Take your projects to the next level by applying a personalized applique cut out quickly and easily using your Cricut Explore Air 2!
When I was a very little girl, I had a quilt covered in Holly Hobbie appliques that looked very much like this.
It was a soft, warm cotton quilt, made for me by my Nanny of cornflower blue color and I loved to trace my fingers over the stitch lines thinking of the day I would make quilts for my daughters. Of course, that hasn’t ever happened – quilting is a ton of work! Still, although I don’t do it nearly often enough, I do love sewing. And now and then, I like to channel my innner-nanny and apply simple appliques to my projects, especially for giving as gifts.
Such is the case with this hot air balloon embellished tea towel that is just perfect for a thank you gift for a special kind someone. I used a hot air balloon but honestly, you can create an applique with most any simple design with clear lines using your Cricut machine. Cutting fabric with a Cricut is so easy!
First, you’ll want to gather your supplies. You’ll need a(n)
Cutting mat (sticky is best – I used the extra-sticky mat from Cricut)
Flour sack Tea towel
Optional – Sewing machine and matching thread
First, cut a piece of Wonderunder slightly larger than your designs dimensions. Also cut two pieces of fabric in coordinating (or not) patterns. Using a dry, hot iron, bond the wonderunder to the wrong side of your fabric, rough side of the wonderunder down. Remove the paper backing.
Next, I downloaded a simple hot air balloon image and used the erasing wand to clean-up the design, removing every second section in the balloon then loaded the image into the design studio.
Using the strong grip mat from Cricut (it’s purple), I cut two balloons, one in each fabric, adhering the wonderunder side to the mat. Be sure to press the fabric firmly onto the mat – you don’t want it moving around.
Once cut, remove the design from the sticky mat and position the design onto your fabric and press to set in place.
With a sewing machine edge-stitch around each edge in the entire design. I wanted to add the pompom trim onto the bottom of my towel and therefore used a contrasting thread.
This process will work for any applique you choose, but I would recommend keeping your design simple and using a thicker cotton for cutting.
I love my cute little towel and think it will make a sweet and thoughtful gift for a special friend. I’m just wondering though.. do you think she’d rather have a Holly Hobbie quilt? Nah..
Are you, like me, starting to think about Spring decor? For me, spring decor always starts with inexpensively updating the front door with a shot of color in the form of something floral.
I have a wreath for nearly every season and emotion – I have a very cute Spring Wreath that I’ve put out for the past few years. However, I get bored so easily that I need to change things up every few years and I was ready for something different. I’ve been eyeing up the gorgeous spring wreaths that seem to be everywhere these days, although I can never bring myself to buy one. I always seem to have that internal conversation going on that says, “I could make that.” because in my head I can make anything. #IthinkImMcGyverbutneverMartha
So, for the March Create with Me DIY Challenge I decided to prove that fact – that I could make one! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite and get a peek at what my friends came up with before you go. For past challenges, check out the Create with Me menu. This month’s challenge was to create something using book pages. How can wreaths and book pages coincide, you ask? Let me show you!
Here is what you’ll need:
Book pages of your choice – I used the preview pages at the back of a few books so I wasn’t destroying anything good – but make sure your pages are no heavier than newspaper weight so they’ll bend easily
Print out and cut your flower pattern, then trace your pattern onto the book pages. I used my Cricut for this but it’s really and truly not necessary.. I’m just lazy. The pages are so thin you could easily cut multiple pages at one time. You’ll need two flowers and two leaves per flower.
Paint the leaf cut-outs – you’ll paint the flowers shortly. I used watercolors because I wanted the colors to be vibrant but still sheer enough that the text would be visible.
While the leaves dry, begin assembling your flowers following these instructions:
Step 1: Create the stem
Bend a hook in a 9″ piece of floral wire and cut a 2″x2″ square from the foil. Place a hot glue dot into the center of the foil and wrap the foil around the hook in the wire, creating a bulb on the end.
Step 2: Add petals
Gently curl the edges of two flower petals up, then putting a dab of glue along the bottom edge of the foil bulb, press the stem through the center of the smaller of the two flower petals, pushing up to adhere the petal to the bottom of the flower bulb.
Step 3: Shape flower
Attach the petals up and around the bulb, alternating petals as you go around, securing underneath with glue. Add larger petal in the same fashion, pressing the stem through the center and repeat attaching the petals.
Your flowers are now ready for painting. I painted my flowers with watercolor shades of orange, reds, pinks and yellows and stood them to dry in a cup before winding and gluing twine to cover the metal stem and attaching the leaves.
Lay your flowers out on your wreath form, bending to follow the curve of the twig branches and secure with glue. The flowers are so light that I did not wire them to the wreath, but you may wish to do this.
Give the entire wreath and flowers a light coat of clear to protect everything from the elements.
Hang and enjoy!
