DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterDo you love all things “ugly sweater?” I’m showing you how to make your very own ugly sweater holiday cards using fabric and iron-on scraps and your Cricut Maker!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

As my regular readers know, I’ve been in love with my Cricut Maker since I received one back in May.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut MakerIt has a ton of features, but my absolute favorites are its ability to cut fabric without a stabilizer using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both of which are included in the box)…

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker materials for first projectand the amazing score lines you can make with ease using the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel (which you can learn more about in this post). The fabric cutting I love because it makes it fun to sew more since I don’t have to worry about “messing up” intricate cuts. And, the score lines I love because I can finally make cards that actually look good! Both of these features highlight the Adaptive Tool System that the Maker has, which tells you when to load different tools based on your materials and your project. My third most favoritest (is that a word?) feature is the lack of a Smart Dial. I just tell Design Space what I’m making, choose my materials from the drop down menu, and bam!, all the settings are optimized.

I used to be one of those people that always sent out holiday cards (and on time) but the past few Decembers have been really busy and I haven’t quite made it happen. This year, I wanted to do something different and I was inspired to put together a project that I could make quickly on my Cricut Maker to get me back into the swing of the holiday spirit: ugly sweater cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card going into envelopeAs a crocheter and knitter, I’ve always found the act of creating an ugly sweater to be totally pointless – I mean the amount of work required and then to make it ugly? Explain! But mini ugly sweaters – where you can make several cards in one day – I am totally down for. I hope you enjoy this project and I can’t wait to see your version!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground CrafterI gathered up some pieces of “what was I doing when I bought this” fabric along with fabric, paper, and iron-on scraps to put together my very own ugly sweater cards. You can customize your version by adding more embellishments using fabric paints, beads, and other findings.

Tools

Materials

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Supplies for ugly sweater cards

Instructions

Score and Cut Your Cards and Envelopes

I searched the Ready-to-Make projects until I found a matching card and envelope set that I liked. Then, I customized the project by removing all of the card decorations so that I was just scoring and cutting blank cards and envelopes. I made several, using a mix of colors of cardstock for the cards and foil poster board and cardstock for envelopes. Be sure to change your materials in Design Space so that you will be using the correct blade and scoring wheel!

Remove your cards and envelopes from the cutting mats. Fold your cards and envelopes along the score lines. Use your adhesive to seal the envelopes (and set aside to dry, if necessary).

Cut Your Sweaters and Embellishments

I searched for sweater in the image menu in Design Space and choose one that is included with a Cricut Access Standard subscription.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Design Space screenshotOnce I had the sweater image on my canvas, I resized it so that it would fit on my folded card. I added a star shape and resized it to fit on the sweater. (You could also search for another image, like a Christmas tree, instead.) Then I duplicated the resized sweater and star. I edited these images in 4 different colors (one for cardstock, one for fabric, and one for each type of iron-on) so that Design Space would know which to put on a mat together and I could select the appropriate tools before cutting.

Choose the right material in Design Space for each mat and it will let you know which tool to use. Remember to use the Fabric Mat when cutting fabric! Also, even though you are using iron-on, it isn’t necessary to mirror your mats because the star shape is the same on front and back.

After your pieces are cut, remove them gently from the mats. Use your weeder to peel off the excess iron-on around your stars or to “poke out” the little cuts in your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards before assembly with tools and materialsAssemble Your Ugly Sweaters

Preheat your EasyPress 2 to the temperature required for your materials and prepare your pressing surface. (If you’re new to the EasyPress 2, you can find out more about it in this blog post.)

Press the stars or other iron-on embellishments onto your sweaters.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | ugly sweaters ready for assemblyOnce your sweaters are embellished, use an appropriate adhesive to attach the sweaters to your cards.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card ready for assemblyWait for the adhesive to dry if necessary, and then you’re cards are ready!

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater card against background

Write out your notes on the inside and you are ready to include your ugly sweater cards with a gift or send them off to a new home.

