Crafting Laughs: How to Make a Funny Pincushion with Cricut

Crafting Laughs: How to Make a Funny Pincushion with Cricut

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Who says sewing can’t be fun?

(Probably people who only sew to fix things.) If you’re tired of the same old pincushion and want to inject some humor into your sewing room, look no further!

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a hilarious “Please enter your PIN” ATM touch pad pincushion using Cricut Design Space and Cricut All Access. This unique pincushion is not only practical but also sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who loves to sew. Let’s dive in and start crafting!

SEE THE PROJECT ON CRICUT

Funny ATM Pincushion

MATERIALS:

    Step 1: Get the pincushion cut files

    To get started, you’ll need access to the “Please enter your PIN” pincushion project, available exclusively on Cricut Design Space and Cricut All Access.

    As an All Access member you can go to the project, click “MAKE IT” and it will be perfectly sized and added to your cutting mat like magic! Don’t forget to turn on “mirror” before cutting your HTV vinyl.

    Not a member? Not to worry! You can buy the design and set it up yourself. Go to my Design Space profile and search “enter your pin” (be sure to follow me so you can see all the designs I have now and in the future!) But the design, add it to your mat and resize to 2″ wide, keeping the lock closed so it resizes proportionally. You can flip the design horizontally now or wait and choose “mirror” on the cutting mat screen.

    Step 2: Cut the design out of Heat Transfer Vinyl

    Be sure that your design is mirrored (looks backwards) before cutting from your HTV.

    Step 3: Press design on fabric

    Follow the Cricut guidelines for your heat press and press the design onto one of your 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of white cotton fabric.

    Step 4: Assemble the Pincushion

    Right sides together, sew the two 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of white cotton fabric together on 3 sides, leaving the bottom, short side open. Use polyfill to give your pincushion its 3D shape. Make sure it’s firm but not overfilled. Hand stitch the open end closed.

    Congratulations! You’ve just created a one-of-a-kind, funny pincushion that’s perfect for anyone who sews. Not only is it a functional sewing accessory, but it also doubles as a conversation starter. Your sewing room just got a whole lot more entertaining!

    Love this idea?

    Leave a comment and let me know if you’re going to make the pincushion for yourself, for someone else or to sell for some mad money.

    If you use this tutorial & post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed) so I can see.

    Follow me in Design Space for new projects and inspiration.

    🧵 Tara Reed

    P.S. Is there a Cricut design you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!

     

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    Easy Fabric Coasters to Sew in a Snap

    Easy Fabric Coasters to Sew in a Snap

    coasters with a coffee mug

    Sewing for Beginners: The Easiest Way to Make Coasters

    Have you ever wanted to sew easy fabric coasters but then see people on social media flawlessly adding binding to small circles and thought, “I can’t do that!” (Me too!) Sometimes my aspirations are above my skill or desire level – I just want to make something cute QUICKLY.

    Other times I want to whip up something heartfelt for a friend, to take as a hostess gift or to make and sell to help fund my next vacation.

    Let me show you the easiest way to make coasters that are cute as can be!

    I used my September leaves fabric from the Monthly Placemat Program I made for Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial but fully plan to make more seasonal coasters since they are so easy to make and small to store.

    fabric coaster supplies - tara reed fabric

    MATERIALS:

    • (5) 5″ squares of fabric / coaster
      (1) 4 ½” square of fusible fleece / coaster (Pellon 987F)
    • Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Ironing Board
    • Rotary Cutter & Mat (optional)

    JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

    PREPARE YOUR FABRIC SQUARES

    Fuse the 4 1/2″ sq of fusible fleece onto the wrong side of the fabric square that will be the back of the coaster. (figure 1)

    Fold the remaining four squares of fabric in half, wrong sides together, and press. (figure 2)

    STACK YOUR TOP 4 FABRICS

    Place the back of the coaster fabric on your workspace, right side up. (figure 3)

    fuse fleece to the wrong side of the back fabric
    (figure 1)
    iron fabric squares in half
    (figure 2)
    fabric coaster pieces ready to stack
    (figure 3)

    Layer the folded squares of fabric around the back fabric as shown in (figures 4-7). Be sure the folded side is on the inside of the square and the raw edges are on the outside.

    If you are using 3 different prints like I am, and therefore using one twice, put the duplicate print down 1st and 3rd so they are in opposite corners.

    When you put down the third folded piece of fabric you can no longer see the back fabric. (figure 6).

