How to Sew a Bowl Cozy with Cricut

Learn how simple it is to sew a bowl cozy with help from a Cricut Maker.

I have seen bowl cozies offered at craft fairs, they intrigued me but I always passed them by. Recently watching a YouTube video making them, I became interested in making my own. Watching someone use a bowl cozy, now it made sense to me. We tend to use a pot holder, which works, but it doesn’t wrap around the sides of the bowl to protect your hands. So, I decided to make my own with the help of my Cricut Maker.

Some items used in this post were provided by Cricut.

Cricut Maker

Materials:

  • cotton fabric
  • cotton batting (or cotton felt)
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pen
  • ruler
  • Cricut Maker

Directions:

Cut your fabric and felt to 9″ squares, two of each. I used my Cricut Maker to cut the cotton fabric, it was so easy, and made the squares the exact same size.

Place the batting or felt to the wrong side of the fabric. Sew diagonally across the pieces making an X shape.

Do this to both pieces. The color of the felt or batting doesn’t matter because it will be inside the cozy.

Fold one side of the fabric in half with the right side together. Measure and mark a point along the fold 2″ and up the short side 1″. Draw a diagonal line connecting these points together. Do this to both side.

From here it is easier to explain the steps in a video.

Video Tutorial:

The finished bowl cozy with a bowl in place. This is going to be so handy. I think I am going to need to make a few more!

The sewing machine I am using is a Brother SE-350 Sewing & Embroidery Machine, it is discontinued but there are similar machines available.

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Paper Christmas Tree Ornament

Make this tree ornament with a free SVG file included in the post.

I am participating in an SVG hop. This months challenge was to create an ornament. I love making paper ornaments cut on my Cricut Maker. The Maker can cut such detail as seen in the sides of my tree ornament.

This ornament can be cut out and put together as is. You can line the ornament as I have done. I used Rinea foiled paper to do so, or you could line it with tissue paper or rice paper and put a light inside. So you have different options with this ornament along with making it in different sizes or colors.

Materials:

  • Green Cardstock
  • Green Rinea Paper
  • Cricut Maker
  • Free SVG file
  • scissors
  • glue
  • twine

Directions:

SVG file

Download the above SVG file. All black lines and shapes cut while you will need to change the red lines to score before cutting. You might also want to change the size of the file before you cut.

Once the card stock is cut, it should look like the above image. At this point you need to decide if you will line the ornament. The tree ornament is designed so you can place a light inside it if you desire.

To construct the ornament, follow along with the video tutorial below.

Here is my finished ornament hanging on our tree.

You might also like these Cricut Ornaments:

As mentioned above, this post is a part of an SVG hop, here are the links to the other participants.

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Thank You Card and Free SVG

Thank You card free SVG for Cut Cardstock design team.

This tri-fold card is first up for the month of October 2020 on the Cut Cardstock blog. Learn how the cardstock was colored and put together by watching the YouTube video tutorial. 

Many materials used in this post were provided by various companies in order to promote their products.

Materials:

  • Royal Sundance White Felt Card Stock
  • Nuvo Shimmer Powders
  • Waffleflower wet media mat
  • water
  • Cricut Maker
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • heat gun (optional)
  • washi tape (optional)
  • free SVG file

The free SVG file can be accessed at this link [Thank You Card SVG]

The file contains all three layers in one file.

Once you click on the link, a new window will open with the image displayed, right-click the image and save as an SVG.

Don’t forget to make sure the red lines are set to score before you cut.

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5 Things I Love About My Cricut Maker

5 things I love about my Cricut Maker with craft tutorial projects.

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

Links below are affiliates, they help support this site in a small way and cost nothing to use them. Thank you for considering to use them.

With the ability to use more advanced tools, Cricut Maker gives you the freedom to make virtually any DIY project you can imagine, from 3D art to home decor, jewelry, iron-on, vinyl, paper projects, and so much more. It has the tools to cut hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate paper and fabric to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and basswood. Use the Rotary Blade to cut fabric for a sewing project — without backing material. Switch to Knife Blade and cut thicker and denser materials for added dimension and depth. Or quickly switch between scoring, engraving, debossing, and other decorative effects with a variety of specialty tips. Featuring unique cutting versatility, a huge library of design ideas, sewing patterns available instantly, and easy-to-use apps, Cricut Maker delivers professional-level cutting performance that anyone can use. 

