Who doesn't love a slightly sassy Llama? The No Prob-Llama Tote Bag is fun and fast to make, and perfect for summer fun. And you don't have to know how to knit or crochet to make it!
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I used my Cricut Maker to create a fun Llama design, and then I used Red Heart Pomp-a-doodle to add color and texture and fun. Both the Port Authority Budget Tote and Siser® EasyWeed® HTV Sheet (black) are from Happy Crafters - they've got all sorts of great supplies! You'll also need a bit of hot glue or fabric glue - more on that later.
Okay, so let's begin at the beginning. I needed a Llama, and I found a super cute free cut file on LoveSVG.com (click here to snag it now)!
I downloaded the free llama SVG file, and uploaded it to Cricut Design Space. I turned off all the layers I didn't want - including the three center sections of the llama's pack (but not that very center-most piece). Then, I resized it and added the words! I used the Danzo font which you can download for free by clicking here. I love that Design Space lets you use whatever fonts you have on your own system!
A few minutes later, the Cricut Maker had done its work! Don't forget to Mirror your Iron-on cuts!
I used my Cricut BrightPad to remove the excess vinyl - it made it super easy to get all the little details out of the letters. The Siser EasyWeed HTV definitely lived up to its name too!
Then, it was time to apply the iron on using my Cricut EasyPress! I love using my EasyPress because it heats up super fast, and the large plate means I can finish an iron-on in half the time. Plus it has a countdown for me - great when my mind is already pondering the next step!
Finally, it was time to add some color! I started by cutting apart a few of the Red Heart Pomp-a-doodle poms and strings.
Then, I had to make a decision - Aileen's Tacky Glue, or Hot Glue? I ran a test - and did an Instagram Story Poll! Guess what - either one works great! But the hot glue dries a lot faster, so I went with that one. You can use whichever you have on hand, or whichever you prefer.
Up first was gluing the strings onto the vinyl "tassels" on the llama's pack. I kept a piece of cardboard or stiff paper right under the gun while gluing, which made it easier to stay neat. (And be sure to put a piece of cardboard or scrap plastic between the layers of your bag so you don't glue it shut!)
Once all the strings were down, it was time to fill in the pack with the poms I cut out! (Yes, you need a few more strings than poms.)
And finally, I added some more Pomp-a-doodle to the top of the bag - this is the yarn that was *not* cut. You'll have more than enough! First, I glued one pom right at the top edge of the bag. Then, I twisted the string once to the left before gluing down the next pom, right next to the first.
I continued this on across the top of the bag. I waffled a lot on whether to go all the way around the bag, but in the end, I decided to just do the front. There's enough yarn to do the whole top and then some though, so it's up to you for your own No Prob-Llama Tote!
Et voila! It took a while to take the photos, but the actual crafting time was pretty darn quick! You can certainly make the No Prob-Llama Tote Bag within an afternoon if you're a semi-regular Cricut user.
If you don't have a Cricut but still want to make this project, be sure to check out the pre-made llama iron-ons available on Etsy! You might find a new favorite - or contact a favorite seller to create a custom file just for you! The combo with Pomp-a-doodle is just too fun - get creative with it!
I hope you've enjoyed this quick Cricut craft tutorial! If it inspires you to make your own No Prob-Llama Tote (or other!) project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too! I love seeing what you make!