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Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts with the Cricut EasyPress 2

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Today we have a fun post for you and a tutorial on how to make your own funny DIY homeschool t-shirts.  

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Homeschoolers often get taken very seriously, but really, they can be a fun and funny group of kids.  They have probably been asked all the same questions over and over again many times, (usually involving something to do with socialization or the lack thereof) and find them humorous.  Today we decide to have a little fun with it.  

“BEST student in my class” funny DIY homeschool T-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The 1st t-shirt we made declares Annie to be the BEST student in her class.  (Joke: she’s the ONLY student in her grade level!)  First we designed the graphic in Cricut Design space.  Here’s the link to the project if your star pupil needs a shirt like this too. 😉 

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Next, we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the glitter iron on vinyl star with the word best.  (PRO TIP: remember to mirror your image before cutting out!)  Then we weeded it (this just means taking away all the parts of glitter vinyl we didn’t want attached to the shirt) using the Cricut Bright Pad.  It makes the job so quick and easy!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Then we used the Cricut Maker to cut out the other words, “STUDENT in my class” again remembering to mirror the words before cutting.  These words are cut from pink Everyday Iron On vinyl.  We like to use it because making sure your iron-on material sticks and continues to stick after many, many washes is paramount.  At Cricut, the quality of their iron-on materials and EasyPress are best-in-class.This is why they now have in place the StrongBond™ Guarantee on many of their iron-on materials. Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee means that when this iron-on material is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, they’ll replace it for free.  Everyday, SportFlex, and Glitter Iron-on are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed!  Weeding was quickly finished, and it was time to attach the words onto the shirt.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

But 1st we needed a shirt pattern piece!  We used the Camden Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns, one of Annie’s favorite shirts.  This very cute and appropriate note paper fabric is part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Before sewing the shirt together, we used the new Cricut EasyPress 2 to attach the graphics to the shirt.  Here are some things you will want to know about the new EasyPress:

  • Three unique sizes (6×7, 9×9, and 12×10) to suit every project (ours is the 9×9 and it was perfect for these shirts!)
  • Professional iron-on success in 60 seconds or less
  • Easy to learn, simple to use
  • Ceramic-coated heat plate means dry, even heat for flawless transfers
  • Faster heat-up time
  • Precise temperature control up to 400 F
  • Insulated, streamlined Safety Base keeps EP2 in protected resting position while also protecting crafting surface
  • Easy to read digital display
  • Fabulous raspberry color
  • USB port for firmware updates

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

After laying out our two pieces, we 1st pressed the “STUDENT in my class” words to the shirt.  This is because you can re-press over the top of Everyday Iron On, but not Glitter Iron On.  So we set the star aside and attached the other words first.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Cricut has this very helpful feature on their website so you can determine what times and temperatures to use on the EasyPress 2 depending on the type of iron on and the base material you are using.  And it tells you whether to peel of the backing when it’s warm or cool, a very important part to making sure the graphic lasts through many washes and wearings.

“I believe I can fly” funny DIY homeschool t-shirt tutorial:

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

The other shirt we sewed was for Thomas.  At his age, he wanted something a little sarcastic for his funny DIY homeschool t-shirt.  Motivational sayings cause major eye rolling, so this was his little joke.

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

We made this shirt in a very similar manner to Annie’s shirt.  Here is the project in Design Space if your sarcastic teenage son wants one too!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

This time we used black Everyday Iron On.  The pattern for his shirt is the Lennon Tee pattern from Shwin and Shwin.  The paper airplane fabric is again part of the CLUB back to school collection from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  To get the perfectly matching shade of grey for the front, I just used the reverse side of the airplanes fabric!

Funny DIY Homeschool t-shirt tutorial by Skirt Fixation

All right, now leave us a comment: Do you have sarcastic and funny kids?  Do you homeschool them?   What other Funny DIY Homeschool T-shirts should I make?

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Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon Review

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

The last week of July, I was invited to teach a sewing class at the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon.  Cricut paid my way to the conference and gave me lots of nice swag while I was there, but this post is not sponsored by them.  This was my 1st time teaching at a conference.