I have had my Maker for a while now and it keeps getting better with the addition of new adaptable tools. With each addition, it is like getting a new machine. When I started with Cricut four machines ago, I didn’t buy it for scrapbooking or card making. I bought it to reproduce pieces for kids crafting in Sunday School and girls club. Obviously, as the Cricut machines have advanced, so have how I utilize them in my crafting. Here are five things I love about my Cricut Maker. Projects one through four are posts from the past that I used the Maker, the fifth project is a new project that I just finished and used one of the newest tools, the engraving tool.

1. It Cuts Fabric without the need for any stabilizer.
Sleep Mask

sleep mask


I made these reversible sleep masks for my daughters as gifts.
Using the Maker to cut the fabric was so quick and easy without the need for any stiffening. Just place the fabric on the pink mat.
It also allowed me to make multiples and there was no variation in the cutting which would happen if done with scissors.

2. It Cuts different materials really well. 
Earrings

cutting leather

3. It allows me to make my own holiday decor.
Alternative Pumpkin

          
I created this alternative pumpkin using my Cricut Maker. I used it to cut the bats out of vinyl and felt. It is so easy to cut the same design out of different materials even though the vinyl and felt are very different the Maker did it easily. The bucket has an internal light and glows at night. Now I have a festive Halloween decor I can display each year.

4. It allows me to decorate my home. 

Craft Block

Paper Banner

Little Santa

Mantle – picture frames

mantle

5. The adaptable tools allow me to create using new materials.

You can see the newest adaptable tools in the following video:

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These tools open up so many different crafting doors. I am just getting started with exploring the different opportunities. After receiving the new tools, I tried the engraving tool first on acrylic. It was as easy to set up as any of the other tools I already had for the Maker. 

The leaves are an image from Cricut Access (Leaves Drawing   #MAEF3C53). The Design Space project link is here: [leaf engraving] The leaves are engraved onto two different layers of acrylic.

I took the two layers of acrylic and painted them with alcohol ink. The below image is the final piece.

You can see the full tutorial for this piece at: [leaf engraving and painting]

I want to thank Cricut for providing many of the materials that were used in these posts.

Take a Look at the Evolution of Cricut Machines

See the history of the Cricut machines.

Have you ever wondered about the lineage of the Circuit machines? I have collected information and images for a variety of machines that have been made. Cricut machines are manufactured by Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc. Provo Craft is located in Utah. The company is 15 years old and was created on December 21, 2003. I don’t have the manufacture dates for each machine. If you have this information, I would love to be able to add it to this article.

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Current Models:

The models are listed in reverse order of their manufacturing years. If you want to see Cricut models by year, then start at the bottom of the current models and work your way back to the top.

Cricut Joy Extra

Cricut Joy Xtra

release date: September 2023

Cricut Joy Xtra™ cuts, writes, draws, and foils. Works with the free Design Space app. Works with 50+ materials.

Cricut Venture

release date: July 2023

A wide-format professional cutting machine. It precision-cuts 100+ materials up to 75 ft (22.8 m) and works at commercial speeds.

maker 3

Cricut Maker 3

release date: June 2021
The Maker 3 cuts over 300 materials and is compatible with 13 tools. It is up to 2x faster than its predecessor and 10x the cutting force. The Maker 3 is compatible with smart materials for cuts up to 12ft in one go.

Cricut Explore 3

release date: June 2021
The Explore 3 cuts over 100 materials and is compatible with 6 tools that are sold separately. It is up to 2x faster than its predecessor. It is also compatible with Smart Materials for cuts up to 12 ft in one go.

Cricut Joy

release: Feb. 12, 2020 – available March 2020
The Cricut Joy is a smaller, more light-weight version at 5″ x 8″ and less than 4 lb. The Joy introduces two new features not elsewhere available in the Cricut product portfolio. With specialty accessories and materials (labeled Smart Materials™), the Joy is able to cut single designs up to four feet long and repeated cuts up to 20 feet.

Cricut Maker
released: August 20, 2017
The Cricut Maker machine is used with Design Space, which is a cloud-based, online software. It does not function stand-alone. When using Design Space on a desktop or laptop computer, an internet connection is required. When using the machine with the Design Space app on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone), you can use the offline feature in that app to use your machine and Design Space without an internet connection. The Cricut Maker is an adaptable machine with interchangeable cutting and scoring heads.

