If you crochet, you need a project bag to keep your WIP (that's Work In Progress) in - and you can make a super cute custom one of your own using Cricut! Here's how I made the Crochet & Cuddles Project Bag using my Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, and StrongBond Iron-on Vinyl!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and ideas are my own.
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I am absolutely addicted to project bags! I love "kitting" up all my ongoing projects so they are ready to grab and go. And my collection gets a lot of use! So when Cricut gave me the opportunity to try out their new EasyPress 2 and StrongBond Everyday Iron-on Vinyl, I knew just what I wanted to make!
I was particularly excited to try the EasyPress 2. Of course, you can just use a household iron for Cricut Vinyl, but the EasyPress is a definite upgrade with more even heat, precise temp controls, super fast heat up, and a safe little tray to protect your table.
The original EasyPress made me a fan, but the EasyPress 2 takes it to the next level with 3 sizes - 6x7, 9x9, and 12x10. And it's still simple and easy to use - though it's got a cute new color too! It's even got a USB port for firmware updates - fancy! It's also up to 25% faster to heat up, and can reach up to 400 degrees (F)!
And the Cricut StrongBond is exciting too! We've all felt the pain of an iron-on that became an iron-off after a few washes. But Cricut has added the StrongBond Guarantee to many of their iron-on materials - which means that it should last 50+ wash and dry cycles. And if you aren't satisfied, they'll replace it for free!
Okay, so let's get to the tutorial!
How to Make the Crochet & Yarn Cuddles Project Bag
I started by searching Cricut Design Space for Images - and "Tangled Cat" was perfect, and free with Cricut Access Membership!
After inserting the image into my Project, I added some words using the Babette font - also included in Cricut Access!
I used the Letter Space and Curve Tools to customize the look.
After getting the letters just the way I wanted them, and changing them to pink (to bring out the kitty's nose!), I highlighted each line of text and used the Weld tool so that the letters would be all cut as one piece, instead of as individual letters.
Finally, it was time to cut with my Cricut Maker... (don't forget to mirror for iron-ons!)
And then I used the 6x7 EasyPress 2 to press each layer of StrongBond Vinyl to a simple cotton drawstring bag! It was super fast - each layer took just 30 seconds. Just start with the first layer and work your way "up" - cat > green ball > yarn lines > nose > words!
Voila! I love it - so cute! Not perfect - it was my first time layering vinyl, and while it isn't difficult, it gets pretty precise with all these pieces. But I have a sweet little project bag and some great practice for next time. Every time I make a Cricut project I learn something new, which is one of the things I love about it!
I love that the vinyl is washable without worry, and I can't wait to make more! And you can make your own without all the work - because I've shared the Crochet & Yarn Cuddles Project Bag Project on the Cricut Community page so anyone can make their own - just cut and iron-on!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick Cricut craft! If it inspires you to make your own project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too! I love seeing what you make! (And if you want Cricut to see it, use the hashtags #CricutMade and #Cricut)
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