Flamingo Garden Party with Cricut Maker

Friday, September 8, 2017

Who doesn't love a beautiful, fun party with all your best friends? I was so happy to help at this Flamingo Garden party for one of our favorite people. The details were gorgeous, food delicious and the activities were loved by all the girls. 

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.

One thing I love about my Cricut Maker - having it at a party, makes the party more fun. There are so many party details that I will share later, but today I really want to talk about how my Cricut Maker helped me make the perfect party bags and created a fun interactive party station.

I made the bags a head of time so all the of the sewing was completed before the guests arrived. Open your Cricut's Design Space and head to the canvas. Add a square and then unlock the image so you can manipulate the shape. I cut my pieces 8.5" X 12" (for the striped fabric) and 4.5" X 12". Once your bags are sewn you can move to the fun part...decorating. 

We set up a Cricut cutting station where the girls came to cut the flamingo. It is easy to do and Cricut has several flamingos to choose from in Design Space. Once you find the right flamingo or image, click the create it icon. Cricut will send all the information via bluetooth from your laptop, iPad or phone to the Cricut Maker. Don't forget to put your iron-on vinyl pretty side down on your cutting mat and choose the mirror image when cutting. We had the girls come up choose a bag and flamingo. We used the foil iron on in pink for the flamingo. 

Each girl placed their flamingo on their bag, once they were happy, we used an old fashioned iron to set the flamingos in place, it would have been awesome to have had Cricut's new Easy Press. Mine didn't arrive on time. I will use it on the next project. It has a built in timer and keeps the temperature at just the right spot. It only requires a little pressure and voila perfectly placed flamingo! Peeling the the carrier sheet and seeing their flamingo stick was magical for everyone.

After they placed their flamingo, they were given puff paint to add any other design elements they wanted. I know the girls loved it. They raved about the new Cricut Maker and how much fun it was to iron on their flamingo. This was a super easy project that everyone enjoyed. I love how the Cricut Maker allows you to cut so many different mediums. Cutting fabric has been a game changer for me.

As you can see, the girls had a blast at this party. I loved being part and more importantly celebrating this special day for a lovely girl. 

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

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Cricut Maker Giveaway

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cricut Maker Machine

Do you want to win your very own Cricut Maker? Are you on Instagram? Head on over to @sookeedesigns and see all the details. I teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and sewists to give you the chance to win one! They launch on August 21! I am so excited about this machine. I had such a great time going to the Cricut launch and seeing all that it can do.

This machine cuts 100's of fabrics, felt, leather, balsa wood, vinyl, plastic and more. Cricut teamed up with Simplicity pattern company and Riley Blake Fabrics to offer you some amazing items to create. I am in love with this machine.

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Cricut Sewing Blog Tour

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I am so excited to announce that I paired up with Cricut for a sewing blog tour. I have to pinch myself that I was included with an amazing group of talented people. Be sure to check all of them out to see other projects you can create with your own Cricut Explore Air 2. Also, make sure you sign up for the giveaway link at the end of the post.

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.

I have to admit that I am technically challenged, could be my 5 kids or my crazy life, but I have a love/hate relationship with my computer and all the techie items that have crept into my life. I was admittedly nervous about using the Cricut, but trust me when I say - it is so EASY. Way easier than I thought it would be. I am happy to report that my first project worked! There are so many things you can do using the Cricut. Be sure to check out the other bloggers that participated in this tour.
Sewing the Make-up bag and bonus Eye Mask are pretty easy - good news: you can use fabric scraps. I love making bags and have a stash at home, they make the perfect last minute gift. With my Cricut Explore Air 2, it makes it so nice to personalize or add some cute designs which give it a little something extra.

You can purchase your own Cricut Explore Air 2 by clicking here. Be sure to enter the code ChristmasinJuly for free shipping (US only).

The Eye Mask is easy to make because with the perfect mask cut out in Cricut's Design Space. You can find it here. Search for Mask #M39810 Girls Makeup Party. You can use the Cricut to cut your fabric - but I am trying to figure out how to remove the holes from the pattern. Once I learn, I will let you know. Until then, cut out using a heavy card stock and use it as a pattern to trace onto your fabric and cut by hand.

DIY Tutorial

Make-Up Bag I modified the tutorial I found here from Lil Luna

My modification include: vinyl fabric on the inside for easy clean up and using two different fabrics on the outside because I like the look better and it's uses more fabric scraps. Also, adding the Iron On and design from Cricut's Design Space really makes it special.

