Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to make a Cricut Bag

I wanted a bag to carry my Cricut machine to and from classes. When I looked on the Internet I was astounded at the prices. Some of my friends have purchased a ready-made bag and they find it is difficult to put the Circut in it and the seams are already ripping.

I adapted the Miranda Bag from Lazy Girl to make this large bag. I stitched the ends of the bag so it would hold more of a rectangle shape and not wing out. Material list is at the end of this post. I made a fabric rose using this video. I made my fabric into a 1 1/2 inch tube to roll it into the rose. It really is one of those projects that you just keep rolling until it looks like a rose.
This is not a project for a beginner sewer. On a scale from 1 - 5, it is about a 3.
I used the Cricut box for my measurements.

See the area that a 5 inch square is cut from the bottom.

Sew on the pocket strip before the bag is put together.

Place the pockets above the 5 inch square at least 1 inch from the bottom. Note the pockets are larger that the bag. They will get cut off later.

Make sure to center your straps at least 4 inches from the midpoint.

Add velcro for the fastener and sew down the straps that go around the bag for greater stability.

I quilted the outside fabric, after much whining.

Stitching the topstitch for the inside fabric.

This is quite a large piece measuring over 35 inches by 17 on just one side.

This is the bottom and inside of the bag. It has the cover fabric, a layer of batting and then
iron-on heavy craft pellon to give it shape. Use long pins to put together. I also used a walking foot to sew on this piece.

I thought it was a nice touch to embroider my initials on the bag.

Finding the rings was the hardest part. I finally went to Goodwill and bought an old purse and cut the rings off.

The inside has pockets for all your Circut tools and a few cartridges.
Use the cardboard inset in your Cricut box for the stiff bottom. You will need to make a sleeve for it. Cut fabric 9 1/2 x 23 1/2. Cut one side on the fold and use 1/4 inch seams.

See how nice the Cricut fits in the bag.

I have even used my Circut to cut vinyl letters to adhere to the outside.

Materials Needed:
  • 2 yards outside fabric
  • 2 yards inside fabric
  • 4 - 5 yards interfacing depending on the width
  • 2 yards batting
  • 4 rings
  • 2 inches velcro

Cutting Pieces

  1. Cover Cut 4 17 1/2 x 18 Batting is cut the same size
  2. Lining Cut 2 34 x 19
  3. Interfacing Cut 2 34 x 20
  4. Pockets Cut 2 9 1/2 x 35
  5. Straps Cut 6 3 1/2 x 23
  6. Flap Cut 2 3 1/2 x 7
  7. Sleeve Cut on fold 9 1/2 x 23 1/2 ( 1/4 inch seams)


merriberri said...

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the hardest it's a 10! Heh-heh-heh. I think I'll whip one up this afternoon.

Laurie said...

This is fabulous! You asked about the Wacom pad and pen. I got the fun, it is small but is perfect for what I use it for. Do you show on your blog things that you use the the circut for?? I'm going to go have a look around.

R Clarke said...

Beautiful Job!!!

Diane Jennings said...

Thank you!

Gisette Harris said...

Thank you! 😘💕💕💕 This awesome. Can't wait to make one.

Susana Boller said...

I am obsessing over that fabric! Is it just a cotton? I can’t find anything like it.

LESLEY said...

Well done. I think this is beyond my very limited sewing capabilities though. You are so right about the ready made bags. A friend of mine had one from circuit with the zippered end. It ripped and out fell her brand new machine!