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| Dec 11, 2013
Every Christmas I have wonderful intentions to wow my neighbors and friends with delicious baked goodies and homemade confections, but let’s be real…I’ll never find time for that! I am so BUSY! I’m sure most of you can relate. Instead, I do nothing and then I feel like a real heel when plates brimming with goodies arrive from my neighbors with each and every ring of the doorbell.
This year I decided to do something different. I let go of my aspirations of culinary greatness and instead bought some of my favorite holiday treats. Then, using my Cricut Expression 2, I gave them “wow factor” with a simple packaging upgrade. You can do it too!
Here is what you will need:
Cricut Expression® 2 machine
Cricut Craft Room® design software
Standard Grip Cricut® 12x12 cutting mat
Cricut® Digital Cartridge, Beyond Birthdays
Cricut® Cartridge, Accent Essentials
Cricut® Cartridge, Joys of the Season
Cricut® Iron-on Lite, Red
Cricut® Iron-on Glitter, Gold
Cricut® Iron-on Lite, Teal
Cricut® Iron-on Glitter, Silver
Cricut® Tools, Weeder
Iron and press cloth
Muslin drawstring bags
Download the CCR file for the Neighbor Treat Bags.
Hey, lookie there! The work is mostly done for you. :) Now cut the images from the iron-on material (be sure your machine is adjusted to create a kiss cut following Cricut's kiss cut recommendations).
Use a press cloth and iron to apply the images to the muslin bags using the helpful Cricut Iron-on application instructions. I started by ironing the glitter pieces first and the phrases second. Doing it in this order helped me to place them straight on the bags.
My iron-on tips: I always use a press cloth (which in my world equals a random scrap of cotton fabric) when I first press my iron to the material. I press the iron flat and apply firm pressure while I count to 15. Then I remove the press cloth and using just the very TIP of the iron I run the heat around every edge of the design before peeling off the backing. It only takes a moment but I rarely have my iron-on peel when handled or washed. I think it just needs that extra little bit of heat on the edges to achieve a firm bond. If you do this be careful not to lay your iron flat without a press cloth! It will warp the backing material something fierce and potentially mess up your design.
There you have it! Easy peasy…and still pretty. I’m excited to give these to my friends and neighbors. I’m also going to keep a basket of extras near my front door so if someone I neglected happens to ring my door bell bearing gifts, I have a little package ready and waiting to give them in return.
Have a wonderful holiday season!