{Cricut Blog Tour] Sewing for Vacay Tutorial & Giveaway!

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

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Hey all!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer- soaking up the sun and warm air, getting to explore the great outdoors and spending lots of quality time with loved ones. If you’re anything like me, you’re planning out a great summer vacation and may be in need of some festive and fun new gear! Today I’ll be sharing a quick and easy tutorial using the new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, some exciting new iron-on vinyl sheets and the Cricut Design Space. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see the entire Sewing with Cricut Blog Tour lineup and enter to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 for you!

My family and I were heading out for a road trip around Southern California so in my clever and creative mind, I planned out this super fun new vacation tote to showcase my Cricut vinyl design.

Before I could start my Cricut project, I quickly sewed up this awesome new tote bag from Art Gallery Fabrics Yuma Lemons Mist in Canvas using this tutorial.

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If you’re new to using a Cricut machine or just want to see what it’s all about, read on to see how quick and easy it is to create a super fun, personalized iron-on decal. If you plan on shopping for some new Cricut gear, use coupon code “ChristmasInJuly” Free shipping for US orders!!!


Creating an Iron-On Decal with Cricut

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Before you start designing your decal, first measure the space available for your intended layout. I like to do this first so that I can plan my design from the start using the final dimensions. Sometimes projects look great on screen but when transferred to the size and layout of the space you actually have available, it just doesn’t jive. Once you have your measurements for your decal canvas, it’s time to get the party started!

If you want to customize your decal read on or you can just download my design and get to cutting!

Let’s start by opening up the Cricut Design Space and creating the decal design. The Design Space is super user friendly, really intuitive and basically will walk you through step by step how to go from design to finished cut.

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After I designed the decal, I color coded each vinyl layer in the design so that it would populate all the same layer letters onto one cutting mat. Click “Make It” and the Design Space quickly and easily formats your cutting mat template for you. 

Be sure to click to mirror the design so when it is transferred onto the tote it will read left to right.

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I don’t like to waste any vinyl so I look at the cutting mat layout in Design Space and cut the vinyl to the same dimensions, with just a tiny bit of wiggle room on each side. Transfer the vinyl onto the cutting mat, with the colored side down. Do not peel off the liner at this time.

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You’re ready to load into the Cricut machine! Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut your first vinyl layer. Again, be sure you’ve toggled the “mirror design” switch!!!! Side note- how gorgeous is that mint colored machine?!?!! LOVE!

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Unload the mat and get ready to weed the cut design. I start by peeling off the negative space from the liner (the clear plastic), leaving the design on the cutting mat. I use the handy Cricut Weeding Tool to carefully weed out the rest of the unwanted vinyl. Repeat until you have all the layers of your design cut and weeded.

Next, you’ll lay out the bottom-most layer of your design onto your project. I used these great little Cricut Scissors to cut my design into sections to transfer onto the tote.

Transferring the vinyl from the liner to the tote bag takes care and control to ensure your finished product is straight, well pressed but not melted, and looks incredible. Place the decal on the tote with the vinyl facing up and reading from left to right. I layer my vinyl layers before I start ironing to ensure everything will look the way I want it to once I put all the layers together. If everything is good to go, grab your iron and let’s finish this project up!

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Using an iron on the cotton/linen setting with the steam setting OFF and a pressing cloth, apply heat to the design for about 15-30 seconds. You’ll want to add a light pressure and be sure to pick up your iron and move to the next section rather than swiping across the pressing cloth (NOTE: Use a pressing cloth that is either white or from the same fabric as your project. I used a dark strip of fabric just so it would show up more in the tutorial photos.) After your bottom layer of vinyl is adhered to your tote, you’ll turn the tote inside out and press again from the inside for 15-20 seconds.

Let the area cool and then peel off the liner and admire that gorgeous decal!!! You’ll repeat the transferring steps until all the layers of your design have been adhered. Don’t rush things- not waiting for the layer to cool before applying another layer may result in melted vinyl or bubbling.

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Pack your new tote with a towel, your sunnies and a good book and head to the pool! Before you head out, be sure to hop down this post and enter to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your own!


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{Gnome Matter What!} Blog Tour: Everyday Elodie

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Hey friends! I’m joining the stellar round up of sewing bloggers for the Gnome Matter What! Blog tour hosted by Izzy and Ivy Designs for Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Be sure to check the tour schedule at the end of the post and find the link to the *giveaway* as well!

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The Gnome Matter What! fabric collection features darling little gnomes and other lawn figurines, sketchbook floral and snail prints and great blenders like dots and vines! I love the colors included in this collection: lilac, seafoam, subtle oranges, blues, and neutrals. Really great for spring!

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For the blog tour, I chose to sew up the new Elodie pattern by Violette Field Threads. Since my girls have a growing collection of Elodie dresses already, I decided to play a little bit with the pattern. This is the sleeveless, everyday version with some creative additions.

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I added a ruffle along the sweetheart bodice overlay by cutting a long 2″ strip of the Set Vines in Dark Seafoam, pressing the strip in half and gathering along the raw edge. When I make this modification again, I will lower the sweetheart shape to account for the added height in the ruffle because I kind of think it ended up too high at her neck 😦 Bummer dude.

