Years and years ago, before having kids, my mother in law gifted me a Cricut for Christmas. At that time I mostly used it for scrapbooking but also used it for other paper projects like name banners, party decorations, etc. I LOVED it. Then I had kids and we moved houses and somewhere in the process I stopped using it as much. I was absolutely thrilled to be given the chance to work with Cricut on this post and test out the Cricut Explore Air 2, which is a newer version of the one I had. Oh man is it amazing. First of all it’s pretty and looks awesome on my desk, but also it links up to the app on my phone making it ridiculously easy to make your ideas come to life.
I sat around for a while trying to figure out what to make. Since I couldn’t decide on just one thing I made a lot, and am in the process of making more. Can’t stop won’t stop. Maybe I’ll make a shirt for myself saying that. But for purposes of narrowing it down for a blog post I decided to focus on personalizing kids clothes. I am from the south and everyone knows we love a good monogram down here.
I have a lot of friends having babies so onesies seemed like a good place to start. I grabbed these plain white onesies from Target and got to work. I also saw this super cute bathing suit at Target and wanted to add a classic monogram for Maddie Grace to it. For these projects you’ll need a Cricut, iron on vinyl, Cricut tools, a Cricut EasyPress (you could use an iron but the Easy Press is easier), and Cricut EasyPress Mat.
I seriously can’t get over how easy it is. I just laid out what I wanted the onesies to look like in the app, and set my Cricut machine to to the iron on material setting. Then I laid the iron on vinyl on the mat – making sure that it was shiny side down. Then all I had to do was put the mat in the Cricut machine and load it, and then press the button to start cutting. For this onesie I cut the state first and then the name separately since I wanted a different color, and cut out only the vinyl I needed so as to not waste it. I can always use scraps no matter what size on other projects!
Then I used the weeding tool to carefully separate my design from the rest of the vinyl. The shiny clear layer works as a transfer paper. so your design should stay attached to it. Again this part is easy – mine have all come apart perfectly with very little effort.
My favorite part is what’s next – you just take your transfer papers with your design and figure out where you want to put them. Then check out the Cricut Heat Guide to find instructions for transferring based on what type of fabric you are transferring onto – it’s generally a preheat, then heat, tells you what pressure to use, then how long to flip and press the other side, and finally how cool it should be when you remove the transfer paper. For the onesies I looked to the cotton base material guide and for the bathing suit the polyester one. I followed the instructions exactly and then for both I had no issues when removing the transfer paper. It seriously blew my mind how easy the whole process was and how good the finished products looked.
I can’t wait to send some of these onesies out as gifts and Teddy has already worn and rocked his onesie and Maddie Grace this bathing suit. I’m sending the nurse onesie to Tom’s cousin who is working as a nurse during this whole pandemic and is pregnant with her first kid, and the Gable one is for a sweet blogging friend’s baby!
This time being stuck at home most of the time is perfect to get your creative juices flowing and start making all the things! Make sure you head to Target.com to check out Cricut and get started!