Crafting with a Cricut

One of my favorite things in to make crafts. I love turning an object into something beautiful. I might not always get the outcome I was hoping for, but it was still worth the effort that it took to try. This year I was at a new job with new co-workers and wanted to make something special for all 13 of them. Two of the 13 are my bosses, so I made something different for them.

I have spent countless hours creating and attempting to make my stuff look half as good as what it looks like on Pinterest. When I bought a Cricut I thought it would make it easier. Not sure I have succeeded in that, but I still give it the old college try every now and then. This year was no different.

For my two bosses I wanted to do something a little bigger for them, so I went with a potholder and added a bag of brownie mix and a whisk. My direct supervisor is always bringing in sweets that her young daughter bakes, so I thought that would be something she could also share with her family. I was also thinking the boss boss could do the same as she likes to bake as well.

For the co-workers I went with a painted or glittered ornament with the old red truck design with a Christmas tree and the words, “Merry Christmas” on it. It took a couple tries to figure out how to get the paint to stick to the inside of the ornaments, but once I figured that out the rest was easy. You can find anything on YouTube, and it has become my friend here lately as I watched several videos to figure out the best way to do this while receiving the best results.

I also used my Cricut to design a couple of blankets for my girls. I hadn’t planned on doing anything for children as it is hard enough to figure out what to do for the grandkids, but when I seen someone posts what they had done on Facebook, I had to recreate it and do my version. I think they turned out pretty good. It’s funny what you can do with a $2.50 fleece blanket from Wal-Mart.

Who knows what I will end up making next year, but for now my Christmas gift giving is complete for 2019? Hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Home Sweet Home Project

You would think after weeding that sewing machine project, I would have given up on doing anything intricate again, but not me. I’m a gluten for punishment when it comes to stuff like this. I had wanted to create something original that could be displayed in my house that was a replica of our first sticks and bricks house that we picked out together. I saw where people were taking pictures of people and things and turning them into SVG’s, so I though I can do that. So after lots of research, mistakes and missteps I succeeded in getting what I was looking for.

I took a picture of my house and then used software to turn the picture into an svg that could then be uploaded to my Cricut and cut out of vinyl and used on my reverse canvas project. I picked a smaller frame for this one, removed the canvas and painted the frame black. Weeding the design wasn’t too bad, especially compared to the sewing machine I had done.

Once the weeding was done, I applied the design to the canvas using my iron and then attached the canvas back to the frame. I added the words, “Home Sweet Home”. If you had asked me a couple months ago about doing something like this I would have freaked out, but the more I do these things, the more I like them. I am definitely getting my moneys worth out of this machine.

Signs and boards with Cricut

Once I started working on some projects, I seemed to get on a roll and started doing all types of stuff. Anything from signs for my guest bathroom to signs for the front of my house. The signs for my bathroom were simple to make. I purchased a 6” wide by 8’ long board from Lowe’s and had my husband cut it into six-inch lengths, then I sanded and painted them. Once the boards were ready, I was able to cut out the designs I wanted using my Cricut and then it was just a matter of applying them to the board itself.

For my sign in front of my house, I wanted to have a weenie dog since that is what type of dogs we have. For the O in home, I put a weenie dog. Just like the signs, I purchased a white board the width I wanted and cut it in half so I could get more than 1 sign from the board. I applied the cut-out vinyl design using the spacing I thought was applicable for the affect I was looking for. I added a little twine to the top just for the hell of it and now it was ready to be placed by the front door.

I couldn’t let the master bathroom go without having a few little sayings in there, so for these I bought a wider board for the backs and added framing to the sides to make them look like picture frames. My husband done the cutting, then I sanded and stained them. The designs were cut with my Cricut and applied directly to the board and then hung up on the wall.

Reverse Canvas Project

One of the things I keep seeing on my Cricut group boards is people doing reverse canvas projects. At first, I wasn’t sure how to do them, but everything people kept posting looked beautiful, which made me want to do it even more. My thoughts were, how hard could it be? Well that depends on who you ask.

There are a couple steps involved in this process. First you need to decide how big of a project you want to do, then you need to purchase the size canvas you need in order to accommodate your project. I had found a gorgeous sewing machine representative of the old days, which I have always wanted to have in my home.

