DIY Personalized Knit Skirt with the Cricut Easy Press 2

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Hey friends!!! I’m back for another fun collaboration with Cricut in their debut of the Easy Press 2. I’ve got a quick and easy knit skirt tutorial with a fun personalization using the Cricut Maker, fusible backed fabric and of course, the 9″ x 9″ Easy Press 2!! When my girls and I saw the beautiful new raspberry color for the Easy Press 2, we just had to make some skirts to match!

First, let’s take a look at this new product:

Easy Press 2

The Easy Press 2 is an update to the previously released Easy Press- a ceramic-coated device with precise temperature control up to 400 degrees F and even heating surface perfect for iron on projects! A few specs to admire:

  • Three sizes: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 10″
  • Heats up faster than previous model & 60 seconds to iron on success!
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • Easy to use, simple to learn: each Easy Press 2 comes with a beginner project that will get you familiar with the device in a matter of minutes!
  • Digital display of temperature and time controls, beeps to notify user once pre-heated
  • Stylish raspberry color
  • Safety base included: insulated base will keep the Easy Press 2 and your crafting surface safe while the Easy Press 2 is not in use.

I chose the 9″ x 9″ size as most of my sewing projects are kid-sized. I love how I can complete an entire iron-on project with one simple press! Speaking of an iron-on project…let’s get to the DIY!!!


DIY Personalized Knit Skirt Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

Getting Started:

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You’ll want to set up your Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Apply the fusible backed fabric to your cutting mat with the fusible side touching the sticky side of the mat, and the print of the fabric facing up. Be sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and smooth it on the mat.

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Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.

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You can change the name easily, but ensure each letter has its own color coding if you want to use different fabric for each letter. Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the letters.

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Cut a waistband and skirt piece from the knit fabric.

For the waistband, you’ll want to cut a 6″ tall rectangle. To figure the width of the waistband, measure the child around the smallest of the belly (for younger children, this is under the belly and above the hip) as this is where the knit waistband will sit. Subtract the total waist measurement by 1″. For this skirt, the child had a 20″ waist so I cut the waistband to be 19″ wide and 6″ tall.

For the skirt, you’ll want to measure the child from the waistband to the knee or where you’d like the skirt hem to hit. Add 1″ for seam allowance. For this skirt, the child measured 12″ from low belly to knee so I cut the skirt to be 13″ tall by the entire width of the fabric (most knit is 55″-60″ wide).

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Fold the skirt in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Fold the waistband in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Sew the skirt along the side seam and finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or overlock. Sew the waistband along the side seam.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.

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Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.

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Hem the skirt if desired. Prep the skirt by pre-heating for 15 seconds with the Easy Press2.

Place the letters in the bottom right corner of the skirt front, a few inches from the side seam and a few inches above the hem. Ensure the fabric print is facing up, and the fusible part is touching the skirt.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to bond the letters to the skirt. You can reference the Recommended Settings from the Cricut website to ensure you have your Easy Press 2 settings set for the materials used in your project. I set the Easy Press 2 to 315 degrees and the timer to 30 seconds.

Turn the skirt wrong side out and press again for half the previous time.

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Although many Cricut Iron On materials have a StrongBond Guarantee (Everyday, SportFlex and Glitter Iron are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed), it is still recommended that the fusible fabric be stitched to further adhere the fabric to the skirt. You can read more about the Cricut Fusible Fabric here.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the width of the waistband.

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Adjust the gathers and place the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together, aligning the back center seam of the waistband with the back center skirt, and the skirt side seams with the side points of the waistband. Clip or pin the skirt to the waistband. Sew along the clipped seam.

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You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!

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

Trish & Birdie Blog Tour with Sweet Bee Designs

Hey friends!! I’m sharing a super cute pattern mashup I put together for a fun new fabric collection, Trish & Birdie by Sweet Bee Designs.