Cricut Explore Air 2

release: October 5, 2016
A slight update from the Air, it cuts two times faster. Comes in a variety of colors and works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

Cricut Explore Air

release: NA
This is a wireless machine that can cut paper to fabric and more. It works with the current Circuit Design Space application.

Cricut Explore One

release: May 6, 2015
Similar in look to the other Explore machines but only has a single tool holder. You can cut and write but you have to do so in two steps.

Cricut Explore

release: 2014
The Cricut Explore, ExploreAir, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps.

The Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your iOS or Android mobile device or to cut wirelessly from your computer.

Legacy Machines:

The rest of this post is not in chronological order, but dates are listed if available.

Cricut Expression 2

released: September 26, 2011
The Cricut Expression 2 was designed as a standalone machine. The LCD touch screen and Cricut® cartridges allowed you to create projects without being connected to a computer. A computer was required to update the machine’s firmware, however.

Cricut Expression

release: February 28, 2010
The Cricut Expression machine had several fantastic features available. A few favorites are the AutoFill and Quantity features. They allowed you to cut multiples of the same image so you could quickly create a batch of invitations, place settings, party favors, or other projects. There was a scoring tip that could be used.

Cricut Mini

release: approx 2012
The Cricut Mini relied exclusively on using Cricut Craft Room, a computer program that no longer functions. The Circuit Mini is obsolete.

Cricut Imagine

release: Summer 2010
The Cricut Imagine machines use a special cutting mat with a white border and black registration marks that the machine will read prior to cutting your printed images with precision and accuracy.  The Imagine machine was unable to read any other mats. 

Cricut Cake

release: na
Cricut Cake was specifically designed to cut edible material, including gum paste, frosting sheets, and more. As such, it was designed with parts made of food-safe material. In fact, any part of the machine that touches food was made of food-safe material.

Cricut Create

release: December 21, 2003
The Cricut Create machine was designed to function with the Cricut® cartridges as a standalone machine.

Cricut Personal

release: January 9, 2005
The Cricut Personal/V1 machine was designed to function with the original Cricut cartridges as a standalone machine.

Additional Machines:

Cricut Mug Press

original release date: 2021
The Cricut Mug Press is for 11 – 16 oz (350 – 470 ml) Infusible Ink compatible mugs*. The press has a one-touch setting and safety features including auto-off.

Cricut Cuttlebug

original release: na
The Cricut Cuttlebug machine is compatible with most leading brands of dies and embossing folders. The B Plates – Cutting, A Plate – Spacer, and C Plate – Adapter (sold separately) are different thicknesses so that you can mix and match. The Cuttlebug is no longer being produced.

Cricut Hat Press

release date: 2022
Cricut Hat Press is the perfect heat press designed for hats. Its curved, ceramic-coated heat plate features 3 levels of heat up to 400ºF (205ºC) for consistent, wrinkle-free transfers.

Easy Press 3

release date: 2022
Say hello to the perfect press for heat transfer projects. Cricut EasyPress 3 brings together the speed of a heat press, the convenience of an iron, and the simplicity of the Cricut Heat app. Press without the guesswork, and get fast, easy transfers. Simply send ideal time and temperature settings through Bluetooth® connection via the Cricut Heat app. Follow on-screen, step-by-step prompts that guide you at every turn. 

Auto Press
release date: 2022
the perfect professional heat press made for home use. Merging commercial power with a sleek, home-friendly design, Cricut Autopress™ harnesses state-of-the-art automated features to help you make more in less time. Zero Effort™ operation lets you close the machine with just two fingers, and the handle’s motor does the rest. Dial in precise time & temp settings on the control pod to ensure consistent results, whether you’re working on a big-business production or a one-time passion project.

easypress 3

EasyPress 3
release September 2023
The world’s most beloved heat press is now smarter than ever with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology. Connect Cricut EasyPress 3 to the Cricut Heat app to send precise time & temperature settings and follow step-by-step guidance for any project.

