Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

You may have seen the Cute Pony Vest me and my daughter made for her to wear, but I wanted something of my own refreshed with some fun shapes!

I altered a skirt…

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

We’ve established before that I love to Wear Pretty Skirts, so this is perfect for me!

Here’s how the skirt looked before the pretty additions (I bought the skirt at Primark):

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Nice but a bit boring!

To start off my project I put the skirt on my dining table and piled the iron-on-vinyls that I might want to use on top, so I could see which colours I liked against the skirt:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I opened the Design Space software and changed the canvas to a skirt, adjusting the size and colour to be close to my own:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I uploaded my ‘Refresh’ Free Cut File and changed it to white by clicking on the shape in the layers panel, then inserted an anchor image (#M2FDBA changed to grey) and a whale image (#M415A4) which I flipped by clicking on the mirror icon in the edit panel:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I also changed the whale to a bolder blue, and changed the whale’s spray of water to the same colour. Then I selected the whale and the spray together and clicker ‘attach’ so they would cut as one shape.

Next I wanted some basic fish but I couldn’t find any in the Cricut images (they were all fancy fishes!), so rather than looking elsewhere for a cut file I decided to make my own basic fish in the Design Space software. I just inserted an oval (#M373D9) and a triangle (#M46F05), then rotated / stretched them how I wanted to, overlapped them to make the fish shape, and highlighted them both by dragging a box over them:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I just clicked ‘weld’ and they joined into one shape:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I could just reshape and copy + paste for more fishes!

I finished off with a few stars (#M470B4):

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

And clicked ‘go’! When the Mat Preview screen comes up I had to remember to click ‘Mirror Image for Iron-On’ for each mat:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

And then I started cutting. I set the dial on the machine to iron-on for the iron-on lite materials, and clicked it up a notch to iron-on+ for the glitter iron-on material.

Once they were cut I just weeded out the unwanted vinyl – the iron-on stuff comes on a plastic sheet so you don’t have to use transfer tape:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then I got ready to iron! Make sure you iron doesn’t have a steam setting on. I use mine on a medium heat setting. And you should warm up the area where you’re going to stick the vinyl before placing it on top. Use some greaseproof paper over vinyl / plastic when you are ironing too!

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I ironed them on one colour at a time, but it soon all came together:

Refreshing My Clothes with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I love it! It’s so seasidey and happy!

Be Inspired:

Refresh some of your clothing with something ironed or sewn on

Make a big word 12″ wide and add it on a project

Scatter a few little fishes on a layout / card / item

Do you have an item of clothing that could do with a refresh?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again at 6pm!

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including iron-on-vinyl, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

20 Comments
  • Frances
    Reply

    All my clothes need refreshing. I better get to it. There is so much you can do to make something “new” again.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm
  • Wow – what a difference that refreshing makes in the look of the skirt. I have a couple of plain skirts that I like but could use something similar.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm
  • You really are enjoying your cricut and putting it to very good use. A great idea x

    June 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  • Stop making me want a Cricut Explorer Jennifer!!!!!!!!! My budget wont stretch that far.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    I can just imagine you wearing this to the beach this summer!! It looks great! I used to alter quite a few clothes …. adding extra buttons, a bit of lace or motif, shortening things etc but not so much lately!! You have inspired me to have another go soon!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm
  • that is so great, a unique item to wear of your own design perfect!

    June 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm
  • Annie
    Reply

    Wow it’s amazing what you can do wiht that machine! Funny enough I’ve been going through my tired old wardrobe today, so this has given me food for thought …

    June 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm
  • Wow! What a great way to personalise some drab things in my wardrobe. Looks good.

    June 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm
  • Jen
    Reply

    So cute! Fabulous idea to spruce up dull clothes.

    June 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Gemma Steele
    Reply

    Gonna have to try this before summer!

    June 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm
  • barbara macaskill
    Reply

    I have a few black summer cardigans that I have been trying to decide what I wanted to do to dress them up a bit and this sounds like a great way to do it! Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me today!

    June 8, 2014 at 12:50 am
  • Going to use a big word, using my Counterfeit Kit 😀

    June 8, 2014 at 4:37 am
  • Lindsay
    Reply

    I’ve never seen glitter vinyl transfers! They are great!

    June 8, 2014 at 8:34 am
  • I’ve got far too many clothes that need refreshing!! Your skirt looks great.

    June 8, 2014 at 9:11 am
  • So much patience!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm
  • Very clever 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  • Karen Schroeder
    Reply

    Cool idea for updating your wardrobe!

    June 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm
  • Very nice.
    I put a pair of shorts on over the weekend and they fell down again. I guess altering the waist counts as refreshing but we also added some ribbon with bicycles on, just to make them a bit more me!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:11 am
  • Good to see you using the machine for yourself too!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:21 am
  • Janet
    Reply

    That is fabulous! I love it. I need to do that for some of my clothes before I go on my cruise in November!

    June 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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