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The Trish & Birdie collection features sweet prints of a darling turtle, Trish, and her little bird friend, different floral combinations and some great basic patterns. I used a combination of yardage and a few fat quarters in this adorable dress!

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I used several of the cute prints from the Trish & Birdie collection. You can find the fabric at your local quilt shop or check this page.

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I mashed two of my favorite patterns together to incorporate the comfy knit bodice my daughter loves with the twirl style to showcase the adorable Trish & Birdie prints! Talulah for the bodice and Georgia for the skirt.

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Since Georgia typically runs longer than my usual go-to vintage length, I didn’t make any adjustments to the tier lengths.

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For Talulah, I stayed true to the pattern aside from shortening the long sleeve length to elbow sleeve as I wanted to use this darling navy blue lace for a sleeve ruffle.

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I enjoyed being a part of the fabric blog tour and seeing all the other great projects. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour to see more inspiration for this wonderful fabric collection!!

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August 16- Jina’s World of Quilting

August 17- Be So Crafty

August 20- A Bright Corner

August 21- Allison Sews

August 22-The little Green Bean

August 23- My Turn 🙂

August 27-Piper’s Girls

August 28-Powered By Quilting

August 29-Steph Jacobson Designs

August 30-Lovingly, Lissa

August 31-Jackie’s Art Quilts

Big thanks to Deane and the team at Sweet Bee for allowing me to participate in this talent-packed tour!!! XOXO!!!

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One Thimble Tour 20: Miss Camila Kaftan

I can’t believe it’s time for another fantastic issue of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine. If you’ve been a long-time reader of Lily Shine Creates, you will have followed our sewing adventures with some really incredible One Thimble patterns over the last several years. Issue 20 is jam packed with adorable summer sewing patterns, informative and useful articles for small business or home sewers, and of course lots of great coupon codes and deals for those featured pattern shops and sewing companies!

This issue came just in time for our end of summer fun on the lake. I couldn’t resist sewing up the Miss Camille Kaftan for myself. Let’s check out what I made:

The Miss Camille Kaftan is a great beginner pattern, has printable layer option and is for sizes 2-16 US/ 6-20 AU.

The tutorial has great tips and sewing instructions with illustrated drawings for each step. The pattern is super fast and sews up easily; the hem takes the longest to press and sew!

I sewed up my Miss Camille Kaftan using this gorgeous tie dye rayon from Joann Fabrics. The rayon print has the perfect drape and light body for a flowy, beach look!

Big thanks to Pattern Revolution for organizing the tour, One Thimble and Jenn for the amazing new issue and to all the pattern contributors! Stellar job all! Issue 20 is a hit!!!

Be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway for $50 One Thimble credit:
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The Ultimate Summer Series: Half Time

0J9A9842_2Hey friends! It’s mid July and we are half way through the Ultimate Summer Series, and that means we’re also half way through summer vacation.

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If we can take a moment and be honest, a lot of those good intentions of unplugging, unwinding and adventuring may have gotten sidetracked with this little thing called “life.” Maybe some of those bucket list plans have gotten crossed off (yay!) but some may not ever get to be… I’m here today to just send some love and encouragement and remind you that this time of summer needs one more ingredient: Grace.

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I saw a meme on Facebook and it immediately brought the content of this post to my mind.

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Some of you, like me, probably have seen this meme and gave a good chuckle at the reality of it all. But, I’m willing to guess it probably put a little sting in the mom-heart of some of us too. It is so common to get stuck in a summer rut and start to hit the easy button of going to the same playground every day, allowing more screentime for sake of quiet moments, staying home versus reaching out to friends for play dates, etc. If you’re finding yourself in that phase- it’s time to give yourself grace and revisit your summer schedule. I’m going to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way in hopes that it will give you a little more pep in your step as we round out the second half of summer.

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Go back to those things that first sparked your summer bucket list. Revisit the two critical questions: What makes your kids feel most loved? What was a favorite summer memory of theirs and of yours? Maybe it’s time for a family meeting to go over the remaining bucket list items or to just generate new ideas to realign your plans with the responses to those questions. Lacking ideas?? Head to my pin board and gather up what sounds like a good fit for your family.