    When you put the fourth rectangle down (figure 7), flip up the first piece and tuck the last one under the first piece – they will overlap, just like the rest of the folded pieces.

    place piece 1 over the back fabric
    (figure 4)
    place piece 2 on the fabrics
    (figure 5)
    place piece 3 on the fabrics
    (figure 6)
    place piece 4 on the fabrics, folding down piece 1 so piece 4 goes behind it
    (figure 7)

    If they are layered correctly you will see a square of each of the fabrics. Clip or pin all the pieces in place. (figure 8)

    SEW

    Sew around all four edges using a ¼” seam allowance. (You don’t need to leave any opening for turning.) (figure 9)

    Trim the corners to reduce bulk. (figure 10)

    TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT

    Turn the coaster right side out by grabbing the back fabric through the center between the rectangles. (figure 11)

    Push out the corners and press.

    clip all fabric pieces together
    (figure 8)
    sew around the fabric coaster with 1/4" seam
    (figure 9)
    clip the corners
    (figure 10)
    turn fabric right side out
    (figure 11)

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
    00:00 introduction
    01:16 Determine the size
    02:49 Supplies
    03:21 Determine length of straps
    04:52 Fuse fleece to lining
    06:38 Iron Clip Loop
    07:38 Cut box bottoms
    08:57 Add optional tag
    09:28 Clip or Pin fabrics
    10:18 Sew
    11:50 Sew strap pieces together
    13:06 Form straps with fleece
    16:27 Sew straps
    17:18 Assemble the water bottle holder
    19:44 Add the clasp
    20:37 Sew together
    20:57 Turn right side out
    21:24 Close the turning opening
    22:07 Topstitch to finish

    These easy fabric coasters are awesome – no curves, no binding and they go together in a snap! I think you’re going to be as hooked on this method as I am.

    This is a great project to showcase your creativity and make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

    🧵 Tara Reed

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    It’s Easier Than You Think: Learn How to Sew a Water Bottle Holder

    It’s Easier Than You Think: Learn How to Sew a Water Bottle Holder

    water bottle holder tutorial featuring Tara Reed fabric for Riley Blake Designs

    The easiest way to Sew a Water Bottle Holder

    This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!

    If you’re heading out with a water bottle whether it’s on a walk around the neighborhood, a camping trip or scenic hike, why not go in style and sew water bottle holder?

    I saw a few tutorials on Pinterest and got excited – then I clicked the link and saw they used a round bottom and I groaned.

    water bottle holder cutting diagram

    I love quick and easy projects and sewing not one but two small circles, figuring out the exact size that will line up well for the side, clipping the curves… it’s sends me straight to the couch in search of my remote!

    BUT I figured out the EASIEST WAY to make a water bottle carrier with no curves or clipping! I’ll show you how to figure out the size you need for your favorite water bottle using a box bottom. 😎

    In this tutorial I’m using my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

    measure your water bottle to sew the perfect size carrier
    measure to determine the height of your water bottle holder
    supplies to sew a water bottle carrier

    MATERIALS:

    • (2) outer fabric
    • (2) lining fabric
    • 2 1/2″ strips (x desired strap length) for straps
    • 1 1/2″ strips of fusible fleece – same length as the straps (Pellon 987F)
    • 2″ fabric square for clasp loop
    • 1/2″ Lobster Claw Swivel Clasp
    • Fabric Pen or chalk
    • Fabric Clips or Pins
    • Rotary Cutter & Mat
    • Quilting Ruler
    • Fabric Scissors
    • Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Ironing Board
    • Tailor’s Clapper (optional)

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
    00:00 introduction
    01:16 Determine the size
    02:49 Supplies
    03:21 Determine length of straps
    04:52 Fuse fleece to lining
    06:38 Iron Clip Loop
    07:38 Cut box bottoms
    08:57 Add optional tag
    09:28 Clip or Pin fabrics
    10:18 Sew
    11:50 Sew strap pieces together
    13:06 Form straps with fleece
    16:27 Sew straps
    17:18 Assemble the water bottle holder
    19:44 Add the clasp
    20:37 Sew together
    20:57 Turn right side out
    21:24 Close the turning opening
    22:07 Topstitch to finish

    I used my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs n this tutorial.

    I love having the clip on the holder so I can attach my key fob keychain and/or lip balm holder too! 

    What else would you attach? Let me know in the comments.

    This is a great project to showcase your creativity and make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

    💦 Tara Reed

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    Tired of searching for your lip balm? Make this…

    sewing for beginners – lip balm holders

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    If you’ve followed me for long you might know I have a bit of a key fob obsession. I love whipping up wristlet key fobs for gifts, the seasons or to use up some of my scrap stash. This of course leaves me with a regular stockpile of key fob hardware – enter the Lip Balm Holder using a key fob too.

