Bags, bags, and more Bags, and Cats

I love a good reusable bag, especially ones from small brands that I want to show off my support for out and about. This got me to thinking that I’d love to make my own. After being introduced to my mother-in-law’s forgotten about Cricut maker I knew I had to give it a go. I spent yesterday testing out the Cricut maker and I successfully uploaded, cut, and ironed a kitten design in metallic vinyl alongside my signature onto a cotton tote bag. I am so happy with how they turned out and I have already sold the purple kitten one! I’m keeping the gold kitten for myself, but I am going to make more in anticipation of a cat themed update I’ll be running in my shop in June.

Here is the first design I tried, this one isn’t for sale and I won’t be making more, but I absolutely love it. It is now home to my crochet supplies! I also love this photo because Foxy is just the cutest pup I’ve ever seen, you’re welcome. With this attempt I learnt the importance of applying equal and great pressure when ironing as when I attempted to peel the bottom foot off I saw that it hadn’t completely stuck to the cotton. After a second round of ironing however it was on just right, and the rest of the piece peeled off perfectly.

The two bags that followed were where I found my stride. I have settled on this design for my first set, and I’m really tempted to make this into my brand image for future Bethanie’s Place merch. This was such a fun process, and I’m excited to make more. If you’ve been considering getting a Cricut machine I definitely think it’s worth the investment, purely for the personal fun you’ll have figuring it out and watching it work. The only downside to these bags are that the vinyl sheets are very expensive, which is something I’m having to consider when pricing.

Let me know what you think, and if there are any colours or materials you’d like to see me try out. I’ll definitely post more about the Cricut and my experiences with it. I’m excited to see what comes next, and I will make sure to update here with my progress and when the update is live.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and I’ll see you in the next one.

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