DIY Ugly Sweater Cards with Cricut Maker by Underground Crafter | Ugly sweater cards with tools and envelopes

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

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterSince I got my Cricut Maker this summer, I’ve gotten lots of questions from readers through email and on Facebook. I’m going to answer the top 5 questions about the Cricut Maker and show you how to make this adorable, vintage-style bear softie, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Madeira USA and Fairfield World.

Back in May, I received a Cricut Maker from the nice folks at Cricut. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you that I had been craving one since they were introduced last August. It’s fair to say that on the day when my Maker was delivered, I was doing quite a bit of dancing around the apartment, composing my own Cricut tunes, and then singing those songs in my lovely off-key voice. MC was a little bewildered at first, but once I explained to him what the Maker was and how it was different than the Explore Air, he was also pretty stoked for me. (But not quite enough to get him singing and dancing, too.)

Earlier this year, I wrote a post answering the twelve most common questions about Cricut, so if you’re completely new to the world of electronic cutting machines, you may want to check that out. In today’s post, I’m going to share answers to the 5 questions I’ve heard the most about the Maker since I got it. If you already have a Maker, you can scroll right down to my Vintage Bear tutorial.

Top 5 Questions About the Cricut Maker Answered!

The questions I hear most often are will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?, what makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?, what types of fabric can I cut with it without using a backer?, which materials can I cut?, and what kind of DIY projects can I make?

Will I use the Maker enough to justify the price?

Without knowing you and your life personally, I can’t say for sure, but I will say that if you actually do use it regularly, the answer is most likely yes. Here’s why.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker

  • The Cricut Maker is easy to use, right out of the box. If you’ve never even used an electronic cutting machine before, there’s a project (with all the materials!) included to get you started. At the same time, you can link your machine with your computer or tablet and set up your Cricut Design Space account. So yes, if you get one in a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale, you will have plenty of gifts ready in time for Christmas!
  • Cricut Access has TONS of free Ready-to-Make projects included with a subscription. If you are not a graphic designer (and even if you are, but you’re pressed for time), I highly recommend a Cricut Access subscription. You can access projects right away with all the graphics and fonts AND instructions included so you will never be short on ideas for a last-minute gift, card, decoration, or gift wrap.
  • If you like to design, you can upload your own images for free. If you’re more of a designer type, you can create your own graphics, use your own fonts, and then upload projects to write, score, and/or cut with just a little adjustment in Design Space. You can find out more about how easy it is to upload images to Design Space in my tutorial for a literary geek t-shirt.
  • You can multi-task with the Maker. While my Cricut Maker is cutting my materials, writing out my address labels, or scoring my greeting cards, I can be putting finishing touches on another project or ironing fabric for my next project.
  • You can make lots of different types of projects with it. I’ll get more into this one below, but basically if you add up all the gifts, cards, and gift boxes you can use it to make, you’ll probably break even on your costs within the year (or sooner, if you have a large handmade gift list).
  • Finally, if price is a big concern for you, get it on sale! Cricut Makers are sold by Cricut, Michaels, Amazon, and other sites, so if you pay attention you can buy one at a great discount, or you can buy a bundle that includes cutting materials.

What makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?

There are several features and tools that make the Cricut Maker different than the Cricut Explore series (or older Cricut electronic cutting machines). For me, there are two that I use regularly.

  • You can cut fabric without a backer. Using the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (both included in the box with your Maker), you can cut fabric without a backer. That was the big game changer that made the Cricut Maker “special” for me… but then I learned about the Scoring Wheels.
  • You can make the most incredible and precise score lines, even in heavier materials. If you buy the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, you can instantly get over your fear of paper crafting. 

How To Make Picture Perfect Cards (and Other Folds) with the Cricut Maker Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - before and after folds

Find out more in these three posts I wrote introducing the Scoring Wheels.

What else is different?

  • The Maker doesn’t have a Smart Dial, so you never need to worry about being on the wrong material setting. You choose your materials in Design Space and then the machine adjusts automatically.
  • The Maker has an Adaptive Tool System that tells you which tools to add and when. This is really helpful when you are using new materials and aren’t sure which blade to use.
  • The Maker can use several additional blades and tools, including the Rotary Blade, Scoring Wheels, and Knife Blade for thicker materials.
  • The Maker has a 2x speed setting. If you’re in a rush, you can crank things up a bit. The Explore Air 2 also has this feature.

