This week we are joined by Cricut. A world leader in personal electronic cutting machines, Cricut enables people to achieve their creative best. For 50 years, Cricut has sold tools that inspire creativity, including the Cricut electronic cutting machine, Cricut Craft Room design software, and the Cricut Cuttlebug embosser and die cutter. Today, millions of people use Cricut products to create projects, and Cricut products have won dozens of industry awards, including, most recently, the Best Innovation Award 2014 from Hobbycraft. You will find them at stand E31 at The Handmade Fair but today they are sharing how to create a floral doily cushion.
Decorating cushion covers is a great way to personalise your room and is easily achieved using the Cricut Explore Air, its internet based software, Design Space™, and some iron-on vinyl. This project uses a floral doily image at 7” x 7”, but it can be re-sized to fit your cushion; or change the image completely either selecting another from the Design Space™ image library or uploading your own image.
Tip: Cricut iron-on vinyl is available in twelve colours in lite and ten colours in glitter so the cushions can be decorated to complement any colour scheme.
You will need:
Cricut Explore Air machine
Cricut Design Space™ software
12” x 12” standard grip cutting mat
Cricut Iron-on Vinyl lite – white
Cricut tool set
Plain cushion cover and filler
Muslin/cotton cloth or greaseproof paper
How to Make it:
1) Connect the Cricut Explore Air to the pc/laptop/Mac, log on to your Design Space™ account. Select ‘home decor’ from the categories menu and locate the ‘Floral Doily Cushion’ project.
5) Cut the flower from white Cricut iron-on vinyl lite: remember to check the ‘mirror image for iron-on’ box on the mat preview screen.
TIPS: Use the scraper tool to apply the iron-on vinyl to the cutting mat to ensure good contact. Use the spatula to carefully lift the whole piece of iron-on vinyl from the mat.
7) Follow the instructions on the Cricut iron-on vinyl packaging to attach the flower on to the cushion carefully using an iron and press cloth.
I love this cushion project and the ease with which the design is created and transferred. I wonder if I will soon need more storage space for craft equipment! Do you use any Cricut products? Have you ever created anything in this way?
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