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
- Easy Press 2
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Design Space
- Fabric Bond Cutting Mat
- Fusible Backed Fabric
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Knit Fabric (1 yard for kid sizes) with good recovery and 2 way stretch
- Sewing Machine
- Pins or Clips
1/2″ seam allowances included.
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.
Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.
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.
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).
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.
Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.
Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.