7 Reason Sewing Crafters Need the Cricut Maker

Years ago I sat in a room full of sewing friends telling them about my love for my Cricut cutting machine. “But can it cut fabric”, they asked?

Great seeing the Cricut Maker through the eyes of a sewing crafter

That was the dream, sure I could bond my fabric and force it to cut but that totally changed the fabric and how it could be used. I loved the Cricut for all it did but this year Cricut made my dreams come true by not only releasing a revolutionary new machine, the Cricut Maker, that finally DOES cut fabric but by adding features that I didn’t even think to ask for. Watch this video it’s SO cool!


So today, after I’ve had a chance to play with this glorious machine for a month I’m sharing 7 reason this machine is a must have in my sewing and craft room. And for those of you who have been wondering if YOU need a Cricut Maker hopefully I can shed some light.

#1 It Cuts All Kinds of Materials Including Fabric

With previous machines we could cut a lot but we had to be creative. We could certainly cut all sorts of paper and paper like materials (like bonded fabric) but with this machine we can cut from super delicate things like silk and tissue paper to thicker things like chipboard! The machine been reworked completely to be able to be capable of new materials. The rotary blade swivels so you don’t run the risk of snagging and dragging your fabric with the normal fine point blade and the soon to be released knife blade will allow us to cut DEEP and fast. I saw leather and even chipboard cut out with this puppy! Can you say jewelry, and puzzles, and ornaments, and gifts, oh the possibilities. But best to me is that it adds all this new functionality to all the things we could do with the previous Cricut cutting machines. That’s a huge plus because as much as I love the idea of a machine that cuts fabric I need to be able to switch back and forth easily and I’m telling you, I totally can.

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#2 It Allows You to Make Custom Fabrics

My number one use for my Cricut machines over the years has been to make custom fabrics. Did you even know this was an option? I do it by cutting out heat transfer vinyl and applying it to my fabrics or finished sewing projects. There have been SO many times that I just want a certain fabric (often times Harry Potter related) and I can’t for the life of me find anything that works. Well with this machine I can just design what I want, in the size I want, and bam I now have one of kind fabrics for my projects EXACTLY to my specifications. Fun fact, I actually looked into manufacturing fabric for my baby costume business but instead I cut my designs out on my Cricut Maker and Iron them with the Cricut Easy Press on voila the fabric I need without the minimums and high costs and risks for manufacturing!

#3 It Is VERY Easy to Use

I’m am not technologically savvy. I am competent but I struggle with photo editing basics. My head glazes over if you bring up the word vectors. That being said, this machine is so easy to use all you have to do is plug it in and follow the prompts. I tried to use a Silhouette once (I even got it for free) and for the life of me could not figure it out, it just was so confusing and stressed me out. This works so easily and everything is crazy intuitive. Making it a tool perfect for newbies and pros. And if you’re a mix, say a pro-sewer but a newbie party planner it’s perfect for that. You can feel free to test the waters in all kinds of new crafts because this machine can handle them all.

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#4 It Cuts the Fabric Faster and BETTER Than You

I don’t know about you but when I want to sew, I want to sew. Cutting is a necessary evil. And when I do it I do the bare minimum. I haven’t cut notches in a decade. Sometimes I’ll cut a little nick into my fabric to mark the spots where the pieces should match up but you guys this machine does ALL OF THAT for me. Like really it’s magical not only that but it cuts it EXACTLY the right way every time so the pieces match up perfectly.

Between the time it takes to lay out pattern pieces, cut the pattern and then the fabric (if you’re using digital patterns, print and tape together before you can even start that) sending a project to cut on the Maker is so much faster. You select your project and it lets you know which fabrics need to be cut in which pieces by showing them on different colored mats. It saves so much brain power and energy!

But there’s something extra magical for those of you who have apple mobile devices. In the free Cricut Design Space app there is this feature called SNAP MAT and it’s like magic. You can lay your fabric scraps on your cutting mat take a picture of the mat within the app and the program places the designs perfectly so you don’t have to worry about wither the image will fit or is laid in just the right place. My fussy quilting friends went absolutely crazy over this feature.

so awesome I will never mark my fabric the same way again

#5 It Marks the Fabric FOR You

I passionately hate marking my fabric but sometimes you need those markings. I just feel like I never get it quite where it’s supposed to go. This past week I tried the fabric marker out for the first time. Yup this thing has a WASHABLE FABRIC MARKER that you can insert and it can do the marking for you!

