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DIY Milestone Baby Blanket using your Cricut

January 10, 2018

Milestone baby blankets are everywhere. Learn how to use your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to create your very own. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support. 

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This DIY milestone baby blanket was so easy to create using my Cricut Maker and using my Cricut EasyPress to secure the iron-on. Begin by cutting your iron-on using my Design Space file. You’ll need to open it on a desktop then you can save it as your own file and cut from your tablet or phone.

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I cut out each number and I’ve also included the words month and months if you want to add that at the bottom. When using Cricut Iron-On, it’s important to remember to mirror the image. You’ll place it shiny side down on the mat and cut using the iron-on setting. Do not use the HTV setting with your Maker. For some reason it is cutting completely through. You just want it to cut the vinyl and keep the carrier sheet intact.You’ll remove all the negative space and then cut each month number so that you can space them on your blanket. When using the zcricut EasyPress, you need a hard surface and then a folded towel on that hard surface. You need something that is going to give a little so that all the edges will be securely adhered. You know you’ve gotten a great adhesion when you can see the materials texture.For Iron-On Lite, you’ll need a temperature of 305F and then press for 25-30 seconds. Give your items a good warm up beforehand and after you’re done pressing, turn your material over and press again for a few more seconds. Now you’re done. So super easy but it takes a little bit of time to get your numbers evenly spaced and to finish the edges of your material. You’ll never need to spen $40+ on a Milstone baby blanket again.These DIY baby milestone blankets are the best baby shower gifts you can give. They’re even better knowing you put your hard work into something so special.

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Make a Half Hexi Baby Blanket using a Cricut Maker

December 30, 2017

Have you ever wanted to make a baby blanket using a Cricut Maker? I’m here to show you how easy it is to create the Half Hexi Quilt and you have free access to make it when you buy your very own Cricut Maker.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerThis post contains affiliate links. This post is also sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own.

The Half Hexi Quilt pattern available in Design Space is seriously so easy. My least favorite thing to do when quilting is cutting fabric. Using the rotary blade on the Cricut Maker has changed everything I do. You will still need your cutting mat and hand-held rotary blade so don’t toss those out the window. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut Maker

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The fabric I used is a mix of a few designers but it is mainly Cotton+Steel. Here are the links below to some of the fabrics I’ve used:

First things first, read all the instructions from the spec sheet before you cut your fabric.

Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerSo I began by cutting my fabric into 12″ strips. I have learned since just to have the ladies at the cut counter do it for me, makes it a little easier. Load your fabric onto the pink cutting mat and begin cutting each piece. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerBecause my colors are different that the ones the project has labeled, just figure out which one you want and mark it on the spec sheet. This reference will make it easier to follow along. Be sure to watch the direction of your pattern on the quilt so that each pattern will be identical.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerOnce all your pieces are cut, it’s time to start assembling them. Lay out your cut pieces on the floor and arrange them how you want them to look. Basically each pattern will cascade diagonally down the quilt.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerOnce you have them laid out, gather them into rows. I sewed my pieces in a vertical pattern and then I was able to attach them all to each other. Start with each vertical pattern one by one. The thing I love about the Cricut Maker cutting the blanket for me was that each seam matched. The never happens when I’m cutting by hand.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerAfter I had the front of my baby blanket done, I payed down the backing of the blanket wrong side up. Then you’ll lay the batting down and lay the top on that. I used safety pins to hold it together and then quilted it on my Baby Lock Elizabeth machine. Just follow the seams and do a 1/4″ line along them. Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerNow it’s time for the binding. Cut yourself some strips that are 2.5″ wide. Sew them all together to make one long strip. Sew the strip right sides together using 1/4″ seam along the edges of your baby blanket. Get out your iron and press the strip so that it is now hanging over the other edge. Press the other end into the middle of your strip and secure it with binding clips.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerThe bottom triangles are the hardest. Just finagle the fabric so that it’ll turn into a pointy edge. Or you can choose to cut the additional pieces and have the whole entire baby blanket have flat edges. Once your other end is secured with binding clips, you’ll hand sew the binding using this method.Make a Half Hexi Baby quilt using your Cricut MakerYou’re finished. This baby blanket took me a few hours and the assembly was really easy. Again, the hardest part I found was the points on the triangles at the bottom of the quilt. Tell me, will you make this baby blanket using your Cricut?

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

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Make a Mermaid Pillow with your Cricut Maker

October 30, 2017

This mermaid pillow was so fun to make with my daughter. She loved picking out the fabrics.
See how easy it is to make with your Cricut Maker.Create this easy Mermaid doll from Simplicity using your Cricut MakerThis post contains affiliate links.

