I think they are great paired with a 6-pack of your favorite beverage as a housewarming gift and/or welcome to the neighborhood. They would also be perfect bachelor/bachelorette parties, Groomsmen gifts, stocking stuffers, football parties, and just fun to have one of your own.
Check out the video to find out how to create your bottle opener.
You have no idea how many photos it took to get one that was even close to showing the cuteness of these over the collar dog bandanas. Let’s just say my dogs are not well trained!
As usual, this is a quick, easy and fun project. It’s very beginner sewing friendly (it’s all straight lines). They are very inexpensive to make, so they make the perfect Etsy shop product.
I have a free downloadable PDF pattern for these adorable bandanas. One pattern includes all of the sizes from Small through Extra Large. If you’re not sure what size, watch the video and I will explain to you which size to chose for your furry friend. Wrigley and Brinkley are wearing Extra Large.
I wanted to share with you this really easy pattern for a burp cloth. If you’re a beginner sewists, this is a great project to practice you skills. It makes the perfect baby shower gift, or welcome baby gift or just to have for your nursery.
I created mine out of flannel and fleece, but they can be made with your favorite cotton, flannel, fleece, terry cloth, minky or just about any absorbant fabrics.
The embroidery is optional. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could easily substitute iron on or just leave them blank. I made several blank and with monograms and they are equally cute.
Grab the FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF by clicking the photo above and let’s get started.
I get asked weekly to please show how to sublimate a skinny tumbler in the Wala Mug Press. I thought these new glimmer skinny tumblers would be an awesome way to demonstrate the process. They also show how sublimation can look on a colored blank.
Sublimation blanks don’t have to be white, but a light color is best. I chose the glimmer lavendar tumbler for this watercolor image of a german shepard to illustrate just how stunning colored blanks can be.
Did you know you can use your Cricut, Silhouette, Brother Scan N Cut to create the applique pieces for your machine embroidery designs? You can!
In today’s video tutorial I am going to show you how I created this fun applique bib without using a single pair of scissors (to cut fabric).
So, how does this all work? Many applique designs give you the SVG and/or png with their designs. However, Chroma Software, the free embroidery software that comes with any Ricoma machine, actually has a feature built right in to make a PNG file out of any embroidery design. Chroma Luxe (the paid upgrade version) allows you to save as an SVG file. Both PNG and SVG files can be used in Cricut Design Space. There are other embroidery software programs that also allow you to save a cut file. No matter which one you use, this is an invaluable, time-saving feature for embroidery applique projects. Once you have your SVG/PNG to use with your cutting machine, the process is the same.
I’m going to show you how to use this feature using Chroma and the Cricut Maker in today’s video.
Would you guess that the two mugs above are essentially the exact same mug? They are!
So how does a black mug become a white mug with a design? It’s easier than you think.
The trick is in these heat activated mugs which also happen to be sublimation blanks. This means you can add sublimation to the black, red or blue mug and the image will be revealed when the recipient adds hot coffee, tea or cocoa! Isn’t that fun?It also means that not only do they work with sublimation prints, but also with Cricut Infusible Ink.
Side note: When purchasing from Cricut, use code Maker10 on orders $50 or more and save 10% and get free shipping – does not apply to machines.
I think they would be so fun as a teacher’s gift filled with hot cocoa ingrediants. Once the teacher fills it up, her name is revealed.
Check out today’s video to find out exactly how to create you very own color changing mug.
Sublimation opens up a whole new world to crafters. No longer are we bound by layers and intricate designs that heat transfer vinyl/iron on often represents. But, did you know that you’re also not limited to white sublimation blanks? In fact, you don’t even have to have “Subilimation blanks” at all.
I found THIS SHIRT was perfect for sublimation. How did I know it would work with sublimation? It is made of 95% polyester. Any garments with a high polyester count (80% and above) make perfect sublimation blanks. While any high count polyester fabric is great for sublimation, you’ll want to stick with light colors. They don’t need to be white, but they do need to be a light color in order for the ink to show up. Keep in mind that sublimation ink is translucent, so the color of the garment will show through the ink. Imagine if you had a navy ink pen and you wrote on a red tshirt. Would you see the ink? Probably. Would the ink show up better on a white or light blue shirt? Absolutely.
In today’s video you can see just how awesome this shirt sublimated. I will give you a few tips and tricks to help guide you to the very best results when sublimating on “non-sublimation” blanks.
Look how vibrant it turned out! The secret is in the use of PolyTPlus. It is a spray sublimation coating for cotton. Essentially, it sprays polyester onto your cotton products, which gives the sublimation ink something to stick to. Pretty neat, huh!
Keep in mind that sublimation works best with Polyester. The more polyester, the better your results will be. This product simply adds a polyester coating to your fabric. Eventually, the results will fad somewhat. I’ve used it on several shirts for the grandkids and after many, many wash cycles, though they still look great, they are not as crisp and bright as they were when I initially made them.
There are a few things you need to get the best results with this product. I have created a video walking you through coating your cotton surface and how to press. If you want to watch an even more indept video using this product, check out my earlier video here.