I needed to do the embroidering for this sweet little bunny face and in just a couple swipes the Cricut Maker drew my sewing lines like it was nothing. I’ve been putting off getting into embroidery but with it being this easy to transfer a design to my fabric I am so gonna make all the gorgeous things and you know have my not as glamorous but totally necessary pattern markings in just the right spots.

#6 It Allows You to Do Multiple Tasks at Once

You can set it and do something else while it does the work. This blows my mind you guys. As long as you take a few minutes to be organized with a plan you can have the machine cut out projects WHILE you are sewing them. It’s really amazing. Now when you’re making a batch of Christmas presents you can start on them or make more without having to stop sewing. I know for myself I tend to make 3 of everything 1 for teddy and 1 for each of my nieces. Now instead of all that extra prep time I can be sewing and finishing while I have the machine do the cutting and marking. Its so fun!

cricut maker sewing projects so many awesome diy ideas

#7 It Has an Amazing Growing Library of Projects

The Maker runs with the free Cricut Design Space program a part of that includes 50 free sewing projects (cut files, instructions, and pictures) as well as a giant, continually growing library of more sewing projects available for a small individual fee or as apart of their membership program. This includes projects designed with some of the top names in the sewing world like Simplicity and Riley Blake Designs! And I haven’t even mentioned the thousands and thousands of non-sewing designs and projects but that’s a whole other post. These above are just a few of the darling projects!

I love a great pattern and project I just need to follow the steps for but what is really exciting to me is that you can make your own dreams come to life. Anything you can imagine and design you can create as a project. It is as simple as opening a file to import a design, adding draw marks, and it will have for you to sew!

simplicity mermaid stuffie pattern for the cricut maker

As a sewer I’m over the moon with this machine. I cannot wait to find all the uses that I have not even considered. If you are a sewing enthusiast, whether you make apparel and crafts like I do or create stunning quilts, you will certain find tons of fun applications for the Cricut Maker.

This Cricut Maker looks so cool would be a game changer in a sewing room.

Do you have questions? Whether it’s with my own experience or technical questions I would love to help you find an answer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Expecto Patronum Bath Bombs

Love Harry Potter and a relaxing bath? Well these DIY Expecto Patronum bath bomb are just what the doctor ordered!

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I’m a Lush addict but the price tag on the fancy bath fizzles umm no thanks. So I finally decided to make my own and of course I couldn’t do just any old bath bombs I had to do Harry Potter ones. I made three versions in all but these first ones are supposed to represent the Expecto Patronum spell.

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

In the books and movies this charm is used for protection. Your patronus  appears in an animal form and can help fight off various dangers. A witch or wizard doesn’t get to pick their patronus it just is.

Harry Potter Surprise Bath Bombs Patronus

So when you place this star covered bath bomb in the tub it glitters and fizzes with power and reveals a hidden animal bead signifying your patronus. FUN right!?

How to Make a Harry Potter Patronus Bath Bombs

1). Combine Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted

2). Combine Dry Ingredients

Note: I combined the colorings after I mixed the other ingredients but I think it would work better to add it to the wet ingredients but I was noncommittal on colors before ;)

3). SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color as desired

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4). Place a small amount of edible stars into one half of the bath bomb mold.

5). Fill mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it’s mounding over the top. Place a small animal figurine, bead or other “patronus” onto the mound. Just make sure the patronus is big enough if won’t go down the drain.

6). Fill the other half of the mold so it is packed and overflowing. Smoosh together and twist so that the excess presses out through the center. Press time. If you have extra molds let it sit in the mold to dry for a few minutes or until fully dry. If you don’t have extras then carefully remove the bath bomb and repeat the steps until you use up your mixture. I find that when I take time to color and change the designs by my very last bath bomb it’s dry and has a hard time holding but the rest until then do great.

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DIY Elsa and Anna Sister Shirts with Cricut

I’m pretty obsessed with these DIY Frozen Elsa and Anna sister shirts. No surprise since it’s the perfect wearable costume.