    In this tutorial I’m using my August Fruit Toss fabrics that are part of the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs.

    JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

    Lip Balm Holder - supplies

    MATERIALS:

    Recently I was digging through my purse trying to find my ever-elusive lip balm realized it was time to make my life easier AND use my key fob hardware for more than just keychains.

    Enter the Key Fob Lip Balm Holder. This handy holder sews up as quickly as the key fobs and will now be added to my arsenal of quick sewing projects for gifts. They are also great things to sew and sell.

    Enough about why I decided it was time for this tutorial, let’s get into it!

    lip balm holder sewing tutorial

    All sewing is done with 1/4″ seam allowance.

    FUSE the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, following manufacturers instructions.

    FOLD in half, right sides together, matching short ends.

    PLACE the folded end on your cutting mat and center it over a 1″ grid area. (fig. 1)
    MARK 1/4″ to each side of the 1″ grid and 3/4″ down on each side.
    DRAW a line connecting the marks on each side and trim the corners.

    SEW down the angle and long sides, leaving the bottom open. (fig. 2)
    TURN right side out & press.
    ZIG ZAG STITCH the raw edges together.

    If your fabric is directional, place it on your workspace so the angled end is away from you and the icons on the fabric are the correct way (not upside down). (fig. 3)

    how to trim the top for diy lip balm holder

    figure 1

    sew fabrics together for diy lip balm holder

    figure 2

    sewing pocket edge of diy lip balm holder

    figure 3

    FOLD the zig zag stitched end up 1″ and press.
    SEW 1/4″ from the folded end. (fig. 4)

    FOLD up 2 1/2″ towards the angled top of the holder and clip or pin in place. (fig. 5)

    The Zig zag stitched area should now be hidden. Sew all the way around the holder, 1/8″ from the edges, going back and forth twice where the folded edge meets the back of the holder to reinforce the opening. (fig. 6)

    ATTACH 1″ key fob hardware. (fig. 7)

    sewing pocket edge of diy lip balm holder

    figure 4

    clipping lip balm holder

    figure 5

    sewing lip balm holder

    figure 6

    putting key fob hardware on lip balm holder

    figure 7

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
    00:00 introduction
    00:47 Supplies
    01:23 Fuse Interfacing
    02:35 Fold & Trim fabric
    03:55 Sew lip balm holder
    05:49 Sew folded edge
    06:12 Make lip balm pocket
    07:36 Attach the key fob hardware

    With this Lip Balm Holder, you can keep your favorite lip balm within reach at all times while also having the convenience of a key ring.

    This is a great project to showcase your creativity and make thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

    Tara Reed

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    How to Sew a Microwave Bowl Cozy – Video Tutorial

    How to Sew a Microwave Bowl Cozy – Video Tutorial

    How to Sew a Microwave Bowl Cozy with templates from CreativeGrids

    Looking for a fun and easy sewing project that’s perfect for beginners? In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how to make Microwave Bowl Cozies using templates from Creative Grids featuring my fruit fabric from the August Monthly Placemat Program for Riley Blake Designs.

    JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

    This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!

    Microwave Bowl Cozies are not only useful in the kitchen, but they also make great gifts for family and friends. With the step-by-step instructions in the video, you’ll learn how to create these cozies in no time.

    My most popular tutorial and video on my YouTube channel have been for a bowl cozy made by measuring and sewing darts. While you don’t have the cost of templates it takes more time and is a little bulkier to sew – so more chances to break a needle.

    I was excited when CreativeGrids offered to send me their templates to give a try – I’m now HOOKED!  

    Materials Used:

     

    microwave bowl cozy supplies

    Don’t miss the most important thing to remember at 1 min 25 seconds!

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
    00:00 introduction
    00:39 Creative Grid Bowl Cozy Template Set
    01:25 Use ALL COTTON materials
    02:23 How to use the Bowl Cozy Template
    02:32 Cutting the fabric
    04:06 Cutting with the template
    05:16 Layer the batting and fabric
    06:02 Quilt the layers
    06:45 Sewing the Darts
    07:03 Sewing the two halves together
    09:13 Clipping the curves
    10:08 Tips for turning right side out
    11:54 Iron the bowl cozy
    12:43 Topstitch the microwave bowl cozy
    13:55 Finished bowl cozy samples

    I love making bowl cozies – we use them every day! People always appreciate receiving them as gifts, hostess gifts or just because. A microwave bowl cozy is great to sew and sell too since they don’t take long to make – especially if you use these time-saving templates from CreativeGrids!

    🧵 🍲 Happy Sewing!

    Tara Reed

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