Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

Practice simple embroidery stitches while creating a boho stitch sampler in an abstract, modernist style. Use a Cricut Maker with a free cut file to mark and cut this faux hoop art pillow. It makes a great decoration or quick gift, 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. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Baby Lock, Fairfield World, and Taunton Press.

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

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against wood background

Ever since I got a Cricut Maker last year, I have been on a little bit of a sewing spree. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade (here and here), the Maker has been my dream machine. I love the ease of cutting fabric (even into complicated shapes like an adorable bear softie) without a stabilizer with materials that are included in the Maker box (that is, the Rotary Blade and the FabricGrip Mat). Using the Washable Fabric Pen makes it easy to mark up your fabric with sewing lines for attaching pieces, or to create embroidery lines.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against bedspread with embroidered pillow

Since adding the Maker to their machine line up, Cricut has really stepped up their game by offering lots of projects for sewists in Cricut Design Space. Like, seriously, hundreds. They’ve also started carrying fabric in their online shop, including designer samplers, genuine leather (in addition to faux leather), quilt panels (in case the patchwork part of quilting isn’t so much your thing), felt, and even pre-cut fabric (if you want to jump right into sewing with less cutting).

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit in box

And, of course, once you start carrying fabric and catering to sewists, you need to add tools, right? For this project, I used the Cricut Sewing Kit, which includes a set of fabric shears, thread snips (which are perfect for embroidery, too), seam ripper, thimble, measuring tape (because I know personally I can never have enough of these!), and pins with a pin cushion. If the Cricut has inspired you to do quilting, you may also want to consider the Rotary Cutting Kit.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Let me back it up a bit to tell you more about today’s project. A while back, Taunton sent me a review copy of Boho Embroidery: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches by Nichole Vogelsinger. I have always loved hand embroidery since childhood, but I never really had the patience for the detailed projects that were popular then. Once I got old enough to have the patience, my eyesight wasn’t good enough for the detailed work that complex embroidery projects required. Boho Embroidery inspired me to take more of a freeform approach to embroidery, and that’s where I got the idea for this sampler pillow. I don’t have lots of wall space, so while hoop art is, in theory, awesome, there’s no real place to hang it in my apartment. A pillow seemed more practical so I decided to make a faux hoop using my Cricut Maker! I didn’t have to worry about making drawing a perfect hoop circle because the Cricut can do that for me.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Supplies for embroidery

My sampler is very simple. I used the Washable Fabric Pen to make the circle for the hoop outline and then I freeformed a variety of stitches (which are labeled below). If you’d like to have a more structured sampler, you can add more embroidery lines with the Washable Fabric Pen to your cut file by choosing Customize before you cut.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow

Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

I created a simple, pieced pillow using fabric from a Cricut Riley Blake quilt kit. The centerpiece of the pillow is a faux hoop art circle featuring an abstract, modernist embroidery sampler.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 7” (18 cm) before stuffing.

Tools

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with supplies

Materials

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Instructions

Mark and Cut Your Fabric

  • Press your fabric with your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or iron with other heat-safe surface.
  • Open the Boho Stitch Sampler cut file in Design Space.
  • Select Customize to add additional embroidery lines if desired. Click on Make It to start your project. Place the fabric on the mat, install the Washable Fabric Pen, and then follow the instructions for cutting.
  • Remove your fabric from the mat. Use the fabric shears to cut away the unused fabric to save for a future project.

Create Your Embroidery Sampler

  • Place your marked piece of fabric into the embroidery hoop, using the circle as a guide for the hoop.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Fabric on top of embroidery hoop
  • If you’re using your Cricut BrightPad, plug it in and turn it on. Adjust the illumination level based on your embroidery floss and fabric colors, and the ambient lighting in your room.
  • Create your sampler using your chosen colors of embroidery floss and your favorite embroidery stitches. Use your thimble if necessary and trim threads after knotting on back with the thread snips.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Sampled stitches in progress
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler removed from hoop
  • After you finish doing the sampler stitches inside of the hoop, remove your fabric from the hoop and use your EasyPress 2 or iron to press it flat. Then work the back stitch around the marked circle to create your faux hoop.

