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Last updated on May 31st, 2020
Watch out: A whole lotta Cricut project ideas ahead!
I’ve got a Cricut Explore Air 2, which is why I’ve titled this Cricut Explore Projects, but of course you can complete these projects with basically any cutting machine (and especially the Cricut Maker).
I got a new pack of Patterned Cricut Iron-On and made this patterned HTV project with it. I made the SVG because I wanted to use each of the 3 different patterned Iron On sheets on the one t-shirt design. I used Glitter HTV for the sash.
Tips for making this t-shirt:
use the free dress SVG linked to above
if you use glitter & patterned HTV like I did, don’t let them touch
be patient, this project is done over a couple of days
contrast bold colours
make sure the paint is dry before heat pressing (or use adhesive vinyl instead)
3. A Baby Bodysuit Cricut Project Idea
Baby bodysuits are my go-to present for newborns. I made this baby bodysuit with Glitter heat transfer vinyl in mind. It is, of course, a quote from Mary Poppins after she has measured herself. Her measurement is ‘practically perfect in every way’.
Another awesome Cricut machine project: custom stainless steel water bottles. They come out looking so spectacular! I think it’s just that stainless steel makes anything look good. But the adhesive vinyl makes them look even more impressive.
use duplicate corner squares to align the design with multiple colors
5. Cricut Slice Tool Project Idea
It’s another baby onesie, but this time with a Cricut Slice Tool design idea and project. The slice tool cuts text or other design elements out of larger designs. It’s great when you have really pretty vinyl and you want to show it off a bit more!
Tips for a slice tool project:
don’t forget you’re going to be weeding out what you would usually be keeping!
In this video an ironing mat is suggested as a good surface to press your iron-on vinyl, however, I personally prefer a wooden chopping board
The difference between Cricut Iron-On and Cricut Vinyl is that the latter is like a sticker that can go on anything really and it is not pressed on with heat. Iron-On is primarily for clothing & other fabrics and is applied with heat
Use the blue Light Grip or green Standard Grip Mat to cut Cricut Iron-On Vinyl
Set the temperature on your iron to the appropriate setting for the fabric you are pressing onto
Over time, if your vinyl starts to lift, you can simply use your iron to press it back down again
9. How To Make A Custom Tote Bag
Carly Hall teaches how to make a tote bag with the Cricut Explore Air 2 in this video. It is specifically a Halloween tote bag, which you’re not going to be making year round, but of course the steps can be followed for any design.
Courtney uses the Cricut Maker and the Cricut EasyPress to make these fantastic little star ornaments. These are specifically for the Christmas season, but as with the Halloween tote above, you can use the same process to make ornaments for any occasion.
Points to remember:
The material used to make the ornament casing is wool felt. This is cut with the rotary blade which is only made for the Cricut Maker. You can do this same project using a stiffer felt and the deep cut blade with other machines (like the Explore Air 2)