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I’ve been coveting a Cricut Explore ever since SNAP back in April, when I had a chance to play around with one at their booth. Now I’m excited to be a part of Cricut Design Space Star! For the next few months, we’re going to be sharing some great Cricut projects using a variety of mediums. This month, the theme was Fashion / Gear, and my team chose Yellow as our focus.
The second we chose it, the song Yellow Submarine started running through my head. Because my Cricut arrived the day after my surgery, I couldn’t play around with it right away. So I just hung out on the couch, mildly doped up on medication, watching TV and humming Yellow Submarine. By the time I was able to start working on projects, I knew I had to do something with that song, or it would never, ever, ever leave my head!
So I made a tote bag! On one side are those lyrics that kept running through my head, and on the other is an adorable little sub, floating its way across the tote.
Supplies and Tools
Iron-On Vinyl (I got mine from Expressions Vinyl)
Weeding Tool, Tweezers, Scissors
Iron / Ironing Board
Fabric (see this post for sizes and directions for making the tote bag)
I created my file in Illustrator and then converted it to an SVG file for use in my Cricut Explore. I still can’t get over the fact I can cut Any. Shape. I. Want. Anything my mind can create, I can cut it! Cricut also has a ton of images to download in the Cricut Image Library if you don’t have Illustrator skillz.
I uploaded my file into the Cricut Design Space. The beauty of an SVG file is that it can be resized to any size you might need. I made my image about 10″ across.
I prepared my file for cutting, and made sure to reverse the image because it’s iron-on. I used Expressions Vinyl and was very impressed with the quality. I have nothing to compare it with, but I can’t imagine I’d use anything else — it cut perfectly.
Once the Cricut Explore got going, I was, frankly, completely shocked at how well it cut all of those intricate letters and tiny shapes. I used the weeding tool and tweezers to remove the “negative” vinyl around the letters — it took quite a while because of all the detail, but it wasn’t difficult.
Ironing on the vinyl was easy, though it took a little longer under the iron than I thought it would. As I started peeling off the backing, I would find a spot I hadn’t ironed enough — a little more pressing and it came right off! Cricut has a great video showing how to achieve the best results using iron-on.
To create the tote bag, I used the same pattern as my Woven Ribbon tote. It’s a beginner sewing pattern — if you can sew straight lines, you can make it!
I decided to line the straps with yellow gears fabric as a nod to our theme (Fashion / Gear), plus it seemed very submarine-y! The yellow dots of the lining echo the dots above and below the lyrics. I love how it turned out — I can’t wait to see what else I can create with the Cricut!
And once I finished it, I managed to not have Yellow Submarine stuck in my head anymore.
Of course, I’m sure you now do.
And while you’re at it, check out our whole team’s projects! I can’t believe I get to craft with all of these talented women!
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