I love celebrating all cultures with my children. What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year other than a Year of the Dog Pennant and .svg file.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.
My niece and nephews are in a Chinese language immersion program at their local schools. My kids take the French program at ours. I think that bringing in new cultures to our own is so important. I love celebrating the Chinese New Year because its a start to new and a way to honor the old traditions. Some of my favorite Chinese New Year traditions are gifting money in red envelopes, wearing your traditional Chinese clothing and honoring your ancestors. For this Year of the Dog pennant, I cut it on my Cricut Maker and ironed it on with my EasyPress or you can use your standard home iron. To use your iron, use these tips here.
Cut your file and be sure that your image is selected to mirrored. You’ll want to place your iron-on vinyl shiny side down on your mat. Select the iron-on setting and cut. With iron-on vinyl, you do not want to cut through the carrier sheet. You’ll pull off the negative areas, leaving your image on the carrier sheet.Set your EasyPress to 305° and allow it to warm up. Warm your surface for about 10 seconds and place your image onto your pennant. Press for 30 seconds on the front, turn it over and press for an additional 15 seconds. When using your EasyPress, you want to press on a firm surface. I use a wooden surface with a towel folded on top. You want the towel so that you have a bit of give and the crevices of your material will be warmed and glued. If you find your EasyPress losing temperature while your pressing, it is because the surface underneath is pulling the heat. Pressing pillows are great for this purpose too.Thread your dowel through the cut holes and then tie ribbon on the ends to hang your Year of the Dog pennant.
Go ahead and open the public Design Space file. You can now open shared canvases on your mobile app. That is huge news for me and anyone else who cuts using the Bluetooth capability on your Explore or Maker.Once your canvas is open, send it to your machine. Be sure to mirror your image! The Explore models have the smart dial and you can easily choose Iron-On vinyl.When you have a Cricut Maker, everything is chosen just like it’s a custom material. You have a list of items to chose from. There is either Iron-On Vinyl or HTV. Some people have chosen HTV and it cuts through the carrier sheet. Choose the Iron-On setting and you’ll have a perfect cut every time.Weed out the negative space of your Iron-On Vinyl and preheat your EasyPress to the correct setting. If using Iron-On Lite, choose 305 degrees.Plave a folded towel on a firm surface and place your Valentine place mats on the towel. Pre-heat the place mats for around 10 secondsand then plave your image where you want it. Press for 25-30 seconds, turn the placemat over and press again for the same amount of time.Peel off the carrier sheet and you’re ready. TO care for your items, wait at least 24 hours to wash. These placemats can’t be turned inside out but if you have clothes, be sure to turn them inside out when washing them.
I’m so excited! I joined a bunch of other bloggers and each month we do a new challenge using our Cricut machine. I’m going to show you how to DIY Valentine Pillows and sharing the free .svg files so you can make one yourself.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
So start by uploading your images into Design Space. Since these are .svg files, it’s just a straight download. You don’t need to edit the image before importing it. For the girls face I used plain htv for the eyes, bow and mouth. For her cheeks, I used pink glitter. On the Moon and Back image, I used black glitter and weeded it using my BrightPad. You don’t have to have one but it’s been a lifesaver when weeding glitter htv.Because the image is pretty detailed, some of the glitter peeled up. For that reason, I just pulled up all the polka dots in the O and A. I just used some scissors to clean up the lines. If you use the standard Iron-On for that image, you should be ok.When you’re ready to press, use the Cricut EasyPress to get a good adhesion. For easyweed htv, use your EasyPress at 305º for 25-30 seconds. When you use your EasyPress for glitter Iron-On, use 325º for 25-30 seconds. Use your Iron-On Protection sheet to be sure not to have the EasyPress touch any exposed Iron-On. Or you can just lay the carrier sheet back over the image.These are in my daughters room and she absolutely loves them. Such cute accompaniments to her pink bedding from Pottery Barn Teen.For more great Valentine crafts using your Cricut, check out the other bloggers and what they made!
Forget Valentine Boxes. Make these personalized Valentine felt envelopes using your Cricut. Super easy and so fun for kids to receive.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I found these adorable felt envelopes in the Dollar Spot section at Target. What can’t you find at Target? I knew that I wanted to make these personalized for Valentines Day and fill them with goodies for my kids. I found a super cute cut file in Cricut Design Space and sized it to fit perfectly. I added each of their names underneath and I may just keep them do this every year.
Begin by opening the .svg file and upload it into Design Space then send it to your machine. Be sure to mirror the image when using any iron-on. To prepare your image, you’re going to weed out the negative space of the file. The main image will remain on the carrier sheet. You do not want to cut all the way through the carrier sheet for Iron-On.Lay your image on your felt envelope and press. If you’re using the Cricut EasyPress to press your iron-on foil, set your machine to 300°. Preheat your envelope for 10 seconds and lay the image where you want it. Place your iron-on protective sheet over the image and press for 25-30 seconds. You can peel your iron-on foil warm but it is best to allow it to cool. Give it 1-2 minutes. If you’re going to press it with your iron, head here for tips.If you want to add a personalized name in a different foil, apply that now. You can just add the name and attach it to the Valentines Day .svg file. Your file will now cut as one.Now fill you personalized Valentine felt envelope with more Target goodies and you’re personalized Valentine felt envelope is good to go. It’ll be perfect for years to come or just use it this year alone. They’re inexpensive enough that you don’t need to feel bad if you lose it.To find more Valentine projects that you can make with your Cricut, check out the links below.
Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.
Purchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.
Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
I’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. Where would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.
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.
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Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Fourth of July is the all-time funnest holiday of the year, hands down! I love the fireworks, the food and just the ability to let loose. I created these stars with the Heidi Swapp font from Design Space and I’ve included the file below. Add them to these Dollar Spot Coozies and you’re set.
Begin by cutting your design on your Cricut. Be sure to reverse the image for Iron-On, you’ll be so mad at yourself if you don’t ?. Now remove the excess Iron-On. Leave the actual image on the plastic transfer sheet, only remove what you don’t want. Removing Iron-On is relatively easy. I find it easier than removing actual vinyl because it’s not so sticky. Cut your plastic so that your images are separated. Next, place it on your Coozie and press it. I use this method all the time on how I adhere my Iron-On and it works like a charm. The key to get a great adhesion is to press and press hard. Let it cool a little and start peeling off the plastic. If you have a place that hasn’t quite stuck, just lay the plastic back down and press again. You’re finished and it’s so easy to create your own Patriotic Coozies.