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Maybe it’s time to shake up the morning routine. Instead of beginning the day with cartoons and cereal, start a cooking challenge with your kids to try new breakfast foods from around the world. How about taking breakfast on a walk to the park before it gets too hot outside?? Have your kids help you pack breakfast snacks in little brown bags and hand out around the neighborhood. As the summer progresses and temperature rises, the morning seems to be the best time to get some fresh air!

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Remember: Don’t mom alone. Sure it’s a hassle to pack up suits and towels and the entire pantry of snacks to head out for a play date, but the community of support, laughs and adventures is waiting for you. Chances are, your mom friends are feeling the slump right now too. Take turns having the kids over to each other’s house- a change of scenery and toys might ignite new creativity and imagination. I know the more I withdraw from friends and family for sake of convenience of just stay home, the higher level of crazy we all start to feel! Don’t keep your struggles inside- reach out to friends, find a moms group that meets for playgroups in your area, or you might just have to kick it old school and meet a new mom at the local playground or pool.

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Whatever your summer woes and wins may look like, just remember to wrap your intentions with grace. Give yourself margin of downtime and quiet moments with your kids if you’re feeling run down and always on the go. Give yourself a pat on the back for each summer victory and celebrate your good ideas by sharing with others. Give yourself support when you feel alone by reaching out to your best mom friends.

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I hope those few tips gave you some food for thought and some ideas of how you want to finish out your summer. Sending you all love, hugs and all the grace!!!!

Speaking of grace, I wanted to give a big and warm Thank You to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for allowing me ample time this summer to showcase their gorgeous new fabric collection, Siren Song. In the midst of our Ultimate Summer, taking beach photos took the back seat to having unplugged family beach picnics, hiking adventures, etc. but we finally made it happen!!

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Patterns used: {top} Finley Dress & Top pattern by Violette Field Threads //  {skirt} Leilani Mermaid Skirt by Violette Field Threads

Fabrics used: Swell Seas in Blush //  Swell Seas in Lilac  //  Tails from the Deep by Hawthorne Supply Co.

The Ultimate Summer Series: Call in Reinforcements

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Hey friends. I’m multitasking today’s post to share with you my 5 favorite summer podcasts and also to show you my new top I sewed up last week!

First, let’s talk podcasts. Do you listen to them?? If not, let me throw some game changers your way! I wasn’t into podcasts until about 4-5 months ago and now I am literally starting most conversations with “I just listened to this amazing podcast and they were talking about…” I like to listen to them while running, cleaning, sewing, or during kid-free drives. Most podcast episodes are from 20-60 mins so I feel a good sense of accomplishment when I can fit in a task and listen to something encouraging! I mostly listen to mom-themed podcasts so today I’m sharing my 5 fave episodes that have helped me to lay out the Ultimate Summer with my kiddos. After all, mommin’ aint easy so when you can pull in some reinforcements via a quick podcast full of helpful summer tips and tricks, you’ll feel SO much better!!!

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My 5 Fave Summer Podcasts

5 Steps to Plan an Awesome SummerThis is an excellent starter podcast from Your Life Rocks. Jenny gives quick, easy tips to help structure your summer and to get the most out of our days together at home! If you only have time for one podcast this entire summer, make this the one!

Which Type of Rest Do You Need?: This podcast is from the God Centered Mom podcast. Heather brings on her special guest, Saundra Dalton-Smith: a doctor, wife and mother who shares her story of a breaking point and realization about the true need for rest in our lives. This was a great one to listen to as a reminder to set aside the time and energy to reach the various types of rest in our day to day to keep us well rounded and healthy from an emotional, physical and mental standpoint.

