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It was 2 years ago when I upgraded my Cricut to the Cricut Explore Air 2 from my old machine that took cartridges and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Although I realized at the end of this last year that I really wasn’t using it to it’s full potential. I could probably count the amount of times I used it last year using both hands. So when Cori from heyletsmakestuff posted about her 2019 “use your cricut” Instagram challenge I was super excited! Hop on over to Cori’s page to find out all about the weekly challenge. The theme starting the week of 1/1 was “Resolution.” Now I am not someone who has really ever made a resolution for new years. But in the last couple years I have jumped on the “word of the year” bandwagon and I actually really like it.

Now I realize I am a couple weeks late in getting this information out for the first week of the challenge but better late than never right!

So for my project for “resolution” I chose a Cricut faux leather project. I had also had some faux leather for the Cricut since last year that I had never touched and that was going to change this year along with using my Cricut. I made a tag to go on my tote bag that carries my planner and journal.

If you have a Cricut or another cutting machine this project is very easy and will only take about an hour to complete.

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How to Make a Faux Leather Project

Supplies Needed:

Step 1:

In your Cricut Design Space you will want to do an image search for a tag, there will be plenty of sizes and shapes so pick your favorite. The tag I made is just over 6″ x 3″.

Step 2:

Place your faux leather sheet on your cutting mat with the texture side up and make sure to set your dial to Custom and then in Design Space choose “faux leather.”

A cricut cutting machine being used to cut faux leather that is dark blue in color

 

Step 3:

Now that you have your tag cut out you will need a Cricut iron-on roll or any type of HTV (heat transfer vinyl.) I used this to iron-on my word of the year “Growth.” Once you have you word chosen type this into Cricut Design Space, choose your font and then go to cut.

When cutting the iron on you will want to “mirror” the image and place your iron-on material so that the plastic film is to the sticky side of your cutting mat.

A flower patterned sheet of Cricut iron on

Step 4:

Once you have your iron-on word cut, you will want to cut it out and the weed out the excess around the word so that all you have is the word on the plastic sheet.

Floral iron on peeled back to see backwards letters ready to iron on

Now all you have to do is iron on your word to your tag. (I don’t have a Cricut Easy-Press so I just use an iron.) Set your iron to the hottest setting and the lay a scrap piece of cotton material or an old t-shirt over the plastic sheeting. Hold the iron on your word for about 15-20 seconds making sure to cover the entire area so that it all adheres.

Once this is done let it cool slightly and then you can peel off the plastic sheeting and then you have your bag tag!

A faux leather bag tag being hung on a linen bag by a piece of lace

I used some lace from my stash to attach this to my bag and I love the way it looks and it reminds me of my word everytime I pick up my bag.

A linen bag being hung from a hook with a faux leather bag tag that says "growth"

 

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