue in the middle and take your bow piece and adhere it to that, secure with a binding clip. Allow it to dry just a few minutes in between each step.

Next, place some E6000 on the barrette and lay the back piece to it. Take your small middle piece and apply glue to that. Fold it over the bow in the middle and around the back of the barrette. Secure that with a binding clip. I’d allow these to dry for a few hours before you stick them in their hair just so they don’t get any glue on them.

Ta-da! You’re done. It’s so simple and it looks like you spent a fortune at a boutique for these simple bows.Create your own leather bow using your Cricut Explore-1-4

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Clothing DIY - Party Time

DIY Pineapple Birthday Shirt

June 19, 2017

Create this DIY Pineapple shirt, perfect for the Polynesian Princess in your life!customizeable pineapple shirtI have been able to post with Expressions Vinyl on their blog for the past few months and I’m excited to share this post on my blog now. Leila had her Moana birthday party a few weeks ago so for the party we had to make her a DIY Pineapple Shirt using our Cricut Explore.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-2Supplies:

Use the cut file that I’ve already created for you and cut each layer with the desired color. When I apply my iron-on, I like to use this technique. It ensures I get a good stick and I’m able to layer effectively. Just remember that you cannot layer over glitter. I’ve tried layering flocked iron-on and it wasn’t the best result but it did work.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-5You’ll want to do what is called a kiss-cut on your HTV. It will not cut through the plastic, just the actual vinyl. You will then peel away the part of the image that you do not want. Use a weeding tool, it makes life a whole lot easier but you can definitely use a safety pin. Again, be sure to mirror your image and keep whatever design you want to go on your shirt stays on the plastic.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-4Place the bottom image on the shirt and press. Peel off the clear plastic and then layer the next image. Work from larger to smaller. Be sure that your iron doesn’t directly touch the iron-on. That will cause wrinkling and it’ll feel like all your hard work was wasted.
Create your own Pineapple Shirt-1-3Turn your shirt inside out once all your images have been pressed. Give it a good secure iron on the opposite of the image to be sure it’ll stick. Wash your shirt inside out and on gentle and the image will last a long time.
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Clothing DIY - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Shirt using Foil Iron-On and your Cricut Explore

May 29, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnI love using foil iron-on and Cricut by far makes some of my favorite iron-on vinyl. We’re fortunate enough that my kids get to celebrate two cultures. Fireworks play a huge role in their American heritage and their Tongan heritage. For this post, since we’re here in Utah, I’ll be making a DIY Patriotic Shirt and sharing with you the Cricut Explore cut file.

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The foil iron-on is just as easy to use as the standard iron-on but it is a little thicker so you have to use your custom settings on your Smart Set Dial. It will be available in the drop-down menu where you select your custom material and use the Neon Iron-On setting. Be sure you remember to mirror your image or you’ll hate yourself for wearing a backwards shirt ;).

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnYou’ll want to follow this method for using Iron-On, warm up your shirt first with the iron and then place the Iron-On where you desire. This starts the bond almost immediately and you won’t get lifts that are almost always problematic if you’re not used to this material. Make sure your iron is set on medium heat with no steam.

The shirt is going to be the background color so that is why I chose a white shirt. I laid my red iron-on first and let it hand under the heat for about 10 seconds using a lot of pressure. Peel up the plastic and then do your blue iron-on, making sure I didn’t touch the hot iron to the red foil. You will now match up the silver to form the USA. I have already sliced your image so it’s set to go and you don’t have to worry about any of the designing.

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnOnce all your foil is on the front of the shirt, turn it inside-out and press really well on the back to ensure a tight seal of the foil. When you care for your shirts, wash them inside out on gentle.