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Make a mermaid doll with your Cricut makerThis mermaid doll was so easy to make and it was all thanks to my Cricut Maker. I used the rotary blade with the fabrics and the felt and it cuts so smooth. The darts are all included and you can choose if you want the pen to do the markings.

I chose to do the markings on the face so that I could do the embroidery on it. I just used a simple backstitch to complete the eyes and lips. Mermaid doll diyThe flower was easy to assemble as well. I used the purple felt that comes in the felt sampler pack from Cricut. I like the Cricut felt because it is stiff. You can get a good clean cut from it and it doesn’t slide on your mat. I’ve cut different brands of felt on my Maker and I do like the Cricut felt best. Some wool felt I had would move as I was cutting or when I peeled off the mat, the entire piece of felt fell apart. It’s all trial and error when you’re cutting materials on any machine though.DIY Mermaid doll with CricutTo assemble the mermaid doll, follow these instructions. assemble the front of the doll and then the back of the doll. Sew them together right sides facing each other and then leave about 3-4″ on the tail. make a mermaid doll with your CricutStuff your mermaid pillow doll with some pillow stuffing or I just used few snow that I bought on clearance years ago, works just as good for stuffies. Now whip stitch the opening closed. Now you can attach your flower to your doll and you’re done.

This mermaid pillow doll was a lot of fun to put together. It’s the first time that I let my daughter pick out coordinating fabrics and that was a hard thing to give up. She loves her personalized mermaid doll and loves that I loved to make it for her. One day I’ll let her use my sewing machine…one day.make a mermaid doll with your Cricut

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Make your own Yoga Mat carrier and how to deal with Fibromyalgia

March 9, 2017

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias

Fibromyalgia is a rough disease to deal with. Find out how I help combat my symptoms and learn how to make this DIY Yoga Mat Carrier.DIY Yoga Mat Carrier for effective ExerciseThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.The best exercise for fibromyalgia

I’ve had Fibromyalgia for six years now. It first occurred when I was pregnant with my daughter and we flew home from a visit to Tonga in 2009. I just kept having this terrible back pain that would not go away no matter what I did. When I was first diagnosed I had no idea how to react or how to even deal with this disease. There have been things over the years that have helped ease the symptoms but nothing has been more effective than exercising.exercise and fibromyalgiaPain relief is not an easy thing to come by with Fibromyalgia but with the right kind of medications and the right kind of exercise, life can be made a little easier. The hardest part for me to deal with is that I look 100% on the outside but on the inside it feels like my body is on fire. The smallest thing can set my body into a full flare and the weather is usually what does it. Living in Utah has had many ups but the ever-changing weather pattern is not one of them.

One of the best things I’ve found that helps me with my Fibromyalgia is yoga. It’s a light exercise and doesn’t use all my energy for the day. For me, when I exercise, I cannot do a vigorous workout. I have to slowly move and slowly add time to my workouts. I can’t just go all in at full speed for an hour. For me it’s been about a gradual pace and being able to feel successful rather than throw all my eggs into one basket and feel crummy later. DIY Yoga MatWith yoga, you need a mat – and with a mat, you need a carrier. I’m going to show you how to make your own yoga mat carrier.

Supplies:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics at 1/4 yd each
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins or sewing clips

Yoga Mat Carrier DIYI already had this fabric on hand and they were already cut to 2.5″ width so I just sewed them together to make longer strips and then sewed them again down the middle to create a 5″ wide strip. I just used the length of the fabric as a starter and then later cut it down to what length I wanted my yoga mat carrier to be. The length of your yoga mat carrier is completely up to you. The loops will be around 8″ round so just take that into consideration.How to press seams when sewingI like to press my seams to one side when ironing my fabric. I don’t like to have them open because I think it leaves a noticeable gap so I try to keep all my seams facing one direction.DIY Yoga Mat CarrierNext you’ll pin or clip the ends of the fabric to they meet in the middle, give it a good press and sandwich them together again to create one long strip. Pin or clip on one side so that you can start sewing on the opposite side to hold together your yoga mat carrier.How to use sewing clipsSew along both edges to secure them in place.How to make your own yoga mat carrierNext is the tricky part. I’m going to do my best to explain but it can be a little complicated. Go ahead and lay out your strip of fabric in one long piece. Take one end and begin pulling it up and then go down placing the end piece below the longer strip. It’ll and up looking like a sideways 4. Take the end of the piece and fold over a hem and clip your fabric above the strip. This ends up forming a loop that the yoga mat can slide in and out of.how to sew cottonhow to make your own yoga matSew a reinforced square over the area that you clipped and repeat these steps for the next side. Once both sides are sewn, your ready to place your yoga mat in there and head off to the gym.yoga mat carrierI’ve talked a lot about finding the balance in Fibromyalgia with exercise and medicine. An effective medicine that I have found is Curamin® Stop Pain Now and is available at fine health food stores nationwide. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you or purchase it here. It is safe, effective and non-addictive which is important in finding a medication that’ll help you combat chronic pain. Chronic pain isn’t something that is solved overnight and it’s not something most people can understand unless they’ve been experiencing the same thing. Curamin® doesn’t just mask pain, it gets to the source and stops it.For me, finding balance was the hardest part of Fibromyalgia. There are so many great resources to help you find what helps others but it’s also important to find out what works for you. I’m able to exercise continually because I have learned when my body has had enough and I’ve had a lot of trial and error with multiple medications. Natural is always best in my book but you know your body best and you know what it needs. Find a great doctor that will listen to your concerns and if you feel like you’re not being heard – chances are, you’re not.

