What is a Cricut machine and what can you do with it? Simple, this amazing machine allows you to do so many different kinds of DIY projects that soon you’ll be crafting and creating like never before! I’ll show you a simple way to use your Cricut machine to get started as well as give you some fun ideas for other projects you can create!
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If you like DIY and want to create fun gifts, decor, fashion, and more yourself, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, you may want to considered a Cricut. With this cutting machine, you can create beautiful home decor, great gifts, fun fashion, and so much more!
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How To Use Your Cricut Machine – Fun Fashion!
One of the very first projects I ever attempted with my Cricut was using HTV vinyl to make my own t-shirt designs. We went on a family road trip and I made matching shirts for us all to wear for our vacation.
Recently, my seven-year-old daughter has taken a liking to creating her own things and wanted to design a shirt for herself.
The Design Space software is so simple to use that she was able to take images from within the program and create a fun design using one of the pre-set canvases as a template.
Use A Preset Canvas
The great thing about Design Space is that there are lots of preset canvases that you can utilize to help visualize and size out your design before you use your Cricut machine.
This is really helpful for someone just getting started, and my daughter found it was much easier to ‘see’ how her design would look on her shirt if we set the canvas to be a t-shirt (specifically the color of shirt we were using).
Using Available Images
Since there are so many images available within Design Space, my daughter was able to find a combination of things she liked that came included with my Access Subscription (there are free images available, however, Access gives you access to 30,000+ images, 1,000+ projects, and 370+ fonts).
Cutting And Layering
Use your Cricut machine to cut your design with HTV (heat transfer vinyl).
==> If this is your first time cutting vinyl with your machine you can head here to see a tutorial I already wrote on how to cut and weed vinyl.
The thing to remember when cutting HTV is that you need to Mirror Your Image before you cut as you want to design to be backward on your mat so it will be the correct way after you iron it on.
With this particular design, you can see that some of the colors are on top of other colors. That means when we iron on the HTV we will need to do it in layers. Start with whichever color is on the bottom and iron that on first (according to package directions).
Once your first color is set, place the next color on top and iron again. You will repeat this process for as many layers as it takes (ours only had two layers of colors).
While kids may need a bit of help, this is definitely a project that can be done by younger children. My daughter is 7yrs old and she was able to do the design, help place and cut the HTV, help weed the cut images and do some of the ironing.
Continue to iron on all the necessary layers according to the package directions, then show off your finished product!
More Easy Cricut Projects
If you found this Cricut Tutorial for Beginners too complex, jump over to my Getting Started With A Cricut Explore Air – First Project Ideas post and get a very easy project under your belt, then come back and give this a try!
==> Find all of my Cricut Tutorials here: Cricut Tutorials
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.