What types of fabric can I cut with the Maker without a backer?

As I mentioned, the ability to cut fabric was really what I was looking most forward to in the Maker. You don’t need a stabilizer or other backer to cut fabric as long as you use your Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat (or Knife Blade, for leathers) and choose the right fabric material in Design Space. You can cut most fabrics with the Cricut Maker,  including leather, bamboo, boucle, broadcloth, burlap, calico, canvas, cashmere, chiffon, corduroy, cotton, damask, denim, faux fur, felt, fleece, khaki, quilt batting, silk, spandex, suede, and tulle. You can find a full list here, or try another fabric with a thickness of less than 2.4 mm.

Which materials can I cut?

In addition to the 100+ materials that can be cut with a Cricut Explore, and the fabrics listed above, you can also cut thicker materials with the Maker than the Explore. You can find a full list of all the standard materials you can use with the Maker here. My favorite materials to cut are fabric (have I mentioned that already??!!), iron-on, poster board, vinyl, and cardstock.

What kind of DIY projects can I make?

I’ve made a lot of great gifts with the Maker in the past few months, including t-shirts, cards, gift boxes, and more.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box against yellow backgroundThe cutting of fabric without a backer is a real game changer for me personally. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the Vintage Bear, a sewing project using the Maker, further down in this post. As with the Explore series of machines, you can write, cut, and print then cut. But, you can also score MUCH BETTER lines so if you aren’t a paper crafts pro, it means your cards will actually look good with the Maker and the Scoring Wheels. And, did I mention the fabric projects? Design Space now has lots of patterns, so you can choose from quilts, apparel, toys, and more, or you can upload your own sewing projects specs.

I hope I’ve answered all of your Maker questions, but if you have more, don’t hesitate to ask by leaving a comment here, emailing me, or tagging me on social media.

How To Make a Vintage Bear with Cricut Maker

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground CrafterThat was a lot of information, so I hope you’re still here for the project! I picked a pattern for a bear softie from Design Space that actually looked very contemporary (or should I say “modern”) and made it my own by giving it a vintage look. This is a low-sew project with some (extremely light) embroidery. I used my sewing machine, but it’s definitely something you can sew by hand. If you’re not big into sewing, you can make the eyes, nose, muzzle, and inner ears using iron-on.

Materials

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | supplies flat lay

Instructions

Choose your Pattern in Design Space

  • I searched in the Sewing drop down menu for Bear and choose this Simplicity pattern. You will need to purchase the pattern.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Design Space projectPrepare Your Fabric

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric flat lay

  • I also cut my fat quarter in half along the long edge.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | pressing fabric with Cricut EasyPress2

Cut Your Materials

  • Use the Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Cutting Mat to cut your fabric. (Since I have the 12″ mat, I changed the mat size in Design Space and used a scissor to cut my fat quarter in half so that it was 9″ x 22″. Design Space will automatically move the back of the bear to a separate mat if you change the mat size.) 
  • If you use iron-on (I did for the nose), be sure to use the StandardGrip Cutting Mat and change the materials in Design Space. You don’t really need to “mirror” before cutting because the iron-on pieces are symmetrical, but be sure to place the iron-on shiny side down on the mat. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting fabric

  • I didn’t have a Washable Fabric Pen with me, so I used a standard Cricut Pen for the front piece, since I knew I would sew over the markings. For the rest of the pieces, I took the pen out because I didn’t want permanent marks.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Pen and Rotary BladeAssemble Your Cut Materials

  • Once your project is cut, you can put away your Maker and move on to the sewing and assembly phase.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | sewing suppliesAdd Eyes

  • I plan to gift this bear to a small child, so I embroidered on the eyes rather than using buttons or safety eyes.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for assembly

  • Thread the tapestry needle with about 18” (46 cm) of embroidery floss. Start on the back with a knot. I just did covered over the marked spot for the eyes by going back and forth, but a French knot would be cute. You can find a video tutorial for the French knot at the end of this post. Be sure to knot securely on the back before fastening off. Repeat for the other eye.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | embroidering eyesAssemble Facial Features

