“I Smell Children” Doormat with Cricut Explore Air 2

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Late last month I received a fun, new addition to our home. We have had so much fun getting to know and use our new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. I have never used any sort of cutting machine before and it has really exceeded my expectations. I look forward to sharing projects in the future that work into the wheelhouse of sewing and quilting. Did you know you can use fabric that has been bonded and cut out shapes that way? Heat n bond lite is my usual go-to and I can’t even imagine how nice it will be to not have to cut out shapes by hand any more.

The first thing that I noticed about the Explore Air 2 is that it is very well thought out. Cricut has included everything you need to make a little sample project as you are setting up your machine for the first time. I love that this gives you the flexibility to test out the machine on something that you aren’t 100% emotionally committed to. If it goes wrong (which it won’t!) then it isn’t something you’ve spent money in materials to make.

For my first project, I wanted to make something for Halloween. I have loved paying a bit of attention to my front porch this past year and thought I’d make a new doormat. I found many, many wonderful existing tutorials on the “how to’s” of the actual stenciling and cutting out existing cricut designs, but I wanted a nod to a classic 90’s Halloween movie.

My husband helped me by creating a file I could use to cut out “I SMELL CHILDREN”. Once we had the file made, I found the Cricut Explore Air 2 to be very, very easy and straightforward to use. We used the weeding tools to peel out the letters, and then I followed the instructions I found on Everyday Jenny’s site.

I dont imagine this will be my last doormat. I LOVED making it and was giddy as I peeled off my template. Can you imagine how fun it would be to make one for every season or major holiday? For a $10 blank mat (I found mine at a popular orange colored home improvement store), your time, and your existing cricut machine, it makes a perfect porch refresh project.

The BEST Burp Cloths

Hopefully you aren’t getting sick of all of the baby prep projects I’ve been up to lately. One thing I can almost guarantee is that this baby girl will spit up a lot. It’s been my experience with our other two children… I just know we are going to need a lot of burp cloths. I searched the internet to find a good tutorial for burp cloths. I do not care for ones that are made out of cloth diapers. They take a really long time to get to the point that they are absorbent. When I saw Dana’s tutorial for chenille backed burp cloths, I immediately ordered chenille from Amazon and started plotting.

I made mine using fat eighths that I had in my stash. I have loved the cute Alice and Wonderland Rifle Paper Co. prints and this was the perfect little project for these fat eighths. I ended up pulling a few other fat eighths I had and went to town. I can’t wait to meet our daughter and finally have a use for these burp cloths.

Gingham Pillow

As I get closer to the end of this pregnancy, my body is just tired. I am having a hard time bending over (whaaat?! 🙂 and I am loving smaller projects I can start and finish in an afternoon, if I’m lucky. We’ve been spending a lot of time at the swimming pool and that means my boys are wiped out in the late afternoon, so I get some sewing time.

One of my favorite quilters is Meg from Monograms for Makers. She released a FREE pillow pattern for a fun gingham quilt on point and I knew I had to make one for a pillow refresh for my couch. I used two of my favorite, hoarded cotton + steel basics paired with another hoarded Rifle Paper Co. print to create a slightly less conventional gingham pattern.

Since I spend a lot of time sitting trying to not have this baby early, I also decided to do some big stitch hand quilting. I love the look of hand quilting. If you’re not someone who is confident or familiar with big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton, might I recommend a pillow cover as a great place to start? It’s small enough to work with and get enough practice without being a daunting project.