DIY Frozen Sister Elsa and Anna shirt tutorial

My sister gave the girls a trip to Disneyland for Christmas and the one thing she wanted for their trip were Elsa and Anna shirts. Sure I could have just grabbed some blank shirts and vinyl-ized them but I can’t resist a good costume-y project so I tried to make versions of shirts that had elements of the characters’ outfits.

Frozen Elsa and Anna Shirt Tutorials

I was so giddy about how these turned out plus I love how they can wear these to school. Their trip was back in February  but I’ve got both of the girls wearing these multiple times since and you know there isn’t a better compliment you can give someone who makes you clothes than wearing them alot :).

What You Need

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What to do

  1. Sew the shirts according to the pattern directions. I opted for hemming the Anna sleeve and bottom hems with the my favorite method instead of the bands but that’s a personal preference and doesn’t really change the look.
  2. For Elsa when adding the sleeve band instead of folding the band piece in half and sewing, fold it in half, cut it and then fold in half to find the center (for the finger loop) cut it at an angle. Cut a small piece of elastic and pin it between the two layers of the cuff. Then resew the angled side. Sew the short edges together and now you can add the cuff like normal.
  3. Use the free design and cut out vinyl with the Cricut. And iron onto the shirts.If you don’t already know how to use iron-on vinyl see this post.
  4. For Anna, use gold thread and sew a decorative stitch across the sleeve seams.
  5. For Elsa hand sew the sequins along the top.

I'm her anna shirt tutorial

You don’t have to do the detailing if you don’t have fun stitches on your sewing machine but I absolutely adore how it turned out with the gold metallic thread.

Frozen Elsa Shirt Tutorial

This was one of my first times sewing sequins and it was pretty easy I just kind of took stitches and tied knots every 3-4 pieces since if one stitch pops I don’t want ALL the pieces falling off.

DIY Elsa and Anna Frozen shirts

I just love how these are regular shirts but how the hood totally is a nod to Anna’s cape and the sequins is like all of Elsa’s sparkles!

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DIY Disney Ears Crafting Tutorial

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Know anyone heading to Disney any time soon? Well get them ready in style with these darling DIY Disney Ears.
SO easy and cute for Disneyland vacations. DIY Disney Ears Tutorial R2D2 Star Wards Princesses.

If you’re not the crafty type I have linked a bunch of places where you can go ahead and get the ears already made but guys this is really an super duper easy crafting project that even the uncrafty can do!

 

I made a bunch of them live on Facebook. I’ll be editing it down to put here but for now you can catch the replay here.

What You Need

  • Printable Mouse Ears Template
  • Headband
  • Cardboard
  • Batting (or fluffed up cotton balls)
  • Fabric for Ears
  • Fabric or Ribbon for bows
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments depending on your character (ex. feathers, jewels, fork, scrapbook paper)

What to Do

  1. Print out free Disney Ears Template. Cut out 2 insert circles out of cardboard.
  2. Lay next to your headband and cut out any of the circle that goes BELOW the headband. Mark left and right.
  3. Cut 4 fabric circles (from template) out of the fabric. These should be two sets of mirror images.
  4. With right sides together sew or glue two pieces of ear fabric together leaving an opening big enough to insert the cardboard.
  5. Insert cardboard.
  6. Stuff with batting or fluffed up cotton balls.
  7. Glue or sew the bottom edge closed folding under to tuck in any raw edges. Repeat for the other ear.
  8. Add any ear embellishments
  9. Sew or tie bow.
  10. Glue ears and bow to the headband.

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But for now here is some inspiration.

Adorable R2D2 Mickey Mouse Ears. Star Wars

Love Star Wars? So do my nieces. I’ll be making T some cute R2D2 Mouse Ears!

chewbacca ears so so cute fun star wars mickey mouse ears

Oh and these Chewbacca ears I might have to make them for my sister since we found out grown ups can’t wear costumes to Disneyland so she can’t wear the Ariel Dress I made her.

maleficient ears great for disneyland trips

Speaking of my sister she requested some Maleficent ears. I think I’ll do something like these fun ones above but maybe add in feathers! Help me decide during the live video.

Ariel Little Mermaid Mouse Ears Headband

I wanna be where the people are (Disneyland)…. But really how stinking cute are these Little Mermaid Ariel Mouse Ears?

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My other niece requested Cinderella ears for her Mouse ears headband. I have a feeling that Teddy is going to be super jealous!