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | iron-on nose

  • Pin the rest of the facial features to the front of the bear.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features pinned in place

  • Attach the zig zag foot to your machine and adjust the zig zag stitch settings to a short length and a long width. (I used 0.5 length and 3.5 width.) Align the needle so that you work a zig zag stitch along the edges of the facial features (muzzle and inner ears) to create an overcast stitch edging. Go slowly because there are a lot of curves (which mean a lot of turns), removing pins as you go.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | facial features sewn in placeSew Bear Pieces Together

  • Once you have the front finished, place the back of the bear on the front of the bear with the right sides facing.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for sewing

  • Start at the groin of the bear and sew around one leg, around the body, and end at the “foot” of the other leg. I used the 1/4″ quilting foot, but you could also use the zig zag foot (or hand sewing).

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | bear ready for stuffingStuff Bear

  • Now you’re going to turn the bear inside out, being sure to push out the corners of the arms and feet and ears.
  • Stuff the limbs and ears firmly first with your Nature-Fil Bamboo Fiber Fill.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | stuffing bear with Nature-Fil

  • Then, fill up the rest of the body.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | limbs stuffedFinish

  • Fold over the seam on the edge of the leg. You’ll need to sew this last part by hand. It helps to use a coordinating thread so it isn’t too noticeable.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | leg ready for seaming

Doesn’t he look ready for a night out in the city?

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter - Vintage Bear Softie over skylineAnd, here’s the bear in my hand so you can get a sense of the size.

Answers to Your Top 5 Cricut Maker Questions + How To Make a Vintage Bear Softie by Underground Crafter | Vintage Bear Softie in hand (relative size)

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

Naughty and Nice Couples Iron-On T-Shirts | Cricut Holiday Event 2018

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter Are you looking for quick Cricut gifts to make for your favorite couples for the holidays? Then you’ll love my naughty and nice iron-on t-shirts! In this post, I’ll share the cut files for two naughty and nice couples t-shirt sets. You can make them as-is or further customize each project in Design Space.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut.

Since I got the Cricut EasyPress 2 this summer, I have been a crazy iron-on fool! I have been ironing-on (or is it iron-oning?) projects left and right. In September, I even had the wacky idea to iron-on thirty Oriental Trading Mini Canvas Tote Bags with the logos of my blog and Jessie At Home’s blog for a shawl styling demo we did at In the MKNG.

I was so delirious afterwards that I forgot to take pictures of the completed bags. Even with an EasyPress 2, ironing-on 60 logos in one sitting is no small feat. But trust me, the finished bags were awesome! The point of this little story is that without the stress of ironing (and the stress of pulling out an ironing board in my one bedroom apartment), I am totally free to make as many iron-on projects as I want. When Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts, Jen from 100 Directions, and Jessica from Mad in Crafts invited me to participate in their Cricut Holiday Event, I knew I would be having some iron-on fun.

Christmas is much more fun for the kiddos than the adults, so I wanted to make some t-shirts for some of my favorite couples for the holidays. I mean, why shouldn’t the grown ups get to have fun, too? I decided to do a play on the theme of naughty and nice and make two different sets of shirts. Each one includes a “naughty” cut file and a “nice” cut file. You’ll need to decide who in each couple is deserving of which project!

 

Naughty and Nice Couples Iron-On T-Shirts with Cricut

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter This is an easy peasy iron-on project that is perfect for Cricut newbies or pros. Newbies can make the shirts as-is, and Cricut pros can customize the cut files to include additional images or different fonts.

Materials

Instructions

Customize Your Cut Files in Design Space

  • Use my cut files in Design Space “as is” by clicking on Make It, or customize by looking for images (my search terms were “Christmas tree,” “gift,” and “Christmas stockings”), changing the fonts, or adjusting the sizes to better fit on your shirts.

Cut Your Iron-On

  • Make sure you “mirror” each mat before cutting and place the iron-on shiny side down on the mat. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - cutting with Cricut MakerWeed Your Iron-On

  • Once all your pieces are cut, trim away excess unused iron-on with your scissors to save for your next project. Use your weeder to remove iron-on from around your cuts.

