Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Naomi from How To Heat Press is joining us for the first of three guest posts that will help you to explore your Cricut! Today, she’ll show you how easy it is to customize a pencil case with your Cricut and adhesive vinyl. She’ll share tips for using heat transfer vinyl (also known as iron-on), too. The best part is that once you master this project, you can use the same process to customize so many different projects with your Cricut and vinyl.

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About How To Heat Press

How To Heat Press was started by Naomi and Dan in 2016. They’ve been using heat press and cutting machines for years, and they love all the wonderful projects you can create with these machines. How To Heat Press provides information about heat press and cutting machines (with a focus on Cricut machines), heat press and Cricut tips and tutorials, and t-shirt business tutorials.

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Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl

Tutorial by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Do you want to make a cool custom pencil case with Cricut?

This project is a Cricut Basic, but if you haven’t done it before, you’ll need to know a few things!

Depending on what your blank pencil case is made of, you could use adhesive vinyl or iron-on vinyl.

The pencil case I’m using for this project is only suitable for adhesive because it’s made of a type of flexible plastic. This would immediately melt if I applied heat. But if you had a blank pencil case made of fabric, you would use heat transfer vinyl (iron-on) instead.

How To Make A Custom Pencil Case

Here is what I am using to complete this project:

Now let me show you how I customized this pencil case for my daughter.

1. Choose Pencil Case Design

The design I am using for this pencil case is very simple… It is just my oldest daughter’s name: Galilee!

Does that even justify being called a design? I’m not sure! Nevertheless, sometime the best designs are the most simple.

You can really put anything you like:

  • Make a text design like me
  • Choose a free SVG image
  • Use a combination of text and image

It’s up to you, and will depend on the surface area on your pencil case.

To make this simple design, I opened a new project in Cricut Design Space. I created a text box by clicking the text icon on the left menu, and then selected the font ‘Leckerli One’.

If you wanted to use this font yourself, and didn’t have it in Design Space already, you can find it free here on Google Fonts.

Once I had typed out the name, the text was spread out and needed to be joined up so that it would be cut as one piece.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

To do this I selected the text and clicked ‘advanced’ and ‘ungroup to letters’ (top edit panel).

I was then free to shift the letters together so that they were touching. Once the letters were touching, I clicked weld (bottom right of the canvas).

Welding cannot be undone, so make sure everything is in the right place before clicking it. This makes the whole design a single layer that will be cut as one piece.

The final step before cutting was to size the design. I made this design 6 inches (15 cm) to fit the blank pencil case.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

2. Cut Design in Adhesive Vinyl

Now I’m ready to cut the design out of adhesive vinyl.

Because I’m using vinyl, I do not need to mirror the design. If you are using heat transfer vinyl, you will need to mirror the design as it is applied in reverse.

Set material settings to ‘vinyl’ for Cricut Maker, or set the dial to ‘vinyl’ for Explore Air 2.

Adhesive vinyl goes color side up, and backing paper side down on cutting mat.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

3. Weed Vinyl

Once your design has been cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

This just means pull away any piece of vinyl that you don’t want to end up on your pencil case (or other surface). The Cricut Basic Tool Set has the perfect tools for doing this.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl before weeding

5. Apply Transfer Tape

For this type of project, make sure you’re using the Standard Grip Transfer Tape, not the Strong Grip Tape!

Place the transfer tape over the weeded design. Press down from the middle of design towards the outer sides, one side at a time, to reduce the chance of air bubbles. Then burnish (rub/press down) with a squeegee (also included in the Cricut Basic Tool Set).

Remove the vinyl backing paper carefully to make sure all of the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on transfer tape

6. Apply Vinyl To Pencil Case

The final step is to apply the vinyl decal to the pencil case.

You can measure out the perfect spot with a ruler, or just have a good guess as to where it will be centered (like I did).

Position the vinyl on top of the pencil case and start by pressing it down in the center of your design. From the center, press it down out towards one side, and then starting from the center again, press it down out towards the other side. 

Once the whole decal is down, burnish it again to make sure it is stuck onto the pencil case.

Now start to remove transfer tape by rolling it back onto itself at a sharp angle, and slowly roll it back carefully, in case some has not stuck down.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on pink glittery pencil case

A Custom Pencil Case

That’s all there is to it – now you can make vinyl designs to put on anything and everything!

To be honest the vinyl I used wasn’t the best quality, but it was super cheap!

I’ve used it before on other projects and it lasts well… it doesn’t crack, peel, or fade, but it’s just not as nice or easy to work with as something like Oracal 651.

What is Oracal 651 used for?

Any adhesive vinyl project really.

It’s another permanent vinyl that’s great for:

  • mug decals
  • car and window decals
  • permanent wall decal

However, the result with the much cheaper vinyl is still good, and my daughter loves it (which has got to be the most important thing).

Thanks for reading!

