Cricut Maker + Simplicity Sleeping Girl Pillow

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hello Friends! This project was too fun. As a mom with four girls, I am always looking for fun projects for my girls. I have two little girls (ages 5 & 3) that LOVE all girly things and this pillow hit the mark for them. My favorite part is having the options to change the hair, flower and leaf colors  you can add more or less -it's up to you! I love having patterns that are quick, easy and adorable. Thankfully Cricut and Simplicity have a ton to choose from.

This experience is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed below. I was provided samples free of charge by the company and I have given my honest opinion.

Materials Needed
Cricut Makers
Simplicity Sleeping Girl Pattern in Design Space
Felt for leaves and flowers
Fabric for hair and face
Embroidery Floss & Needle

Let's Begin:

Place your felt (hair color) onto your pink fabric mat and let the Cricut Maker do it's job.

How cute...this is your hair and the two little pony tails - if you use a lighter colored felt your fabric marker will mark sewing lines.

The fabric back...match your hair color. Again, you will see the sewing lines if you use a lighter color fabric. 

The face being traced on your fabric. 

 Cut your flowers - as many or as few as your would like

 Cut leaves

 Cheeks - don't worry about the felt left over on your mat - it will still work

How cute are these little cheeks, flowers, leaves and hair

Look how fool proof they make this with the sewing lines, and outlines of where things go.

Next you will embroider the eyelashes and lips...before you sew things together

Add the hair to the face and sew together

 Sew your hair puffs (that's what I call them) and lightly stuff with polyfill
 Add the hair puffs to the face - I found it easier to baste them on

Place the fabric hair on the face right sides together. Sew to the dots beginning on one side and ending at the other (leaving a hole). Turn to right side. Stuff with polyfill and sew closed. I added the flowers and leaves after. I used a french knot to attach the flower. 

What to do with the fabric pen...holy moly, I thought I ruined my project. All that hard work. Thankfully, this pen is washable. I wet down my project with warm water and then put it in the dryer on a delicate dry cycle. I had to show you this so you don't get scared!

All finished! Don't you just love it! 

My next idea it to make this into a purse. How cute would that be? I know my girls would love it. Check back to see how I make that happen

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

Sweater Pillow Tutorial

Monday, May 28, 2018

My dad passed away a few years ago and I kept some sweaters and finally decided to do something with them. 

UpCycled Sweaters to Pillows

I laid the sweater out and removed the arms, sides and bottom.

Materials Needed:
Old Sweater
Pillow Forms 16 X 16

Then you cut the sweater to the size of your pillow form - I used 14 X 14 and 16 X 16. I cut the sweater exactly the size of the form. Then I placed right sides together and sewed a zipper into one side and then sewed the other three sides and turn. Remember to keep your zipper open when you go to complete your project or else it's hard to turn right side out.

Stuff your pillow form into the sweater and you are done! This is a fast and easy and a nice way to keep something sentimental and have it be functional too.

A Tween Beach Party

Friday, May 25, 2018

My oldest daughter just turned 12 and I decided to throw a party she won't soon forget. Not because it was super elaborate, but more because it included some of her closest friends, their moms and an overnight stay at a hotel, shopping, swimming and staying up until 2 a.m. Security may have been called - which is a story for another time.

I have to say - we don't normally do sleepovers. I made an exception because all the moms would be invited too. It was one of the most fun parties and I know we all loved every minute.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut vinyl letters which I applied to beach balls for the invite.

When we arrived at the hotel, each girl was given a party bag with a custom monogram, homemade swimsuit cover up, beach ball and sunglasses with a personalized case. Go check out my darling friend Riva la Diva for a tutorial on this cute sunnies pouch.

I lined mine because I like the inside to look nice too. Her tutorial is fast, easy and I love the way they turned out. I ended up cutting out each girls name and added it to the pouch inside the sunglasses. (not shown)

The girls got to swim, play games, watched the Greatest Showman (they ended up singing along to all the songs - LOUDLY) and stay up all night long. My favorite game was having everyone bring baby photos up. It was fun to see baby pictures of the girls and their moms.

I made Cafe Rio Sweet Pork salads for dinner and we had the most delicious sugar cookies from JillyB Creations. The next morning, the girls got up early and we made crepes for breakfast.

 The girls played a game with a die and nail polish. They numbered six different nail polish colors and I gave the a giant dice. Whatever number they rolled they had to paint a nail with the color they assigned to that number.

 They ended up with colorful toes and fingers.

After we did a little shopping at the Outlets nearby, we found this cute top at Old Navy. 

We got a quick make-up lesson at Bare Minerals - just a little blush and lip gloss. She doesn't get to wear make-up yet, but it's always good to know how when the time comes. 

 Some of the girls ended up going home early for games and other commitments. These four had a great time shopping, laughing and hanging out.

I love that my daughter has such good friends. I appreciate that they can have fun together being silly, singing, laughing and making memories. These girls are kind and help to lift one another. I had a lot of fun planning this party, making gift bags, sewing swimsuit coverups and spending time with my sweet girl. She is already talking about next year and how she wants to do this all over again! For now, I just need a nap. 

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. 


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.