Wednesday, February 19, 2020

5 Top Cricut Maker Projects (To Keep, Gift Or Sell)

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

Y'all know I love my Cricut Maker. And I love to share with you just how easy it is to use Cricut Maker and Cricut Design Space to make fun and useful projects for your family, friends and loved ones. Of course you can also create Cricut Maker projects to sell if you so choose.

When you open up Cricut Design Space you'll see that there are hundreds of ready projects that you can make as shown or modify to suit your tastes or theme (party theme anyone?). Looking back at the past year or so and all of the Cricut Maker projects I've completed, I found 5 projects in particular to have been popular with readers. I thought I'd share a roundup of those top 5 Cricut Maker projects here to provide some crafting inspiration for those of you who have been on the fence about buying a Cricut Maker or those of you who find their Cricut Maker gathering dust on a shelf. These Cricut Maker projects range from very simple to a little more complex (ie. sewing projects, because I am no seamstress!). They are all totally doable for any skill level though.

This lovely sewn drawstring bag was a gift for my teenage daughter. I sewed the cotton bag using pretty, coordinating Cricut designer fabric (it's on clearance right now!) and ironed on my daughter's initial using Cricut iron-on vinyl material. This bag makes a great bag for gifting - use it to hold another gift and then the recipient has two gifts in one! I figured my daughter could use this small drawstring bag to hold treats, cosmetics or travel items. And if you are on the hunt for Cricut Maker projects to sell, personalized items are a great place to start. 

Cricut Maker makes sewing projects as easy as can be. With the rotary blade and the FabricGrip cutting mat, the Maker cutting machine cuts fabric without the need to apply any backing material. All your cutting is done for you, so you don't even have to measure your fabric! As sewing projects go, this drawstring bag is for beginners and onward. It basically calls for sewing two sides together with a folded top for the ribbon or drawstring. You could even leave off the pocket and iron the initial right onto the bag if you wish, to further simplify this Cricut Maker project. 

I have the full instructions for making this simple drawstring bag in the original post

2. Tea + Read Book Club T-Shirts

Speaking of personalized Cricut Maker projects (and Cricut Maker projects to sell), these Tea + Read t-shirts are one of my favourite creations, because they have personal meaning; they remind me of good times shared with great friends. Although the tees are modeled here by my daughter and her cousins, I created these t-shirts for my book club friends. We love to get together to discuss books, drink tea and eat loads o' food. We can now wear these customized t-shirts when we meet!

These t-shirts have a professional quality, because they are made with Cricut's unique Infusible Ink, which (just like it sounds) infuses ink straight into the fabric, giving a smooth finish (unlike a raised iron-on material). This project harnesses the powerful design trio that is: Cricut Maker (for cutting the Infusible Ink sheets), Cricut EasyPress 2 (for effective heat transfer) and Infusible Ink. So many possibilities with these three on your side!

3. Easy DIY Treat Bags With Cricut Iron-On

Sometimes the easiest crafting projects are the most satisfying. You end up with a cute little something special to keep or gift to a friend without a great deal of effort or time spent. These DIY treat bags with iron-on wording are about the easiest Cricut Maker project I can think of, but they have so many potential uses. I picked up the bags themselves at the dollar store, so they are very inexpensive. Plus, you can use your small, leftover scraps of iron-on material to add the words. These make great little loot bags for a party or treat bags for kids for Valentine's Day, Easter or any special occasion. As an alternative to words like "goodies," "treats" and "trinkets," you could iron-on the recipients' names. And the bags can be re-used to store small items.

Your project design can be made in minutes in Cricut Design Space - simply type a word in your font of choice! You could also choose from the available images and words in Cricut Design Space - maybe iron on a bunny for Easter? Once your design is ready to go, Cricut Maker handles cuts so efficiently you'll be ready to iron-on in just minutes! This is a fast, easy and fun Cricut Maker project that would be great to get kids involved with. 

4. DIY Reversible Floral Tote Cricut Maker Sewing Project

It appears that I enjoy crafting bags a lot! I guess it's because they have so many uses - and reusable bags are obviously preferable to plastic in this eco-conscious day and age. This sweet floral tote that I sewed with the help of Cricut Maker is completely reversible too, so you can use the side that best suits your mood. Good news is, it's not too complicated to sew either. It's easy to coordinate the three fabrics you choose to use in the design too, because Cricut sells designer fabric in coordinating bundles.

As with the drawstring bag, above, Cricut Maker does the fabric cutting for us, so we can concentrate on how we're going to sew that puppy together! This floral tote is a ready-to-go project in Cricut Design Space so the design work is all done too! It makes a lovely little bag in which to carry books home from the library. (People still do that, right?)

5. She's Crafty Chipboard Sign

In addition to cutting materials as thin as fabric and paper, Cricut Maker cuts denser materials too, including chipboard, cardboard and poster board. The first Cricut Maker project I ever made was this She's Crafty chipboard sign, which became a cute addition to my crafting area.

This Cricut Maker project uses chipboard, paint, vinyl and adhesive foil, and harnesses the power of Maker's unique knife blade. The knife blade was launched with the Cricut Maker and it's a key member of Maker's suite of tools, which also includes the rotary blade and, more recently, tools such as an engraving tip and a wavy blade. Knife blade was designed to cut much thicker materials than could be cut previously. Balsa wood, faux leather and craft foam are examples.

The design for this She's Crafty chipboard sign project comes from a chipboard sign in Cricut Design Space. I simply modified the wording to suit my craft room. It's easy to do, so you can tailor projects to your personal preferences or create Cricut projects to sell.

Get Inspired!

These Cricut Maker projects are just a small taste of the unique creations and gifts you can create. I hope these ideas will help you get the most out of your Cricut Maker or other Cricut machine. I know I get a lot of joy from completing a craft project, big or small.

Questions for you

Do you have a Cricut Maker or other Cricut machine? Or maybe it's on your wish list? Do you make/want to make personal projects and gifts or Cricut Maker projects to sell?

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