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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!