Assemble the Pillow

  • Once your sampler piece is completed, trim down the fabric with your hoop art to measure 5” (13 cm) square, with the faux hoop centered in the middle.
  • Pin the short fabric rectangles to the sides of this square.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned front of pillow with pin cushion, scissors, and measuring tape
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow being sewn on Baby Lock Jubilant machine
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | First panels sewn to pillow top
  • Pin the longer rectangles to the sides of the fabric piece.
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned fabric on front of pillow
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pieced front of pillow
  • Position the square piece of fabric on top of the seamed piece of fabric with the right sides facing.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Backing fabric
  • Sew both pieces together using a 1/2″ seam and leaving approximately 3” (7.5 cm) open.
  • With your fabric shears, cut the triangle out on each seamed corner as shown in the picture.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow inside out
  • Pull the right side of the pillow out through the 3” (7.5 cm) opening.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Unstuffed pillow turned right side out
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | partially stuffed pillow
  • With thread and needle, fold over the seams of the opening and hand sew closed.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow next to bag of Poly-Fil

Enjoy your pillow!

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against faux fur background

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

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

This is the second post in a series about the Cricut BrightPad. I’m sharing an intricate iron-on project I made while using the BrightPad, an illuminating tool for crafting that makes weeding, tracing, embroidery, and other crafty tasks easier while reducing eye strain.

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.

Last week, I shared an overview of the BrightPad along with nine projects you can make with it. You can read that post here for more details, but basically the BrightPad is a lightweight and portable illumination surface you can use for crafting. It lights your project so you can pay attention to smaller details while easing your eye strain.

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

While I have made countless iron-on projects since first being introduced to the world of Cricut, my projects tend to be relative simple, like the literary geek t-shirts, the “Makers Gonna Make” tote bag, the Crocheters Gonna Crochet project bag, or the naughty and nice couples t-shirts. All of these projects use largish fonts with simple images.

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Confession time: I have been known to leave a piece of iron-on that I was supposed to remove when weeding and not notice that it was still on until AFTER I have already pressed and removed the iron-on liner. (Insert sound of head smacking into wall.) To be frank, I have avoided intricate iron-on and vinyl projects because I didn’t want to miss something important because of my eyesight not being perfect or because the lighting was poor in my workspace. With the Cricut BrightPad, I decided to take a chance on a much more complex iron-on project. One that required a lot of weeding, and intricate weeding at that. I hope you enjoy the finished result as much as I did!

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

I adapted the Beautiful Wildlife Pillows by Lia Griffith project (free with a Cricut Access Standard subscription) to make this detailed t-shirt.

Tools

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad in box, vinyl, cutting mat, and tools

Materials

Instructions

Cut Your Iron-On

  • Open Beautiful Wildlife Pillows by Lia Griffith in Design Space. Select Customize to adjust the size of the project. I made mine 7” so that it would fit onto a small women’s t-shirt. Or, use the Fox in the Garden cut file in Design Space, which is already resized.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter
  • Select Cut. Mirror the image for iron-on. Place the iron-on on the mat with the shiny (liner) side down and then follow the instructions for cutting.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter
  • Remove your iron-on from the mat. Use the scissor to cut away the unused iron-on to save for a future project.

Weed Your Project

  • Plug in your Cricut BrightPad and turn it on. Adjust the illumination level based on your materials and the ambient lighting in your room.
  • Use your Weeder to remove the excess iron-on and to reveal the details of the fox and the garden.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Iron-On Your Project

  • These instructions are for Everyday Iron-On and a 100% cotton t-shirt; if you use different materials, please refer to the EasyPress 2 Reference Guide. For more tips on using an EasyPress 2, check out my tutorial post.
  • Plug in the EasyPress 2 and bring it up to 315 degrees.
  • Place the t-shirt on the EasyPress Mat and press for 5 seconds.
  • Place the weeded iron-on onto the t-shirt. When you are satisfied with the position, press it for 30 seconds.
  • Flip the t-shirt to the wrong side and press for 15 seconds.
  • Do a warm peel.
Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

Enjoy your t-shirt!

Fox in the Garden Iron-On T-Shirt with Cricut BrightPad via Underground Crafter

I can’t wait to gift mine. I’m glad I used the BrightPad because it gave me the confidence to make this intricate iron-on project.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad (with 9 BrightPad Projects)

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter

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

This is the first post in a series about the Cricut Maker BrightPad, a portable tool that illuminates your projects and makes weeding, tracing, and other tasks easier while reducing eye strain. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing an overview of the BrightPad along with a roundup of nine projects with tutorial you can make with your BrightPad right away.