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Another modification I made was to switch the lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining. I wanted the Square Dot Blender in Lilac to peek out below the Sketchbook Garden main skirt. To do this, I swapped the cut lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining, and then reduced the lengths so the skirt and lining hem was just a simple 1/4″ hem versus the 2″ vintage style hem in the original pattern.

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How cute is this Sketchbook Garden print? I love the subtle graph paper background (the previous math teacher in me is doing the happy dance). I also love the sketched flowers and stems, cute little snails, and soft splashes of color.

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I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Gnome Matter What! Blog Tour. Check out the entire line up:

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! The giveaway will run through April 12. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize!

Here Comes the Fun {Blog Tour} with Sew Caroline!

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Sunshine. Bright Colors. Big Smiles. All these things are what makes my heart flutter and the new Here Comes the Fun fabric collection by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics is finding a special place in my heart as well! We spent the past week completely drenched in rainstorms, but thankfully the sun came out just long enough for us to run outside and snap a few pics! I was hoping for a beachy-fun shoot, but I’ll have to try again another day.

This blog hop came with a super sweet surprise for the bloggers- a fabulous scissor and snips pack from Fiskars! I had to capture my fabric cutting dream team and share with my Instagram friends!

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I am so excited to be a part of this talent-packed Blog Hop! Let’s take a look at what I’ve sewn up with the new Here Comes the Fun Fabrics:

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I have been dying to sew with more AGF Voile because it is so super soft, has gorgeous drape and still enough sturdiness to keep me from pulling my hair out when sewing! For my youngest, I sewed up a beautiful Annie Maxi Dress by Violette Field Threads in the Block Stencils Burst voile.

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I used mini pom trim for the straps for some extra pizzaz and *FUN*

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For my oldest daughter, I pulled out an old favorite, the Ginger dress pattern also from VFT. I love this style and it always screams summer and all things fun so it was the perfect choice! (Did you read that in your best Olaf voice??)

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For this Ginger dress, I paired the Sprayed Doodles Coral print with Improv Strokes Citrus. I love the bright, cheerful colors and the subtle black touches to bring lots of dimension.

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Check out all the amazing hues in these fabrics! Ooooh la la!!!!

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These dresses sure brought the fun to our rainy week! I can’t wait to sew up some more gorgeous garments with this new fabric collection from Sew Caroline.

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Want to see more awesome makes from the HCTF fabrics?? Check out the entire Blog Hop party:

 Aubrey Plays
A Jennuine Life
Izzy and Ivy Designs
Holly and Company
Elle Lee and Me
Lilly Shine Boutique
Simple Life Pattern Co
SewSohpieLynn
Happiness in the Making
MADE Everyday
Little Bit Funky
Sew and Tell Project

The Perfect Ten Blog Tour- Wrap Up and Linkup Party!!

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I hope you had a fun week of reading all about the Perfect Ten and seeing the great tips, tricks and tutorials! If you are new to knits, now is the time to jump in because you have some great resources at your fingertips to aid in sewing up your first Perfect Ten Knit Top!

If you haven’t picked up the pattern yet, do so NOW because the party is about to begin! What party??? A Linky Party with a great prize from Little Lizard King Patterns!! To participate, simply sew up your Perfect Ten knit top, and click the link at the end of this post. Link up your creation, and voila! You’ve entered! Want to earn an additional entry??? Pair the Perfect Ten with any other LLK pattern and you’ll get a double entry! Even better, sew up as many PT tops as you want, you’ll earn an entry for each top you create and link. The linky party will run for one week and a winner will be chosen (via random.org) and announced in the Little Lizard King Cafe on Facebook.

Read on to see more about the Perfect Ten!

Now, you might be wondering, why is it called the Perfect Ten?? Well, let me tell you- this top went through some extensive testing and editing to get your little the most PERFECT fit- comfy and fitted but not too tight or not too baggy. Reminds you of Goldilocks, right?? We got the fit “just right!” Now, the “ten” comes from the amazing 10 bodice and sleeve options jam packed into this one fabulous pattern! And, there you have it- the Perfect Ten!

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While dreaming up this pattern, Ann Kelle blessed me with a huge stock of her cute and quirky knits for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I mean, the box showed up at my doorstep and I almost fell over! We, at Little Lizard King, are so thankful for her fabric sponsorship of the Perfect Ten top!!! I got to work sewing up some amazing samples for the pattern and I was on cloud nine!!

Let’s take a look at these gorgeous knits, and awesome options included in the Perfect Ten pattern!

First up we have the trendy Peter Pan collar with a Ruched Sleeve. How adorable is this mustache knit??

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Next up, the Bodice Bow and Double Ruffle Sleeve. The magenta pink jersey knit was so soft and had the perfect stretch!

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A sweet Button Placket with Ruffle and a Single Ruffle Sleeve (option is included with the bubble sleeve tutorial). Houndstooth is all the rage right now, and so cheerful and fun in this multi-colored print!

