Dinner is Coming – A Cricut Explore tutorial
I received the most amazing surprise a few weeks ago when a brand new Cricut Explore Air cutting machine arrived on my doorstep. I have been so excited to learn how to use this amazing machine, and it’s been so much fun! I’m not a stranger to these digital cutting machines or Cricut, so I already had a good idea of the way they work, but even if you’ve never played with one before it was so easy to get started! I wanted to show you this super fun machine, and how easy it is to customize just about anything. I decided to use some really neat Iron-On Black glitter vinyl, and customize a new apron first.
You might be familiar with a series that is big on TV called “Game of Thrones” (GoT). It’s pretty popular. I have to confess, I’ve never watched a single episode of the show. I have, however, read the books. It is a memorable series no matter which way you’ve experienced it. In the story there is a family who has the motto “Winter is coming.” A doomsday “be prepared” kind of motto. I saw something similar recently that said “Dinner is Coming” with the family crest and thought it was just brilliant. I did not think the $40 price tag on the item was brilliant though. Yikes! This is why I love this little machine. I can make just make it myself. My new Cricut machine would be perfect to make my own “Dinner is Coming” GoT (Game of Throne) inspired Apron.
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Here is what you’ll need to make your own GoT inspired Dinner is Coming apron:
- Cricut Explore Air cutting machine
- Blank Apron
- Cricut Iron-On Glitter (Black Glitter)
- Cricut accessories: Cutting mat, weeder tool, & portable trimmer.
I know these cutting machines are not exactly cheap up front. However I can tell you they have been amazing over and over again and I’ve more than made any money spent back with items sold online or at craft fairs. Even if you aren’t selling the items you make, these machines are work horses! They can do so many things with them. This is hands down one of my favorite craft tools and one I’m not sure how I ever lived without.
Having said all of that, let me show you how easy it is to make an amazing custom craft with the Cricut Explore Air!
The first step is to design your image. Using the easy to use design software that comes with the machine you can make just about any design you want. You can use any font, and even upload your own images. If you have old Cricut cartridges you can still use those, but you don’t have to buy cartridges anymore, you can literally use any picture. To use this GoT inspired image (free for your personal use only) right click on the picture below and select “save image as…” to save it to your computer, then you can upload it until the cricut design software.
Use the Portable Trimmer to cut your Iron-On vinyl to size. Mine is 9″x 9″ and it was perfect for the apron.
Put your Iron-on black glitter onto a cutting mat and then load it into the machine. Be sure to put the shiny lining side face down on the cutting mat. You don’t want the blade cutting through that part.
Check the box to cut your design in a mirrored (backwards) format, select the “Iron-On” setting on your machine, and then send your GoT design over to the machine to be cut.
This next step is called “weeding.” When the machine is finished cutting out your design, you can remove it from the cutting mat and peel away the negative material, leaving only your design. You can use the Cricut weeding tool to help with this.
You will need to set your iron on it’s highest setting, usually the Cotton setting (make sure the steam is turned off). Preheat the apron where you are going to apply the design by pressing the hot iron on the fabric for a moment. 10-15 seconds should be fine.
Place your design on the apron where you want it to go with the liner facing up. Lay a thin cloth over the design to protect it from the iron, and press the iron over the cloth and design for 20-30 seconds.
Turn the apron over, and continue to iron the design onto the apron from the back side of the fabric. Press the iron over the back side of the design for 20-30 seconds again.
If all of that seems very confusing to you, I made a video to show you better! It really is so easy, but sometimes seeing something done helps it make more sense.
Now we can wear our fun GoT inspired apron. Dinner *is* coming. Be prepared! (Wearing chain mail while cooking is, of course, completely optional.)
*It’s recommended when washing an item that has an iron on applique on it, that you wash it turned inside out. Since an apron can’t be turned inside out, I have had good results using the hand wash setting on my washing machine, and I don’t dry it in the dryer.