Making Magical Summer Moments Around Your Work Schedule: This podcast is another from Your Life Rocks. I found great encouragement as a work-from-home mom in how to gain balance and keep family time a priority while my children are home this summer. She gives great practical tips and suggestions in how to hold onto the magic of a great childhood!

How to be Inspired, Live Intentionally and Breakup with Your T.V.This podcast is from Mandy Arioto, CEO of Mops International. She brings on a guest, Francie, who gives encouragement and inspiration to ditch the screen and reconnect with your kids. This is a great one to listen to as you strive to gain balance between the screen-suck and fun of summer!

How to Simplify HospitalityThis episode is from the Simply Joyful podcast. The host, Kristi Clover, brings on guest Jen Schmidt who debunks the myth behind elaborate hospitality. It was so encouraging to hear how simple, hospitable moments can create amazing summer memories. I am not a chef, I don’t have a fancy house, and I had a slew of excuses why I didn’t invite people into my home often. After this podcast, I feel encouraged and equipped to be a hostess with the mostest! 

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While you’re queuing up your new podcast playlist, let’s talk about my new top!!! My sweet design-sister Maya just released this fantastic summer pattern, Riley, for tweens and girls. I fit into the bust of a size 16 tween so I thought I would give it a try and now I am obsessed!!!!

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The bodice has bust darts that give it a great fit for maturing tweens or for old ladies like me! I love the length and how it flares just lightly at the hip.

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And how about the split back detail with that gorgeous scoop neckline??? Super figure flattering and great for showing off contrasting fabrics.

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Speaking of fabrics, I wanted to give a big shout-out and thank you to Fibers to Fabric, a sweet Etsy shop who reached out and asked if I’d like to use some of their fabrics for a blog feature! How could I say no to fabric?!?! I picked this gorgeous red Ikat with a beautiful Indian cotton in blue floral. I love how this combo is a subtle fourth of July look that I can pull off all summer long! Their prices are great, often have free shipping codes and the selection is truly one-of-a-kind!

 

 

The Ultimate Summer Series: Planning Phase

Ahhh the days of summer! When time slows down, the temperatures warm up and the moms start scrambling for ideas of what to do now that their kids are home all day! Kidding. Kind of. But, in all seriousness, I am longing for the Ultimate Summer- one full of relaxation, good memories and lots and lots of family fun. I thought I would share how I am prepping for the Ultimate Summer, share some tips and tricks along the way, and hopefully encourage and motivate you to soak up the moments this summer instead of letting the days pass by or trying to simply endure.

The first phase of the Ultimate Summer takes some intentional planning and some open conversations with your family. I recently listened to this awesome podcast from Your Life Rocks about 5 steps to plan an awesome summer. I was instantly inspired and put her tips into practice. If you haven’t heard the episode, please give it a listen! You’ll be so glad you did.

The Summer Dump List vs. The Summer Bucket List

Before you start making plans, saying all the yeses to everyone’s invites and signing your kids up for every sport, camp and vbs in your area, it’s critical to get a big picture plan and pick just a few solid ideas or you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels in the midst of chaos.

One way to envision it would be to start with a few solid rocks (summer must dos), then add a few pebbles (easy get togethers and quick moments), and then as time allows fill the rest of your bucket with the everyday things. If you fill the bucket first with all the yeses to the everyday invites and such, you’ll not have any room for the big moments you’ve been craving. Think: family vacations, learning a new skill, taking on a new hobby, making a big change, etc.

One easy way to sort through the various layers of activities is to create a simple “Dump List.” This is where you and your family simply write down any and every thing they could possibly want to do this summer. Keep writing, write some more and then jot down some more ideas. Dump it all out onto paper. If you’re stuck, check out my Pinterest board of ideas.

I added two crucial rhythms that I’d like to incorporate this summer to remind myself of: one hour of technology free time each day, and one day each week of no plans. I know myself (total yes-man) and that my family will function best if we just take that time daily and weekly to reset.

One of the tips from Your Life Rocks podcast was to ask your kids, spouse and self two simple questions:

  • What is your favorite summer memory?
  • How do you feel most loved?

