Decorative Towel Hanger with the Cricut

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Thanks for stopping by.  Today I am showing you how to create a decorative towel hanger with your Cricut Maker!  Don’t have a Cricut Maker – don’t worry, I’ve got instructions for you, too.

I remember growing up that my mother and grandmother often had towels hanging from the front of the stove.  They were attached with some of grandmother’s handy dandy killer crochet skills.  Towel Hanger-8 Apparently, a skill that I did not inherit!  🙂 .

I wanted to create a towel hanger to keep a certain someone (sorry, Doug) from grabbing my pretty decorative towels and wiping up spilled milk on the counter.  Just sayin… PAPER TOWELS!   I digress.

I decided to create a pattern in Cricut Design Space (you can grab it here) and create my very own modern version of Grandmother’s Crochet’d towel holder.

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I think this is the perfect gift for most every home.  It would be great fun to make one for each season/holiday and gift them as a set.

I used the Cricut EasyPress to create this Rae Dunn Inspired Flannel towel holder.  The Easypress  also helped me create holiday towels for Christmas like this oneTowel Hanger-4

and this one.  Excuse Wrigley… he thinks hes a prop.

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I just love the fact that you can get two towel holders from 1 towel.

Towel Hanger-11I added a little pom pom trim to this one!  A girl has to have pom poms in her life, right?

I bet you can guess that I have a step by step tutorial for you and you can help yourself to the pattern above.

Do you need a PDF version?  I’ve got you taken care of too!  You can get the PDF version here.

Here’s the video tutorial:

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Wine Gift Bag with the Cricut

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Cheers!  Today, we are making fabric wine bags.  I just love making these personalized bags.

 

Often, I find I want to do a little more than just a single bottle of wine.  I think adding a fabric wine bag that the recipient can reuse is an excellent way to take an everyday gift and make it a little more special and add that touch of handmade love.

 

 

 

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Pair it with a couple of wine glasses and your simple gift is on a whole other level.  Fabric scraps are perfect for this project!  Wouldn’t it be fun to make it out of Halloween Fabric and add “witches brew” on the side?  How about a bottle for the bridal party to enjoy while they are getting ready… add the word BRIDE.  You could make it out of fun floral fabrics for a girls night at a friends house, or add a monogram for an everyday hostess gift.  Tons of possiblities.

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I used the Cricut EasyPress to add the word “Cheers”.  I just love the 6 x 7 EasyPress for this project.

 

It’s even fun without any personalization.

 

Don’t have a Cricut Maker yet?  (you need one).  Don’t worry… simply cut the pattern out with cardstock and use that as a template to cut the fabric by hand.  Easy peasy!… (but seriously.. you NEED the Maker!)

OK, are you ready to get stocked up on gift bags for the holidays?  You can start now by grabbing the pattern HERE.  It’s made from Basic Shapes in Cricut Design Space, so you can use it for free.  Here’s the step by step tutorial:

How to Iron On HTV on Wood with the Cricut EasyPress 2

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Speaking of Saturday… next weekend I am headed to a wedding reception for a married young couple.  I wanted to give them a little bit of handmade fun to help celebrate the occassion.  I came up with this wood themed set.

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I used the Cricut EasyPress 2 to add all of the personalization!  It looks like its engraved or wood burned, but it’s not!

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I thought about the fact that soon they would be celebrating their “First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs” and thought they needed a keepsake…. and besides, it matches!  WOOD PRESS-1-4

The EasyPress 2 makes it so easy to customize all of your handmade goodies (and we won’t tell if you personalize store bought items, too! ) 🙂

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These gifts are “made with love” and I can’t wait to share them with the Bride and Groom.

You know, I had to make a tutorial to go along with this!  I think this is a really fun and really inexpensive gift idea and with the holidays around the corner, you just might want to grab some wood slices and create your own!

Here’s the video tutorial!

How to Create Cut Files from Drawings

Did you know you can use your very own handmade drawings to create cut files you can cut with your Cricut?

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I draw this “shop girl” on my Ipad and changed her into a cut file which I was then able to cut out in Cricut Iron On.  I used my EasyPress to make this adorable one of a kind tote bag!  Fun, huh!

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I did the same thing with this little cutie patootie!  She will look so cute on Evie’s PJ set.

You don’t need to know how to draw, really.  I found an image online and used that for inspiration to redraw and create this one.

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This little lady I did draw freehand, and let me just say… I can’t draw, but the app makes it possible to draw, erase, draw it again…. erase it again… and so on.  Believe me, I did plenty of both!

How fun would it be to have your kids create a drawing, import it into Cricut Design Space, and then iron the design onto a cute tote bag for grandma?  I would love to receive a gift like that.  Wouldn’t your kids think it awesome to sport a shirt with their very own creation?

So, are you ready for a tutorial?  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Etched Glass with the Cricut Maker

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I have always wanted to try etching glass, and today I did just that!  I don’t know why I waited so long!  It’s easy, fun and very inexpensive!

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I used the Cricut Maker to cut out Premium Permanent Vinyl to use as my stencil.  I don’t recommend using removeable vinyl and it doesn’t stick as well and the etching creme can easily seep underneath your design (ask me how I know).  You will also want to pick up a bottle of Armour Etch.  It will last you forever, because most of it goes right back in the bottle after you use it.

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With the holidays right around the corner, I’m always looking for gift ideas for stockings, hostess gifts and small gifts for friends.  You could easily make wine glasses, casserole dishes, candy dishes, vases, canisters… whatever fits your gift recipient’s needs.  I thought the shot glasses would also be a fun bachelor party gift, or newly engaged couple gift or even a shower gift.

I have included a step by step tutorial for you.  It’s really easy!  Try it!