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - crochet coloring book paper, Cricut Infusible Ink markers, and coaster against white faux brick vinyl backdrop

I’m sharing how to make your own set of handmade coasters using 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults, a free coloring book by Andee Graves/Mamas2Hands for FaveCrafts, and Cricut Infusible Ink Markers — no cutting machine needed! These coasters are a fun way to add some crochet love to your home decor, and they also make great gifts for your favorite crocheters.

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 post were generously provided by Cricut and Fiskars. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

A few months ago, my friend Andee from Mamas2Hands invited me to share a project from her new, free coloring book from FaveCrafts, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults on Underground Crafter. As you can guess from the name, it’s a crochet-themed, adult coloring booklet. Andee is a talented crochet designer and an illustrator, so I was happy to say yes!

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - cover of 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults

Shortly afterward, the cold sweats started. Well, not literally. But let’s just say that coloring between the lines has never been my strong suit. I did spend plenty of time thinking about how I could use this coloring book, because personally I don’t find coloring to be super relaxing. (If you do, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults is great for that, though!)

Who would have known that Cricut would come to the coloring book rescue?

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - Cricut Infusible Ink supplies against white faux brick vinyl backdrop

While I was traveling a few weeks ago, this goodie box showed up at home. (There’s nothing quite like getting home to crafty products from one of your favorite companies after a busy trip.) If you haven’t heard, Cricut has introduced a new set of products, Infusible Ink, that are available exclusively at Michaels. Infusible Ink is a heat transfer material that makes “peel-proof, flake-proof, wash-proof” projects using Cricut blanks, Infusible Ink Markers or Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, and a Cricut EasyPress 2.

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - Cricut Infusible Ink supplies against white faux brick vinyl backdrop

If you’re just hearing about Infusible Ink, you can watch the short video below or check out this page on Cricut’s website to see some other project ideas in action.

I’ve always wanted crochet coasters, and no, I don’t mean crocheted coasters – I have some of those already! I thought Infusible Ink would be a great way to make my own coasters with a crochet theme, and it turns out that several of the illustrations in 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults are the perfect size for the Cricut coaster blanks.

One of the cool things about the Infusible Ink pens is that you don’t need a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore series machine (or, any cutting machine) to use them. I hope you’ll have fun coloring in the pages of 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults while exploring Cricut Infusible Ink. If you’re new to heat transfer or Infusible Ink, don’t worry, I have you covered with a step-by-step tutorial.

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink

Cricut Tutorial by Underground Crafter

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - crochet coloring book paper, Cricut Infusible Ink markers, and coaster against white faux brick vinyl backdrop

I used coloring pages from 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults to make granny themed coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink Markers. If you’re making a set, be sure to use different color highlights on each coaster — it will help your guests identify their drinks! You can also customize this project with any coloring book pages.

Yield and Finished Size

  • Makes 4 coasters. Each coaster measures 3.75″ (9.5 cm) square.
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Tools

Materials

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - supplies against faux white brick backdrop

Instructions

Prepare Your Coloring Pages

  • Start by (virtually) leafing through 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults.
  • Print out 4 illustrations that will fit into a 3.75″ (9.5 cm) square. You can print 4 of the same image or 4 different images — it’s up to you!
  • Cut each illustration down to size.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - crochet coloring book pages cut into small pieces, scissor, and Cricut coaster blanks against white faux brick vinyl backdrop
  • With your Cricut Infusible Ink Markers, trace the outline of each illustration and color in as you prefer. I made one “petal” of these granny motif flowers a different color so that within a set of 4, each person could identify their own coaster (and, therefore, their own glass).
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - crochet coloring book pages

Prepare Your Heat Press “Sandwich”

How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - heat transfer tape, coaster blanks, colored crochet motif
  • Place your traced and colored illustration onto a coaster. The ink side should be facing the white (non-cork) side. Use the Cricut Heat Resistant Tape to position the illustration on the coaster once you have the placement you like.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - scissor, heat resistant tape, and coaster blank
  • Position your EasyPress Mat at the bottom with a piece of butcher paper over it. This is to prevent heat transfer onto your mat.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - layering on pad
  • Place the coaster on top of the butcher paper with the cork side down.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - layering on pad
  • Place the 80 lb. cardstock on top of the coaster. Press with your EasyPress 2 at 400 degrees for 60 seconds.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - Cricut EasyPress 2
  • Carefully remove the EasyPress 2 so you don’t shift the “sandwich” and allow all the sheets to cool.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - layering on pad
  • As you can see, there will be some heat transfer onto the butcher paper or cardstock, so don’t forget to include those or you will end up with marks on your EasyPress 2 or mat!
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - heat transfer
  • Once everything is cool to the touch, remove the cardstock and the Cricut Heat Resistant Tape from your coaster. Repeat for the rest of the set.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink by Underground Crafter - crochet coloring book paper, Cricut Infusible Ink markers, and coaster against white faux brick vinyl backdrop

I hope you enjoyed this project! Don’t forget to download Andee’s free ebook, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults at FaveCrafts.

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. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by 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

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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.