Creative business cards by Skirt Fixation made using the Cricut Maker

Before I went, I used my Cricut Maker to create some fun, creative, sewing themed business cards.  First I printed my blog name and contact info on card stock.  Then, I had the Maker cut out the card and the sewing machine shape from card stock.  It also cut out the fabric rectangles for me.  Then I simply sewed a fabric square to each card.  Afterward, I was looking at the pile of sewing machine cutouts, and decided to glue one to the back of each card rather then throw them away!  It was easy, fast, and quite effective for a creative business card!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

The conference was held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  It is a very nice hotel, and since I had Mr. Skirt Fixation and Baby with me, we really appreciated our spacious king sized hotel room!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

Each morning, there was a presentation during the breakfast in the great ballroom.  Above is the only photo I snapped during one of the presentations.  I wish I had gotten photos of the creative displays on each side of the room, but if you search the hashtag on Instagram, you can see great examples.

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

The sewing class I taught was the Curved Zipper Pouch project from Cricut Design Space™.  Anna Griffin, the creator of this project, was actually at the Cricut Make-A-Thon!  Before teaching the class, I had sewed up several samples for students to see.  It also gave me a chance to embellish the zipper pouches with a variety of Cricut products like glitter iron on, chalkboard iron on, floral iron ons, and so on.  Each pouch had some of the striped fabric you see above, which is the Riley Blake Stripes Fat Quarter stack.  Some of the pouches are lined with it, like the blue leather pouch with the flag…inside are red and white stripes!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

This is the presenter side of my sewing classroom.  Each teacher gave a Powerpoint presentation on that large screen and the students could follow along with the steps.  Besides teaching their own class, we presenters helped out in several other classes.  I was so glad to have helpers in my class with a knowledge of sewing because many of my students had never sewn a zipper before!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

On the student side of the classroom, there were sewing stations, Maker cutting stations, new EasyPresses for pressing projects, and so on.  Depending on the size of the class, some students had to share the machines.  We teachers knew this ahead of time, and so I prepared my class so that different students could be working on different machines at the same time.

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

Before we went, the Cricut team warned us they were going to be loading us up with things to take home…and boy did they ever!  I brought home enough stuff to share with all my kids, and I’ve got a giveaway below too because I’ll never be able to use everything!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

One thing I have been using a lot is the BrightPad.  It is the perfect thing for assembling PDF patterns!  Now I don’t even trim the pages, just line them up, tape and go.  It’s so fast and even fun!  The BrightPad was designed to make weeding vinyl (taking out the extra, unnecessary pieces) easier, and I can’t wait to use it for that too.

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

I think my favorite part of the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon was getting to meet and interact with the different sewing friends I’d only know virtually until then.  In the photo above, those of us termed “the tall ladies” posed together.  Left to right, I was delighted to meet Heather of Heather Handmade, Karly of Paisley Roots, (me) and Sarah of Pattern Revolution, and so many more sewing and creative bloggers!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

Now for that giveaway I mentioned!  I’m giving away everything in the photo above, and possibly more too!  To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below, and then head over to Instagram for another entry.  Giveaway not sponsored by Cricut.  Giveaway will end in one week and winner will be chosen randomly.  Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you click on one of our affiliate links, we might make a small commission for referring you.  But don’t worry, we only recommend products we actually use and love!

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon review by Skirt Fixation

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10 Ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

Today I’m sharing 10 amazing ways to use a Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing.  This post was sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions are mine.  When Cricut introduced the Maker and it’s amazing rotary blade for putting virtually any fabric without a backer, it opened up a whole bunch of opportunities for those of us who love apparel sewing.  So let’s get started with the 10 ways to use a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing.

1-Baby Bloomers

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Did you know that you can find complete sewing patterns on Cricut Design Space™?  It’s true!  I found these darling little chambray bloomers in the Design Space project center and sewed up a pair for my baby quicker than you can imagine!  Bloomers under her skirts and dresses are a go-to garment around here, and this pair will go super well with the little capsule wardrobe I’m sewing for her!

Simplicity Baby Bloomers sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was super duper easy to sew up these bloomers after the Cricut Maker cut out the chambray fabric and marked the pieces and notches using the fabric marking pen.  Note: the pattern says it is sized for a 6 month baby, but due to the elastic, it’s working fine for Baby who is 16 months.  Just note the weight and size.  And we used Baby’s measurements for the elastic, not the guide given.  We will definitely be sewing up more of these Simplicity Baby Bloomers!  You can find the project right here.