Then, work together to partner the Dump List with the answers from the two key questions to create the Ultimate Summer Bucket List. If you didn’t catch the answers on our IG stories, you can see them in the Summer Ideas highlight reel!!

I used these two pages of the Daily Action Planner to help move ideas from our Dump List into our Ultimate Summer Bucket List. The prompts of creating my “Savor Daily,” “Savor Life” and “Get Connected” lists helped me frame our priorities and be sure to nail those big rock moments.

After you create your Ultimate Summer Bucket List, go ahead and start filling in your weekly plans to include a few of those must do, big rock moments. If you’re creating that rhythm of rest like we are, don’t forget to block out one hour a day and one day a week for just quiet, tech-free, family bonding. More on that in a future post!

I love this opening page of the DAP to doodle my inspiration of each week. You can see my priorities that week were to release my two new patterns, Finley and Daisy, and to squeeze as much QT with my two girls! Let’s just pretend I’m really good at drawing and doodling ok?????

Come back next week for another post from the Ultimate Summer series!! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Instagram feed and stories for daily Summer #momhacks!

Big thanks to our new friends at Savor Success for the awesome Daily Action Planner!!! We are so thrilled to be able to use it in creating our Ultimate Summer!!

Summer Sewing with Tallinn Fabrics {Blog Tour}

Hey friends!!! I’m joining the talent-packed Tallinn Fabrics blog tour hosted by Jessica Swift for her debut fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.

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If you haven’t been following along, hop back to her intro post here. The full tour schedule is at the end of this post, but before you go…let’s take a look at what I sewed up!

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You all have heard by now that my girls are really loving knit dresses because they are comfy, easy to put on and off and wash/dry without any ironing. Wait. Maybe I’m the one that loves the whole not ironing thing! HA!

I love playing with some good ol’ pattern mashing and hacking so I decided to sew up a Kennedy (woven pattern) with this super cute knit! To alter this pattern for a nice, fitted knit dress I simply took off the extra ease from the back bodice center and the waistband. Instead of a button placket, I sewed the back bodice together in the center, and made the waistband in the round. For the skirt, I kept true to the pattern pieces but chose to gather the skirt rather than pleat. I was afraid of the pleats would be finicky and stretch out while sewing so I took the easy route!

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Once I saw the colors and detail in the Baltic Swans Sand print, I just had to have it!!! I love the green and pink combo with the dark swan and light background contrast.

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of this great tour! I hope you enjoyed my stop and reading about how you can take this woven dress and make it with knit!

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Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic

Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland

Tuesday April 24 – Eleri Kerian | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics

Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell

Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between

Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts

Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs

Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday May 10Jessica Swift

Friday May 11Gwyn LaSpina

Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

 

Self Care with Cricut {Blog Tour} & Knit Headband Tutorial

Hey friends! If you read my post from last month about some new habits I’m taking on this year, you would know by now that I’m a huge advocate for some good, quality self-care so when Jessica reached out asking for bloggers to join her self-care with Cricut tour…it was a definitely yes from me! If you missed the previous days of the tour, at the end of my post there is a clickable tour schedule you can go back and see what has been shared already! Some of the projects are on my to-do list because they are just too cool to pass up! At the end of the post, you can download the Free E-Book that contains all the great projects included in this tour.


I work at a local gym 4 days a week and love to run on my off days. I have a pretty extensive night time skin care routine. With that said, I often need my hair up and out of my face but could definitely use some help making the whole look a lot cuter than a basic messy bun! My self-care project will walk you through how to use your Cricut Maker cutting machine and a simple sewing machine to create these super cute, super easy and super fun Knit Headbands in just a few minutes!

Knit Headband Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

You’ll start by firing up your Cricut Maker, installing the Rotary Blade into the tool housing and open up this cut file.