I’d love to help you more in your chronic pain. What are some questions you have for me?

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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!

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How to Tie-Dye using Ice

June 3, 2016

tie-Dye with ice how toWant to know something about how to tie-dye using ice? This method is way easier than the traditional tie-dyeing method we all know. You just need a few items and no prewash which is kind of fantastic.How to tie dye with ice

What you’ll need:

  • T-Shirts
  • Tie-Dye
  • Ice
  • A surface you can get dirty

Easy how to tie-dye DIYSo I grabbed some t-shirts at Michaels and I usually pick up extras when they’re on sale. I also grabbed some tie-dye that comes already in the bottles that all you have to do is add water, except for this we will use the ice rather than water. Easy DIY tie dyeSpread your shirt out on a surface that you don’t care what it’ll look like after this is done. I chose my grass cause it can just be cut afterwards. Squeeze your powder on to the shirt dry to where ever you want that color. Easy tie-dye for kidsTie-dye with ice instructionsNext you’ll spread the ice on the shirt and allow it to melt then the shirt will dry. Go ahead and wash it and you’re ready to go. The colors will fade quite a bit but that’s just the nature of tie-dye.How to tie dye

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Fancy Shoe Clips with Crafternoon Blog Hop

August 6, 2015

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsI’m so excited to be apart of the new projects that Hazel and Ruby are doing. It’s called Crafternoon and it’s available NOW at your locals Jo-Ann stores or online. There are so many great bloggers who have come together to create their own individual projects for you to make at home. Everything is included except basic tools like scissors and glue guns, but you have the ability to make whatever your favorite blogger has made in an afternoon or two!

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsMy project is Fancy Shoe Clips and they were a lot of fun to create. I worked with Hazel and Ruby to make their vision come to life and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsAll you’ll need is a glue gun, scissors and your Fancy Shoe Clips Crafternoon kit. I also wanted to make the ribbons neutral so that you could take some Rit Dye or even some water based dye to them and so it’ll add a pop of color permanently or temporary.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsThe process is really easy and you can find all that you need to know here. It includes a short video of how I put mine together and shaped my Fancy Shoe Clips. If you’re interested in the shoes, I grabbed them from Cents of Style here.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsThis is an easy project and it adds just a bit of fun to any outfit. I hope you love!!

Fancy Shoe Clips Step 10

Head on over to The Crafting Chicks to see the adorable scarf that Becky put together!

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Baymax Felt Mask DIY

February 27, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBiasCreate these Big Hero 6 craft felt masks. Perfect for any child or adult alike.The Baymax Felt Masks were really easy to make with this template that I cooked up. Big Hero 6 is such a huge movie and so to make some Big Hero 6 craft idea was a no brainer. My kids love the movie, Big Hero 6, and when it came to stores on Tuesday, February 24th, Target was the clear answer to buy it from. We headed over there as a group and as soon as they saw the Big Hero 6 kiosk, they ran straight to it, screaming their heads off. Create these Big Hero 6 craft felt masks. Perfect for any child or adult alike.So all you’ll need is to print off the Baymax Mask Template, cut it out, trace it out on the felt, then cut that out and tie your elastic on each end. You could also sew the elastic on the ends as well, just use a zig zag stitch to get a good hold.Create these Big Hero 6 craft felt masks. Perfect for any child or adult alike.Make sure that you’re following Target on Facebook and Twitter so that you can keep up with their latest promotions, just like Big Hero 6! Let me know, What’s you’re favorite part of the movie?Create these Big Hero 6 craft felt masks. Perfect for any child or adult alike.