I've been having a lot of fun playing with my Cricut when it comes to paper, but I really wanted to combine it with crochet... and teaching a class recently provided the inspiration! I wanted to share with you what I came up with - and how my Cricut and Expressions Vinyl got in the mix! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links.
First came the pattern - I was teaching a beginner's class, and coincidentally, I had been asked to design something to teach crochet for I Love Yarn Day! So I came up with the Beginner's Crochet Hanging Tag!
Made with Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton and a US-G, 4.0 mm hook, it's a great first project, small and easy. The pattern will be shared as part of the I Love Yarn Day celebrations this fall - and whenever I teach beginner crochet classes! (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to me teach a class near you!) If you're not a beginner, you can base it on the Tag It pattern here on Moogly already!
The class was a lot of fun, and I go to give away OttLite Craft Lamps too - love being an OttLite Ambassador this year! Between the lamps and the yarn and hooks, I know these new crocheters are off to a good start!
Of course, the Beginner's Crochet Hanging Tag can be customized in a million ways, but I had spotted my opportunity... experiment time! The Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is in fact 100% cotton, and won't melt with heat, so it was time to play!
I used my Cricut Explore Air™ and the Cricut Design Space™ app with free clip art to create a sheet of cutout hearts. After a couple of test runs with paper, I ran an Expressions Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl Sheet through the machine!
Seeing the cut lines was a little tricky - but that's where my OttLite LED Light Box and Task Lamp Station came in handy! Love having the perfect tools for the job! Once I had found the line, I slipped my Cricut Weeding Tool under the vinyl surrounding the hearts, and it all came off in one glorious sheet. Sooo satisfying, am I right?
Then, to the ironing board! I put down the crochet tag, and placed the vinyl cutout on top (dull side down, clear film up!) - the sticky on the film helps hold it in place.
Then I covered with a thin cloth to protect my iron, and pressed down for about 10-15 seconds. I might have wiggled it... just a little bit...
Then, I carefully peeled off the clear film...
Success!! My experiment worked!
The vinyl stuck perfectly to the yarn, without any weird gaps or peeling of anything. Nice and secure. LOVE!!
Of course, I had to share! So I removed the excess vinyl from the rest of the sheet of hearts and covered it with kitchen wax paper, to protect the sticky film. Cut into squares, they were ready to go to class! Each student got a vinyl heart along with a small instruction sheet, so they could add them to their hanging tags (or whatever they want!) when they got home.
Putting all of this together was a lot of fun, and I love that I now know I can combine cotton crochet fabric and heat transfer vinyl! The possibilities are endless! Monograms! Sports! Favorite kids characters - what would you iron onto your crochet?
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