Now enjoy the DIY Patriotic Shirt and party the night away. Happy Independence Day!!Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-On

Clothing DIY - Crafting DIY

Make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore

April 20, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cricut Make it now floral crownHave you ever wondered how the Make It Now projects work in Cricut Design Space? It is probably my most favorite feature that Cricut launched when they first launched their Cricut Explore. I’m going to be showing you how to make a floral crown with your Cricut Explore. I’ll be using just simple cardstock and some glue and all my measurements are done for me with the Make It Now feature.Make a paper floral crown with CricutHow I chose this specific project was select the Fashion category from the drop-down menu on the upper right corner of Cricut Design Space. I selected the project I wanted and then all I pressed was Make It Now! Everything is measured out for me and they tell me what colors and how many pieces of each material I need in the information page.

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How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-8Cut all your needed flowers and leaves and use this Giant Paper Flowers booklet to help you learn to put the flowers together correctly. Once you have them all together and then begin to assemble your floral crown.How to Use Cricut's Make it Now-4I started by braiding the floral stem together with 2 kinds of ribbon. I used 3/8″ wide ribbon that I picked up from my local Michaels along with the floral wire stem. I took it against my daughters head so that I’d have the right circumference. Her head was just the right shape so I didn’t need to cut any additional wire. I did leave longer tails of the ribbon so that I could tie it in a bow at the back and it’d have some texture.How to Use Cricut's Make it NowOnce the wires were braided together and the flowers were assembled, I glued it right to the wires. I just placed them as I wanted them and that was it. Cricuts Make It Now feature is so easy to use and all the supplies are listed for you so you know what you’ll need ahead of time.

Clothing DIY - Sewing

Make a ‘Finding Dory” shirt and learn how to apply iron-on vinyl

June 11, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. If you love it and buy it, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time because it speaks to just about any situation we’ve ever been in or known someone to be in. Cricut has amazing Disney images and a few Dory images. I’ve included the link to the cut file below but you will need to purchase the Disney images if you do not have any of the cartridges linked to your Cricut. There is a bubbles image and a font that is included in their subscription (which is totally worth it, btw). I’m really excited to see Finding Dory because it’ll just add to the nostalgia that the original movie had for me. Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!So for this post I’m going to show you how to effectively layer iron-on vinyl and how to really get that image to stick to your fabric.

  • First – turn your iron on to about medium-high and the steam off. You want it hot enough but you don’t want it too hot or else it’ll melt the plastic.
  • Second – Get your t-shirt warmed up before you place your first piece of iron-on vinyl down. This will help warm the glue and ensure a good stick.
  • Third – Place your first color down. It is important to note that you cannot place any additional vinyl over glitter iron-on vinyl, it will not stick. For me this was the black. Place heavy pressure on your iron and hold the iron in place for around 10 seconds. Between each step, turn the shirt over and iron again using pressure. Don’t try to remove the plastic and iron on top, it will melt. After you’ve ironed it, remove the plastic coating. This will come off fairly easily and it’ll let you know which parts weren’t ironed.
  • Fourth – Add your second image which is the navy blue for Dory. Be sure to follow the guided cut lines that the image gives you. It’ll help line it up perfectly. (I had to use two pieces because I was running low so your image will not have a space between it.). Iron the front and then turn your shirt over and iron again using pressure. Remove the plastic. **Save the smaller eyelids for later
  • Fifth – Add your light blue image. Repeat ironing the front and back using pressure and remove the plastic.
  • Sixth – Add your white eyes, bubbles and then add the smaller navy blue eyelids. Repeat the ironing process.
  • Seventh – Add the yellow using the guidelines and repeat the same ironing technique.

Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!The most important part of layering your Iron-on Vinyl and getting it to stick is making sure your shirt is warmed up, you’re using pressure and you’re heating the glue from the front and back. I had a really hard time getting my vinyl to stick once I washed my shirts but this method has helped a lot.

I’m totally wearing this to the Finding Dory premiere and I can’t wait for you all to see the other Finding Dory blog posts sharing everything from crafts to where you can spot her at Walt Disney World. Check that out here.

For the file, click here for the Design Space cut file. I hope you enjoy!Want to make your own Finding Dory t-shirt. I'll show you how to layer iron-on vinyl that was cut with my Cricut. Get the cut file here too!