EasyPress

release: August 2017
The Cricut EasyPress comes in three different sizes and is used to heat iron-on vinyl. You may find it has alternative uses similar to an iron.
Here is a printable chart for heat settings. [EasyPress chart]

Cricut Bright™ 360, Ultimate LED Floor Lamp

release date: 2022
See more, and do more with Cricut Bright 360, the ultimate LED floor lamp for every craft and every crafter. Its big, broad head evenly lights up your entire workspace and just a gentle push of your hand will pivot, rotate, and move the light exactly where you need it.

Cricut Bright™ 360, Ultimate LED Table Lamp

release date: 2022
See more, and do more with Cricut Bright 360, the ultimate LED table lamp for every craft and every crafter. Its big, broad head evenly lights up your entire workspace and just a gentle push of your hand will pivot, rotate, and move the light exactly where you need it. The large head lights 4 sq ft.

Bright Pad Go

release date: 2021
See every detail here, there, and wherever you wander with 1.5+ hours of cordless, rechargeable power. Slim, lightweight, and incredibly portable, Cricut BrightPad Go illuminates hard-to-see cut lines for faster, more accurate weeding of vinyl and heat-transfer projects – without being tethered to a wall outlet! 

BrightPad

release: approx 2017
The Cricut BrightPad comes in Mint Green and Rose Gold. It is a modern lightbox and works great for weeding, tracing, paper piecing, and jewelry making. 

Cricut Gypsy

released: September 2009
The Gypsy was a portable personal design device for use with your Cricut® Personal, Create, Expression, Cake, Cake Mini, Expression 2 and Imagine machines. It allowed you to store Cricut® cartridge content, design with that content, and then connect to your Cricut® to cut. 

Glow in the Dark | Halloween Card

This month I am participating in a Halloween video blog hop. I created the card above for the hop and I am sharing the cutting files free (links below). The unique quality of this card is that the spider web glows in the dark.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut the black cardstock and the clear overhead projector sheet. I had some trouble finding the right setting for the overhead plastic, I ended up using the Cricut mat cover sheet setting and adding more pressure. The finished folded card is 6″ x 4″

Some items used in this post have been provided.

Materials:

  • black cardstock
  • white cardstock – 8″ x 6″
  • overhead projector sheet
  • glow in the dark paint
  • paintbrush
  • adhesive
  • Xyron
  • heat gun (optional)
  • personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • free cut files (linked below)

Directions:

The file contains both cut images. [cut file]
To download the file, click on the text in the brackets above, the image will open in a new window.
Right-click the image and save as an SVG file.

Video Tutorial:


Well, glow in the dark photographs blurry, but here is a close-up of the web.

The next video on the hop can be found here: https://youtu.be/dCFa8qXjiWQ

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Create with Cricut’s New Infusible Ink Blanks

Follow along as I use the new infusible ink blanks from Cricut.

Cricut has a variety of new infusible ink blanks. Cricut sent me a few samples in order to write this review and promote their new products. The new materials include cosmetic bags, pillow covers, wine bags, and toddler-sized t-shirts. I made my daughter this bag to hold her drawing supplies from the cosmetic bag set. 

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Materials:

Directions:

To begin, I created the graphic I used in Design Space. The following video tutorial shows you how that was done.

Cutting the infusible ink on the Cricut Maker.
On the mat, I aligned the cut to the center utilizing the blue and red section of the design.

Then I weeded away the parts I didn’t want.

Placing the infusible ink, if you look closely you will see a slight fold in the bag and the infusible ink.
This is a trick I use to align the center of the image and blank.


Using my heating guide, I set my EasyPress and pressed.

Using a warm peel, my project is done!

How to Etch a Cutting Board

You can easily upgrade a glass cutting board from the Dollar Tree into something worth putting on display. It was really easy to do using etchall etching creme. In no time at all, the cutting board was transformed. Make one for yourself or to gift. 

Materials:

  • etchall etching creme
  • paintbrush
  • scrap of cardstock
  • vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • circle glass cutting board
  • weeding tool

Directions:

I used the image from Cricut Design Space. Rangoli Mandala, Vinyl #MB78A515


cutting the design on the Cricut Maker
 


weeding the image
 


clean the back of the glass cutting plate with alcohol
 


I aligned the vinyl on the glass.
 


here is the vinyl on the glass
 


getting ready to use etchall


apply generously and leave for at least 15 minutes
return the excess to the bottle after the allotted time
I used a scrap of card stock to remove the etchall.
 


Here is the final result – quick and easy but it looks like so much more.

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