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Lay your knit scrap onto your 12 x 24 mat. I like to lay the knit on the mat and then cut it to fit on the sticky portion of the cutting mat. Be sure not to stretch or have wrinkles in the knit. Also, be sure to press down the edges of the knit so that it doesn’t curl up once the mat is loaded.

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Cut out the two rectangles- the larger will be your headband and the smaller will be the part that covers up the raw edge of the headband, I’ll call it the headband loop. Peel away the excess knit scrap and you’ll move over to the sewing machine.

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Fold each rectangle in half, with right sides touching and the long raw edges lining up. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance along the long raw edge with a stretch stitch as shown below.

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Use a tube turner to turn both rectangles right side out. Shift the seam to the middle of the headband and press flat. Fold the headband piece in half, right sides touching and short raw edges lining up. Sew along the short raw edge with 1/4″ seam allowance.IMG_9596

Cinch the headband along the short sewn edge, towards the seam side of the headband. Secure with a small dab of hot glue.

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Take the headband loop and slide it in the middle of the headband at the cinched portion. Bring one raw edge of the loop to the middle of the headband. Secure with a small dab of hot glue.

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Fold the remaining raw edge of the headband loop in and then bring it to the middle of the headband. Secure with another small dab of hot glue.

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I hope that gets you inspired and excited for some self care sewing projects, and for cute, easy headbands!!!

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If you create your own headbands from this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram! I can’t wait to see what you sew up!


Self -Care with Cricut Tour Schedule

3/19: DIY Adult Onesie with Sassy Drop Seat // DIBY Club
3/19: Matching Robe and Slipper Set // Not So Cli-Shéa
3/20: Custom Sleep Masks // See Lindsay
3/20: Mother of the Bride HTV Tote // Dragon Fly and Lily Pads
3/21: Mug Rug and Custom Coffe Mug // Sally’s Angelworks
3/22: Peppermint Scrub and Container // Practical and Pretty
3/22: Me-Time Custom Socks // Clarks Condensed
3/23: Personalized Throw Blanket // The Quiet Grove
3/24: Felt and Fabric Bookmark // Crafting in the Rain
3/24: Adult Coloring Book // Jordan’s Easy Entertaining
3/25: Ice Cream Cozy // Pattern Revolution
3/25: Bow Pencil Case // Sook Ee Designs
3/26: Manicure Mitts // Intrepid Thread
3/26: Mantra Banner // Albion Gould
3/27: Knit Headbands // Lily Shine Creates


Download the free mini-magazine of all the awesome projects below!!!

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Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial with the Cricut Maker

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Spring is near and it’s time to break out the pastels, the florals and of course the Easter themed crafts! I’m here today to share a super simple tutorial to create these adorable bunny ear hair clips using the Cricut Maker. You’ll be able to recreate these cute clips in just minutes and won’t have to cut out a single piece of fabric with the help of your handy Cricut Maker cutting machine.

This was my first Cricut Maker sewing project and it most definitely won’t be my last! I really found the process easy and quick to upload my own design, choose the correct material and tool and get right to cutting. I was able to multi-task and sew some of the ear pieces while the machine cut the next set.

This project takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, is great for a beginner sewist and those new to Design Space, and will give you two, adorable 4″ by 2″ bunny ear clips.


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Bunny Ear Hair Clip Tutorial

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Using the Cricut Maker

You’ll start by logging into Design Space and opening the Bunny Ear Cut File linked above. You can change the size and proportion of the main ear and ear contrast pieces. You can also only cut one set of each if you are using non-sew materials. If you are sewing your main ear and ear contrast pieces from fabric, you’ll want to be sure to have the two mirrored sets of each as shown below.

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The yellow mat shows the ear contrast pieces. In this sample, I used lawn fabric from Cotton and Steel. 

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You’ll select your materials for the ear contrast pieces. In this example, I chose Medium Fabrics (like Cotton), default pressure and the Rotary Blade tool.

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I placed a small piece of the cotton fabric onto the Fabric Grip cutting mat and loaded it to the Cricut Maker.