Pre-Heat Your EasyPress 2

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2 pre-press t-shirtStart Pressing!

  • Use the EasyPress 2 to press out any wrinkles on the center of the t-shirts before you get started.
  • Position the iron-on on your first t-shirt with the clear liner on top so that the text is facing you and readable. You can center your iron-on, set it at a diagonal, or position it another way. Make it your own!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - position iron-on on t-shirt

  • Press the iron-on on the shirt using the heat setting and time recommended for your type of iron-on and 100% cotton.
  • Once you have pressed the iron-on, peel off the clear liner carefully following the instructions for “cold peel” or “warm peel” based on the material you used.

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - position iron-on on t-shirt

  • Repeat for each shirt.

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - Naughty and Nice Ones

  • Don’t forget to adjust the temperature and time settings on your EasyPress 2 if you switch to a different type of iron-on between shirts, like I did!

Naughty and Nice Couples Cricut Iron-On T-Shirts by Underground Crafter - Not Too Naughty and Just Nice Enough

Check out the rest of the projects in the Cricut Holiday Event below!


How To Make a Custom “Makers Gonna Make” Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground CrafterAre you always on the hunt for the perfect project bag to tote your next work-in-progress in? In today’s tutorial, I’m going to share how to make your own customized Makers Gonna Make project bag using iron-on and the Cricut EasyPress 2.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Before I share the Makers Gonna Make project tote, let me tell you about my new favorite toy (er, um, I mean tool), the Cricut EasyPress 2.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2If you’re like me, ironing is your least part of crafting. When I was quilting a lot, I always dreaded the torturous ironing at the beginning of each project. And, in the last two years, as I have made more and more Cricut projects (mostly iron-on), I have been reminded why I don’t quilt too much anymore! Ironing is really just not fun and with iron-on projects, sometimes the lack of fun can also lead to poor application. If you’ve ever had any of these ironing problems in your craft projects…

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - ironing problems…you may want to check out the EasyPress 2, a new heat press by Cricut. I shared my unboxing here on Facebook if you’d like to see what’s in the box.

How Is the Cricut EasyPress 2 Different from Original EasyPress?

When Cricut announced the EasyPress last year, it was available in one size (9” x 9”) and in one color (Sky). The EasyPress 2 is available in three sizes (6” x 7”, 9” x 9”, and 10” x 12”). Besides the difference in prices (as you might guess, the smallest is the least expensive), each size is best suited for different types of projects and situations. If you make a lot of smaller iron-on projects, like baby clothes or hats, or if you plan to take your EasyPress 2 to craft night often, you might want the 6” x 7” size. If you make a lot of larger projects, like banners or blankets, you will probably want the 10” x 12” size. The 9” x 9” size (which is the one I have) is great for medium sized projects, like shirts, bags, and aprons.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - Meet the EasyPress 2 familyAnd, of course, the EasyPress 2 is available in Raspberry, not just Sky. The bottom of the EasyPress 2 is ceramic and flat, so it heats very evenly and stays dry. It also has a USB port for firmware updates in the future. If you like to pick your colors, that matters, too, right? It also comes with a Safety Base. You can rest your EasyPress 2 on the Safety Base while it heats up, between applications, and between projects. No more accidentally burning your arm on the side of an iron, or worrying about damaging your crafting surface (or your pressing surface) in between presses. The EasyPress 2 heats up to as much as 400 degrees, but it feels cool on the sides, so as long as it is in the Safety Base, you shouldn’t have to worry about burning yourself between project steps. The Safety Base also comes with rubberized “feet” so you don’t have to worry about it scratching your crafting or storage surface, or slipping out of place.

How Does the Cricut EasyPress 2 Work?

