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I am so excited to be part of 25 days in December.
I totally experimented cutting fabric with the Cricut, no idea what I was going to make or how it would turn out and I ended up with a Poinsettia Pin.
- Fabric that has been washed, dried and ironed.
- A sticky Mat
- A blade that is brand new or one that is dedicated for cutting fabric.
- A deep set housing blade, if you have it.
- An iron that you don't care if it gets gunked up.
- Iron on interfacing. For this I used Steam a Seam 2 because I had it and wanted to see if it would work.
- Pin finding, look in the jewelry area at the craft store
After preparing the fabric for cutting, I placed the fabric with the Steam a Seam down on the mat. I used the deep set blade and my settings were Blade 6, Pressure 5, Speed 1 and Multi-cut 2.
My poinsettia is cut from the Christmas cartridge at 5.16 x 3.81. It cut really well. I didn't like that the back was sticky and ugly so I decided to iron my cut out pieces to the piece of fabric that was left over after cutting. I had to hand cut the poinsettias out but it was relatively easy using the cut pieces as a guide. So, now I had a bunch of double sided poinsettia leaves and didn't know what to do with it. I figured it was another one of my many projects that failed and then I decided that I could probably add some dimension by folding and ironing just the tips. Somehow I managed to not burn my fingers. I then outlined the edge of each piece with stickles. I sort of painted it on using and eye shadow thing. I was going to sew this together and put on the front of a felted wool eye glass case but didn't really love that idea and decided to make a pin instead.
To make the pin I pierced the center of each piece so I could put a brad through it and then attached the pin putting the brad through the center hole in the pin finding. I also hand sewed the bottom piece to the pin to make sure it was secure. I added stickles to the brad and added a few dots.
I decided that I was going to give this to my mom when I saw her at Thanksgiving and made this box to wrap up the pin.
To make the box I used the inside part of the matchbox, box from Tags Bags, Boxes and More. I used my gypsy and put 2 on the mat, then I made one a bit smaller so it would fit together better. The cut sizes were 6.26 x 4.65 and 6.22 x 4.62. I used paper from a Recollections cardstock stack.
To make the bow I used the scallop border from Winter Frolic to make strips for the bow. To do this, you have to weld 2 of the borders together flipping one so you have a scallop on both sides. I grouped those together and copied several more that I welded together to make longer strips. The size of the scallop border welded was 1.75 x .50, after welding more together my strips were 6.85 x .50. To put the bow together I cut my strips as I went. The center piece is first, you will need to punch a small hole on each end and make a loop putting a brad through both holes. Cut the 2nd piece and make a loop and punch a hole through the center and add it to the first, then do the same with the 3rd strip. Open the brad to secure.
I had extra of the strip so I used it along with a strip of green paper to make a paper ribbon for the box. The red paper is from Stampin up.
I hope my project inspires you to experiment and try new things because you never know what you will end up with. My mom loved the pin.