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| Mar 17, 2014
Hello Cricut friends! Have you had a chance to check out our new Cricut Explore™ machine?!? Yeah, it’s amazing. One of my favorite things about our new Cricut Explore™ machine is the ability to cut really cool materials…like leather! Seriously, so cool.
This is a really simple project that can be made with leather, pleather, felted wool, or even vinyl. Here’s what you need to get started:
Cricut Explore™ machine
Cricut Design Space™ software
12"x12" StrongGrip Cricut® cutting mat
12"x12" Brown leather
12"x12" Tan leather
Pens or pencils
Cricut cut file found HERE.
Leather can be purchased both online, and at local craft stores. Hobby Lobby sells a large bag of scrap leather pieces for under $10. You may also have a local leather store that sells supplies for scouting and leatherworking.
Ready to get started?
First you are going to hand cut your leather down to a 12" x 12" piece so it will fit on your cutting mat. Next, place your leather pieces on your StrongGrip Cricut® cutting mat. If you don’t have a purple StrongGrip mat, no worries. Your StandardGrip green mat will work if you just use masking tape around the edges of your pieces of leather.
Reay to cut? Cuting leather is so easy with the new Explore machine. Just go to our custom settings, and be sure to select leather so Cricut Design Space cuts your material at the correct depth and pressure.
After you have cut your leather pieces, remove everything from your mat. You may need to use a lint roller to pick up any little leather lint from your project. Cutting leather can sometimes be messy!
To assemble your leather pen holder, take the two strap pieces, knot them at one end, and insert the other ends into the small circle cut on the larger pen storage piece. Pull the strap pieces all the way through, and not them again at the other end. This will allow you to wrap your strap pieces around, and use the knots for tightly closing your pen storage.
Last step, insert your pens or markers! So easy, right?
I have included two different file sizes if you want to make this for either your Cricut pens or for colored pencils. To make this project just go HERE to get started.
You can also resize the files to make them smaller or larger to fit your needs. Feel free to try other materials as well—this is a great project for wool felt too!