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Enjoying The Festive Season With Help From Cricut

SOME MATERIALS THE REVIEWER PURCHASED THEMSELF. THE CRICUT JOY AND SOME MATERIALS WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER'S OWN.

In the lead up to Christmas I decided to make a couple of Christmas T-shirts with Christmas designs on them for my nephew’s daughter.  She is three years old.

I found and bought an SVG of Santa stuck in a chimney, also a Snowman which I thought she might like.  I had never attempted layering before.  I already had a pink Tshirt in the right size, but in case she has grown I also bought a red tshirt in the next size up.

Using a variety of colours of iron on vinyl I cut all the bits I needed using my Cricut Joy to make the first tshirt. I had to be quite inventive with the colours as I didn’t have enough different colours of vinyl. As the finished Santa would end up reasonably small the Cricut Joy was the ideal size to cut it.  The layers of vinyl then had to be ironed on to the Tshirt in a certain order.

Please note that this is not our own design.

First, I ironed the red chimney onto the Tshirt, then added the white snow to the top of the chimney.  Next it was Santa’s body and his mittens which I had cut in grey, then added grey sparkly vinyl for the top of the mittens.  Next was the white beard, with the nose, eyes, ears and eyebrows with the red hat trimmed with silver sparkly vinyl and its silver sparkly pompom to finish it off.  I then put the brick shapes on the chimney which I had cut in silver.  Finally, I gave the whole design a really good pressing.  I hope the Tshirt fits!!

Next I tackled the Snowman SVG.  Once again I didn’t have all the colours of vinyl I needed so adapted the colours of the design to what I did have.  I cut all the different shapes before I started to iron them on to the red Tshirt.  I started with the Body of the snowman then added one colour of the scarf, then the other.  I had chosen silver & gold sparking vinyl for the scarf which had a pompom, and a sparking gold band for the trim of the hat. 

I then added the buttons to the front of the Snowman, small circular pieces of black for the mouth and eyes, then a carrot for the nose.  The hat went on next with it’s gold trim followed by the twigs for the arms which I had to cut in black rather than dark brown.

Once again as soon as I had ironed on the last piece of vinyl on to the Tshirt I gave it a good press to make sure the vinyl stays on.  I usually put a piece of white card inside the Tshirt before starting to iron any of the vinyl on to it. .

I had bought some ‘Wine Bags’ from Amazon which were made out of a sort of sacking material.  Using Gold iron on sparkly vinyl I cut ‘Merry Christmas’ with each of my granddaughter’s names.  I then ironed these onto each of the wine bags as I plan to put a bottle of Schloer in each for them at Christmas.

I am still enjoying creating things with my Cricut Joy.  Friends reckon I am artistic but I deny this as the Cricut Joy does the work.

Cricut products can be purchased from Hobbycraft here.

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