2-Headband

Headband sewing by Skirt Fixation

This darling headband is also a Cricut Design Space™ project.  The only change we made was to use knit fabric instead of felt because we didn’t have felt in the right colors we wanted.  But it’s sooooooo cute!  You can find the project here.

3-Graphic Tees

Patriotic fabric parade created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This one is a crowd favorite for sure!  I created the patriotic tee above using my Cricut Maker to cut out the Sport Flex Iron On.  Although I do not have an Easy Press, many people report great success with using it to iron on their images to their tees.  You can read more about Annie’s outfit and grab that FREE cut file here.

4-Exterior Label Tags

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

In my recent Denim Week series, I shared two leather and Kraftex tags I created using the Cricut Maker for the back of my denim skirts I sewed.  They add a very classy and special touch to any denim garment.

5-Interior Garment Labels

My friend Tami, from SewSophieLynn, shared how to make custom interior size labels for garments in this post.  Boy oh boy, did I need that information with all the different sizes I have going on around here with 8 kids!

6-Elbow and Knee Patches

The very talented Abby from Sew Much Ado used the Cricut Maker to add knee patches to her free baby pants pattern that we love!  Read all about it in this post.  You can also use the same technique to add elbow patches…which we love to do too!

7-Day of the Week Underwear

Kari from That’s Sew Kari created these perfectly adorable and practical day of the week underwear in this post.  How much more genius can it get?  She used her Cricut Explore Air 2, but of course you can use the Cricut Maker to do the same thing!

8-Removeable Collar

Amber of Amber Simmons used her Cricut Maker to create this fabulous Peter Pan collar.  It’s just the cutest thing ever!  We’d use it to layer under sweaters in the winter for just the right touch.  Read more about it in her post here.

9-Baby Shoes

These baby shoes were made with the help of a Cricut Maker!  Aren’t they about the most darling thing ever?  This project can be found in Design Space here.  The next person I know who has a baby girl is definitely getting these in their handmade care package!

10-Baby Dress

A complete baby dress for 3-6 months size!  This entire project can be cut out on the Cricut Maker.  Plus all the notches get cut out too, and any markings are marked.  Those are my least favorite parts of the project!  Did you know that you can find over 500+ digital sewing patterns and quilt blocks available from Simplicity®, Riley Blake™, and more (sold separately) through Cricut Design Space™?  And Design Space® software works for iOS, Android™, Windows®, and Mac® too.

10 Ways to Use the Cricut Maker for Apparel Sewing by Skirt Fixation

If you’re considering a Cricut Maker for apparel sewing, these are 10 options to get you started.  And also you might like to know the Cricut Maker offers the ultimate in cutting performance and versatility. Unlike all other cutting machines it has:

  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Adaptive Tool System™ for professional-level cutting performance and expandability
  • Compatible with Washable Fabric Pen for marking pattern pieces (sold separately)
  • Cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather
  • The ultimate in professional-level cutting performance and versatility

And more!  Leave us a comment, what apparel project would you sew with a Cricut Maker?

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Llama Queen Outfit

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Today we’re sharing an outfit Annie has been wearing all spring and summer!  Better late than never when it’s a llama queen outfit, right?  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Back when we sewed up some of the other fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabric’s spring CLUB line, we fell in love with this llama print too.  They’re so, well, llama-ish and love-able!  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

We paired the llama jersey knit fabric with some pink and white CLUB stripes fabric, and some gray knit from our stash.  (Still attempting to reduce the size of our fabric stash over here!)  

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The llama queen graphic was a fun addition we decided to add.  Annie is NOT a drama queen, so it was a fun and silly item to make.  We used the Cricut Maker machine to cut out the llama, and the words.  For the little blanket on the llama queen’s back we used a scrap of fabric, and just stitched it on over the vinyl llama after we ironed the llama in place.  The selvedge at the bottom creates a nice fringe effect!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the llama queen shirt, we used our beloved Camden Raglan pattern.  Annie loves the fit of this shirt, and I love how quick and easy it is to sew.  I haven’t told her, but I can sew one up in less than 20 minutes!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

The skirt pattern is the Skipalong Skort pattern.  It’s also a favorite around here for several reason.  First, pockets.  Need I say more?  Second, there are shorts hidden underneath, which Annie and I both love!  Third, Annie loves how “play friendly” the width of this skirt is.  She loves pencil skirts, but can’t run as fast in them, she tells me!

