This 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. The 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.To 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. Stuff 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.
I’ve created a few files for the different images for these bags and you can find the Design Space link at the bottom of the post. For Iron-On Vinyl, the main thing you want to remember is to mirror your image. That is where I make the most mistakes when I’m creating anything with Iron-On.
Cut out all your shapes using your Cricut or if you’re really adventurous, find an image online and cut it by hand. You’ll next want to peel away any of the negative space on your image. Leave what you want your image to look like on the carrier sheet for easy application. If you by chance accidentally peel away what you wanted you can try to either stick it back on the carrier sheet or you could just place it down on your material and then place the carrier sheet over it before pressing it.Next, warm up your iron or EasyPress. I have had a lot of issues with peeling when I’ve just used an iron in the past. It doesn’t quite do the trick and that is because it has an uneven heating surface. The EasyPress has by far been one of the best tools I’ve used and its small which makes storage a breeze. For the Lite Iron-On I used the press at 305° for 30 seconds. For the Glitter Iron-On I used it at 325° for 30 seconds. You’ll then want to lay down a towel that is folded in half. Lay your surface over the towel and use the EasyPress to warm up your canvas bags. Lay your image over the warm surface and place the EasyPress over it. Hold down the EasyPress with some pressure and press the green Cricut button to begin the countdown.Once your image has been pressed, go ahead and peel off the carrier sheet slowly. If you have any pieces that may have not stuck, just press them again. Voila! You’re done and your kiddos are going to love their own personalizes DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags.
Have you ever wanted to create your own Cactus Pumpkins? In this post I will show you how easy it is with just a few supplies. Be sure to read until the end to find out how to enter to win your own Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card from Oriental Trading.
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I get to give away two Cricut Maker’s this week! To check out the first post, go here and for the second opportunity, don’t go away! This post is all about making homemade Halloween decor with your Cricut Maker and using pumpkins I got from Oriental Trading. These are super simple and can be customized to any colors of your choice.
Begin by painting your pumpkins. I just did random colors on random sizes with foam brushes.While they are drying, create your flowers and spikes in the Cricut Design Space files I linked to above. I used hot glue and glue dots to adhere to them each other. When cutting, use the intricate cut cardstock setting. This will double-cut the paper and give you a good crisp cut. Sometimes I did have it cut two times but this is when my mat was starting to lose its stick.When creating the stamens, you’ll begin by rolling the edge that doesn’t have the tab. Once you’re stamens are rolled, you’ll fold that tab under and secure it with some glue.I did about 3-4 layers of the green paint on all the pumpkins and I also painted the stems. Adhere the flowers and cactus arms with hot glue.For the spikes, cut your file on the holographic vinyl setting and just apply them randomly with your hands. No special tools needed for this easy pumpkin.These cactus pumpkins are perfect for Halloween and I love how colorful they are. Sometimes Halloween is too black and white so it’s nice to have a different color thrown into the mix.I’ve also teamed up with other bloggers to show what else you can make with your Cricut Maker and items from Oriental Trading. These two companies are a match made in heaven and the possibilities are endless.
The Cricut Maker is such a wonderful and useful tool. This post I’m going to show how easy it is to throw a Bachelorette Party using the Cricut Maker free projects included when you get your own. Read to the end of this post to see all the ideas and to win a Cricut Maker of your own.
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I love the Make It Now feature in Cricut’s Design Space. It is such a saving grace when I’m having bouts of creativity-loss. When you buy a machine through Cricut, they gift you with exclusive access to certain Make It Now projects. When they released the new Cricut Maker, they included 50 free projects to get you started. The project I have chosen is the Bridesmaid Invitation and the bachelorette Party Kisses and Diamonds straw and donut toppers.These invitations are the perfect way to ask your best girlfriends to be a bridesmaid and they straw and donut toppers are the perfect accent to a bachelorette party.
Begin with printing your invitation on your printer. I use a 60lb cardstock from Michaels and it’s perfect for my HP Printer. Anything too thick will not pull through. Once you have your file printed, place it on your mat and load it in the Cricut Maker. It will read the registration marks and begin cutting and scoring. Unload your mat.Load your black pen into the Cricut Maker (this was included) and your regular cardstock and cut your envelope, small card and your Bride Tribe symbol. You can use black cardstock or vinyl as well but the pen is easier for me. I did color in the edges to fill in the writing.Add your glittered cardstock to the mat and cut the envelope insert, invitation back and small card.