I love how vibrant the colors of the flowers are. The print showing through gives what could be an ordinary wreath so much uniqueness – I’m so excited by how it turned out and can’t wait to hang it on the door. It’s the perfect start to my spring decor!
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Top O’ the mornin’ to ya! Are you looking to do a bit of decorating for St. Patrick’s Day? One of the easiest ways to dress up a room with a theme is with a throw pillow. “Lucky” for you, I’ve got a fun idea for a painted watercolor 4-leaf clover pillow cover to share! #seewhatididthere
I didn’t use to do a lot of decorating or anything else for St.Patrick’s Day, but my family loves to celebrate it in some way every year. When I met Shay, I had no idea how much he loved St. Patrick’s Day. Little did I know that we would become the people eating corned beef and cabbage every year and drinking green beer. Well, I probably knew that we’d be drinking green beer, because Shay does like beer, but I had no idea on the corned beef and cabbage. I don’t like corned beef, and I’m indifferent to cabbage. I mean, I like cabbage in cabbage rolls, and of course, in coleslaw, but by itself, especially boiled, cabbage is just kinda.. eww. My man loves it – at least on St. Patrick’s Day. We once had an entire conversation about corned beef and cabbage that ended with Puff the Magic Dragon. True story. The point to my story is, over the years, I’ve had to up my St. Patrick’s Day decor and celebration game. A few years ago I whipped up these fun rainbow frosted brownie bites. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do this year, so you can bet I was super excited when my friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to share a St. Patrick’s Day project idea, along with a group of fun and talented bloggers! Instant plan! Well, save for what we’ll be eating… but you work with what you have! On to the pillow cover!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Pillow form – Mine was a 10″x10″ form I already had. I wish I’d had a down filled form, but I didn’t have one the size I needed! If I’d had time, I’d have ordered this one.
Fabric to cover pillow – I had a package of white cotton napkins that were the perfect size for my pillow form, so I used that for the front of my pillow, and some velvet that I had in my fabric stock for the back.
Watercolor paints – Any type will do – they do not need to be fabric paints. I used this cake set, and I’ve also used this liquid version as well. You could potentially use your kids Crayola paints, but the colors won’t be as vibrant.
-Fine-tip black sharpie
-Fabric Medium – This bottle of magic, when added to paint, allows you to use any type paint on fabric without leaving the fabric feeling stiff. I found this FolkArt brand at JoAnn’s, and was happy with the results, but could only find the small bottle there. If you’re using this for a larger pillow, it’s cheaper for the larger bottle on Amazon.
-Two small containers for water
To begin, transfer the clover and text pattern onto your pillow using the marker. (Right-click on the link and save to your computer). I used my Cricut to do this, drawing it directly on the fabric with the fine tip pen. Because I wasn’t cutting the fabric, I was able to write onto the fabric without applying Wonder-under first.
If you don’t have a die-cut machine, you can also apply the design with a fine point sharpie pen using one of these transfer methods, printing on fabric using printable fabric, or if your fabric is sheer enough, tracing the design by hand.
Whichever method you choose to use, you’ll need to heat-set your design before adding watercolor to the fabric. Do this by applying dry heat to the drawing from the highest setting of your iron.
Once your design is sealed, you can add your watercolor accents – the fun part! Fill your two containers with water – one for cleaning your brush and one for the fabric medium. You don’t need alot.. probably about 1/4 cup. Add about a 1/8 of a cup of fabric medium to one of the water cups.
Use one of the brushes dipped in water to wet your paint, keeping in mind, the less water you use, the more color your brush will pick up, the less water, the lighter the color and the more it will spread on your fabric.
Begin applying the color to your fabric, filling in the design, staying in the lines.. just like kindergarten! I used various colors of green to give the drawing dimension – there isn’t a right or wrong way to do this.
Once you have painted your fabric as desired, use the water with the paint medium added to it and paint over the entire surface. You may see a slight amount of run from the outline, but it should be minimal if you’ve heat set the marker.
Your fabric will be quite wet at this point. Allow your fabric to dry – My fabric took a few hours to dry in the air. Once dry, carefully go over your lines if necessary, then again, heat set the design using a dry, very hot iron.
You’re ready to create your cover! I like a pillow cover with a zipper, but an envelope style pillow cover would also work here. Until I get around to writing a tutorial on how to create one, I like this one for creating a cover with a zipper a lot – it’s very thorough and easy to understand.
I added handmade pompoms in the corners of my pillow cover for just a little bit extra – I pinned the pompom strings from the inside to each corner before stitching.
I love how this cute little pillow turned out, and despite the fact that we’ll likely be eating the dreaded corned-beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, adding this to our decor means at least we’ll be doing it in style! How about you? How will you be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day? Do you do any decorating? Do you have any “authentic” Irish dishes to share?
Before you go, be sure to drop by and visit these talented ladies for a peek at their St. Patrick’s Day projects!