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all the Raspberry Creek CLUB fabric we’ve used, this fabric is soft and durable for everything my kids throw at it.  Or roll in it.  Plus, no pilling after wearing this llama queen outfit steady for a couple of months already!  The llama fabric also comes in french terry fabric too.

Llama Queen outfit sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie had fun trying out some “llama queen” poses!  Really, she’s too sweet for it to be effective!

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Great Wall of China Inspired Children’s Clothing

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Even though I’m not eligible to win a prize, I’m sewing along with Project Run & Play for the week 1 “7 Wonders of the World” theme!  (If you missed the news, I’m now leading Project Run & Play!)  It’s too inspiring not to!  Here’s a look at our Great Wall of China Inspired children’s clothing.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Around our house, we have studied the Great Wall of China in our history studies many times.  Since it’s one of the ancient Wonders of the World, we chose to be inspired by both the architecture, and the surrounding landscape.  And we decided to have a little fun too!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For Annie’s dress, we chose to be inspired by the length of the Great Wall of China and sew her another maxi dress.  We started with the Camden Raglan, and got busy designing it into a dress with special little touches.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The first little touch we added was to insert lace on the lines of the raglan sleeves.  It’s a sweet little touch, and represents how the Great Wall of China criss crosses the entire country.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The second little touch we added was to design a bell sleeve for the sleeve hem with more lace inserted at the top of the bell.  Annie chose the length she wanted the sleeves to be, and absolutely adores how they bell out and flow with the dress.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

The final touch we added was to leave the sleeve and bottom dress hems raw.  With time and wear and washing, they will curl up slightly.  The intention was for this design feature to mimic and accent the white of the lace and cherry blossoms.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

We used this Art Gallery Pandalicious Jersey Knit Yinghua Cherrylight Fabric.  “Yinghua” means cherry blossom.  It’s perfectly soft, drapes beautifully on the sleeves and skirt, and is stable enough to make the neckband turn out perfectly.  Annie styled it with her Panda Vest we sewed for her earlier.  This is to represent the pandas in the wilds of China around the Great Wall.  You can read all about it in that post, but it uses panda fabric from the same line of fabric as the cherry blossom fabric.  And she also borrowed a fan from Allegra for a photo prop.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Next came some raglan t-shirts for the boys.  Yes, more raglan t-shirts for these boys!  What can I say?  We used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan t-shirt pattern.  For David we are sewing a size 7 and for Lowell a size 5.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the fabric, we used some Riley Blake Knit Stripe Aqua/Navy Fabric for the sleeves, neckband, and the back of Lowell’s t-shirt.  We chose stripes to mimic the lines of the Great Wall of China.  For the fronts, we used Riley Blake Designs navy blue jersey knit fabric.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Then came the fun part!  We decided to use our new Cricut Maker machine to make fortune cookie gold foil iron on graphics with two fun sayings.  And the little strip of twill tape represents for the paper fortunes inside!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

David’s shirt says “Tough Cookie” with a fortune cookie.  David is quite a sweetie, and like many boys his age, loves to see how tough he can be!   Click here for the free cut file if you want to make a shirt like this too.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Lowell’s shirts says “Fortun*Ate” as a fun play on words about eating fortune cookies and how fortunate we feel to have him as our son!  If you want to make a shirt like this go here for the free cut file.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

For the photoshoot, we tried to find a location the was faintly related to the landscape of China.    We found a river, a gazebo, some cement pillars, a lamppost, and a timber frame shelter.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

What do you think of our Great Wall of China inspired children’s clothing?  Be sure to go over to Project Run & Play and check out what all the designers created for the 7 Wonders of the World prompt, you’ll be inspired and amazed!  And you can see what everyone else is sewing along here.

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

This isn’t the greatest picture to showcase the clothing, the lighting is too bright, the kids are wiggling, and so on.  But after I got home and was editing the photos, I noticed how the boys are holding hands with their fingers interlaced, and it was a done deal!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

Oh, and if you guessed that I rewarded them with fortune cookies for a modeling jog well done you guessed right!

Great Wall of China inspired children's clothing designed by Skirt Fixation

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