Having never used the original EasyPress, I wasn’t sure how much of a learning curve there would be. I was pleasantly surprised about how easy it was to use.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2 Quick Start GuideThere are six buttons on the EasyPress 2. On the left side, you have the power button (to turn it on and off). The button with a thermometer on it (upper left) is what you press when you want to change the temperature. And, the button just beneath that with a clock on it is what you press when you want to adjust the time needed.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2 onOn the right side, you have a plus and minus button. After pressing the temperature or time button, you can adjust up or down with these buttons. On the far right, you have the Cricut button, which is just like the “Go” button on your Cricut machine. This will be red while the EasyPress 2 is heating up, to indicate that it is not yet ready to use. Once it reaches the right temperature, your EasyPress 2 will beep and the light will change. Even if you don’t hear the beep, you can what the temperature it has reached by checking the digital readout. There is a detailed chart of recommended EasyPress settings here that includes the temperature, time for pre-heat, time for application, time for post-heat, and whether the material is a “warm peel” or “cold peel” material. Some materials come off more easily after cooling completely (“cold peel”), while others can still be warm to the touch (“warm peel”).

Once you have reached your temperature — which happens quickly, even when you have an 80 degrees or more temperature difference between materials — and have set the amount of time you need, you’re ready to use the EasyPress 2. As the name suggests, it is literally about an easy press at this point.

Place your project on a heat-safe surface (I used the 12” x 12” EasyPress Mat, which is also portable for crafting on-the-go). Then put your project on the mat, and your iron-on material over that. Lift up your EasyPress 2, place it on top of the project you’d like to “iron,” and press the Cricut button. Once the time is counted down, it will beep again and you can remove it and return it to the Safety Base. If you want to use it to press fabric, just put your fabric on your heat-safe surface and go.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground CrafterNow that you know all about the EasyPress 2, are you ready to make your custom Makers Gonna Make project bag? I customized the big project bag to show my love of Cricut and sewing. Be on the look out in a few weeks for the follow up project — customized notions bags (made in the three sizes pictured below) for crochet and knitting!

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - materials

Materials

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter

Instructions

Customize Your Bag in Design Space

  • Use my Makers Gonna Make Project Bag in Design Space “as is” by clicking on Make It, or customize by looking for images in your favorite crafts, changing the font, or adjusting the sizes of the images. Here are just a few of the Cricut options available, for example.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - Cricut images in Design Space

Cut Your Iron-On

  • Make sure you “mirror” each mat before cutting. Choose your cutting materials in Design Space and it will let you know what to do next!

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - cuttingWeed Your Iron-On

  • Once all your pieces are cut, trim away excess unused iron-on with your scissors to save for your next project. Use your weeder to remove iron-on from around your cuts.

Pre-Heat Your EasyPress 2

Start Pressing!

  • Use the EasyPress 2 to press out any wrinkles on the bag before you get started.
  • Position the largest piece of iron-on on your bag first with the clear liner at the top. That piece will make the biggest impression, so make sure it’s straight! I had to press this twice, because at first I didn’t realize that the straps on the bag were making the EasyPress 2 uneven. For the second application, I held down the EasyPress 2 firmly to make sure it was straight.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - iron on at top of bag

  • After pressing your first piece of iron-on down, you can start to add the other pieces.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - iron on pieces

  • Don’t forget to adjust the temperature and time settings on your EasyPress 2 if you switch to a different material, like I did!

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter

  • To avoid creating an uneven pressing surface from the added height of the bag straps, I held my EasyPress 2 sideways for the side pieces.

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - EasyPress 2 in useOnce you have everything pressed down and all the pieces have reached the right temperatures, you are ready to peel off the clear liners and enjoy your new project bag!

How To Make a Custom Makers Gonna Make Iron-On Bag with Cricut EasyPress 2 by Underground Crafter - completed project bagIf you love this project, check out my tutorial for the Crocheters Gonna Crochet and Hookers Gonna Hook iron-on bags here.

Crocheters Gonna Crochet project bag tutorial by Underground Crafter - on wood background

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

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground CrafterI’m finishing my series of posts about the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel, a new set of tools for the Cricut Maker that helps you make faster, easier, and more precise folds in your projects made with a variety of materials. In my first post in this series, I talked about the difference between the two Scoring Wheels and shared my first projects using them. Last week, I showed you how even a paper craft newbie like me can make picture-perfect cards with the Scoring Wheel. Today, I’ll be focusing on the Double Scoring Wheel, which I used to make an awesome, shiny gift box!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is part of a series sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

By the way, since I started this series, I’ve been getting some questions about where you can buy the Scoring Wheels. They are currently available on HSN and you can also sign up here to be notified when they are ready for purchase on the Cricut website.

