5 Simple Ways I use my Cricut Joy

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2020. What a year, amiright? I would never have known with I received the new Cricut Joy from Cricut back in March that I would a) be about to take on an extended summer with my kids home for what felt like 1 million days and b) have so many ways to use the Cricut Joy in my daily life.

I have previously used a Cricut Explore Air 2 and was curious to see how easy it really was to use the Cricut Joy in comparison to my Cricut Explore Air 2. Well, since I’ve received the Cricut Joy, it has become my go-to machine. It is so easy to use, portable, set up is easy, mats are optional thanks to smart materials…. I could go on and on. I love that I can ask one of my children to go upstairs and get my Cricut Joy in its cute little tote bag and not have to worry about it being too heavy or cumbersome for them to carry for me.

I would love to share with you today 5 little ways that I have used Cricut Joy throughout my day to day life, especially with Covid going on.

1) Make and send cards. We did this for family members in March and April, Teachers in May, birthdays for friends. My boys have loved playing around with the card options in Cricut Design Space and finding new things they can make and send out.

2) Car Stickers. My husband and I go through phases of wanting to redo our car sticker situation…. I don’t know exactly why, but I like to change things up. I uploaded my favorite band’s logo to Cricut Design Space, with the help of my husband, and made myself a fun, new Weezer sticker for my car. As always, when you are doing things with a specific logo, make sure you are only using it for personal use and not for profit.

3) Labeling buckets. I already said 2020 was a weird year, but we have upped our storage of commonly used items not knowing what the future holds. For us, we go through a lot of flour, sugar, and our favorite smoker wood pellets. This was a fast, easy project that I made using Cricut free fonts and labeled my buckets according to what is inside of them. This project took MINUTES and only required smart permanent vinyl, transfer tape, and time!

4) Label my quilting rulers. This one might seem silly not knowing when I will be sewing with friends again, but I really wanted to label my quilt rulers. Some of these rulers are super pricey and I would hate to have one walk off unintentionally. I searched for “Tulip” in Cricut Design Space. When I did that, I found a free “Window Cling Flower Box” project. Through the “customize” feature, I got rid of everything except a cute little tulip and added a “J” to the center of each tulip. I cut these out on permanent smart vinyl and adhered them to my quilting rulers.

5) Water Bottle Labels. Our elementary school has asked that each child brings a refillable water bottle to school each day. I have heard similar things from different friends and family throughout the country. In order to make sure my kids know which bottle is theirs, I used a Free Cricut font and made BIG letters. My oldest wanted his initials and my kindergartener wanted his name so it was something he was familiar with.

Each of these projects were easy to make using my Cricut Joy in 5 minutes or less. I loooooove organizing my house just a bit and making things personalized as well. Cricut Joy is available for purchase online and in-store (I’ve even seen it at Target!). If you are considering a Cricut and don’t currently have one, I highly recommend the Cricut Joy as an easy, everyday machine.

Riley Blake Cotton Poplin

Let’s take a minute to talk about sewing clothing. It is something I NEVER, ever said I would do. Yet I think back on 2020 and then realize I have made literally hundreds of masks, which use pleats and different techniques than I’ve used in my quilting thus far. I’ve made ties, which are essentially clothing and also use techniques that are different than quilting.

When Riley Blake announced they were releasing cotton poplin as a basic, I jumped on the idea of making myself a shirt. Well, not just one shirt, but two. 🙂 I had heard a lot of people talk about how easy a Scout Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts were to make. I made myself a test shirt out of a different fabric, then heard about the updated Cordyline Shirt by Fancy Tiger Crafts. It fixed some of the fit issues I didn’t love about the Scout Shirt.

I used Riley Blake Cotton Poplin in Riley Coral and Riley Navy to make both of these Cordyline Shirts. Cotton Poplin has long been used as a fabric in garment sewing and a lot of the clothes you may already own and have purchased from stores without realizing it. It has a really lovely feel and drape and works perfectly in garment sewing.

If you are feeling up for some garment sewing, you can find the cotton poplin in your favorite LQS or online shop. RBD cotton poplin will also work beautifully in quilts. I cannot even wait to try it as a background fabric, or even in an entire quilt top. It would be just dreamy.

Quilter’s Cottage: Happy Flowers

For week 3 of the Quilter’s Cottage sewalong with Fat Quarter Shop, we are making our Happy Flowers. We will be making 6 total flowers to line our cobblestone path. I chose 3 shades of peach/orange and plan on arranging my flowers in a gradient along my path. These flowers were so fun to put together, and despite having a lot of small pieces, I found them to be really easy and intuitive.

For more information on the Quilter’s Cottage Sewalong, head to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog for the schedule and giveaways! 🙂