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A tester favorite, the Bubble Sleeve! Nautical is such a popular trend, and perfect for the beach!

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Perfect for those who love to store treasures, the Heart Pocket.

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A Neckline Ruffle with a cute Button Tab sleeve. This adorable floral knit will warm your heart!

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And lastly, the Ruffled Shoulder. Talk about cute and quirky- these multi-colored ‘stashes are just TOO fun!

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Also included in the pattern are 5 sleeve lengths: sleeveless, cap, short, 3/4 and long; 2 hem options: hemband or basic hem; and 2 neckline options: enclosed neckband or basic neckband. The pattern fits girls sizes 12 mo through girls 14 with options that will please even the tweens! The best news… all these bodice and sleeve options can be used in the already released Little Lizard King knit dresses: The Blue Ribbon Winner Dress and The Drop Waist Diva!!! The combinations are endless and your little gal will have an amazing wardrobe full of handmade, comfortable and cute clothing!

PT_modeled-27Big thank you to Ann Kelle and Robert Kaufman Fabrics for sponsoring!!!  Pick up some awesome Ann Kelle knits at Hawthorne Threads and get sewing!

Click the link below and join the party!!!

Did you miss the tour?? Hop back and check out these amazing blog posts!

The Perfect Ten Knit Top Blog Tour

Friday, February 13th: Kickoff release with Little Lizard King, special tutorial by JAB Creations

Saturday, February 14th: The Cutest Babe on the Block with Harper Creek Boutique

Sunday, February 15th: Sweet and Stylish with Beri Bee Designs

Monday, February 16th: Oh Sew Chic with Daydream Believers

Tuesday, February 17th: Puppy Love with Stitched by Crystal

Wednesday, February 18th: A Knit Panel and Flutter Tutorial by Chasing Mermaids

Thursday, February 19th: A Colorblocking Tutorial by That’s Sew Kari

Friday, February 20th: Sassy Style with Blink: Life & Clothing and a Tour Wrap up with Lily Shine Boutique

The Snow Queen visits Hawaii

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For months on end, I have received messages and comments on the Lily Shine Boutique Facebook page in requests of an Elsa inspired dress. As I scrolled through my newsfeed I saw countless other shops doing their own take on the infamous Disney Snow Queen. And, of course, most of them were photos set in the great wintery outdoors. Roadblock. We don’t do snow out here on Oahu. It just isn’t gonna happen! So brainstorm after brainstorm and FINALLY the perfect design came to life. I am blessed and honored to have a creative mastermind and  photographer close by to consult with during the designing process. Hailey Faria of Hailey Faria Photography and I put our heads together to create this vision of Arendelle in the Springtime, after the thaw. The most stunning and perfect location was set and the dress was ready to go! This dress is no replica of the dress from the movie, but rather it is the summery sweet and playful design inspired by the original.

Since snow wasn’t an option, the location had to be reminiscent of Arendelle, yet appropriate for the design of the dress. The ruins we hiked to were not only breathtaking but fit the concept to a T. Moss covered rocks piled up on every corner, completely like the trolls in the movie! I literally squealed in excitement when I saw them!

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The bodice was created to resemble the original dress in the film, with a sweetheart shape in the top and waist. Delicate iridescent lace detail along the bodice to tie into the cape fabric and add a girly touch.

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Every little girl loves a good long cape, however most moms were requesting an everyday play version of the dress. After much thought and consideration, I created a completely removable sheer cape. The most glorious detail in the flower design, iridescent threads bursting from the fabric giving an iced effect to the material. It was as if the fabric was created JUST for this dress! What a find!!!

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When keeping with the concept of the original dress, but with the modesty appropriate for young girls, I designed the skirt of the dress to have a petite slit, with an icey blue ruffle trim. I thought it made the dress more playful and sweet.

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In celebration of making it to a facebook landmark, 5000 fans, I’d love to giveaway a custom sized dress from my Etsy Shop to one lucky winner! Just hop down to the rafflecopter entry form and get to WINNING!!!

RUN don’t walk, I have a feeling this giveaway will be quite popular!

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Entering to WIN is super simple.

1. Like Lily Shine Boutique on facebook using the rafflecopter app below. (mandatory)

2. Leave a comment on the pinned post on my facebook fan page. (optional)

3. Pin an image from this blog post on your pinterest. (optional for additional entries)

4. Share this blog post, the pinned post, and my facebook page with your friends and family (optional)

5. Follow my blog. (optional for additional entries)

6. “Favorite” Lily Shine on etsy!  (optional for additional entries)

7. Follow Lily Shine Boutique on instagram (optional for additional entries)

 

GOOD LUCK! Giveaway closes on May 6th at 12:00 AM EST. Winner will be announced on this blog and will have 24 hours to claim prize.

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elsa6This giveaway is open to US and International entries, shipping not included. Custom size dress available in 6/12 mo – girls size 8. Winner will be awarded a coupon code to use in the Lily Shine Boutique Etsy shop for the entire purchase price of the dress in the size desired.