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.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter

So, What’s a BrightPad Anyway?

The BrightPad is a newish accessory from Cricut that creates a portable and lightweight illumination surface. (If you ever used an old-school lightbox, you will be pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and weight of the BrightPad.) Basically, it provides lighting from the back of your project so you can more easily and quickly complete tasks that require detailed handiwork. It also eases strain on the eyes while you are working on these kinds of projects.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad box

The BrightPad’s illuminated surface is a bit larger than a piece of letter paper at 9” x 11.5”. Inside the box, in addition to the BrightPad, you’ll find a short manual with instructions for use and craft project ideas.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad and box

Although it’s portable, you do need to plug the BrightPad in while it’s in use, so it also includes a 6-feet long power cord that fits into a standard US power outlet. The power cord is connected using a USB that you can disconnect from the BrightPad when it’s not in use.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad and box

The BrightPad uses an LED light that turns on with the power button on the front.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with illuminated Cricut BrightPad

With the + and – buttons on the side, you can adjust the brightness to 5 different settings from 400 lumens up to 4,000 lumens.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Hand touching adjustment buttons on illuminated Cricut BrightPad

If you have a Cricut Maker, you may have noticed a slim line on your machine. It is actually the spot where can put your BrightPad while your Cricut is cutting, scoring, or writing so you can have more workspace available to you.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with illuminated Cricut BrightPad

Although the Maker has a storage spot for the BrightPad, it’s a great crafting accessory to use with any Cricut machine… or even without a Cricut!

What Kind of Projects Can I Use the BrightPad For?

As I mentioned, the BrightPad is ideal for working on a project that requires more lighting than your typical craft project — basically anything with details you don’t want to miss. Here are some ideas for projects where a BrightPad would come in handy.

  • Weeding iron-on or vinyl, especially projects with small pieces, intricate cuts, or when your ambient lighting isn’t ideal.
  • Tracing coloring pages or lettering, or fine stenciling.
  • Embroidery or cross stitch projects.
  • Hand sewing or hand quilting.
  • Making jewelry, especially with small beads or fine wires.
Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with Cricut BrightPad, vinyl, weeder and scissors

Because the BrightPad is lightweight and thin, it’s portable enough to carry with you for a craft night. If you have a Cricut Maker, you can store it on the machine, or it’s slim enough to fit in the box on a tall bookshelf.

I was first introduced to the BrightPad at a Cricut Crafternoon in May, 2017. At that time, it hadn’t yet been released! But my friend Jessie from Jessie At Home used it to create an intricate iron-on bag.

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9 BrightPad Tutorials from Your Favorite Bloggers

I’ll be sharing a project using the Cricut BrightPad next week. It’s an iron-on project that I wouldn’t have had the courage to weed without the BrightPad because I would have been worried about missing pieces or worse — pulling away iron-on that I actually needed because I couldn’t see the details of the cuts.

Until next week, check out these nine projects from some of your favorite bloggers. Each one uses the BrightPad and includes a photo and/or video tutorial to guide you through the project.

Cricut Basics: Get To Know the Cricut BrightPad with 9 BrightPad Projects via Underground Crafter | Collage of 9 BrightPad projects from your favorite bloggers
  1. Water Bottle with Time Markings with Vinyl by The Country Chic Cottage (with video)
  2. Skyrim Fandom Iron-On T-Shirt by Doodlecraft
  3. Star Wars Squad Goals Iron-On T-Shirt by Hello Creative Family
  4. Decorate a Notebook with Iron-On and Watercolors by Fleece Fun
  5. How To Use Coloring Pages on Fabric with Foil by Sew What Alicia (with video)
  6. Custom Flask with Vinyl by 30 Minute Crafts (with video)
  7. Decorate Your Cricut with Vinyl by Tastefully Frugal
  8. Etched Glass Casserole Dish with Stencil Vinyl by Hello Creative Family
  9. Geometric Heart Paper-Piecing Sewing Pattern by Sew What Alicia (with video)

Still have questions about the Cricut BrightPad ? Leave me a comment so I can answer it in a future post.