You’ll then print off your tattoo paper images and add that to the mat. The sensors on the Cricut Maker are better than the Explore so these will cut. Place them into your small insert for the card as a special surprise for your friends.To assemble these, add your larger pink glitter square to the inside of the envelope. Next fold in your edges and place a small amount of adhesive to the sides of the envelope and place the end on the adhesive. The printed invitation will now be placed on the smaller glitter cardstock so that the color will peak through the holes your Cricut Maker created. Place some adhesive on the small squares and adhere them together. Place your tattoo inserts behind the square and adhere it to the invitation.For the straw and donut toppers, cut your white background first, then the standard cardstock and last, the pink glitter cardstock for the lips. Adhere your diamond tops to the bottoms and place them in your donuts. For the lips, there are two slits cut in it and you just thread your straw through there.Want to check out the other 49 FREE projects included with your Cricut Maker?! Click the pictures below to see how some of my blog buddies created these projects with their Maker!
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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.
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For 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.The 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.After 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.I 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.Start 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.Next, 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.I 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.Some 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.
So 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.
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.This post does contain affiliate links.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.
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.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.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.
I’m back at it again with Halloween Craft Lightning. For this round I’ll be showing you how to make easy pumpkin pillow boxes. These Halloween crafts will take you less than 15 minutes and that’s what I love about them. A super easy Halloween craft! Read to the end to find out how you can win your very own new Cricut Maker. This post does contain affiliate links.
I used a template for my Cricut Maker but you can use any Cricut for this with access to Design Space. The cut files may be included in Cricut Access but you must have a subscription for this. It’s really easy and you get discounts on all Cricut material and images that aren’t included in the membership.Cut your shapes using your Cricut and set aside. Begin with your pumpkin pillow boxes and crease them on the score lines of your box. Start with the outsides first and secure with adhesive.I used black cardstock and my Xyron Sticker Maker for the faces. Remove them from the sticker backing and apply it to the flat pumpkin pillow boxes. Use a rubber eraser to remove any of the excess adhesive.Now fold in the tops of the pumpkin pillow boxes and use your scraper to make the edges more defined. You want to place the piece that has the half circle cut out on the inside of your box so that you can grab the inside goodies easily.Take the green topper and fold it along the small score line. Place some adhesive on the folded portion and attach it to the top of your pumpkin pillow box. Voila! You’ve made the cutest pumpkin pillow box for Halloween!Check out the other Craft Lightning Halloween projects below and see what else you can make with your Cricut!
The kids started school last week so I wanted to make Leila a customized binder with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and put my new Cricut Maker to work. This post does contain affiliate links.I love my new Cricut Maker. Let me say that again, I love my new Cricut Maker. I’ve had it for a week or so now and I’ve only dared cut vinyl but it gives me such clean lines and precision that I can’t wait to cut other material. I just need to add 80 more hours in the day for that to happen. Supplies
Click on the file to open the pre-made template using their Alpaca shape. This file is completely free and it’s adorable so it’s a win-win situation. I cut the black Alpaca’s out of the Magenta Glitter FX sheets and the pink Alpaca’s out of the gold lustre vinyl. The Glitter FX is a bit thicker than standard vinyl but it’s also a lot cushier and soft to the touch. Because of this, I did a double cut with my Cricut Maker and it peeled off very clean. It comes in other colors too and it’s a very subtle glitter look that I love. Sometimes the glitter vinyl is just pure glitter and it gets a little too busy for my taste. That’s why I love the Glitter FX and it’s even on sale at Expressions Vinyl.Once you’ve cut your shapes and you’ve peeled off the excess, unroll your transfer tape and lay the image on top of it. Doing it this opposite way will help the transfer tape from creating bubbles. Use your scraper tool and press from both sides to get a good stick. Peel away the backing slowly to insure you get all the shapes transferred.Next, lay your vinyl over your binder and use the scraper tool to get a solid stick. You’ll then grab your gold vinyl and repeat the steps so that they’ll line up and you’ll have a staggered effect on your customized binder. Next create your name in Design Space. I used the Sanies Script font to create my daughter’s name. I cut it out of the light pink permanent vinyl.Voila, you’re finished and your child is going to love their customized binder that you created using only vinyl. What type of thing will your child want on their customized binder? Or better yet, what do you want on your customized binder?