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After a quick peel of the fabric from the mat, I had the four ear contrast pieces.

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Next, you’ll load another Fabric Grip cutting mat with your main ear fabric. In this example, I chose white felt but you can cut from other woven fabrics if you prefer!

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Within moments, you’ll have your four main bunny ear pieces!

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Sewing the Bunny Ears

Place the two sets of bunny ear contrast pieces together, right sides together and raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges of the ear contrast with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Notch around the curves or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance. Use a tube turner and turn the ear contrast pieces right side out. Press.

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Place one ear contrast piece on one main ear piece as shown below. Sew to attach the contrast to the main using a satin stitch or small straight stitch.

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Place two main ear pieces (one with the contrast sewn on and one without) together, right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Sew around the long edges with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Use a tube turner again to turn the ears right side out.

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Attaching the Bunny Ears

Using a hot glue gun, attach one bunny ear to a hair clip. Other options would be to attach the ears to a headband, floral halo, fascinator, pillbox hat, etc.

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Embellishing the Bunny Ears

You can add fun embellishment such as leather bows, pom poms, flowers, etc. to dress up the bunny ears and help cover the clip.

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I hope that gets you inspired and prepared for spring sewing!!! If you create your own set of bunny ears from this tutorial, please tag me on Instagram! I can’t wait to see what you sew up!

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6 Things I’m Doing Differently in My Thirties

Hey friends! I really wanted to expand my blog topics to stuff other than just sewing, and this is something that has been on my mind lately. I hope you don’t mind me jumping into some “motherhood” conversations and talks about getting O L D, but I hope you can relate to some of what I have to say or maybe find inspiration to change some habits as you approach (or embrace) a new phase of life.

Let me first start off by saying that I looooooved my twenties. I had a stellar group of friends. I had a great job teaching and a side job of leading group exercise classes too. Life was good. Enter my thirties. We moved, meaning I had to say goodbye to the paradise life of Hawaii, goodbye to some of the most incredible friends I could dream of, and start a new adventure. Ch-Ch-Changes everywhere. And, somewhere along the way, my body decided it was going to stop living the good life too. I found myself no longer able to stay up to the wee hours of the morning sewing. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted without noticing a change in my skin or figure. I had to all of a sudden be really intentional about relationships. I couldn’t keep up with the frantic pace I set in my twenties. After a bit of a downward slump, I decided something needed to change. So, today friends, I am sharing 6 new habits I embraced while facing this new phase of life.

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  1. I gave myself a bedtime. Thanks to a dear, new friend who introduced me to the bedtime feature on the iPhone. We were out for a Moms Night Out when I noticed her phone screen light up with a notification to go to bed. I didn’t mean to be nosey, but if you know me, I of course blurted out “You have a bedtime?!!?!” She explained how much she enjoys a full night of sleep and how the bedtime app helps her get to bed on time. That simple conversation stuck with me and about a week later, I decided to check out this bedtime feature on my phone. I set myself up for a solid 8 hours of sleep each night during the week, with no alarm on the weekend. Let me tell you- GAME CHANGER! The app alerts me 15 minutes prior to my bedtime so that I can go through my bedtime routine and make it into bed in time to allow me a full nights rest.

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2. I started driving in the slow lane. After watching an amazing video by Mandy Arioto, in which she encouraged people to try taking the slow lane (on the road, in the grocery store, etc) for two weeks and see how that slows the pace of their lives. I gave it a go, and here I am several months later still taking the slow lane. I used to try and maximize my schedule every day- filling in every open space of time with some type of task. This left me tired, frazzled and constantly late. I hated disappointing others who were waiting for me to show up. I hated finally sitting down at the end of the day feeling completely depleted and yet still not 100% successful. Since then, I’ve built in cushion time to my day so that I don’t have to rush. Now I actually show up early to things for a change. I stopped trying to multi-task or fill every single minute of the day and instead I started letting go of tasks and things that weren’t essential. I don’t miss the rush. I don’t miss the exhausted pigeon lifestyle. I do, however, enjoy driving in the slow lane with the silver-haired geniuses that figured out this habit long before I did.

