Today I am going to show you how, with the help of your Cricut, or any other electronic die cutting machine, you can make the cutest gifts for the little people in your life!
I was a very lucky girl: in December I received a wonderful gift – my Cricut Explore One! It has taken me a while to be brave enough to use it – but now I’m hooked!
For this tutorial, you will need:
- Cricut Explore One, or any other brand of electronic die cutting machine
- Iron On Glitter vinyl
- Onesies or clothes to decorate (I bought organic cotton clothing from H&M)
- Weeding tool
For those of you who are not yet familiar with it: welcome to Cricut Design Space. Cricut Design space is a lovely piece of online software, that I managed to get the hang of within a few hours of playing.
Here is the basic screen: I used a onesie canvas, and then simply added some text and a heart shape, and put them both into the same colour. This means that they will both be cut on the same mat. Make sure that the size of the design correlates to the size of your onesie!
Once you are happy with your design, click on the green ‘Go’ button. This will take you to the cutting screen. IMPORTANT: Make sure you click ‘Mirror Image’!
Cut your vinyl down to size and put it on your mat. Be careful to put it on the right way – with the backing facing downwards. I sadly wasted my first piece by doing this part incorrectly!
Follow the onscreen instructions and cut your design. Then comes the tricky part: you need to use your weeding tool to remove the background vinyl. This is quite difficult with the glittery material, as it is nearly impossible to see where the cut lines are. I found holding it up the light at the window helpful. That, and a lot of patience!! It also helps if the design isn’t too intricate.
Next, take your onesie, and with a hot iron, heat up the fabric for 15 seconds. Then, place your design onto the clothing. Use a ruler to make sure it’s in the middle!
All that leaves is to cover the onesie and transfer with a cotton tea towel, and iron over with medium pressure for 30 seconds. Voila!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and would love to see what you create, should you decide to try it yourself! I must go, as my cake needs taking out of the oven!