Which Scoring Wheel Do I Need?

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Scoring WheelsThe main difference between the “single” or “standard” Scoring Wheel and the Double Scoring Wheel is the number of lines in the score. As you can probably guess, the Double Scoring Wheel makes a double-line score, which means that it makes it possible to easily fold the scores on thicker materials, like heavy papers (including corrugated paper, watercolor paper, shimmer paper, and sparkle paper), heavy cardstocks (like poster board, flat cardboard, kraft board, patterned glitter cardstock, or light chipboard), cork, leather, and craft foam.

Something to keep in mind when using the Double Scoring Wheel is that your cutting materials should go face down on the mat because it’s easier to fold into the score. In other words, score on the wrong side of your projects.

Don’t get stressed out though, because the Scoring Wheels will be packaged together in a set, are easy to switch out, and Design Space will let you know which on you need to use once you select your cutting materials. Easy peasy!

What Can I Make With the Double Scoring Wheel?

In my first post in this series, I made a flower box with Cricut Kraft Board.

Get To Know Cricut Maker Scoring Wheels with Underground Crafter - Flower Box Project AssembledThere aren’t too many bloggers sharing projects with the Double Scoring Wheel yet, because it is so new, but here are three projects that I absolutely love! These photos are copyright the respective bloggers and are used with permission.

Angie at The Country Chic Cottage made this great DIY Leather Notebook, which would be a perfect crochet project notebook, don’t you think?

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - DIY Leather Notebook by The Country Chic CottageJessica at Mad in Crafts used Shimmer Paper for her version of the Pineapple Vases project.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Geometric Paper Pineapple Vases by Mad in CraftsI used cardstock and the single Scoring Wheel for my version of the same Ready-to-Make project here, but I love how hers shine!

How To Make Picture Perfect Cards (and Other Folds) with the Cricut Maker Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Paper Pineapple VaseAnd, Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow used Foil Poster Board for her Treat Bags. (Don’t they make the churros look extra yummy??!!)

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Easy DIY Fiesta Inspired Treat Bags by The Crafted SparrowBy the way, if you’re wondering about how the Scoring Wheels compare to the Scoring Stylus, read this post by The Country Chic Cottage. I’m new to scoring — so I found Angie’s perspective really informative.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground CrafterOk, so on to my project for today! I searched through the Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space looking for boxes until I found this Heart Box. I thought this would be a really cute box to make but I wanted it to have a bit more pizzazz than the one in the picture, so I dug through my stash of cutting materials looking for this Fairy Tale Sampler of Foil Poster Board. Now, I was ready to tackle the project. Read on for details.

Heart Box Materials

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Foil Poster Board and Double Scoring WheelThe first mat is the backgrounds that will become the heart colors in your box, and the second mat is the outside of your box, so choose your pieces of Foil Poster Board accordingly. Don’t forget to put the shiny foil side face down on the mat so the scores will be on the back!

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker, Foil Poster Board, and Double Cutting Wheel with Heart Gift BoxOnce you select your materials, Design Space will notify you which Scoring Wheel to use and also when to change it out with the Premium Fine Point Blade.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box with other decorative boxesI love that there are mini hearts on all four sides (which I didn’t realize when I picked out the project). The next time I make this box, I may customize it so that I use five different colors for the hearts — and that would be a great way to use up scrap pieces from other projects, too.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box against yellow backgroundAfter all the pieces are scored and cut. fold the box along the double scoring lines and start glueing! Wait for everything to dry before you start posing your box for pictures.

How To Make a Foil Poster Board Gift Box with the Cricut Maker Double Scoring Wheel by Underground Crafter - Heart Gift Box view from topI hope you enjoyed this series on the Cricut Scoring Wheels! If you have any questions about them, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer.

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