Cricut Maker + Simplicity Cosmetic Bag Tutorial

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

You've heard me wax poetic about my Cricut Maker. I love, love this machine. It is changing the way I create and craft. You may have heard that they teamed up with Simplicity Patterns. I had the opportunity to try out a Simplicity cosmetic bag pattern in Cricut Design Space. Not only was this an easy pattern, but it turned out so cute that I quickly made up three of them. I love the possibilities you have with fabric and adding vinyl for a personal touch.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.


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



Materials Needed:

Cricut Maker
Simplicity Pattern Cosmetic Bag
Design Space
1/4 yd fabric for top of bag
1/4 yd fabric for bottom of bag
12 X 12 Fabric Grip Mat
Cricut Washable Fabric Pen
Contrasting Zipper 9" or 12"

The Process:


Normally, when you sew you go to the store, buy a pattern, bring it home, cut it out, pin it to the fabric, cut it out and then sew it together. With the Cricut Maker and Simplicity pattern it is so much easier. You get online, download a pattern, load fabric onto your mat and the maker cuts it out and you can choose to mark the sewing lines as well. My kids love to use this machine to make doll clothes, bags and pillows. Even if you don't have a lot of sewing experience, you can sew like a pro! This cosmetic bag is a great place to start. It's easy, fast and it's super cute. 

Place your fabric for main body on your pink fabric grip mat. 
(place fabric pretty side down) 



 Load in Cricut Maker

All the pieces cut and marked.

If you don't want to use the fabric marker to place sewing lines, turn off.


Mark Fabric is turned off.
You will sew part 1 to part 2 along the sewing line. Lay them right sides together, match notches and sew along the line. Repeat for other panel.





 Right sides together prepared to sew.


Sew along the dotted line.


 Fold the other end over and then again. Sew down.

Folded over the second time.


Place zipper along the edge and sew in place. My zipper was longer than the bag. I like to sew in on then cut to correct size.

 I like to use binder clips to hold in place. Use a Zipper foot to sew together.



Repeat with other side

Place the right sides together and sew along the sides from zipper to the end. 



Place the corners together. Sew. 

Done!

I love the possibilities with this bag. You can line it or keep it simple. You could add some iron on vinyl and personalize your bag or even add ribbon to the zipper pull. 

I hope you will give it a try and come back and show me what you've done.



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





Self Care with Cricut // Bow Pencil Case

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Life has been crazy over here. I really wish I could sometimes stop the world from spinning so I could catch my breath. I know that won't ever happen, but when I find time to do something for me, my life feels infinitely better. My family knows when I haven't taken time for myself because I get a little cranky. I think self-care makes me a better wife, mom and human.  It's something we should all do.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links. 

I love coloring, I loved coloring as a kid and still love it today. These adult coloring books are the best! Everything is better with a pretty case to hold your crayons, markers, gel pens, etc. I truly love making little pouches like this for everything. My kids will tell you I have a little bag obsession. It's so easy to make on the cricut. You can find my inspiration for my bag here on Cricut Design Space.


Supplies:
Fabric
Zipper


I made my bow a little differently, I have the Cricut Maker so I can cut fabric without backing it. I cut two bows out and then sewed the right sides together, leaving a small hole to turn. If you need to use backing I like to use Thermoweb Heat n Bond on the bottom piece and the lighter fusible interfacing on the rest.

One of the things I love about my Cricut and creating projects are the endless possibilities. You don't have to follow each project exactly the same.  Do what works best for you.


If you'd like a free mini magazine with all the projects and some great self-care tips email me at: monica@sookeedesigns.com

Be sure to check out all the other fun projects on this tour:

Self Care with Cricut Blog Tour

3/19: DIY Adult Onesie with Sassy Drop Seat // DIBY Club
3/19: Matching Robe and Slipper Set // Not So Cli-Shéa
3/20: Custom Sleep Masks // See Lindsay
3/20: Mother of the Bride HTV Tote // Dragon Fly and Lily Pads
3/21: Mug Rug and Custom Coffe Mug // Sally's Angelworks
3/22: Peppermint Scrub and Container // Practical and Pretty
3/22: Me-Time Custom Socks // Clarks Condensed
3/23: Personalized Throw Blanket // The Quiet Grove
3/24: Felt and Fabric Bookmark // Crafting in the Rain
3/24: Adult Coloring Book // Jordan's Easy Entertaining
3/25: Ice Cream Cozy // Pattern Revolution
3/25: Bow Pencil Case // Sook Ee Designs
3/26: Manicure Mitts // Intrepid Thread
3/26: Mantra Banner // Albion Gould
3/27: Knit Headbands // Lily Shine Creates


This is Me

Friday, March 23, 2018

Two of my kids were able to participate in this beautiful Flashmob! With all the scary things happening at schools lately, I love that our PTA was able to create a meaningful experience for our kids. We want to teach them to love themselves, be KIND to everyone and accept and love our peers for who they are. It's a great message and one that I hope will resonate with people everywhere.

The students were challenged to increase their reading minutes and come dressed up as their favorite storybook character or circus performer. It was a special day for all the kids. One I know my kids will remember forever.

I love serving in the PTA and all the fun activities that are provided to our kids. This one is at the top of the list for teachers and students alike.

Be sure to check out the video.




Huge thank you to all those involved with the filming, choreography and planning of this amazing event! Let's share this with everyone.

Too Hot - Hot Pads!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hello Friends!

I have five kids (1 boy and 4 girls) and my girls are always asking to use my Circuit Maker. I decided to see how hard it would be to have "helpers" for this post. It was so fun! I love crafting with my kids and am grateful that they love it as much as I do. With so many fun project in Cricut Design space  it was really hard to choose just one. We finally picked the Quilted Hexagon Pot Holder. 


These girls said this was a fun and easy project. I think they're just quick learners! They loved watching the Cricut Maker cut the fabric. They were surprised when we pulled the cutting mat out and it looked like nothing had happened, but then you peel the fabric off and it's perfectly cut - it's magical!

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

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



Once they picked out their patterns they got busy measuring and planning. One trick these girls learned is...When you place your fabric on the cutting mat if you roll it up first then unroll as you place it, you will have perfectly smooth, perfectly placed fabric.



 Look at that focus!  Press and flatten, steam and flatten! Easy peasy with the EasyPress!

This is a fun step because you can press a large piece of material in a short amount of time. If you don't have an easypress, you can use an iron. It was just so much faster with the EasyPress. When you take time to press before you cut it gives your finished product a more professional look.


 Look! The project is taking shape! I love the patterns she chose. I especially love the perfectly cut pieces. I LOVE that they fit together with no fuss. The Circuit Maker definitely made this a snap. One thing to remember here is...When sewing keep all the seams going the same direction, that way when you are done your project will lay flat.


 She's putting the pieces together. She chose a totally different color palette. This easy project is a great example of throwing your own unique personality into the circuit maker project and create a beautiful, fun craft.
 Here she is sewing away. I love that she is able to focus on and develop her sewing skills while she is having a blast.

 Our favorite kind of learning: HANDS ON LEARNING!!


 I am in love with these hot pads and these cute girls. They really loved this project and can't wait for our next crafting day together. Personally, I can't wait till my daughter gets grease and bits of food all over her hot pad. That will mean SHE is doing the cooking and I will be doing the eating.

What color and pattern combinations do you envision on your hot pads? Anything goes!!!

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