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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Tuesday Tips: Jogless Stripes

By far, one of my favourite things to crochet lately is Amigurumi.  I love these cute little

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Amigurumi with colour changes, crocheted in the round.

characters!  There are so many patterns and unique creations to make.  As a creator – and perhaps a bit of a perfectionist,  one of the most frustrating things about amigurumi is making stripes that join uniformly.  As you may remember from my first amigurumi post, these characters are created in the round, meaning there is not visible beginning or end to rows.  While this technique makes your creation seamless, it creates a distinct disjoint when changing colours.

The solution to avoid the jagged stripe look is a technique called Jogless Stripes.  Although it does not create a perfectly symmetrical stripe line, it is very close.

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Amigurumi with colour changes, crocheted using the Jogless Stripe Technique.

Simple manipulation of the stitches can create the desired jogless stripe. Crochet Ever After has an excellent instructional video on creating jogless stripes in single crochet.  It is definitely one of the best videos I have seen on the subject: easy to follow and an easy technique to master.