Once I knew the design I was going to use, I decided on how big I wanted it to be and bought the canvas. After that, I had to remove the canvas material from the frame. By the time I wrote this post, I had already done several of these and I found that the bigger the frame the better I like the look of them. Removing the canvas is fairly simple. You can either cut around the staples or remove them. I chose to remove them. Once you have the canvas off the frame, then you need to decide if you want to leave the frame the natural color that it comes in, stain it or paint it. I have done stain and paint and prefer to paint mine. On this particular project, I painted the frame black as that would make it match the picture frames I use in my home. To me doing the frame is the easy part.

Now on to the design work. I printed my project onto heat transfer vinyl using my Cricut and then I spent hours upon hours weeding the design. At times I was ready to throw my hands up and quit because it was such a tedious process, but once it was completed, I was in awe of how beautiful the design was.

At this point it was time to put it all back together. First you need to iron the weeded design onto the canvas that was originally attached to the frame. Then you need to attach the canvas to the frame. You do that by attaching the canvas to the back of the frame, so that it looks like you have a framed picture, which essentially that is what you have. I used a staple gun to attach the canvas to the frame and stretched the canvas fabric as I worked starting in the middle of each side and working around from there. After doing a few of these, you will figure out which method works best for you in completing your project. Like several other projects, I found YouTube to be a very big help in getting this accomplished.

Another design I completed in reverse canvas was of a camera as my love for photography goes back many years. This one was more tedious than the sewing machine.

Handmade Sewn Easter Baskets

I found this cute little Easter basket idea from a group on Facebook and knew I wanted to make one for my grandchildren. I ended up making the girls the same size and out of the same material.  However, for my grandson, I made his bigger so he could use it for carrying around his plastic animals that he loves to play with.  I also made his out of material that was not Easter related so if he was still using his basket in October, it wouldn’t look out-of-place.

Basket for little man!

My big girl!

Baby girl whose only a few days old!

Group pic of all three!

I never get tired of making items for my grandbabies. I can’t wait to see what will come out of me in the months to follow for these three as I have a birthday in June and another in July. Not to mention Christmas and how many other holidays in between.

Sewing & Knitting for a New Grandbaby

As soon as my daughter told me she was expecting again, my mind started running as to all the things I wanted to make either by sewing, knitting or crocheting and I couldn’t wait to get started. Of course, I had to wait till I knew if it was a boy or girl before I got too far going.  What did we all do back in the day when we had to actually wait for delivery to know what we were having?  

Anyway, I knew I wanted to make burp cloths as they seemed to be the one thing that you need the most and seems to be the one item my girls were lacking at their baby showers for previous births. Plus I like to make them using cloth diapers as they are much more absorbent than the store-bought type.  I use flannel in different baby  patterns on one side to add a different look and if you lay the flannel side on your shoulder it helps to keep the burp cloth from falling off as easy.  I usually purchase 1/2 yard of flannel, which allows me to get enough fabric to make two burp cloths. There easy to make and you can see below the four different patterns I ended up using.  

I pre-wash the diapers, cut the flannel the same size, put right sides together and sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn right side out. Once I turn right side out, I top-stitch all the way around the diaper which will close up the hole I left to turn. I also sew down the seams on the pre-folded portion of the diaper. This prevents the diaper from rolling up when washed.

I recently learned to embroidery so I took this time to fancy up a couple of the cloth diapers and instead of using the flannel fabric on the entire back side, I used a 6″ wide piece of cotton fabric the same length of the diaper folded in half and added to each end after I embroidered the design. You can find tutorials all over Pinterest for how to make these.

Speaking of Pinterest, I found the following idea when searching for ideas of items to make. I wondered why I had never thought to make these beautiful gowns before as this is another easy project. You can make these for little boys as well as girls. They are perfect for when you first bring a baby home and want easy access to diaper changes or just a cute outfit to cuddle that sweet little baby up in. You don’t have to worry about all the buttons or the feet coming out the bottom. I imagine she will be in these a lot those first few days. They were easy to make using a onesie, which I learned you can either cut off, which is what I done, or you can leave the snap end and still attach the fabric to make a cute skirt, which you can make in any length you want. The bottom can either be finished with elastic like these or put ribbon in it so you can tighten the bottom up more around the feet.

In between my sewing projects I’ve also been working on a knitting loom trying to complete a blanket. It didn’t turn out as big as I would have liked, but it will do for at least the first month or two.

In addition to all these items, I’m currently working on a crochet blanket and have sewn several receiving blankets as well. I just haven’t taken pics of those items. It’s a good thing we are sitting still right now, which allows me more time to get these projects done. Please share what crafts you do that keeps you busy.