Monster's Inc. Sulley Ears love these for Disneyland and Disneyworld

And even though I won’t be going to Disneyland with my sister and nieces this year I’m really tempted to make myself a pair of these awesome Sulley from Monster’s Inc. Mouse Ears. Crazy cute right!?

DIY Disney Ears super cute and easy for Disneyland trips

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Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

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I love a good quote about reading and Lemony Snicket Quotes are some of the best!

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I’m super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

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I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn’t get through all of them because I just don’t do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

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So I’m excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can’t pass up a good book quote necklace!

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

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I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don’t have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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I hope you’ll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I’m sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends!

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One Hour Tee FREE Pattern

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I’ve been living in these one hour tees lately. They are so easy to sew and I’m happy to say I’ve got a FREE pattern and tutorial for it to share!

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I sewed up some a few Sew Our Stash-es ago and I got such a great response that I decided I wanted to share the pattern. Now keep in mind that I really don’t know what I’m doing. This is a homemade amateur pattern. And even though I put a good amount of time into it it’s still free to my email subscribers so just be warned maybe try it out on some cheap fabric you don’t love first. It’s one size which should work for anyone who wears a medium or large. I based the design off of one of my favorite ready to wear shirts that’s a size medium but now a days I wear larges too. So it works for both as long as you use a fabric with some decent stretch.

DIY shirt. Free women's sewing pattern and tutorial

For mine here I used this gorgeous Feathers Navy fabric designed by my friends from Simple Simon and Co. for Riley Blake Designs. I LOOOVEEE this fabric the design is so easy to wear and if you’ve never used RBD knits you’re missing out. It’s the perfect weight and stretchiness for clothing! Make sure you check out the rest of the By Popular Demand fabric line it’s really gorgeous I mean who can resists arrows and triangles? I want some of all of it!

FREE one hour tee sewing pattern for woman's shirt

What You Need

These are my favorite shirts love this quick and easy free women's shirt sewing pattern

What to Do

  1. Print out the pattern and tape the pattern pieces together by matching the top edge of the paper to the line on the paper above as pictured above. Cut your fabric out.
  2. Place the front piece on the back piece with right sides together matching up the shoulders and serge or sew with a stretch stitch the shoulders with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  3. Serge or sew the side seams.
  4. Iron the neck like and sleeve edges under 1/2 inches. Pin if necessary.
  5. Iron the hem of the shirt under 1 1/2 inches. Pin if necessary.
  6. Hem the sleeves and the shirt hem using a twin needle and woolly nylon. If you’ve never done this see my step by step how to hem knits tutorial.

Make a shirt in less than an hour with this free sewing pattern. Women's shirt tutorial.

I love these shirts. This is my third now (see the others) and I wear them all the time. When the weather is warm they are great on their own. Now that the weather has cooled they are perfect under a cardigan.

It really is a very versatile silhouette and can give you a totally different look depending on what fabric you use! I think I’m going to try to make a version out of a fancy sequined knit next!

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Read Like Rory Shirt and Bag and More Gilmore Girls Crafts and Recipes

I’ve been wearing this Read Like Rory shirt watching Gilmore Girls reruns and I serious CANNOT wait for the new episodes. I know I’m not the only one.

Celebrate Gilmore girls with lots of cute craft tutorials and reicpes including this Read Like Rory shirt and book bag

Are you just as excited as I am? I’ve joined up with a bunch of my Gilmore Girls loving friends to share lots of great Gilmore Girls crafts, recipes and other fun ideas to get in on the excitement.

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I made this a shirt and Read Like Rory bag and I couldn’t love them any more. I’m giving away the bag (see below to enter) but if you want to make you it’s SUPER easy.

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What You Need

What to Do

I made both the shirt and the bag live on facebook and I had planned to edit that video down (cut out the chatter and all) to post here BUT something weird happened so it won’t download the audio ugh. So I can’t edit it. I know that this is super long but you can skip around to see the parts you are interested it. I’ll keep working on it but at least it’s here. The tutorial part starts around the 14 minute mark.

I sewed my shirt using using my favorite Lane Raglan pattern plus a few tweaks to make it a more wide neck giving it the relaxed slouchy look. You can see all the details of how to do that in my Slouchy Sweatshirt post. You can easily just use a blank tee but if you sew at all I HIGHLY recommend this pattern.

