Cricut Tutorial: Merbaby Onesie

Is there anything cuter than a baby?!  How about a baby in an adorable handmade onesie?!

For Mermaid Week, I wanted to create a simple baby onesie – something that was adorable, but simple enough for Cricut beginners to attempt.  After playing around in Cricut Design Space, I came up with a cute and simple design.  To “mermaid it up” I used Siser Glitter HTV in the shade Mermaid (how convenient).  Always remember to mirror your work when cutting HTV.  This design will weed very quickly.  Some glitter will remain on the protective layer.  The displaced glitter will not transfer onto or affect your completed project.

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If you are using the Cricut Easy Press, set your machine according to this chart.  I used Gerber 100% cotton onesies for this project, so my Easy Press was set to 340°F/171°C.  Always warm or pre-press your onesie prior to pressing the HTV.  Place the HTV onto the onesie, approximately 1 inch from the neckline, or eyeball the design to where you feel it looks best.  If you take too long doing this step, you may want to reheat the material surface.

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Press your onesie for the recommended about of time (30 seconds for my project).  When pressing onesies it is important to avoid the shoulder and neckline areas (I will have an in-depth blog post about this in the near future).  If you press directly over the shoulder folds you will not get a full seal and your vinyl will not stick (it will likely fall off after a few washes).  With this design, I was able to put my press on a slight diagonal to avoid the excess fold material.  After removing the protective layer I usually press again for about 10 seconds with a pieces of parchment paper over it.  Turn your entire project over and press it again from the back. Be sure to note the shoulder folds again.

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Bring on the Mermaids!!

Tips on Tuesday will return again next week… this week we are focusing on Mermaids!!

Two weeks ago, on the Facebook page, I polled the fans to see whether they would be interested in Mermaid or Unicorn crafts.  Although it was a close race, the Mermaids won the vote and this week will be dedicated to crafting with a splash!

Mermaid3It was obvious to me that I would be doing a mermaid amigurumi but I was unsure which pattern I would be using.  If you are a fan on the Facebook page, you may remember the pattern link I posted at the beginning of the month from Neogurumi.  I had planned on making this adorable mermaid to showcase, but she was a bit bigger than I had originally thought.

The search for the perfect mermaid began… I wanted something that was relatively small and worked up quickly – with summer approaching, there is a lot of yard and housework that has to be done, so a quick project was a must have.  I also wanted to find a free pattern that I could share with my readers and fans that they could make easily if they wanted.  Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled this adorable mermaid from Black Hat Llama.

Alterations to the Original Pattern

Mermaid1As with every pattern I use, I tend to make slight alterations and this one was no different.  I was recently gifted new crochet hooks… and I must say – I absolutely LOVE my new Clover hooks.  Previously, I had been using bamboo hooks – which I preferred over basic metal hooks.  I have every size imaginable of the bamboo hooks and they have lasted me over 8 yrs (apart from the occasional loss when the puppy decided to use my hooks as a chew toy).  I currently only have 10 sizes of the Clover hooks… and of course, I did not have the required 3mm hook that this pattern called for.  I used the 3.25mm hook and my completed mermaid measures close to 6 inches in length.

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I used 9mm Safety eyes which I placed between rows 12 and 13 with a spacing of 7 stitches.  Unlike the pattern suggests, I place my eyes prior to stuffing the doll and before the neck opening gets too small – I believe I inserted them when I reached row 10 of the pattern.

The hair for this project was a bit of a challenge.  In all honesty, I have never created a doll with this much hair.  Although I used the technique suggested in the pattern (pictured above, right) I found the coverage was not as I had anticipated and I added in single strands underneath the “cap” (pictured left).

A small wooden flower button and felt “cheeks” glued in place helped to complete this look.  When all is said and done, I am super happy with this little mermaid and will definitely be making more of her in the future!

Happy crocheting!!