I wanted to share a quick and easy project today. But the final product doesn’t look quick and easy – it looks like it is time consuming and complicated!
You will need:
your Cricut Machine
a fat quarter of a fun fabric
Heat-n-Bond (available at the fabric or craft store)
a blank canvas tote (available for a few dollars at any craft store)
Yep. I just listed fabric, not paper, and a Cricut. I have an old school Cricut. I think it is 4 years old, and I’ve used it a TON. But just recently, I learned I could cut fabric with my beloved digital cutter. Yes, FABRIC!
So let’s do it.
First, apply the Heat-n-Bond to your fabric, following the directions on the packaging. Make sure it is adhered really, really, really, really well. This is the key to getting great fabric cuts.
Then place your Heat-n-Bond fabric (with the paper backing still on it) on the Cricut mat, fabric side up. Load the mat into the Cricut – make sure your Cheerful cartridge is inserted. Choose the Cheerful Font.
Now here’s my big tip: swap out the Cheerful plastic thingie that covers the keys for the plastic thingie that came with your machine. Mine happens to be Plantin. See? Now you can just type letters without referring to your guide book.
Type in your word.
Set the Cricut to the slowest speed
and the maximum pressure.
Push cut, and sit back and let the magic happen.
Ta-da! A perfectly smooth “b” and round “o”’s. Yes, you could do this by hand, but my hand cutting looks like … hand cutting. Not like this. If the cuts doesn’t catch all of the threads in a few spots, just snip them with a scissors.
Now grab that canvas tote. Place the letters where you want them to go, and iron those babies down.
That’s it. The Heat-n-Bond should keep them in place. If you plan on washing it, you might want to stitch down the edges of the letters. Totally up to you.
You can also add more designs, like the leaves under the word. Fill it up and head off to the library!