  1. Download the Read Like Rory design. Trace it in Cricut Design Studio. I recommend tracing it in sections so you have three separate words. Or the Read and Rory are just in courier new which is on most computers so you probably only need the like.
  2. Size your words. I liked to start by positioning them how they will be on the shirt or bag then I “attach” them and change the size (I did 7.5 inches wide). Then I detach them.
  3. Next change the color of the like (since that will be cut out of a different material).
  4. Send it to cut. If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl you might find my how to use Iron-on vinyl tutorial helpful. Make sure to mirror image the design. Note how big you need your vinyl and cut to the appropriate size. Place the vinyl on the cutting mat vinyl side up plastic side down and cut on the iron-on setting for regular heat transfer vinyl.
  5. If the program doesn’t mirror image the second color just cancel the cut and reenter and click on the second word. You can see what I mean in the video above. Make sure to mirror image it. If you are using glitter vinyl I have found the middle card stock setting works great for that.
  6. Weed the design so you remove all the excess vinyl.
  7. Press your shirt or bag to remove excess moisture.
  8. And then press with an iron or heat press until it is stuck to the shirt or bag. Wait at least 24 hours before washing.

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So easy and so cute right and remember I’m giving the bag away. You can enter through the widget at the very bottom of this post!

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10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos Tutorial

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Looking for a quick Halloween flair? These 10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos are perfect!

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I had fun making some cute DIY Boo Headbands and Boo Hair Clips. All three are made in the same basic way using the same Boo design just with a few small tweaks of material.

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Glitter Boo Hair Clips

  • Bobby Pins
  • Felt
  • Iron-On Glitter Vinyl
  • Ironing fabric

How to make DIY felt hair clips. Easy tutorial to adapt for any occassion

  1. Size the Boo design to 3 inches wide in Cricut Design Studio and cut the Boo out of Iron-on glitter vinyl making sure to mirror image the design. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Through a thin piece of fabric Iron the glitter design onto the felt. Pull away the carrier plastic. Iron again through the fabric.
  3. Cut around the glitter design.
  4. Cut a small piece of felt and slide in between the bobby pin.
  5. Apply hot glue to the straight side of the bobby pin and glue the pin and felt to the cut out boo piece and you’re good to go!

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Felt Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Iron-on Vinyl
  • Felt
  • Ironing fabric

How to make easy head bands perfect for any occasion. Fun craft tutorial

  1. Size Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut out of Black Iron-on vinyl. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Cut a piece of felt so that it fits under the Boo.
  3. Set the Boo aside and sew the felt onto the head band down the middle of the felt.
  4. With a ironing fabric over the Boo design iron it onto the felt.
  5. Pull away the carrier plastic and re-iron through the fabric.
  6. Cut around the design and you’re good to go!

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Leather Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Pebbled Faux Leather
  • Matching thread
  1. Size the Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut the Faux Leather.
  2. Using tiny stitches sew the Boo onto the head band and you’re good to go!

I used this Leather Paper from Cricut that looks like leather but acts like paper. It’s flexible but it cuts just as easily as card stock. It was my first time play with it and now my mind is spinning with ideas it’s SO cool.

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I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!

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DIY Pirate Dolls Tutorial with Free Pattern

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I made the cutest giant dolls this weekend for Teddy and I couldn’t resist but make pirate costumes for them. Today I’m sharing my free pattern!

23 inch DIY giant dolls for boys and girls with free pirate costumes sewing patterns

Have you guys seen the Doll Fabric that See Kate Sew has out with Riley Blake Designs? It’s freakishly adorable. It’s a panel fabric which means that all the pieces are printed onto the fabric with cutting lines and instructions. I’m super in love with the fabric. Watch the replay of my Facebook LIVE of me sewing up the boy doll below.

Go here to buy the DOLL FABRIC PANEL



Today I’m hanging out over at the Riley Blake Designs blog sharing the tutorial for how to make both the girl and boy pirate costumes as well as a little coordinating eye patch for your own little pirate (pirate costume available here).

