Part of what make the Cricut Maker so cool are the built in patterns and project that design space comes with. Over 50 unique projects are available for free from circuit to use with this crafty-from changing machine! I have joined up with the Cricut Maker blog hop hosted by Tastefully Frugal to show off every single one of the 50 projects that are available!
The project I made for my part in the hop was the tea party banner ( find it here). This project was positively darling with the American Girl tea party I threw a few weeks ago. Instead of making it a bunting that was strung across the party area, I created a chair decoration for the back of each of the party chairs. It’s always little details like this that make a party feel very special. Also be sure to check out the free tea cup project that matches this set!
How to make a tea party banner with your circuit maker
One of the things I am loving most about circuit is that you can automatically download project patterns to your machine. This project was no different! You’ll just open the project in design space (click here) and everything will be sorted into mats for you to cut. According to the material.
Tea Party materials:
- Patterned papers in complimentary colors
- Tight weave burlap fabric
- Cricut white iron on vinyl (buy it here)
- Ric-rac ribbon spool
- Felt roses (optional)
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: cut out all the materials
Following along with the instructions your Cricut Maker and design a space will give you, put the mats through your machine to be cut. The vinyl should be cut on a green mat, the paper a purple mat, and the burlap a pink mat.
As a side note, I had a very cheap loose weave burlap on hand that I used for this project. The maker did a smashing job of cutting it out, but the wave was so loose I had a spot of trouble getting the small cuttings to maintain their shape. Be sure to purchase a higher quality burlap when you make this project.
Step 2: weed and iron your tea party banner pieces
Using your handy Cricut weeding tool (find them here), remove the white vinyl you will not be using in your iron on. Cut the tea pots/tea cups apart so you can place each one on a separate banner piece.
Place one teapot/tea cup piece on a burlap triangle as shown in the photo with the vinyl side of the piece facing the fabric. You really don’t want to melt that stuff onto your Easy Press or Iron.
Use your iron to bond the vinyl to the fabric according to the instructions on your vinyl roll. Peel off the plastic sheet.
Step 3: tea party banner pennant assembly
This is a no-sew project (which I love) so the rest is going to be all about hot glue!
Using your glue gun, hot glue, a burlap piece (vinyled side up) to each cut paper piece. You will want to glue the burlap to more or less the center of the paper pennant.
When I have to hot glue a banner together, I like to place all the pieces in a row on my table before I get the glue involved. It helps to visualize spacing of the final project. So go ahead and put your pieces down on a flat surface as you’d like them to look when they’re done now.
If you’re making chair backs like I did, you will get two chairs per ric rack roll done. Be sure to leave some length of your trim off the edge of each of the banner ends to have room for hanging.
Best way to glue the banner together is to run a bead of hot glue across the top of one panel at a time and place the ric rac quickly on top and give it a moment to dry before moving on to the next one.
I used a few felt roses from a simplicity pattern I purchased thought design space to put a nice soft detail on the banner. This is completely optional!
The way you will finish off your tie backs greatly depends on your chairs. My set of chivari chairs had handy edges to make a loop to hang my banners on. If you don’t have that, you may want to wrap the banner around the post of the chair and fasten with a pin–so make sure leave enough length on your ric rac to suit your chairs.
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