Upload the Eyes Here: You have three options 1. Winking 2. Open 3. Closed

1. Open Design Space. Download your eyes. You can also use any of the over 60,000 images that are available.

2. Begin Cutting - don't forget to mirror image and place the pretty side down of your Iron On material on your cutting mat

3. Weed your project - which is super easy for this one because of all the simple lines. However, on a side note - you can cut precise detailed images and they weed like a dream.

4. Follow the directions for Cricut's Iron On to get application. Some carrier sheet need to cool before they are removed from your project.

Eye Mask
Cricut Mask #M39810
Download Your Eyes (see above for link)
2 - 5" X 9" fabric scraps
2 - 4" X 9" Fusible Fleece
1 - 13" 1/4 elastic
1 - 2" X 16" fabric scrap

Step One: Cut out all fabric and fusible fleece

Step Two: Cut out strap and sew together wrong sides. Turn right side and thread elastic through. I like to use a safety pin on the elastic the thread through easily.

Step Three: Sew the elastic to ends of fabric so it doesn't get lost! Super important step.

Step Four: Place one side of mask wrong side down. Line up strap and pin in place.

Step Five: Place second fabric right side down and pin in place. When I made this mask - I only used one piece of fusible fleece...I would definitely recommend using two - it makes a much cozier mask.

Step 6: Sew around edges. Make sure you leave a 1.5" - 2" hole to turn the fabric. Turn right side and sew a scant 1/4" around the edge of mask. Add your favorite eyes. You're done!
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I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  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.

Dresden Template Challenge

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hey everyone, as you know I recently had the opportunity to attend a fun blogging convention, SNAP! I was able to meet so many amazing vendors. I was contacted by Sewing with Nancy and asked to participate in a sewing challenge: Sewing with Nancy Dimensional Dresden Template. 

I hate to admit that I didn't even know what a Dresden Plate was. I looked it up online and found lots of different varieties. 

When my package arrived I read through the pattern book and saw there are many different ways to use this template, which is great. You can make a bunch of different styles, curved, pointed, scalloped and more. I like to see the pattern and put my own twist on it - be creative and see where it takes you.

Since I am known for my aprons, I chose to make one for this project. I found this darling fabric from Moda Fabric: Corner of 5th and Fun. I used a charm pack and bought a few half yard cuts. 

First, I want to say that making a Dresdren piece is so much easier than I thought it would be. The pattern book is easy to read and my favorite part - at the back of the book they give you the finished sizes. 

Here is how I made my Dresden Plate for the apron bib. 

Enough Fabric for finished piece - I used Moda United Fabric Corner of 5th & Fun
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine
Sewing Needle for hand work

To begin:

Gather supplies and determine how big you want your final piece to be. If you have limited space measure carefully. There are 19 different sizes you can create. I chose the 1 1/2” size which finishes at  4 1/8”. 

Stack several layers of fabric together (yay! for cutting multiple pieces) and lay the template on top. Cut using your rotary cutter, my favorite is the Olfa Cutter. 

You'll end up with a bunch of cute little pieces like this. You need 12 pieces to make one Dresden Plate.

Next fold the pieces in half (right sides together) and sew. I like to chain stitch, which just means to continuously feed them through the machine without lifting the foot each time. You end up with a bunch of template pieces all sewn together. You will have to cut them apart. Then clip the corners so we can fold them. 

This is probably the trickiest part, but it's not that hard. Once you have clipped the corner you want to flip the piece so the right side is out. It will make a point at the top that you want to iron. 

After you turn the pieces they will look like this. Now for the fun part...figure out how you want them arranged. I love moving pieces around to see what I looks best, then it's time to sew. 

Make sure to iron them once you are done - the seams lay nicer and you will be happier with the finished product. 

Making the circle for the center is a lot easier than I thought it would be. You can use any method that you choose here's what I did. Cut a circle out of cardboard, trace onto fabric. I liked using these Eraseable gel ink pens, which I got from Nancy's Notions, of course.

Do a running stitch around the edges

Insert the cardboard piece and pull thread to tighten. Iron edges down over the cardboard.

Remove the card board pattern piece and iron again. 
Next, you can apply the circle to the dresden plate. You can either appliqué it on by hand or sew with your machine. I chose to sew with the machine. 

You are finished. Good news you can attach these to anything. I machine sewed it to my apron bib and I am thinking about adding it to bags. My daughter wants to make a hot pad to match the apron. 

And because I wanted to see what it looked like with a darker petal on another apron bib, I quickly did one more. 

This was a really fun project. I already know what else I want to make with this template. Yes, I did get the pattern book and template provided by Nancy's Notions, you can get your copy of the book and template here, but the opinions are solely my own.

Happy Sewing Friends!


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