Personalized Book Bag
The Cricut is an all purpose crafting tool. There are many versions of this machine and I have had a few of them. The newest model is the Cricut Maker which boasts a lot of pressure which allows it to cut through a lot of materials as well as a rotary blade which helps to cut fabric and other typically difficult materials. I own a Cricut Air which completely fits my needs and I use it for a lot of the personalized gifts I make. I have a blog post where I made personalized nylon favor bags as a birthday favor. My favorite thing to do is use the Cricut Air and Cricut Design Space to build my design and plan out what it would look like. To access images and fonts, you can buy a subscription, purchase each image individually or buy a cartridge. Other materials include: the tote bag which I purchased from Michaels, iron on vinyl which I buy from Cricut and an iron. If you decide to continue to make personalized iron on and vinyl first, I would recommend buying the Cricut Tool set because it includes: a weeder tool and a scraper.
Making the components
In Cricut Design Space, I added the name and found the soccer balls. I measured the bag to figure out the room available for the design. Cricut Design Space is easy to use and there are a ton of tutorials online to help. I find it is intuitive however there are some features that are a bit more advanced, like weld and flatten. Once my design was complete, I prepared a black iron on vinyl 12x12 sheet and adhered it to my Cricut Mat. Then I went through the cut process remembering to mirror the image. Once it was cut out, I weeded the design.
Assembly and delivery
After the images are weeded, then it is time to iron. I get my iron good and hot and set it to the fabric temperature. I use a T-ruler to line up my images on the fabric to make sure they are straight. After placing a pressing cloth on top of the images, I apply pressure and heat with the iron. Cricut sells a product called EasyPress which I have not used and do not do enough of these to justify the cost, but the EasyPress makes easy work out of ironing on images to fabric. When you are using the iron, make sure to use a pressing cloth. I will press for about 30 seconds at a time, move the iron, press for 30 seconds and continue. I have found the images stay adhered to the fabric very well even after a lot of use.
To package this as a gift, I made a Personalized BookMark using Washi Tape and included a few favorite books and a personalized birthday card. The feedback I get from parents and birthday boys and girls have been positive and I like giving kids something that only they can have because it is personalized to their tastes. Let me know in the comments if you give gifts like this and if you have any iron on vinyl tips. Happy crafting!
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