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3. I started a quarterly “Treat Yo Self” day. After being a mom and constantly putting others’ needs above my own for 8+ years, I decided that four times a year I could treat myself to a really wonderful spa treatment. I found a local spa that offers a special each season with fresh ingredients used in the massage, scrub and body masque treatment. In addition, the spa grants access for the day to their sauna, spa, multiple outdoor pools, steam room and beautiful grounds. I look forward to the change of seasons knowing that means a new spa menu is being made and my appointment is coming up! Having a special treat to look forward to is so rewarding and encouraging. Spending the morning just to myself, in peace and quiet and pampering renews my tired mama heart. I am finding that after my treatment I feel more alive, more rejuvenated and more energized than ever!

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4. I started taking care of my skin. I remember on my wedding day, I was putting eye shadow on my mom and I made a comment about how the skin on her eyelid moved with the brush. She laughed and said something about one day mine will too. Welp. She was right… my eyelid skin now moves around as I attempt to put on some shadow to brighten my tired eyes. Darn it. And, I recently read an article that said if you don’t wash your face before bed each night you’ll age like a billion times faster. Ok, maybe it didn’t say a billion but the point was made. In my twenties, I definitely just plopped into bed without going through a really solid bedtime skin care routine. Well, you can teach an old dog new tricks because now I actually look forward to the whole face washing ordeal! I have started using a face brush and probiotic cleanser (affiliate links). I’m still on the hunt for a good night time moisturizer, so if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below! With my 15 minute notification before my bedtime, I make it a point to care for my skin and keep it clean!

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5. I invested in friendships. This sounds so odd, but it’s definitely something moms forget to do in the chaos of raising young children. In the past, I found it so easy to meet new people, to “collect” acquaintances wherever I went and to be super social. Fast forward to my 30s and all of a sudden I’m shy, self conscious and just probably a little too tired to put forth effort to make new friends. Instead, I realized I needed to invest in the few, valuable friendships that I already had. Carving out time to text, FaceTime, message on IG, etc. became a priority for long-distance friendships. Making a point to get together for a play date, coffee talk or even better- a girls night out moved up on my list of to-dos. There’s that saying “Friends are like shoes; you don’t need own a few hundred pairs, all you need is a few good ones.” I am so grateful for my tribe, my support system and my go-to gals. They know who they are and they know they are far more valuable than a hundred pairs of shoes!

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6. I started saying no. Being a people-pleaser to my core, I could never turn down a request for help, a friend in need, or a network opportunity on social media. I loved a full plate and then I was grabbing for more dishes. Again, cue the exhausted pigeon, multi-tasking yet failing, ragged self. A dear mentor mom encouraged me to focus on two things: is this right for my family, is it really as important as I think it is? If the request didn’t pass those two questions, then I felt confident and able to say no. And, not say no and make up a lie why I couldn’t do it…but say no and leave it at that. I don’t know why I feel like it’s so hard to just politely decline something, but it definitely took a lot of conscious effort on my part to change my constant “yes” reply to whatever came my way. With this new freedom, I’ve been able to spend more quality time with my family (that intentional, not sidetracked time), feel more creative and make things just for the fun of it, and have more down time to just do nothing!


Phew! That felt therapeutic to put out there! I hope you found some inspiration, encouragement and maybe a few ideas to put into practice in whatever phase of life you are going through. I’d love to hear your feedback and if you have any insights to share about the good ol’ aging deal. Thanks for reading.

-XOXO

Cassie


// Outfit details: Piper top (modified) and Pixie top patterns from Violette Field Threads. Top Fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. Bottoms, shoes and hat from Target. Photos taken by Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine. Tutorial for hair bows on my Instagram.