Sew with your Cricut : How to Convert and Upload PDF and Paper Sewing Patterns into Design Space

I’ve written a couple of posts recently about my new Cricut ‘Maker’ machine (an intro / overview HERE and a guide to tools HERE) but perhaps this may be the one most useful for us sewists; how to upload sewing patterns into Cricut’s design software ‘Design Space’ so that the machine can cut pattern pieces out for you! I’ve had a good play with this; not only did I want to upload some of the PDF patterns I already had saved in my computer drive, but also to upload paper patterns. So this is what I aim to demonstrate in this Post, breaking it down into hopefully digestible stages with graphics to illustrate.

The ‘Black Beauty Bra’ by Emerald Erin – pattern cut out using my Cricut Maker!

I started using my Cricut in my sewing by customising fabric, cushion covers and tops with iron-on vinyl – which is enormous fun! But I quickly progressed to wanting to use my Cricut more particularly for sewing itself – there are loads of ‘ready to make’ little sewing patterns available in Cricut Access, ranging from bags and totes, pin cushions, dolls clothes, soft toys, quilts and more from a range of designers, including Simplicity…

A small sample of ‘ready to make’ sewing patterns in Cricut Access

For my first project, I decided to make a pay-for pattern in Cricut Access; a quilted, zippered pouch to store a tablet as a birthday gift for my Mother-in-Law…(and yes I personalised the inside with a message cut using Iron-on Vinyl!)

Moving on from that, I started to think about how I could upload some of the sewing patterns I already owned, both PDF and Paper, which took me down the route we’re now about to travel together! As I’ve broken this down step-by-step with illustrations, it might seem a lot at first glance but in the actual doing, it’s quick and relatively simple!

There are a couple of pointers worth mentioning before we get started with the tutorial :

  • You are limited to the size of pattern your Cricut machine is able to cut – its standard cutting mats are 12″ x 12″ and the larger are 12″ x 24″ so any pattern piece will need to fit within that framework – lingerie for example.
  • Getting your Cricut to cut patterns is ideal when a) you’ve a lot of identical pieces to cut which need to be accurate (e.g. quilts) or if you’re working with a shifty fabric or weeny pattern pieces that can prove tricky to cut manually – bras, I’m looking at you! Of course, you don’t need to upload entire patterns; say, if your making a shirt in something like a shifty rayon/viscose – I can see myself uploading just the collar and cuff pieces, or any piece where cutting accuracy is both pivotal and tricky, and letting the Cricut cut those to avoid any warping and shifting of the fabric in the process.
  • Uploading a sewing pattern into Cricut Design Space also enables you to resize and otherwise alter your pattern pieces prior to cutting out.

Ok, enough already – let’s get started on getting your PDF and paper patterns uploaded!

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The Mystery Blogger Award : Your Questions Answered!

You may have seen posts on this ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ popping up in your feed; it’s basically an awesome shout out and works like this – a blogger nominates a number of their favourite bloggers and asks them to answer some questions they pose. In doing so, the recipient must then nominate some fellow bloggers and pay the Award forward. I was nominated by some pretty awesome sewing bloggers who asked some really interesting questions! An opportunity to thank them and pay the award forward, as well as answering their questions, meant no way could I pass this one by!

So, what is the award exactly?

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by : Dkoto Enigma

What a lovely gesture!

Colourful canvas sueFirstly, I was nominated by the titian haired goddess that is Sue (A Colourful Canvas). I adore her blog, she’s an engaging writer and always has something interesting to say, and show, with her fabulous creations.

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My Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne’ Trench Coat Makers’ Diary – Part 3; Bound Buttonholes and Bias Binding the Seamsp

Hi Sewing Peeps!

Apologies for the interruption in blogging, diary style, the making of my Deer & Doe ‘Luzerne’ Trench Coat…the trouble with blogging a make in ‘real time’ is that sometimes real life stuff unexpectedly intervenes! Long story short…my daughter spent a worrying few days in hospital. All is now well, thank goodness (and thank you to everyone who sent well wishes our way over on Instagram; that was very kind and really appreciated). I’m breathing easy again (just with more grey hair than before!), so it’s back to documenting sewing this thing!

Having previously cut the coat out and interfaced the relevant pieces, I salvaged a decent sized scrap to practice doing a bound buttonhole following the method given in Deer & Doe’s accompanying blog tutorial. I had some very good advice given on my last post when it came to the bound buttonholes from two of my favourite fellow bloggers – Firstly, Lynne (of Ozzy Blackbeard) highly recommended checking out Karen of ‘Did You Make That’ Bound Buttonhole e-Book (which is currently unavailable whilst being reformatted. Karen has very kindly offered to send me a copy of the original … but I ploughed on before having the benefit of her skill and tips!) And both Lynne and KS Sews (Dressmaking Debacles) recommended simply doing a machine buttonhole in the facings, which is definitely worth considering next time. But as a starter, I wanted to crack on and give them a go as drafted.

I found the ‘letterbox’ shaped welt pieces worked fine, except for the fact that … Read More

Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat : A Makers Diary – Days 2 and 3

Hello there!

Thank you for joining me again in my quest to sew the Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat (if you want to catch up on Day 1, you can read it here). Today I’m covering pattern alterations, cutting out and clueing up on bound buttonholes!

Whilst waiting impatiently for the fabric and supplies I’ve ordered from Minerva Crafts to arrive, I use the time to consider what, if any, alterations I want to make to my traced out pattern pieces. I feel pretty sure that the basic Deer & Doe block fits me well; they design for a fuller bust (C/D cup) so I wasn’t concerned that I’d need to do an FBA. However, I was a bit unsure as to the sleeve length on this pattern. I consider myself petite in height (I’m 5.3″) but sewing their Melilot shirt revealed that, surprisingly, I didn’t need to take anything out of the length of that sleeve. Looking at the Luzerne sleeve pattern piece though, it looks way too long for me. Mmmm. What to do … Read More

A Makers’ Diary – The Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat : Day 1

Hi!!

I’m starting something a little bit different today…a short series of blog posts covering the one, more involved, make. I’ve come back to my sewing table really craving a longer-term project. I’ve reached the point, I think, whereas to curb getting jaded, I need to push myself out of my safety zone and learn some new techniques. I want to invest the time to sew a garment that I should be able to wear for years; a project to breathe new life into my sewing bones, if you will.

So what did I decide upon? Never mind that the sun has been beating down and ‘cracking the slabs’ these past few weeks, what I want to sew … is a coat. One of my 2018 Make Nine, to be exact, the Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat.

This short series then is about sharing the whole process of making this coat in, more or less, ‘real time’… Read More