Pirate Costume Pattern

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Adorable pirate costumes for dolls and eye patch tutorial. Free costume sewing pattern

UPDATED with full tutorial below

Darling DIY pirate dolls for boys and girls

Supplies

How to make pirate costumes. Sewing tutorial and doll pattern

What to Do

  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

How to make a boy pirate doll with free pirate costume sewing pattern

Boy Pirate Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of red ribbon for the sash.
  9. Take the eye patch band and form a circle overlapping the edges by 1/2 inch.
  10. Pin the eye patch over the overlapping edges  and sew in place forming a small box (so that you catch the all edges of the band that touch the eye patch. Now your eye patch is done.

DIY girl pirate. Free sewing pattern for pirate costume

Girl Pirate Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the black ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Tie a double knot of ric rac to make your dolls necklace (alternatively you can sew it into a circle).
  6. Make an eye patch using steps 9-10 of the Boy Costume instructions above.

Child Sized Eye Patch

  1. Use the same size eye patch as for the dolls.
  2. Measure your child’s head and subtract 2 inches for the band piece. Use the same width as for the dolls.
  3. Assemble the eye patch just like the doll eye patches (steps 9-10).

SO cute giant dolls for boys and girls and free sewing pattern for pirate costumes.

Teddy, my 2 year old, and I are totally smitten with these dolls. Like I’m already planning on getting more of this fabric and making other fun outfits for them smitten! They are just too cute.

DIY giant pirate dolls. Great sewing project would make a fun gift.

This tutorial originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs blog.

 

60 Minute No-Fuss Apron Skirt Tutorial

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I’ve always loved the way those wrap apron skirts look. But I hate wrap skirts, I’m just too worried they’re going to come undone. I have seen people add a zipper to the back or side but I hate committing to a size in a way that zippers require.

How to make an apron skirt without a zipper. Sewing tutorial 60 minutes with full step by step video instructions.

This skirt has the look of an apron skirt but slips on (and stays on) without a zipper and still has a flexible fit. You could say it’s my new fav.

60 minute DIY gathered skirt tutorial with step by step video instructions. Great sewing project.

What You Need

This can be easily adjusted to a kids size by decreasing the width (I’d use I length of 44″ for kids under 8 and over 8 I’d just do a very full skirt and do the same width) and changing the length.

  • Skirt Fabric 2 pieces 44 X length of desired skirt plus 3 (for me this was 27 inches) I used Bittersweet Main Orange
  • Band Fabric 1/2 yard I used Bittersweet Floral Green
  • Elastic enough to stretch across your back (for me this was 10 inches)

Watch the video tutorial for step by step instructions and footage of each step. Or see the written instructions below.

60 minute big bow skirt tutorial. Easy sewing project.

What to Do

  1. Make the sash. Start by cutting or tearing your fabric into 3 pieces each 6×44 inches long. Then cut one of those pieces down to the the length of the distance of the front of your waist (basically from one side to the other for me this is 17 inches).
  2. Next sew your your short edges of one of your long pieces to the short edge of your middle piece right sides together.
  3. Repeat with the other short edge of the middle piece and the other piece of fabric right sides together. Now you should have a long strip of fabric.
  4. Next fold the sash in half right sides together. Sew down an angle at the short edge and then down the length of the fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the other short edge open for easy turning.
  5. Turn your sash right side out. I like using a loop turner for this.
  6. Iron your sash making sure to tuck the open end in at an angle.
  7. Sew across the end to close the hole up. Set your sash piece aside.
  8. Sew your your skirt by sewing the side edges of the skirt pieces with right sides together.
  9. Finish the top and bottom edges of the skirt with a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears.
  10. Gather the top edge of the skirt. For a slower treatment of how to gather see my awesome cheater gathering trick.
  11. Pin your elastic to the back edge of your skirt gather your skirt to the elastic. Sew the elastic onto the skirt while stretching the elastic (this is easier to understand when watching the video).
  12. Attach the band to the skirt.

How to sew a sash onto a skirt for a big bow. Great sewing tutorial for 60 minute gathered skirt.

I love that this skirt looks like a dress but that you can change the top for a completely different look or change up the type of sleeves for different occasions or weather!

How to make a gathered skirt with bow sash. Sewing tutorial with full video instructions

I also think it’s fun to sometimes wear the bow in the front and other times wear the bow in the back!

Reversible big bow skirt tutorial. Step by step video with sewing instructions. How to sew a skirt in 60 minute

See more great project made using Sue Daley’s gorgeous Bittersweet Fabric line for Riley Blake Designs.